Ken Russell passes on at 84

Just as a quality edition of The Devil’s was announced on DVD in the UK, controversial and unique filmmaker Ken Russell has passed on. The man still recently doing the festival circuit (stops in 2010 in Toronto and Montreal), before a gentle passing in his sleep at 84. The above image is from one of his most famous films, The Lair of the White Worm; a VHS box that haunted my dreams when I saw it in the store at a very tender age.

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James Gillham

Thanks for noting his passing, Kurt. ‘Crimes of Passion’ is a personal favorite of mine… probably my favorite Perkins performance outside of Norman Bates. I’ve seen only a few of Russell’s films, but they’ve all managed to be memorable in some way.