John Hurt – Rest in Peace

john-hurt-ripThe world lost a true talent yesterday with the passing of actor John Hurt, who passed away at the age of 77 after a battle with cancer. While most horror fans know him for his role in Ridley Scott’s Alien (1979), where he literally gave birth to a new breed of monsters, he did appear in quite a few other horror films, such as the incredible chilling 10 Rillington Place (1971), The Ghoul (1974), Roger Corman’s Frankenstein Unbound (1990), and Guillermo del Toro’s Hellboy (2004). Not to mention the countless other roles that he appeared in, even playing Doctor Who in a special episode, and doing it quite well.

Hurt was an actor that when he appeared on the screen, he got your attention. With his unique voice, it could sooth your thoughts as well as send chills up your spine. Such a talented craftsman. He will be missed, but always remembered for his stellar performances, and definitely never forgotten. Our thoughts go out to his friends and family.

Movie Review: 10 Rillington Place

10 Rillington Place10 Rillington Place (1971)
Directed by Richard Fleischer
Starring Richard Attenborough, Judy Geeson, John Hurt, Pat Heywood, Isobel Black

Being a fan of horror movies for over 40 decades, one would think that “we’ve seen it all”. But that is not even close to being true. In fact, not only is there plenty of movies that I still need to see, there are still a ton of titles out there that I’ve probably not even heard! And while most of them probably aren’t the greatest, there are some out there that are truly amazing pieces of cinema. The kind that after you watch it, you wonder just how in the hell have you never even heard of this movie, let alone seen it before. 10 Rillington Place is a prime example of this.

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