Rest in Peace: Director Ken Russell

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Rest in Peace Director Ken RussellIt’s a sad day indeed as we are truly sorry to have to report that the great British director Ken Russell is no longer with us. Read on for all the details about the man’s legacy, life, and death.

Russell died in a hospital on Sunday, November 27, following a series of strokes. He was 84.

Ken touched our genre several times throughout his illustrious career including such memorable classics as 1971’s The Devils, Altered States, Gothic, Lair of the White Worm, and finally an entry in 2006’s anthology film Trapped Ashes. Along with those classics, he’s best known for adapting The Who’s rock opera Tommy along with a myriad of other films.

We here at Dread Central would like to take this time to offer our sincerest of condolences to Ken’s friends, family, and constituents. Rest easy, good sir. Your legacy will live on fruitfully!

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  • kiddcapone

    Sad news, but luckily I earned 26 points in my Fantasy Death Pool with Ken Russell moving on to the great beyond (110 minus the age of demise). Only one month left and I’m way too far behind to move up into the money…Bummer. Next year I need to pick better. I can’t believe people like Dr Ruth, Abe Vigoda, Earnest Borgnine, Jack Klugman, Carl Reiner, Nancy Regan, and Judge Joe Wapner made it through 2011..well, so far…

  • Vanvance1


    I love Altered States and Lair of the White Worm was a winner too.

    He was an artist with his own vision and he managed to get it on the screen more than once. I hope his films will be treated with more respect than they have been and that they receive proper blu ray treatment.

  • theGoldenSimatar

    Heard about this on NPR as I was driving home from work. Depressing news 🙁

    And it comes only a few days after Mark Kermode talked about The Devils