John R. Hand formed JRH Films with the goal producing work with a unique style which incorporate elements of both conventional narrative, experimental cinema and documentary form into bold new works.
His debut feature-length film which he photographed in Super-8, Frankensteins Bloody Nightmare, garnered a peculiar degree of underground acclaim for it’s annoying combination of surrealist logic and vintage horror set-pieces. Joe Leydon wrote in Variety that the film “…plumbs the lower depths of awfulness to a degree unmatched by pictures merely inept and/or pretentious” and could “become a cult item by dint of its befuddling cruddiness.” Hand’s follow-up film was the enigmatic post-apocalyptic fairy tale Scars of Youth.
Hand went on to co-produce the documentary Like Father, Like Son which tells the story famed entertainer and cult movie director Duke Mitchell through the perspective of his son Jeffrey Mitchell. John has also gone on to work with Mike Ensley and Chip Chism on the long-running creature feature program “Nightmare Theatre,” whose host segments have been seen on Spike TV.