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2013-06-24 09:03:17 PM
Too bad that he was around long enough to see his book raped on the big screen.
 
2013-06-24 09:06:39 PM
Very sad indeed.  It is hard to enumerate all the stories this man wrote, and all the remakes of those stories, or their influences on other pieces of drama.
 
2013-06-24 09:20:33 PM
RIP Mr. Matheson

/thank you
//your work was truly memorable
 
2013-06-24 09:22:45 PM
Haz a sad:

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2013-06-24 09:26:40 PM
Damn, someone pushed the button??

/A few summers ago, I went on a Matheson reading spree
//I was constantly amazed by not only how much stuff he wrote but how freakin' GOOD it was!
///Some chapters in The Shrinking Man were absolutely brilliant.  A child molester in a late-50s novel??
 
2013-06-24 09:52:07 PM
Without him there would have been no "Legend of Hell House" or "Trilogy of Terror".


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2013-06-24 10:35:03 PM
He was the bomb, as the kids say. RIP Mr. Matheson. Thanks for all the cool stuff.

/shock! for the win
 
2013-06-24 10:43:52 PM
I hate seeing stuff like this first thing when I get home from work.   I grew up watching Twilight Zone reruns and read lots of sci-fi short fiction.   Always loved Matheson.   And, yes, I knew he was still alive.

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RIP Richard Matheson
 
2013-06-24 10:44:00 PM

Popcorn Johnny: Too bad that he was around long enough to see his book raped on the big screen.


Again

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And again

www.phillshaw.co.uk

And again

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And again

(I'm leaving a few adaptations out here)

Honestly, I think if you use the "alternate" ending on the DVD, the Will Smith adaptation is the closest to a faithful adaptation.  And yes, that's pretty sad.
 
2013-06-24 10:45:08 PM
Ha, I thought he's been dead for years. At least that would have explained the movie. I mean, the last version, not the original or Omega Man.

Now that I think about it, he never cared much for the original story, did he? That would explain why he raped it like a redheaded step daughter.
 
2013-06-24 10:53:55 PM

Bathia_Mapes: Without him there would have been no "Legend of Hell House" or "Trilogy of Terror".


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My 8 year old self blames him for a year and a half of screaming thrashing nightmares.  That doll scared the CRAP out of me.  I couldn't watch Gumby without breaking out in cold sweats after seeing that movie.
 
2013-06-24 10:59:53 PM

Popcorn Johnny: Too bad that he was around long enough to see his book raped on the big screen.


More than once!
 
2013-06-24 11:00:54 PM
Some of his Twilight Zone episodes were some of the best television in history.
 
2013-06-24 11:09:46 PM
I was really hoping this was about Will Smith
 
2013-06-24 11:12:55 PM
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2013-06-24 11:15:58 PM
Wait, he was still alive? Well now I'm sad...  He is single handedly (well along with Rod Serling)  responsible for my love of horror and passion for film and television.

andrewagill: Popcorn Johnny: Too bad that he was around long enough to see his book raped on the big screen.

Again

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And again

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And again

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And again

(I'm leaving a few adaptations out here)

Honestly, I think if you use the "alternate" ending on the DVD, the Will Smith adaptation is the closest to a faithful adaptation.  And yes, that's pretty sad.


Wait what? Last man on earth was very close to the book from what I recall. We also wouldn't have Night of the Living Dead and zombies as we know them without that film.
 
2013-06-24 11:16:05 PM

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RIP
 
2013-06-24 11:18:34 PM
just on Friday, i was discussing him at great length on Facebook with a childhood buddy of mine, who we grew up reading the same Stephen King books at the same time. I got him on the Matheson kick, and he had just finished Duel.   He wrote with such integrity, giving great appreciation to language in a way you don't see as much, these days.
 
2013-06-24 11:21:54 PM

Popcorn Johnny: Too bad that he was around long enough to see his book raped on the big screen.


Done in one.
 
2013-06-24 11:31:07 PM
I Am Legend was the only book I read cover to cover in one  sitting.

The movies sucked and the wil  smith one was just an abomination. How do you miss  the whole freaken point of the book your movie is based on?
 
2013-06-24 11:33:59 PM

Spanky_McFarksalot: I Am Legend was the only book I read cover to cover in one  sitting.

The movies sucked and the wil  smith one was just an abomination. How do you miss  the whole freaken point of the book your movie is based on?


Maybe Brad Pitt look lessons from him?
 
2013-06-24 11:35:56 PM

ThatDarkFellow: Maybe Brad Pitt look lessons from him?


Maybe, but I never read WWZ  so I wouldn't know.
 
2013-06-24 11:36:10 PM

Bathia_Mapes: Without him there would have been no "Legend of Hell House" or "Trilogy of Terror".


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Don't forget

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2013-06-24 11:36:11 PM

Popcorn Johnny: Too bad that he was around long enough to see his book raped on the big screen.


Omega Man wasn't that bad.
 
2013-06-24 11:37:50 PM

Spanky_McFarksalot: I Am Legend was the only book I read cover to cover in one  sitting.


Umm, it's barely a nove--about 150 or so pages.  I wouldn't brag about reading it in one sitting.
 
2013-06-24 11:38:26 PM

brigid_fitch: Spanky_McFarksalot: I Am Legend was the only book I read cover to cover in one  sitting.

Umm, it's barely a nove--about 150 or so pages.  I wouldn't brag about reading it in one sitting.


*novel.  FTFM
 
2013-06-24 11:38:29 PM
I'd like to see an adaptation of I Am Legend that stuck as close to the story as possible. That is one of my favorite fiction stories.
 
2013-06-24 11:40:49 PM
A body of work of which to be proud.

/also shat myself as a kid to that frickin' devil doll.
 
2013-06-24 11:42:25 PM

brigid_fitch: I wouldn't brag about reading it in one sitting.


It was very well written and held my attention was the point. Not the length.

db
 
2013-06-24 11:49:39 PM
Kanye West again?

*clicks*

Ah, never mind.
 
2013-06-25 12:02:16 AM

GBmanNC: Wait, he was still alive? Well now I'm sad...  He is single handedly (well along with Rod Serling)  responsible for my love of horror and passion for film and television.

andrewagill: Popcorn Johnny: Too bad that he was around long enough to see his book raped on the big screen.

Again

[img.fark.net image 347x500]

And again

[www.phillshaw.co.uk image 500x250]

And again

[i244.photobucket.com image 439x660]

And again

(I'm leaving a few adaptations out here)

Honestly, I think if you use the "alternate" ending on the DVD, the Will Smith adaptation is the closest to a faithful adaptation.  And yes, that's pretty sad.

Wait what? Last man on earth was very close to the book from what I recall. We also wouldn't have Night of the Living Dead and zombies as we know them without that film.


It was. I think it even had his wife, too.

The book gave me chills at the end. It utterly fascinated me. Omega Man and I Am Legend both left me thinking 'I hate hollywood' all over again.
 
2013-06-25 12:31:17 AM
His imagination made the world a more interesting place.

We could use a few more like him, especially in these days of what amounts to plots being developed from Mad Libs.
 
2013-06-25 01:18:04 AM
Oh wow, so he actually slept with her?

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2013-06-25 01:18:44 AM

Precision Boobery: Oh wow, so he actually slept with her?

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What do you think killed him?
 
2013-06-25 01:21:03 AM
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RIP LEGEND
 
2013-06-25 01:55:38 AM
Damn. One of my favorites. With him and Doug Adams gone, now, there aren't many left.

Dear Death,

We on Earth would like to trade Dan Brown, Stephanie Meyer, and the entire Kardashian Family for the safe return of Richard Matheson.

Come on, Death! He was one of your best P.R. guys here on Earth. He's worth more to you alive.

Dammit,
ZeroCorpse


/I wish he could have seen "I Am Legend" done right before he died.
//His best story, and it never got a respectable treatment in Hollywood.
///No, not even The Last Man on Earth, though it at least tried.
 
2013-06-25 02:42:13 AM

Spanky_McFarksalot: I Am Legend was the only book I read cover to cover in one  sitting.

The movies sucked and the wil  smith one was just an abomination. How do you miss  the whole freaken point of the book your movie is based on?


Pick up "Infected" by Scott Sigler.

300ish pages (I got the kindle version so Im spitballing on pages) and once I hit chapter 2 I read it all in one night.

Triangles and Chicken Scisors will never be the same.
 
2013-06-25 03:06:50 AM
I Am Legend scared the crap out of me in high school. I still retread that book every other year.
I once tried to get some friends interested in funding a true to the source version of I Am Legend during the 1990s which would've been filmed in Compton where the book originally took place before the white flight.
I had this idea about using real gamgbangers as vampires lurking outside Neville's house...
 
2013-06-25 03:11:47 AM

TotallyHeadless: Some of his Twilight Zone episodes were some of the best television in history.


Yup. If there had only been one Twightlight Zone episode ever, it would be Terror at 20000 feet. Both versions of it are excellent.
 
2013-06-25 03:42:29 AM

andrewagill: Honestly, I think if you use the "alternate" ending on the DVD, the Will Smith adaptation is the closest to a faithful adaptation.


BULLshiat.  The Vincent Price one is the best by far.
 
2013-06-25 03:44:07 AM

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2013-06-25 06:16:08 AM
...One of the people who made me want to be a writer.  Godspeed, Mr. Matheson, and tell Rod and Jack Finney we all say hi.
 
2013-06-25 06:28:33 AM
I'm going to give Bid Time Return/Somewhere in Time a shout out, just because no one has and because (mock me if you want) it played an interesting role in my courtship days with my husband.... I loved Matheson's work.

/Read it on Mackinac Island
//Then took Hubbie to the Hotel Del Coronado where it REALLY took place
 
2013-06-25 07:08:11 AM
They've tried three times to make it into a movie and fans are still waiting for a good adaptation.
 
2013-06-25 07:40:15 AM
Rest in peace, guy who built jurassic park.
 
2013-06-25 08:30:12 AM
Dude could write.
 
2013-06-25 09:11:15 AM
GBmanNC: Wait what? Last man on earth was very close to the book from what I recall. We also wouldn't have Night of the Living Dead and zombies as we know them without that film.

It's been a while since I've seen it, but The Last Man on Earth changed the character quite a bit, and

At least the alternate ending to I Am Legend kind of preserved the original meaning of the book.  Granted, it's still a lot worse than the ending in the book, but it's a step up from the others.

I agree that the original ending of the Will Smith version was terrible.  If I had to choose between that version and the others, I think I'd just sit and weep.
 
2013-06-25 09:28:26 AM

andrewagill: It's been a while since I've seen it, but The Last Man on Earth changed the character quite a bit, and the ending didn't really have any introspection from Robert Neville.  When he's told that the vampires fear him, he reacts with anger, and the vampires are never shown sympathetically.  Neville ends the film without any real sympathy for them.


FTFM.
 
2013-06-25 09:59:47 AM
Wow, weird.  I just read Hell House again yesterday.  Even though I'm tired as all hell of remakes, that could stand to be remade (in the hands of competent filmmakers).  The film version was good, but really toned down the graphic stuff.
 
2013-06-25 02:48:05 PM
Well, I have a huge sad now.
 
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