It’s a shame to have to kick off Friday with sad news, but Grim 2016 has claimed another one of our brethren. Word is just coming down that Don Calfa, loved by Horror Freaks for his integral role in 1985’s Return of the Living Dead, has passed away at the age of 76. Calfa was often a guest at horror conventions around the world where he was known for making genuine connections with his fans.
As the mortician Ernie, Calfa was responsible for cremating the reanimated “Yellow Man” which sent toxic smoke into the clouds. When it stated to rain over a graveyard shortly after, calamity ensued. While Return of the Living Dead had a great ensemble cast, a talented director, and cutting edge (for its time) special effects, Calfa’s contribution to the film’s success can not be underestimated.
All of us at Horror Freak News send our condolences to Calfa’s fans, friends, and family. He will be missed.
Official Synopsis: When foreman Frank (James Karen) shows new employee Freddy (Thom Mathews) a secret military experiment in a supply warehouse, the two klutzes accidentally release a gas that reanimates corpses into flesh-eating zombies. As the epidemic spreads throughout Louisville, Ky., and the creatures satisfy their hunger in gory and outlandish ways, Frank and Freddy fight to survive with the help of their boss (Clu Gulager) and a mysterious mortician (Don Calfa).