Saturday, May 17, 2008

R.I.P. Diabolik

Received some sad news today, the great John Phillip Law reportedly passed away earlier this week. While he’s best known at Fantasmo from his starring role in the Mario Bava masterpiece Diabolik, Law appeared in numerous cult films over the years including Barbarella and The Golden Voyage of Sinbad. No matter the nature of the film, Law was one of those actors who brought something special to even the cheesiest role. One of my personal favorites was the 1988 film Space Mutiny in which he co-starred with the inimitable Reb Brown (Captain America, Yor). In that unforgettable B-classic he played the evil Commander Elijah Kalgan, and was ridiculed mercilessly by the MST3K cast. Truly, the film is a classic in its original form as well – if you get a chance you should definitely check it out! Law was certainly one of the greats of cult filmdom, and his presence on the scene will certainly be missed.

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