As horror fans, we lost some huge icons this last year. Some were older and some went way too soon. But because of their work in cinema, they will never entirely be gone from us. We can always pop in a DVD or Blu-ray and they will be just as alive as we remembered, giving us even more entertainment than before.
Being a fan of cinema for any length of time, you would think one could get used to losing some of their movie heroes and idols, but it still hurts when you ponder “what if they were to make just one more film?” Being a fan of cinema also helps keep their memory of what they did make alive and well. And by continuing to sing their praises, we can introduce them to the next generation of cinema lovers, so they can experience the same joy that we did, and still do, each and every time we bust out one of their movies.
The 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.
10 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.