In addition to the usual reviews and comments you would find on a horror movie blog, this is also a document of the wonderfully vast horror movie section of the video store I worked at in my youth.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

R.I.P. Bill Paxton (1955-2017)

I woke up to the terrible news that actor Bill Paxton has passed away at 61. 

R.I.P. Bill Paxton (1955-2017)

This one really stings, as I grew up on his films. Weird Science, Aliens, Near Dark, One False Move, Trespass, True Lies, A Simple Plan, Frailty... the list goes on.

He was one of those guys who if you saw their name in the credits, it immediately elevated the picture's credibility. I doubt I ever would've watched 1991's The Vagrant if his face hadn't been on the coverbox.

Bill Paxton as Chet in Weird Science and as Pvt. Hudson in Aliens. Talk about symmetry!

I was glad he was still working up until his untimely death due to complications from surgery, with great performances in films such as Haywire, Edge of Tomorrow and Nightcrawler as well as television shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D and Training Day.

I'm fucking gutted. It's been a while since I've watched the criminally underrated Frailty (which Paxton also directed) so I think I may have to watch that this afternoon.