The LA Times reported the extremely sad news that the great director and producer Bob Clark was killed earlier today along with his son, Ariel, on the Pacific Coast Highway.
“The crash was reported about 2:20 a.m. on PCH just south of Bay Club Drive. Clark, 67, of Pacific Palisades, and his son, who was 22 and lived in Santa Monica, were pronounced dead at the scene. LAPD investigators said Clark was driving a 1997 Infiniti Q-30 sedan southbound on PCH when the driver of a GMC Yukon, Hector Velazquez-Nava, 24, of Los Angeles swerved and hit the Clark vehicle head-on. Nava was found to be driving under the influence of alcohol and operating a motor vehicle without a driver’s license. He will be booked on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and gross vehicular manslaughter.” Words cannot express the feelings of anger those last two sentences evoke.
As would be expected, the mainstream media is focusing on Clark’s work on the films A Christmas Story and Porky’s, but he is most beloved by genre fans for Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things, Dead of Night, and of course the highly influential, often imitated Black Christmas (1974).
We at Dread Central send our deepest condolences to Bob and Ariel’s family and friends. They may be gone, but they will never be forgotten.
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