"John Scully's" comic strip that has a farewell every day (drawn and written by Ruben Bolling)

"John Scully's" comic strip that has a farewell every day (drawn and written by Ruben Bolling)
"John Scully's" comic strip that has a farewell every day (drawn and written by Ruben Bolling)
September 19 is the last post for this blog. Thanks to all my readers!

Monday, May 5, 2014

Never to be Forgotten: Gordon Hessler 1930-2014

Gordon Hessler, a director of many science fiction, fantasy and horror films back in the 1960's and 1970s has died at the age of 83. Here he is pictured with the delectable Caroline Munro, the slave girl in his film The Golden Voyage of Sinbad, best known for special effects by Ray Harryhausen. (And also very well known for the costumes they poured Ms. Munro into. Yowza!)

Besides the Harryhausen film, he directed episodes of Kolchak: The Night Stalker and Wonder Woman. He also directed several horror movies starring Vincent Price, including one that has to be considered genre, Scream and Scream Again, starring the great triple threat of Vincent Price, Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing. On the less glamorous side of the ledger, it must be noted he also directed KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park, which has been described as a live action version of a Scooby-Doo episode. (I'm guessing Gene Simmons plays the dog, given the length of his tongue.)

I blush to write this post is better late than never, because Mr. Hessler died in January. My contacts in the obit searching game just got around to posting this. Still, I am glad I got a chance to say good bye to Mr. Kessler her on the blog.

Belated best wishes to the family and friends of Gordon Hessler, from a fan. He is never to be forgotten.

1 comment:

  1. I'm inordinately fond of KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park, which admittedly pales beside Paul Williams's Phantom of the Paradise but features Anthony Zerbe and special effects that look as if someone said, "Hey, you do this in a KISS concert for $500K. Let's see if we can duplicate it for $1.89!"

    I believe it was later remade, with any effects, as the Kristen Stewart film Adventureland, which I can guarantee is better than Snow White and the Huntsman 2 will be.

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