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Old June 26 2013, 11:59 PM   #31
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Kirk55555, you're not alone. Everyone knows Matheson's work, but, sadly, not everyone knows his name. He was possibly the most influential science fiction/horror writer in America who wasn't a household name.

Among other things, he was the grandfather of the entire zombie apocalypse genre. His 1954 novel, I Am Legend, inspired Romero's Night of the Living Dead, which led to The Walking Dead and every other variation on the theme. And, of course, he wrote many of the most famous episodes of The Twilight Zone.
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Old June 27 2013, 03:17 AM   #32
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I just realized I haven't commented on the thread topic. I haven't read any of his written work, but, I've seen and enjoyed Will Smith I am Legend, and Vincent Price Last Man on Earth, of course The Enemy Within. I'm sure I've enjoyed several of his Twilight Zones and of course there's Martian Chronicles. A true loss
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Old June 27 2013, 09:40 AM   #33
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Old June 27 2013, 03:57 PM   #34
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"Martian Chronicles" was Bradbury (unless Matheson wrote the screenplay). No one has mentioned "Duel" or "Trilogy of Terror". Two great TV movies based on his work. If the name of the latter doesn't ring a bell, maybe this will.

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Old June 27 2013, 04:19 PM   #35
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"Martian Chronicles" was Bradbury (unless Matheson wrote the screenplay). No one has mentioned "Duel" or "Trilogy of Terror". Two great TV movies based on his work. If the name of the latter doesn't ring a bell, maybe this will.

http://halloweenhorrorhappenings.com...3/05/tril4.jpg
Writer on the 1980 Mini-Series (Usually IMDB credits "Screenplay" or "novel/Book", but, The Martian Chronicles just credits him as "writer", so, I was unsure exactly what that meant)

I also noticed just now Stir of Echoes Novel is his as well.
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Old June 27 2013, 04:53 PM   #36
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That's correct. Matheson wrote the screenplay for The Martian Chronicles miniseries back in the 1980's.

As a screenwriter, he also wrote movie adaptations of MASTER OF THE WORLD (by Jules Verne), DRACULA (starring Jack Palance), THE NIGHT STALKER (based on a novel by Jeff Rice), THE DEVIL RIDES OUT (based on the occult novel by Dennis Wheatley), and, of course, various Poe movies with Vincent Price: HOUSE OF USHER, THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM, THE RAVEN, and TALES OF TERROR. He also wrote a TV-movie biography of L. Frank Baum, THE DREAMER OF OZ, among many other projects.

Someone was just pointing out on Facebook that Matheson is the only writer whose TWILIGHT ZONE episodes have been remade as feature films twice, with THE BOX and REAL STEEL. (Three times if you count the "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" segment in TWILIGHT ZONE: THE MOVIE.)
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Old June 27 2013, 06:14 PM   #37
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I've always found Hollywood's fascination with Phillip K Dick laughable, as Matheson has, IMO, contributed far more to filmed science fiction over his career. Whether it was the fantastic, such as What Dreams May Come, or the outright scary, like I Am Legend, Matheson put together a plethora of classic stories. I've enjoyed reading his work for decades. He will be missed.
Well, it's not as though Hollywood has exactly ignored Matheson's work: THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING MAN, DUEL, SOMEWHERE IN TIME, WHAT DREAMS MAY COME, STIR OF ECHOES, THE LEGEND OF HELL HOUSE, THE BOX, REAL STEEL, THE LAST MAN ON EARTH, THE OMEGA MAN, I AM LEGEND, etc.
Greg, sorry, perhaps I was not clear. The suits in Hollywood seem to have a thing for PKD, despite Matheson's contributions. Anytime I read an article about scifi and Hollywood, PKD comes up. I used to get a perverse joy when I worked at Borders out of suggesting Matheson's work. No one ever seemed to know who he was-but they knew his work/movies. The look of wonder on their faces when I started listing some of the movies you wrote above was priceless.
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Old June 27 2013, 06:57 PM   #38
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I've always found Hollywood's fascination with Phillip K Dick laughable, as Matheson has, IMO, contributed far more to filmed science fiction over his career. Whether it was the fantastic, such as What Dreams May Come, or the outright scary, like I Am Legend, Matheson put together a plethora of classic stories. I've enjoyed reading his work for decades. He will be missed.
Well, it's not as though Hollywood has exactly ignored Matheson's work: THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING MAN, DUEL, SOMEWHERE IN TIME, WHAT DREAMS MAY COME, STIR OF ECHOES, THE LEGEND OF HELL HOUSE, THE BOX, REAL STEEL, THE LAST MAN ON EARTH, THE OMEGA MAN, I AM LEGEND, etc.
Greg, sorry, perhaps I was not clear. The suits in Hollywood seem to have a thing for PKD, despite Matheson's contributions. Anytime I read an article about scifi and Hollywood, PKD comes up. I used to get a perverse joy when I worked at Borders out of suggesting Matheson's work. No one ever seemed to know who he was-but they knew his work/movies. The look of wonder on their faces when I started listing some of the movies you wrote above was priceless.
I know how that goes. I've been doing the same for years! :
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Old June 27 2013, 08:14 PM   #39
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THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING MAN
I know this is probably considered one of his lesser works, but I read this book as a kid and loved it. The story of this guy shrinking and the effect on his wife and child and the practical stuff like having to wear kids clothes just fascinated me. The movie of course, didn't do justice to the book. I was blown away when I found out he was a Zone writer.

RIP to a rare talent.
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Old June 27 2013, 10:18 PM   #40
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In both "Shrinking Man" and "Legend", the horror isn't found in the situation , but in how one man reacts to it. In both works the protaganist finds himself isolated, and the first person narrative only hightens that effect.
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Old June 28 2013, 12:28 AM   #41
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FYI: TCM is airing "The Incredible Shrinking Man" on Sunday, July 7.

(As discussed in the TCM thread.)
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Old June 28 2013, 04:20 PM   #42
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Back when I was in college "Last Man on Earth" was shown on TV late night Saturday. Probably as part of a horror movie series hosted by a syndicated guy known as the "ghoul".

Many of us watched, each in various states of altered reality.

For months afterwards, the dorm joke was to bang on someones door (usually at some obscene hour) and say; "Morgan.............come out."
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Old June 28 2013, 10:58 PM   #43
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This one really Hurts. Another great I will never meet.

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Honestly, I'm glad to see that Richard's passing is getting the recognition it deserves. I've been spending the evening reading all the glowing tributes and obituaries that are springing up on-line--and debating which DVD I want to rewatch first: SOMEWHERE IN TIME or THE LEGEND OF HELL HOUSE?

Hell House most definately. Roddy McDowell as a hero finally.
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