2016 Year in Review – Part 1: Those To Remember

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One thing is for sure about 2016, we have lost way too many genre favorites. From actors to directors to artists to cinematographers and everyone else in between….just way too many. There were some that I consider icons, such as Herchell Gordon Lewis, who paved the way for thousands of young filmmakers. Actor Don Calfa appeared in so many sitcoms and movies but was still able to come up with so many wonderful characters. Then we have Angus Scrimm, who really only appeared in a handful of features, but it only took one role for him to forever be remembered in the hearts of us horror fans. And while actor/writer Gene Wilder was mainly known for his comedic side, along with Mel Brooks, he gave us one of the best tributes to the classic Frankenstein pictures.

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Marina Malfatti – Rest in Peace

Marina Malfatti RIPFans of the Italian Giallo films has lost another actress that graced the screen in more than a few films in the early ’70s. Marina Malfatti passed away on June 8th, at the age of 76. She appeared in titles like The Fourth Victim (1971), The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave (1971), All the Colors of the Dark (1972), Seven Blood-Stained Orchids (1972), and The Red Queen Kills Seven Times (1972).

How strange that two of her films, The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave and The Red Queen Kills Seven Times, were recently released in a box set from Arrow, called the Kiler Dames collection. We can only hope that because of these films, it will introduce her to even more film fans around the country. And each time we watch one of them, or any of her movies, we will be paying tribute to her and remembering this beautiful talent.