Mr. Choade, the director of The House of Choade, a Grand Guignol theatre, has made an evil bargain with the Medicine Man (Joe Coleman) who has promised to help him make an artistic leap. A young girl, Linda (Jillian McManemin) who has just been released from a mental hospital, gets a job performing at the House of Choade and becomes embroiled in these machinations. Linda's ex-girlfriend Roxy (Stormy Leather) re-connects with her and attempts to save her. This film, a dark comedy by first time director James Habacker, was shot in Manhattan and features many luminaries from the downtown performance art scene centered around the Slipper Room.
The Cruel Tale of the Medicine Man has been screened at the NY Film Festival, Anthology Film Archives, the Slipper Room, and was the winner at the 2015 Coney Island Film Festival.