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John Heard, Home Alone, Sopranos Actor Dies At 72

John Heard the actor best known as the dad in the classic festive movie Home Alone, has died at the age of 72. Heard was found dead in a hotel in Palo Alto, California on Friday afternoon, so reports TMZ.

As well as his high-profile role in Home Alone, Heard was also seen in the likes of Chilly Scenes of Winter, Heart Beat, Cutter’s Way, Cat People, C.H.U.D., After Hours, Big, Beaches, Awakenings, Rambling Rose, The Pelican Brief, My Fellow Americans, Snake Eyes, and Animal Factory, as well as an Emmy-nominated turn in the hit HBO gangster movie The Sopranos.

He is survived by his children John Matthew, Annika and Max Heard.

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John Heard, Scene-Stealing Character Actor from ‘Home Alone’ and ‘The Sopranos,’ Dies at 71

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John Heard, Scene-Stealing Character Actor from ‘Home Alone’ and ‘The Sopranos,’ Dies at 71
John Heard, best known for playing the father in “Home Alone” and its sequels, has died. The news was first reported by TMZ before being confirmed elsewhere; according to the initial report, the actor had “minor back surgery” at Stanford Medical Center earlier this week and was found dead in a Palo Alto hotel room. Heard was 71.

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An omnipresent character actor who had a habit of stealing scenes throughout his prolific career, Heard also appeared in such films as “Big,” “Awakenings,” “The Chumscrubber,” “C.H.U.D.,” and “The Pelican Brief;” among his television work as a five-episode stint as Detective Vin Makazian on “The Sopranos.”

A crooked cop who shared information with mob boss Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini), Makazian was a forlorn figure who whiled away his days at a brothel — and whose shady dealings eventually caught up with him.
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Home Alone actor John Heard has died

  • JoBlo
John Heard is not a name you may instantly recognize, but he is an actor whose face you have seen in dozens of films and television series over the last forty years including C.H.U.D., Cutter's Way, Beaches, Cat People and, most memorably, Home Alone. We are sad to report that Heard passed away yesterday at the age of 72 after undergoing back surgery. Heard had a prolific career that spanned theatre,... Read More...
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John Heard, 'Home Alone' Actor, Dead at 72

John Heard, 'Home Alone' Actor, Dead at 72
John Heard, the actor who portrayed Kevin McCallister's father in a pair of Home Alone films, has died at the age of 72.

The Santa Clara Medical Examiner’s office confirmed Heard's death, Variety reports. TMZ adds that the actor was found dead in his Palo Alto, California hotel room, just days after Heard underwent minor back surgery, his rep said.

An Obie Award-winning actor before he came to Hollywood, Heard broke out in the late Seventies thanks to his role in ChillyScenes of Winter, which was followed by starring roles in 1980's Heart Beat,
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John Heard, ‘Home Alone’ Dad, Dies at 71

John Heard, ‘Home Alone’ Dad, Dies at 71
John Heard, best known as Peter McAllister in the “Home Alone” movies who appeared in a wide range of TV and film roles, has died at 71 in Palo Alto, Calif.

He was found dead in a hotel where he was reportedly recovering after undergoing back surgery. The Santa Clara Medical Examiner’s office confirmed his death.

In the 1990 “Home Alone,” Heard stars as the father who forgets his son, played by Macauley Culkin, when making a business trip to France. After “Home Alone” became a big hit, Heard returned to star in “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.”

He also appeared in “Cat People,” “After Hours,” “Big,” “Beaches,” 1992 boxing film “Gladiator,” and on TV in “Miami Vice” and “The Sopranos,” for which he won an Emmy nomination for outstanding guest actor.

Born in Washington, D.C., Heard started out acting off-Broadway. His first major role came in the romantic comedy “Chilly Scenes of Winter” in 1979.

His
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John Heard, ‘Home Alone’ Dad, Dies at 71

John Heard, ‘Home Alone’ Dad, Dies at 71
John Heard, best known as Peter McAllister in the “Home Alone” movies who appeared in a wide range of TV and film roles, has died at 71 in Palo Alto, Calif.

He was found dead in a hotel where he was reportedly recovering after undergoing back surgery. The Santa Clara Medical Examiner’s office confirmed his death.

In the 1990 “Home Alone,” Heard stars as the father who forgets his son, played by Macauley Culkin, when making a business trip to France. After “Home Alone” became a big hit, Heard returned to star in “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.”

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He also appeared in “Cat People,” “After Hours,” “Big,” “Beaches,” 1992 boxing film “Gladiator,” and on TV in “Miami Vice” and “The Sopranos,” for which he won an Emmy nomination for outstanding guest actor.

Born in Washington, D.C., Heard started out acting off-Broadway. His first major role came in the romantic comedy “Chilly Scenes of Winter
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C.H.U.D. – The Blu Review

Review by Roger Carpenter

Made at the height of the creature feature resurgence popularized by films like The Howling, An American Werewolf in London, Wolfen, Humanoids from the Deep, and The Boogens, C.H.U.D. (1984) was a (very) low budget film that was briefly popular upon its release and became a staple of the mid-80’s video stores that seemed to pop up like weeds around that time. We tend to throw around terms like “cult classic” a little too lightly nowadays. I don’t think C.H.U.D. qualifies as a genuine “cult classic,” but the film certainly has legs over three decades plus since its original release.

Perhaps those “legs” have something to do with the coverage from the popular Fangoria magazine during production of the film. Or maybe it had to do with the schlocky but nonetheless horrific rubber monster suits worn for the CHUDs (actually foam latex) to go along
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Daily Dead’s 2016 Holiday Gift Guide & Giveaways: Day 11 – Waxwork Records, FiveFingerTees, Star Wars Books, Hero Complex Gallery & More!

  • DailyDead
Welcome back for Day 11 of Daily Dead’s fourth annual Holiday Gift Guide, readers! Once again, our goal is to help you navigate through the horrors of the 2016 shopping season with our tips on unique gift ideas, and we’ll hopefully help you save a few bucks over the next few weeks, too. For our second-to-last day of this year’s Gift Guide, we’re going to be featuring several great cult films that arrived on Blu-ray in 2016, as well as Star Wars books, a ton of horror-themed enamel pins, the amazing artwork of Hero Complex Gallery, FiverFingerTees, and much more!

This year’s Holiday Gift Guide is sponsored by several amazing companies, including Mondo, Anchor Bay Entertainment, DC Entertainment, and Magnolia Home Entertainment, who have all donated an assortment of goodies to help get you into the spirit of the season. Daily Dead also recently teamed up with
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C.H.U.D.

Can an old-fashioned monster movie still work in the 1980s? The dedicated cast for this overachieving chiller takes its story of ‘Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers’ in directions most punk-era horrors do not.

C.H.U.D.

Blu-ray

Arrow Video (U.S.)

1984 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 96 + 88 min. / Street Date November 22, 2016 / Available from Amazon Us 39.99

Starring John Heard, Daniel Stern, Christopher Curry, Kim Greist, Eddie Jones, Ruth Maleczech, J.C. Quinn, John Ramsey, George Martin, John Bedford Lloyd, Frankie Faison, John Goodman, Hallie Foote, Jon Polito.

Cinematography Peter Stein

Editor Claire Simpson

Makeup Effects John Caglione Jr.

Original Music David A. Hughes

Written by Parnell Hall, Shepard Abbott

Produced by Andrew Bonime

Directed by Douglas Cheek

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

How does the monster show C.H.U.D. rate in the general parade of 1980s horror features? I don’t know — I spent the ’80s avoiding those pictures. A few years earlier at the New Beverly, Sherman Torgan
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November 22nd Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Return Of The Living Dead 3, Rabid, C.H.U.D.

  • DailyDead
After last week being rather quiet on the home entertainment front, November 22nd is looking to make up for some lost time with a ton of great genre Blu-ray and DVD titles coming our way on Tuesday. This week, Scream Factory is showing some love to another David Cronenberg classic, Rabid, and Arrow Video is resurrecting the cult film C.H.U.D. in HD for their brand new Special Edition Blu-ray.

Lionsgate is putting out a pair of Vestron Video Collector’s Series titles—Return of the Living Dead 3 and C.H.U.D. II: Bud the Chud—that horror fans will undoubtedly want to add to their home media collections. And for all you William Friedkin fans out there, Shout Select has put together a stellar Collector’s Edition Blu-ray of To Live and Die in L.A. that is absolutely worth owning.

Other notable releases for November 22nd include Intruder,
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Full Release Details for Arrow Video’s C.H.U.D., The Initiation, and The Driller Killer Blu-rays

  • DailyDead
This November, Arrow Video offers horror fans a wide variety of thrills and onscreen kills with their respective Blu-ray releases of C.H.U.D., The Initiation, and The Driller Killer, and the full release details for all three Blu-rays have now been revealed.

Press Release: Mvd Entertainment Group furthers the distribution of Arrow Video in the Us with three great new titles in November. The month kicks off with The Initiation on Blu-ray, one of the best of the college-based slasher movies of the 1980s. One of the later entries into the genre, it had horror fans hooked with its tense stalk 'n' slash scenes and it's surprising twist of an ending.

The horror continues with C.H.U.D., the classic 80s horror featuring the Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers making their long-awaited debut on Blu-ray with a brand new restoration from original film elements.

Last but by no means least comes Arrow Video's
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Arrow Video’s November Blu-ray Releases to Include C.H.U.D., The Initiation, The Driller Killer

  • DailyDead
Arrow Video has now given horror fans several big reasons to look forward to November, as they will keep the scary spirits alive post-Halloween with Us / UK Blu-ray releases of The Initiation and The Driller Killer, a Us Blu-ray / DVD release of C.H.U.D., and a UK Blu-ray / DVD release of Howling II: Your Sister is a Werewolf.

From Arrow Video’s official Facebook page: “New Us Title Announcement: C.H.U.D Dual Format Blu-ray & DVD

The ultimate underground movie experience

North American Blu-ray pre-order link should be live soon!

They’Re Not Staying Down There, Anymore!

From the subterranean depths it crawls! Finally making its long-awaited debut on Blu-ray, director Douglas Cheek’s cult ‘80s favorite C.H.U.D. is the ultimate underground movie experience.

In downtown Manhattan, a police captain’s hunt for his missing wife leads to the discovery of a series of mysterious disappearances in the area.
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Underrated 1980S Horror Gems

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By Brandon Engel

We've all seen Halloween, Friday the 13th, and Hellraiser. But for true horror aficionados, much of the charm of the genre lies in low budget, low production value, and extreme, outrageous effects and plots. Read on to learn more about five of the forgotten horror films of the 80’s that, while an exercise in bad taste, will provide the horror fan with a truly enjoyable viewing experience.

Pumpkinhead

While poorly received upon its 1988 debut, Pumpkinhead has built up a cult following in the years since its release. The movie tells of a small rural town besieged by an ancient, gigantic monster (the titular character), who is called into being by a father who wants to exact revenge on the teenagers who have injured his young son in a dirt biking accident. The film, which starred genre favorite Lance Henriksen as the vengeful patriarch, spawned one direct to
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Home Alone: A Horror Movie Disguised As A Holiday Favorite

I was graciously asked to participate this year for the Shit Movie Fest’s annual “25 Days of Shitmas” celebration of Christmas movies. Being a total Chicago snob, I jumped at the chance to dissect and review the John Hughes classic, Home Alone. I love writing about horror movies, but having the chance to write about something from a completely different genre is more refreshing than The Sacrament finally giving a release date. As I wrote my giant love letter to the movie, it became quickly apparent that Home Alone isn’t a family Christmas movie…it’s a horror movie in disguise.

First of all, the film covers about four different horror subgenres. Most obviously, it’s a home invasion movie. The fact that two criminals are knowingly breaking into a house inhabited by an eight-year-old with the mindset to kill him is not something I’d normally associate with a family movie.
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New C.H.U.D. Shirt & Poster from Cavitycolors

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Cavitycolors is getting off to a good start this October by offering a limited edition t-shirt and poster based on C.H.U.D.

“C.H.U.D is one of those movies that either you hate, or you absolutely love. There’s no middle ground with this movie. It’s an absolute cheese fest, with moments of genius from Daniel Stern (Home Alone) that will make you laugh till your mouth hurts. It’s an often overlooked movie, but it holds a special place in a lot of horror fans’ hearts. I am one of those fans. Especially as a monster lover, you can’t really go wrong with a Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dweller.

The movie itself is pretty cool, and has everything you might want out of a horror flick. Cheesy characters, Toxic slime, gore, sewers, humor, and of course, the Chud monster itself, which is sort of an iconic image
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7 Great Horror Roles Played By Then Unknown Actors

Recent Oscar winning actress and inescapable talent Jennifer Lawrence broke out with Winter’s Bone that immediately gained her notoriety in the public eye, before she reached super stardom with her role in The Hunger Games and X-Men: First Class. Many people will forget that another movie of hers came out in the same year, the delayed House at the End of the Street, which was banking on Jennifer Lawrence’s well… bankability.

A financial success, it made back it’s very small 7 million dollar budget, it should be no surprise that no one is really ever going to consider House at the End of the Street –or Hates if you use the marketing’s stupid abbreviation- as the turning point in Lawrence’s thriving career.

It seems that every famous actor this side of Jamie Lee Curtis at one point did their time in the horror genre. Many people
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Tara Reid, a 90210 Hunk, and a C.H.U.D. Star to Brave the Sharknado

Tara Reid starring in an Asylum movie about a tornado filled with hungry sharks? Why am I not surprised? Read on to find out which stars of “Beverly Hills 90210” and the cult classic C.H.U.D. will be joining her when Sharknado touches down later this year.

Written by Thunder Levin (American Warships, Ae Apocalypse Earth) and helmed by Anthony C. Ferrante, director of The Asylum’s “pretty damned good horror movie” Hansel & Gretel, “The Jaws After Tomorrow,” aka Sharknado, sees Los Angeles devastated by a monster hurricane that leaves the streets flooded with shark-infested waters leading to the inevitable moment when a tornado sucks up the sharks, producing the world’s first man-eating F5 tornado.

Tara Reid of American Pie, The Big Lebowski, and considerable tabloid fame (at least until Lindsay Lohan and Amanda Bynes stole all the headlines) leads the charge against this unholy predatory twister threatening the City of Angels.
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Jeffrey Combs talks “Would You Rather”

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Jeffrey Combs talks “Would You Rather”
Fango got some exclusive words with Combs about Would You Rather, which co-stars Prom Night’s Brittany Snow, C.H.U.D.’s John Heard and Smash Cut’s Sasha Grey.

Fangoria: How did you come to be a part of Would You Rather?

Jeffrey Combs: Would You Rather came out of the woodwork in a way, although through a fortuitous route. One of my oldest and best friends I’ve known since high school, his son’s best friend happened to be one of the associate producers for [the movie] as it was getting put together. They were looking for someone to play Shepard Lambrick, and he brought up my name. I had a meeting with the director, David Guy Levy, and we were off to the races.

Fang: What were your initial thoughts when you read the script?

Combs: I thought it was really finely crafted: Taut, motivated, nothing that didn’t progress one point to another.
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Jeffrey Combs talks “Would You Rather”

  • Fangoria
Jeffrey Combs talks “Would You Rather”
Fango got some exclusive words with Combs about Would You Rather, which co-stars Prom Night’s Brittany Snow, C.H.U.D.’s John Heard and Smash Cut’s Sasha Grey.

Fangoria: How did you come to be a part of Would You Rather?

Jeffrey Combs: Would You Rather came out of the woodwork in a way, although through a fortuitous route. One of my oldest and best friends I’ve known since high school, his son’s best friend happened to be one of the associate producers for [the movie] as it was getting put together. They were looking for someone to play Shepard Lambrick, and he brought up my name. I had a meeting with the director, David Guy Levy, and we were off to the races.

Fang: What were your initial thoughts when you read the script?

Combs: I thought it was really finely crafted: Taut, motivated, nothing that didn’t progress one point to another.
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