Stan Winston, Rest in Peace
 By James Van Fleet

Email this article
Printer friendly page


Jun 17, 2008, 11:16 pm


Note: Stan Winston passed away Sunday, June 16th, of cancer.  He had been fighting it for seven years.


When I first started watching movies – and loving them – it was the mid-nineties, and what dazzled me were the effects.  That drew me to a show called “Movie Magic” on the Discovery Channel, and one of the names most often uttered was Stan Winston.  Other practitioners like Rob Bottin, Dick Smith, Phil Tippett, and, of course, Ray Harryhausen caught my attention, but Stan Winston was a personal favorite.


The man was responsible for two of my favorite characters in the movies: the Terminator and the Rex from Jurassic Park.  Much of the two’s success came from other artisans at Stan Winston Studios, but that only excited me more.  The man had his own studio?!  He must be amazing.


He was.  By all accounts one of the great good guys of Hollywood, Winston wasn’t limited to fantasy fare.  His work on television drama landed him two Emmys, and he provided makeup effects for movies as diverse as Pearl Harbor and Tideland.  And his work ethic was insane – he died with seven projects in various stages of development, and the current release Iron Man featured a wearable suit designed by Winston.


His involvement with the horror genre is limited, but remarkable.  He reworked the Alien species into a hive group with thick carapaces and panther-like movement.  He resurrected corpses in Dead and Buried.  His directorial debut was a creature feature with Lance Henriksen called Pumpkinhead, notable chiefly for its successfully disgusting monster.  I could continue, but listmaking dilutes the message after a while.


Effects technicians rarely get the front page in the news, since their job is to essentially be invisible.  Winston, however, deserves our gratitude for turning in work that at worst was competent, and, at best, made us believe in the impossible, if only for a moment.  Sometimes, a moment is all you need.


Submit your Horror News here.
in our Forums



         Staff  /   Upcoming Horror Movies  /  Advertise with Us  /  Contact Us /   About Us 

 The House of Horrors is © by Internet Zombie Productions, 1997-PRESENT, all rights reserved. All other  mentioned entities within this domain belong to their respective copyright owners and will not be infringed  upon herein.

•Stan Winston, Rest in Peace

•A Short Video And Jason's New Mask Revealed


•Friday the 13th Fright Show and CURTAINS in New York City

•AX MURDERER Gets The Special Treatment

•Book Review: GHOST WALK


•DVD Review: OTIS

•Film Review: THE RUINS


•Exclusive Interview: Eileen Dietz

•Exclusive Interview: John Morghen

•Exclusive Interview: Tiffany Shepis

•Exclusive Interview: RIDER STRONG

•Exclusive Interview: Neil Marshall

•If You're In Northeast Ohio Then I've Got Your Tickets To THE STRANGERS

•CONTEST: Win A Signed One Sheet From THE STRANGERS

•Contest: The Orphanage on DVD

•Enter The Cellar Door DVD Giveaway

•Fantastic, Unreal, Unbelieveable THE RAGE Contest