Friday, April 06, 2007

Jackie Chien! : Bob Clark RIP

Just found out that Bob Clark died a couple of days ago. Bob was the director of 'Porky's', the classic eighties teen sex comedy (as well as 'Porky's II:The Next Day') but in the early Seventies he made a number of great horror films including the original 'Black Christmas', the low-budget (and totally exploitation-titled-up) 'Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things' and the fantastic, and grimly depressing 'Deathdream' (aka 'Dead of Night' or 'The Night Andy Came Home'). He also made the great Sherlock Holmes/Jack the Ripper film 'Murder By Decree'.

In latter years, his career has been less horror oriented - in fact he seems to have made a bunch of kids films ('Baby Geniuses', 'Fudge-a-mania') and dramas, although 'Karate Dog' - "When LAPD computer expert Peter Fowler investigates the killing of an old man in Chinatown, he finds the only witness is his dog, Cho Cho. But Fowler soon discovers Cho Cho is the only dog in the world who can speak to humans... not only that, Cho Cho is an expert in martial arts..." - sounds like it might be worth a watch (and has got this great french (punning) poster.

Cooke's suggesting an all Clark horror night in memoriam. (That'll be after the 'Trash' night he's also suggested...I don't know where the hell I'm going to fit all of these in...)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

hey yeah - we should do this - it means you can have a mental break after the shoot and help ease yerself into the edit! mind you when you see Children Shouldn't Play... you will know you have made a better film whatever.

The shoot will go fine - don't worry about story boards - it will work out as being a simple arrangement of master shots, mid shots and close ups, followed as usual by cut-aways I'll bet!

look after yourself, drink berrocca! and miso...