We have sad news to report today as long-time actor James Karen passed away yesterday at the age of 94. Karen appeared in a slew of movies and TV shows dating all the way back to 1948. He is loved by genre fans for his roles in Frankenstein Meets the Space Monster, Time Walker, Poltergeist, The Return of the Living Dead, Return of the Living Dead Part II, Piranha, and The Unborn. If you lived on the East Coast you may have even seen Karen on TV as he was the spokesman for the Pathmark supermarket chain.
Horror News Network is sad to announce the death of Don Calfa, star of Return of the Living Dead, who died Thursday at 76.
Anyone who loved punk rock and horror in the 1980’s discovered and loved Dan O’Bannon’s Return of the Living Dead. And aside from all the young actors who portrayed those punk rockers, the film also featured performances from three Hollywood vets: Clu Gulager, James Karen, and Don Calfa as the adults who were just as nuts as their younger counterparts.
Calfa played Ernie in the 1985 film, a mortician that enjoys his work just “a little too much”. The vast majority of the second half of the film takes place in Ernie’s funeral home, although he is a bit reluctant to let all of those mohawked punks inside at first. read more
DVD & Blu-ray Releases: July 19, 2016
This week’s DVD & Blu-ray releases include a Collector’s Edition of The Return Of The Living Dead and Bad Moon on Blu-Ray.
You can view the complete list of this week’s horror releases below.
The Return Of The Living Dead [Collector’s Edition] [Blu-ray]
Starring: Thom Mathews, Clu Gulager, John Philbin
Synopsis: On his first day on the job at an army surplus store, poor Freddy (Thom Mathews) unwittingly releases nerve gas from a secret U.S. military canister, unleashing an unbelievable terror. The gas re-animates an army of corpses, who arise from their graves with a ravenous hunger… for human brains! And luckily for those carnivorous cadavers, there is a group of partying teens nearby, just waiting to be eaten! read more