Yesterday, on April 4, 2007 we received the upsetting news that veteran director and Canuxploitation favourite Bob Clark and his son Ariel Hanrath-Clark were killed at 2:30 AM on the Pacific Coast Highway, when their vehicle was struck head-on by an SUV driven by an alledgedly drunk driver.
As you may know, I had the opoprtunity to interview Bob on two separate occasions in the past few years, and found him to be a warm, and thoroughly engaging personality. He really did seem to enjoy reminiscing about his past work, and loved to talk about his proudest achievement–working with Arthur Miller on the little-seen cable movie The American Clock
Though he “officially” retired from filmmaking after he 1990′s Loose Cannons, he couldn’t keep away from the camera. It’s true that many of his later movies were done for the money, but he still very much subscribed to the “one for them, one for me” theory of commerical filmmaking–even at 67, he had several films in pre-production when I spoke to him last October, and was extremely excited about his update of Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things.
I’m only glad that he was able to experience a resurgence in popularity in the last three or four years from more and more fans discovering his influential 1970s classics on DVD.
He will be missed.