|R.I.P. Roy Ward Baker
||[Oct. 18th, 2010|07:46 pm]
International Bon Vivant and Raconteur
Film director Roy Ward Baker has passed away at the age of 93.
Best known by everyone else for 1958's Golden Globe-winning A Night to Remember, Baker, to me, was synonymous with Hammer horror. He helmed such classic films as The Vampire Lovers, Scars of Dracula (above, one of the best of Hammer's Dracula films, in my opinion), Quatermass and the Pit, and the non-Hammer horror-comedy anthology film The Monster Club, all of which had a huge influence on my life, in terms of my love for Gothic horror cinema, and on my work, especially in my as-yet-unpublished Hammer homage novella In the Shadow of the Axe.
I think I might pop in a Hammer film tonight in memory of the great Roy Ward Baker.