Obituaries

Final farewells to beloved cast and crewmembers responsible for your favorite horror, fantasy, and science fiction films classics

RIP: Keith Emerson

RIP: Keith Emerson

Keith Emerson – the keyboard genius and composer – has died. According to Rolling Stone, the 71-year-old musician was found at his home in Santa Monica, with a single gunshot wound in his head – an apparent suicide (though that has not been confirmed yet). Emerson was known mostly for his virtuoso keyboard work in [...]

PETER CUSHING: A Tribute to Christopher Lee

PETER CUSHING: A Tribute to Christopher Lee

The ninth issue of Cinefantastique featured a career article devoted to Christopher Lee, way back in the fall of 1973. Peter Cushing wrote this heartfelt introduction for his good friend, although they were only to make three more films together. Luckily Ted Newsome brought them together one last time for his documentary on Hammer films, [...]

RIP: Godzilla FX director Koichi Kawakita

RIP: Godzilla FX director Koichi Kawakita

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Koichi Kawakita, the special effects director who updated Godzilla for the ’90s, helping to spur interest in an American remake, has passed away. Kawakita died on his 72 birthday anniversary, December 5, 2014; the cause of death was liver failure. You can read an obituary by August Ragone here.
Kawakita took over the special effects for [...]

Podcast 5-5-2: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Maximillian Schell, Gordon Hessler

Podcast 5-5-2: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Maximillian Schell, Gordon Hessler

A sad installment of the Cinefantastique Black Hole Ultra-Lounge Podcast, as Dan Persons, Lawrence French, and Steve Biodrowski note the passing of Philip Seymour Hoffman (THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE), Maximillian Schell (THE BLACK HOLE), and Gordon Hessler (SCREAM AND SCREAM AGAIN). Also, Dan Persons weighs in on his first exposure to THE CURSE OF [...]

Richard Matheson: He Was Legend

Richard Matheson: He Was Legend

Influential author and screenwriter passes away. Works included I AM LEGEND and WHAT DREAMS MAY COME.
Multiple sources (including io9 and the Guardian Express) are reporting that author Richard Matheson – the man Stephen King cited as the greatest influence on his work – has passed away at the age of 87. The news originated with [...]

Ray Harryhausen has passed on to

Ray Harryhausen has passed on to “the land beyond beyond”

Ray Harryhausen, the special effects genius who used stop-motion effects to enchant a generation of film-goers, has passed away. According to The Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation Facebook page, Harryhausen died in London today, May 7 (less than two months short of what would have been his 93rd birthday).
Harryhausen caught the filmmaking bug after watching [...]

Jon Finch, R.I.P.

Jon Finch, R.I.P.

The UK’s Hastings Observer reports that 70-year-old British actor Jon Finch has died of natural causes at his home in Hastings. Although he spent most of his career on the stage, Finch is well remembered to all of us at Cinefantastique for a handful of screen appearances in horror, fantasy, and science fiction films in [...]

Ray Bradbury (1920-2012)

Ray Bradbury (1920-2012)

A belated note on the passing of America’s best fantasist, author of FARENHEIT 451 and THE MARTIAN CHRONICLES.

Ralph McQuarrie, R.I.P.

The artist who helped design STAR WARS and other genre favorites passes.

Dick Tufeld, R.I.P.

Dick Tufeld, R.I.P.

Announcer, voice actor in genre favorites passes.