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Remembering Horror’s Legends: A Tribute to Those Who Died in 2016

Anton Yelchin (27) Died on June 19, 2016

Anton Yelchin

Anton Yelchin is the youngest celebrity to pass on this year, and it was a damning blow to cinema as a whole. Yelchin, still south of 30, popped up in a number of solid flicks. He was the male lead in one of 2016’s top genre releases, Green Room, he played Charley Brewster in the Fright Night remake, a young Kyle Reese in Terminator Salvation, a decent guy who can’t shake his deceased girlfriend in Burying the Ex and stepped up to do the awesome Odd Thomas adaptation justice. The sky was the limit for this sensational performer, and he should have had a few more decades to continue refining his craft.

Yelchin died in a very strange automobile accident when his car slowly idled down Yelchin’s driveway, it came to a stop only after crushing Yelchin between the vehicle itself and Yelchin’s mailbox. While the story sounds too strange to be true, no indication of foul play was identified at the scene, and the accident, by all accounts, appears to be just that, a tragic accident.

Robin Hardy (86) Died on July 1, 2016

Robin Hardy

Hardy’s work in the field was amazingly limited. In fact, he’s really known as the genius who directed the classic The Wicker Man. He did also return to write and direct the kind-of-sequel, The Wicker Tree.

Hardy passed away midway through 2016. He was 86 years old.

Gene Wilder (83) Died on August 29, 2016

Gene Wilder

Funny man extraordinaire, Gene Wilder, is one of the greatest talents the world has seen. Along with fronting the legendary family flick, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, he appeared in the classic comedic genre pieces, Young Frankenstein and Haunted Honeymoon, which he shot with his soon-to-be wife, the late, great Gilda Radner.

Wilder passed away in August as a result of complications from Alzheimer’s disease.

Herschell Gordon Lewis (90) Died on September 26, 2016


The Godfather of Gore changed the way we vie graphic violence and gore. Lewis never held back, and he drenched his features in copious amounts of censorship-testing content. Among his most adored films are Blood Feast, Two Thousand Maniacs!, The Wizard of Gore and The Gore Gore Girls.

Lewis died on September 26, 2016.

John Vulich (55) Died on October 12, 2016

John Vulich

John Vulich is one of the truly underrated talents on this list. A refined make-up and special effects practitioner, Vulich’s work can be seen in a slew of horror pieces, including Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter, Day of the Dead, Troll, Dolls, The Lost Boys, Fright Night 2, Night of the Living Dead, Castle Freak and The Dark Half. Vulich also contributed to a number of top notch television series’, including Werewolf, X-Files and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

John died back in October, but the cause of his death has yet to be made public.

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Author of Say No to Drugs, writer for Blumhouse, Dread Central, Horror Novel Reviews and Addicted to Horror Movies.

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