Sometimes tragedy can strike literally out of nowhere. There’s no time to prepare, and usually there’s nowhere to go for help. Such was the case when we lost special makeup effects artist John Vulich, whose work was seen in many horror classics on both the big screen as well as TV, as the result of a massive heart attack.
John’s best friend, William Butler (Night of the Living Dead, Texas Chainsaw Massacre III), has set up a relief fund to help John’s family with a lot of the unexpected bills that have come up during this ghastly time.
John lived with his girlfriend, Nicole, and the two children he referred to as “his kids,” Paige and Elizabeth. They were together for 11 years.
“The two of them used only one bank account – John’s – and virtually nothing was in Nicole’s name as John was very old fashioned and liked to keep control of their finances,” says Butler. “Anyone that knows him will know this as fact. Two days ago the bank received notice of John’s death, and Nicole was locked out the bank account. This means she has ZERO access to ANY money. She has obtained a lawyer [but it could take upwards of 6 months for anything to happen], and Nicole and the kids virtually have no money to eat on or live on. Elizabeth has things she needs for school, and they are really in a very hard place.”
Every cent helps in situations like this. We in the horror industry, just like the fans, don’t always have anyone looking out for us so we need to rely on each other. Please help if you can.