Whitney Houston dies on eve of Grammy Awards

Whitney Houston dies on eve of Grammy Awards

Whitney Houston, one of the top-charting singers of the 1980s and 1990s, has died at the age of 48 on the eve of the American music industry’s biggest night – the Grammy Awards. Her distinct voice, mixing pop sensibilities and gospel with the soulful prowess of Aretha Franklin, influenced a future generation of pop divas like Mariah Carey and Christina Aguilera. Although already a platinum-selling artist, winning multiple Grammy, Billboard and American Music awards by…

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Monster mask pioneer Verne Langdon dead at 69

Monster mask pioneer Verne Langdon dead at 69

Verne Langdon, writer, producer, composer and sculptor best known to horror fans for the iconic monster masks he created in the 1960s, died on January 1, 2011 of natural causes. He was 69. A monster kid at heart, Langdon’s intricately sculpted masks, bearing the likenesses of many Universal Monsters, were initially offered in the back pages of Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine. They would eventually redefine Halloween masks for future generations when they later appeared…

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Famed Hammer director Roy Ward Baker dead at age 93

Famed Hammer director Roy Ward Baker dead at age 93

Directing films featuring schizophrenic babysitters, epic disasters and busty lesbian vampires. To a horror fan, that’s quite a career. Roy Ward Baker, a prolific British filmmaker who helmed many horror and science fiction classics for Hammer Films, including Quatermass and the Pit, The Vampire Lovers, Scars of Dracula, Dr. Jekyll & Sister Hyde and The Legend of the Seven Golden Vampires, died October 5 at the age of 93. “Baker was always workmanlike, with occasional…

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Hammer screenwriter Jimmy Sangster dead at 63

Hammer screenwriter Jimmy Sangster dead at 63

British screenwriter Jimmy Sangster, who changed the course of the horror genre in the 1950s with his scripts for Hammer’s The Curse of Frankenstein, Horror of Dracula and The Mummy, died in London au August 19, at the age of 83. With The Curse of Frankenstein (1957), Sangster successfully toyed with horror tradition by making Peter Cushing’s mad doctor the film’s focus, instead of his cadaverous creation, which had long been the norm during Universal…

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