Thursday, April 05, 2007

RIP Bob Clark 1941-2007

April 4: Director Bob Clark dead in car accidentTMZ reports that Bob Clark, director of the original BLACK CHRISTMAS andother cult horror favorites, was killed in a car crash on the Pacific CoastHighway early this morning at age 67. He was riding in a silver Infinitiwith his 22-year-old son, Ariel Hanrath-Clark, when they were struck by anSUV driven by 24-year-old Hector Velazquez-Nava. Both Clarks were killed,though Velazquez-Nava survived and was arrested for driving under theinfluence of alcohol; he¹s scheduled to be booked for gross vehicularmanslaughter once he is released from the hospital.

Clark began his career with the offbeat 1972 zombie film CHILDREN SHOULDN'T PLAY WITH DEAD THINGS and followed it up with 1974's DEATHDREAM, a.k.a. DEAD OF NIGHT, about a soldier who returns home from Vietnam as an undeadflesheater, and the same year¹s CHRISTMAS, the influential stalker filmabout a houseful of sorority girls terrorized by a murderous obscene phonecaller. He went on to such diverse successes as the Sherlock Holmes-vs.-Jackthe Ripper thriller MURDER BY DECREE (1979), the raunchy megahit PORKY'S(1982) and the sentimental favorite A CHRISTMAS STORY (1983). In recentyears, his horror films began enjoying a newfound popularity that inevitablytranslated into remakes; an adaptation of DEATHDREAM called ZERO DARK THIRTYstalled, but the updated BLACK CHRISTMAS opened on its namesake day lastyear and hit DVD this week. Clark himself was to take the helm of a new CHILDREN SHOULDN'T PLAY WITH DEAD THINGS set to film this year. (-Michael Gingold)

Sad and tragic news.

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