First bit of news is sad news. Legendary make up artist Dick Smith has passed away in late July of 2014. Smith was known as a pioneer in makeup for television and movies, and was the mentor for makeup artist Rick Baker. Besides being an absolute genius, Dick Smith was also known as an incredibly kind and well spoken man, willing to help others out in their craft. He also contributed to Don Dohler‘s book FILM MAGIC with an article about making fake blood. Some of the movies Smith has worked on include THE GODFATHER, ALTERED STATES, LITTLE BIG MAN, and THE EXORCIST. This mentor will be greatly missed, and we at Smash or Trash send our condolences to his family, fans, and friends. Rest in peace sir.
In the NEW BLOOD section of Count Gore De Vol‘s CREATURE FEATURE site, the Count has posted an incredibly cool film short called GIANT MONSTER PLAYSET. This 14 minute short by filmmaker Greg Pope is a fantastic story of a child that gets a monster playset that turns out to be a littler too realistic. Fantastic special effects and it would have been right at home having a write up on Don Dohler’s CINEMAGIC magazine. Check it out!
Filmmaker David Ellis – in conjunction with Don Dohler’s family – have launched the DON DOHLER YOUTUBE PAGE. Here you can find all of Don’s earlier movies (sans Nightbeast which is owned by TROMA) are available to watch for FREE! Make sure to subscribe and sign up! Baltimore Sci Fi and Horror at its cult finest!
Filmmaker Mike Gutridge is premiering his latest horror movie THE BONE GARDEN in Halethorpe, MD on August 9th. This thriller stars many Friday the 13th alumni’s (Tracie Savage, Ron Millkie and Paul Kratka) as well as cult movie favorites George Stover and Monique Dupree. If you are in the area, go check this out!