Oscar winning cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond has passed away at the age of 85. While most of Hollywood know him from his work on films such as Deliverence (1972), The Deer Hunter (1978), The Rose (1979), and Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), Blow Out (1981), we here at the Krypt remember him for his earlier work, on some of the low budget films that we cherish as much as those classic pieces of cinema. Okay…maybe not as much, but we still enjoy them!
Earlier in his career, Zsigmond worked with and on a variety of low budget films, such as working as a camera operator on Ray Dennis Steckler’s immortal The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Because Mixed-Up Zombies (1964). He also worked many times over the years with Al Adamson, on such films like Blood of Ghastly Horror (167), Satan’s Sadists (1969), Horror of the Blood Monsters (1970), and a few others.
For an artist like Zsigmond to try to work his magic no matter the budget, from something like a Steckler picture to comedies like Real Genius (1985), to terror filled dramas like The Ghost and the Darkness (1996), he never stopped striving for the best quality work. While that work has ceased with his passing, we will still have what he already gave us to admire for years to come. Thank you, Mr. Zsigmond. You will be missed, but never forgotten.