Cleve Hall, Legendary Special Effects and Costume Designer, Passes Away

by Sean McLaughlin

Cleve Hall, known throughout the horror community as a legendary special effects master and artist, passed away on March 31st.  Hall was 61.

The news of Hall’s death, following a recent hospital visit, was confirmed by his daughter Constance Hall on social media.  She set up a GoFundMe account to help pay for the memorial services and final arrangements, which at this point has garnered just over $9,000 of a $25,000 goal.  The exact cause of death has not yet been announced.

Known to many recent horror fans as the host of Syfy’s reality series Monster Man (along with daughters Constance and Elora), Hall had a very extensive and illustrious career behind the camera as well.  His special effects skills were on full display in films such as Re-Animator, Ghoulies, Camp Dread and over 20 other productions. The FX master opened his own special effects studio, called Imaginary Productions, in Florida back in the 90’s.  Not too shabby for a monster-loving young man who was hired by Six Flags over Texas to create a bad-ass Godzilla costume for them back in 1976.

Hall could also be seen on screen as well, even donning a Godzilla costume he made himself for 1985’s cult classic Pee-wee’s Big Adventure.  In an impressive entertainment career spanning nearly four decades, the gothic icon was involved in such varied projects as 1986’s Troll to 20 episodes of the Nickelodeon kids show Yo Gabba Gabba!  A true legend and visionary in Hollywood, gone way too soon.

We at HNN mourn the loss of Cleve Hall, and send our thoughts out to his family and friends.  Rest in power, Monster Man.

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