12/31/2009

RIP For the Last Month of 2009

This last month of the year has had so many sad and tragic deaths (beginning with one of the saddest, Kerri Lee Tucker), that I felt compelled to write this blog. I consider myself a fan of all of the following people. May they all RIP and God bless them.

Dan O'Bannon (September 30, 1946 – December 17, 2009) - O'Bannon was an undeniable talent in the world of horror and sci-fi. The man wrote many great scripts, including the classic Alein, movie whose influence on horror and sci-fi is inarguable. Aside from many other genre scripts, he also wrote the second best Arnie movie ever, in the form of Total Recall, which has just about everything you could ever want in a film. He also directed The Resurrected and one of my personal favorite movies, The Return of the Living Dead , a movie that only gets better with age and viewings. Here is the trailer:


Brittany Murphy (November 10, 1977 – December 20, 2009) - The lovely Ms. Murphy's death shocked me to the core, so young, beautiful, and talented. Like many, I first remember her from Clueless. She went on to do lots of other films, but my fav role of hers remains to be her role of a virgin in the reverse (by reverse I mean that it is virgins, who get killed in this one), underrated slasher flick Cherry Falls. It was one of her, if not her, sexiest role. Here is the trailer to it:

My favorite movie she stared in has to be Sin City, one of the finest movies ever to be inspired by a comic book.

James Owen "The Rev" Sullivan (February 10, 1981 – December 28, 2009) - This one made me quite sad, as I am a huge fan of hard rock/ heavy metal band Avenged Sevenfold. I had the pleasure of seeing them live at an Ozzfest a few years. The fact that he died so young, makes the death that much more tragic. He was a solid, highly talented drummer in a band that is technically sound and plays some of the best rock in the biz, right now. Here is my absolute fav video they ever did:


"Dr. Death" Steven Williams (May 14, 1960 – December 29, 2009) - I only really know him for his short tenures in the WWE, when JR bought him in and WCW when he was with JR parody Oklahoma. Regardless, I did like the guy. He sub came to cancer, sadly. Here is a clip of him and JR on Raw:



Chas. Balun (1948- December 29, 2009) - Out of of these deaths I think this one hit me the hardest. Chas. was important to me growing up. He introduced me, and many other fellow gorehounds, to a lot of the hardcore splatter and gore movies, we so love, including foreign classics, many of which he was the first to champion, like Shogun Assassin, The Beyond, Cannibal Holocaust, and many more. I loved reading his stuff in Fangoria and Gorezone magazines, as well his classic books like the Gore Score and More Gore Score, books that, I still, to this very day, read over and over again. He was funny and highly opinionated. I cannot even begin to tell you how much his style is a direct influential to my own style of reviewing movies. He was also an artist and made the designs for many a rotten cotton T-shirt and wrote linear notes on some DVDs. He had been battling cancer and lost last night. Here is the trailer for one of his favorite movies, The Beyond:


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1 comments:

Kim said...

Sad indeed but thats the cycle of life.

I remember Williams from the UWF days!

Always loved and respect O'Bannon. He was a unique character.

Met Balun once, a little arrogant but he sure knew his stuff!