Paul Kelman–best known for his starring role in the 1981 cult classic My Bloody Valentine–passed away this week at the age of 72. The cause of death was not revealed.
Kelman–born in London in 1949–starred as Tom Jesse “T.J.” Hanniger in the popular slasher, and also appeared in the 1988 horror flick Black Roses and several TV series throughout his career.
My Bloody Valentine–directed by George Mihalka from a screenplay by John Beaird–was based on an original story by Stephen Miller. Starring Kelman, Lori Hallier (as Sarah Mercer) and Neil Affleck (as Axel Palmer), the film follows a group of young adults who throw a Valentine’s Day party, “only to incur the vengeful wrath of a maniac in mining gear who begins a killing spree.”
The film faced considerable censorship, having nine minutes cut by the MPAA due to its extreme violence and gore. Despite those cuts, mixed reviews and a poor showing at the box office (the film earned less than $6 million on a $2-million budget), the flick gained a cult following through the years.
The staff of Horror News Network extends its condolences to Kelman’s family, friends and colleagues.