You don’t need to be a filmmaker, screenwriter, actor, or even makeup artist to have an effect on the film industry. When you’re a writer that is constantly waving the flag of cult and obscure, and just plain fun and crazy cinema, you are doing wonders for the genre. And this week, we lost one of those people.
Mike McPadden was an author and true champion of the weird and strange film titles that went across many different genres. His two books, Heavy Metal Movies and Teen Movie Hell, were proof of that. I had only met McPadden a couple of times over the years, seeing him at a few local Chicagoland events, but you couldn’t help but see his crazy enthusiasm. Mike passed away in his sleep earlier this week.
Our condolences go out to his friends and family at this difficult time. A friend has started a GoFundMe page (click HERE) to help funeral and living expenses for his wife and newly foster child they had just recently opened their door to. Mike’s voice was a strong one and one that I hope keeps going through his written word. Rest in peace, McBeardo.