Thursday, December 31, 2009

Dan O'Bannon RIP

Screenwriter, special effects man, and occasional director Dan O'Bannon died of Crohn's disease shortly before Christmas. He brought a sharp intelligence and sense of humor to many excellent horror and science fiction films. He didn't always work regularly, but the projects he was involved in are pretty impressive. Here's a selected filmography with some notes:

A college buddy of John Carpenter's, O'Bannon collaborated with Carpenter on the screenplay of Carpenter's first film as director, Dark Star. O'Bannon also did the special effects, edited the movie, created the production design, and played the role of Sgt. Pinback.
He created the computer animation and worked in the miniature effects unit on Star Wars. He wrote the screenplays for Alien, Dead & Buried, Lifeforce, Invaders from Mars, and Total Recall.
He wrote and directed Return of the Living Dead.
I will be writing about two other O'Bannon films on my horror movie blog, Decapitated Zombie Vampire Bloodbath, in the coming months.

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