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Rest in Peace Don Barton

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Don BartonThe old school monster movie community has lost another of its own as Don Barton, director of the funky 70s horror classic ZAAT, has passed on. Read on for details.

The news came from the official ZAAT Facebook page, which posted the following message…

“It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of ZAAT director Don Barton today, Saturday, June 8, at the age of 84 following several months of declining health. Don was a loving husband, father of nine children, and grandfather of many more. He was a dear friend, a partner, and a businessman who was loved by many and liked by almost everyone. Ironically his passing came on the same day as a screening of his feature film ZAAT (1971) at Marineland as part of their 75th anniversary celebration and he was there with us in spirit tonight. It was an honor and a privilege to have known you Don and the lights at the old abandoned research lab will never shine as brightly again.”

We here at Dread Central would like to take this time to offer our sincerest of condolences to Don’s many friends, family, and constituents. Thank you, sir, for the monstrous memories. And also for a monster suit so zany we cannot help but smile every time we see it.

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Steve Barton

You're such an inspiration for the ways that I will never, ever choose to be.

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