SKINWALKERS, JASON X DIRECTOR JAMES ISAAC DEAD AT 51

James Isaac

James Isaac, Director of such films as Jason X, Skinwalkers, and Pig Hunt passed away from a form of blood cancer May 7th at the age of 51. Isaac also did special effects work for films such as David Cronenberg’s eXistenz, and non-Cronenberg films such as Virtuosity and House 2: The Second Story.

On the morning of the 7th, Jason X screenwriter Todd Farmer tweeted: “RIP Jimmy Isaac. A wonderful man, husband, and father. I never tear up. I thought.”

I may not be a fan of the films he directed, but  it was obvious that he put everything he had into them. RIP James.

BILL HINZMAN 1936 – 2012

How the hell did I miss this?!

Even though it’s old news now, I completely missed out on it so now you get to hear all about it again. Bill Hinzman, probably best known as the first iconic cemetery zombie featured in George Romero’s 1968 classic Night Of The Living Dead, passed away February 5th, 2012 at his Darlington, PA home according to The Hollywood Reporter. Hinzman also went on to star in Romero’s There’s Always Vanilla and The Crazies, going on to direct the John Russo penned The Majorettes, then directing and starring in FleshEater, with his last screen credit going to last year’s River of Darkness. Bill Hinzman died of cancer. He was 75 years old.

You’ll be missed, Bill.

Bill Hinzman

R.I.P ZELDA RUBINSTEIN “Can You Hear Me Carol Anne?”

zelda-rubinsteinThe Following From SHOCK TILL YOU DROP on the life and death of the memorable Zelda Rubenstein:

Zelda Rubinstein, the actress best known for her portrayal of Tangina Barrons Poltergeist has passed away at the age of 76.

Rubinstein was hospitalized at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center about two months ago after suffering a mild heart attack, and taken off of life support just prior to New Years.

Zelda worked as a medical lab technician before launching her acting career in her 40s, and made her film debut in the 1981 Chevy Chase comedy Under the Rainbow. The prolific actress accumulated a huge list of film credits which included Frances, Sixteen Candles, Teen Witch, Anguish and most recently Behind The Mask: The Rise Of Leslie Vernon and Southland Tales.

She was also involved in plenty of activist work, such as forming the nonprofit Michael Dunn Memorial Repertory Theater Company in Los Angeles to help little actors book quality roles, as well as an AIDS activist having played the mother in L.A. CARES (Los Angeles Cooperative AIDS Risk-Reduction Education Service) campaign for AIDS awareness.

Genre fans will of course always remember her for her unforgettable performance as Tangina in the Poltergeist trilogy.

CHAS. BALUN DEAD AT 61

Chas Balun

It’s so strange that Chas. Balun and Dan O’Bannon should pass within a day of each other…From Shock Till You Drop:

Fangoria reports Chas. Balun passed away on December 18 at the age of 61. He was battling cancer.

Chas. (Charlie) was a multi-hyphenate in the horror biz. An artist, a journalist and a fiction writer, he contributed to the likes of “Fangoria” and “Gorezone” magazines as well as the t-shirt company Rotten Cotton. His books on genre films enlightened readers, steering us clear from the detritus that polluted the horror landscape and pointing us to the meaty, more satisfying entries that, more often than not, shed the red, so to speak.

“Horror Holocaust,” “Beyond Horror Holocaust,” “The Gore Score,” and “More Gore Score” featured his acerbic wit and scathing criticism. The man told it like it is and we loved him for it.

Chas. was a cool cat; I grew up reading his articles and, later, got to know him when I first met the man at a horror convention here in Los Angeles. We didn’t see eye to eye on some films, however, we shared a mutual love for Lucio Fulci’s Zombie. I got quite a thrill when he e-mailed me enthusiastically one day in response to my review of “Beyond Horror Holocaust” when it was first published. Someone I looked up to as a writer was telling me he was a fan of my work.

A bold voice in horror has been taken from us and he will be missed.



DAN O’BANNON DEAD AT 63

I missed a few big deaths, it’d seem.  Dan O’Bannon, genius creator of one of my favorite zombie flicks of all time and the creator of the ZOM-COM at the same time: RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD, died on Dec. 17th, 2009.  Below you’ll find an obituary from REUTERS.
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O’Bannon, who also co-wrote the Arnold Schwarzenegger sci-fi action film “Total Recall,” died Thursday, the Writers Guild of America confirmed on Friday. Online media reports said he had suffered a brief, undisclosed illness.

A St. Louis native who grew up on horror films and monster comics like “Tales from the Crypt,” O’Bannon got his start collaborating with director John Carpenter on the screenplay for the 1974 sci-fi cult parody “Dark Star.”

O’Bannon also co-starred in the low-budget movie about four astronauts on a lengthy mission to clear a path through space by destroying planets that posed a navigation barrier.

His screenwriting credits also include the 1995 sci-fi thriller “Screamers,” which he worked on for over a decade, and the 1997 horror film “Bleeders.”

But his best known work was his screenplay for the 1979 space chiller “Alien,” the first of a film series starring Sigourney Weaver as a tough space hero who battles a colony of slimy, parasitic, insect-like creatures with razor-sharp teeth and voracious appetites.

One of the most horrifying characteristics of the aliens was their penchant for gestating inside the body of a human host before bursting out of the victim’s chest to prey on more people.

The original film, directed by Ridley Scott, garnered an Oscar for its visual effects. O’Bannon also shared credit in sequels for the characters he created. The first sequel, 1986’s “Aliens,” directed by James Cameron, won Oscars for best visual and best sound effects editing.

The latest in the franchise, an untitled “Alien” prequel set for 2011, was in production at the time O’Bannon died, according to the Internet Movie Database.

MARILYN CHAMBERS DEAD AT 56

This news just popped up over at HorrorMovies.ca

The horror community must say goodbye to another on screen presence. Marilyn Chambers was found dead in her Los Angeles home at the age of 56. She apparently passed away late Sunday night but right now the cause of death is unknown and they are awaiting an autopsy report.

For those of you who were not familiar with her career her main claim to fame was being in one of the first pornographic films to reach mainstream theaters in the U.S. Most of us however will most likely remember her for her role in David Cronenbergs Rabid. Rest in peace Marilyn Chambers.

Rest In Peace, Marilyn…

TCM 2’s LOU PERRYMAN MURDERED?

From Bloody Good Horror:

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Sad news today that veteran actor Lou Perryman passed away on April 1st.

Known as a long time collaborator with Tobe Hooper, Perryman was best known as L.G. from “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2″ as well as behind the camera work on many films such as “Poltergeist”, “Texas Chainsaw Massacre”, “The Blues Brothers”, “Boys Don’t Cry” and many others. Perryman has been a long time resident of South Austin, Texas.

To make the situation even more grave, Austin local news has brought forth new information that Perryman may in fact have been a victim of foul play.

A South Austin neighborhood is on edge after police discover a body inside a small home. Now a man is behind bars in connection with that murder, after he reportedly showed up at the Travis County Justice complex with information that led police to the crime scene.

The story does not identify Perlman as the victim, but his daughter has already taken to her Facebook page announcing her father’s death, as well as confirmed to the horror site linked above that her father was the victim in the above mentioned story. Nothing is official at this point and no charges have been filed, but all signs are starting to point in the same direction.

You have got to be fucking shitting me.  Really?  What the FUCK kind of world do we live in where some piece of motherfucking shit goes and kills L.G.?  MOTHER FUCK!!!  It’s a good thing it’s Texas because I want that fucker to fucking FRY!  Torture the fucker first.  What the fuck, man.  This is just…it’s too fucking much.

You’ll be missed, man.

R.I.P

R.I.P ANDY HALLET

Posted on 31st March 2009 by aaron in Another One Bites The Dust,News - Tags: , , , , , ,

From Dread Central:

In some shockingly sad news “Angel”‘s Andy Hallet has passed away due to heart disease at the much too young age of just 33.

Hallet played everyone’s favorite singing green-skinned demon Lorne on the show. The actor passed away at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles after a five-year battle with heart disease with his father Dave Hallett by his side.

Hallet delighted fans everywhere and has left us with some truly hilarious memories. I can think of no better way to send him off than with a song. Rest in peace, Andy, and thank you.

ROBERT QUARRY (1925-2009)

Wow, Count Yorga’s kicked the bucket.  Fangoria has a huge tribute to his memory on their site, so, check it out!

Here’s the link:  COUNT YORGA…DEAD AND LOVING IT.

R.I.P. KIM MANNERS

How did I MISS THIS???!!!!

From Ain’t It Cool News:

Kim Manners, a prolific director and producer whose long showbiz career stretches from 1971’s “Valdez is Coming” to “Charlie’s Angels,” “Automan,” “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” “The Adventures of Brisco County Jr.,” “MANTIS,” and “Harsh Realm,” passed away Sunday night following a battle with cancer.

His last directorial effort was “Metamorphosis,” the Oct. 9 episode of “Supernatural.”

Manners directed 53 hours of “The X-Files,” including the 2002 two-hour series finale, “The Truth.”

Hailing from a showbiz family, Manners got his start as a second assistant director on the big-screen Burt Lancaster western “Valdez is Coming,” produced by his father Sam.

Joining “Charlie’s Angels” in 1977 as an assistant director and production manager, he eventually directed 11 episodes of that series, starting with 1979’s “Angels Remembered.”

His episode of “Star Trek: The Next Generation” was season one’s “When The Bough Breaks,” about impotent extraterrestrials who kidnap the Enterprise’s children.

“Supernatural” mastermind Eric Kripke issued this statement:

Everyone at ‘Supernatural’ is walking around in a daze, shocked and absolutely devastated. Kim was a brilliant director; more than that, he was a mentor and friend. He was one of the patriarchs of the family, and we miss him desperately. He gave so much to ‘Supernatural,’ and everything we do on the show, now and forever, is in memory of him.

Among those surviving Manners is sister and longtime assistant director Tana Manners (“Deadly Whispers”). A brother, Kelly Manners, was a producer on “Buffy The Vampire Slayer” and “Angel” and currently serves as a producer on the upcoming Fox series “Dollhouse.”