The media is reporting that Gene Wilder has died. He passed away from complications from Alzheimer's at the age of 83. Wilder held a special place in my heart. This began in my youth with Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, and then Young Frankenstein which I was privileged to watch in the theaters when […]
TheoFantastique is sad to report the loss of yet another genre icon. Sir Christopher Lee has passed away at the age of 93. He can now reunite with Peter Cushing and Vincent Price.
It is with great sadness that I note the passing of Leonard Nimoy at the age of 83. He was one of my childhood heroes due to Star Trek. I remember identifying with his logical approach to dealing with his emotions in his human half as I wrestled with my own emotions and social changes […]
Yesterday, Rod Taylor passed away. Fans of the fantastic will remember his fine performances in The Twilight Zone, The Time Machine, and The Birds. Taylor died of a heart attack in his Southern California home. He was 84.
The legend of horror and science fiction writing, Richard Matheson, has passed away. Matheson's work included I Am Legend, The Shrinking Man, Hell House, and several of the most memorable episodes of The Twilight Zone. Arlen Schumer provided his own eulogy on the TheoFantastique Facebook page: R.I.P. RICHARD MATHESON--the Lou Gherig of The Twilight Zone […]
I was privileged to be a part of the "Tribute to Ray Harryhausen: CFQ Spotlight Podcast 4:19." My thanks to CFQ, Dan Persons, Steve Biodrowski and Lawrence French: It is not an understatement to say that, for many who work within the industry of fantastic film and those who cover it, Ray Harryhausen was one […]
For a few years now I have wondered when the day would come that I would have to write this piece. Sadly, today is that day. Various media outlets are reporting that Ray Harryhausen passed away Tuesday. Harryhausen was a huge influence on me as a child and teenager. When I first encountered his fantasy […]
Actor Michael Clarke Duncan passed away Monday of a heart attack at the age of 54. He starred in various films, including genre work, from Planet of the Apes (2001), to The Green Mile. His obituary can be read here.
Veteran character actor, William Windom, recently passed away at the age of 88. His body of work included roles in science fiction and fantasy/thriller, such as the part of Commodore Decker in the Star Trek original series episode "The Doomsday Machine," an episode of Night Gallery, and episodes of The Twilight Zone, including the classic […]
It was 1950s science fiction/horror that began my lifelong interest in the fantastic and horrific. Two of my favorite films from that decade are The Thing from Another World (1951) and Them! (1954). Actor James Arness starred in both of these films, as the creature of the title in the first film, and as an […]