Jay Douglas, Cult Film King Of Anchor Bay Entertainment, Dead At 65

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Jay Douglas, Cult Film King Of Anchor Bay Entertainment, Dead At 65
Jay Douglas, the former Svp Acquisitions at Anchor Bay Entertainment and the driving force behind the company’s late 1990s rise as a “Criterion Collection for cult films,” has died. He was 65.

Douglas died of an apparent heart attack on Tuesday in Green Valley, Az, according to former associates and social media postings by his family.

Douglas joined the upstart Anchor Bay in 1995 and over the next decade his passions came to define the company’s eclectic library of genre films, off-kilter cinema curiosities, lost classics, obscure gems, and, most especially, unforgettable horror movies of any and every quality level.

During the rise of VHS and then DVD, Anchor Bay became a powerhouse name in genre circles and renowned for giving quality treatment to movies that others dismissed as too scruffy, silly, sordid, or strange to deserve a second look much less a second life. The library also found room for television artifacts,
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