This week’s edition of the Cinefantastique Round Table Podcast – the Podcast of Horror, Fantasy, and Science Fiction Films – is a sad one, as Dan Persons, Lawrence French, and Steve Biodrowski mourn the passing of Elisabeth Sladen (Sarah Jane Smith in DOCTOR WHO) and Michael Sarrazin (the monster in FRANKENSTEIN: THE TRUE STORY). Also on the table for discussion: THE CROW remake runs into a legal dispute; Kate Beckinsale may – or may not – take the Sharon Stone role in husband Len Wiseman’s remake of TOTAL RECALL; and Dan Persons provides a capsule comment on PAUL, the sci-fi geek comedy from Nick Peg and Simon Frost, which disappeared from theatres almost too fast for anyone to see it. Was the rapid departure justified, or is this an overlooked gem from the team behind SHAUN OF THE DEAD and HOT FUZZ?
The CBC reports that Michael Sarrazin (Jacques Michel Andre Sarrazin) passed away April 17th. He was 70.
Michael Sarrazin was a handsome actor, known for a number of genre roles. He played the initially “beautiful” creature in the stylish period monster mash-up FRANKENSTEIN: THE TRUE STORY (1973), and the strangely doomed by fate lead in THE REINCARNATION OF PETER PROUD (1975), based on the novel by Max Erlich.
He also starred in the borderline supernatural thriller EYE OF THE CAT (1969), and played “the alien” in the sci-fi tinged spy thriller THE GROUNDSTAR CONSPIRACY (1972).
Sarrazin appeared in the Rod Serling-scripted THE DOOMSDAY FLIGHT (1966), and starred in THE FLIM-FLAM MAN, with George C. Scott (1967), and THEY SHOOT HORSES, DON’T THEY? with Jane Fonda (1969).
Other genre apperances include: RAY BRADBURY THEATER, STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE (1996), POLTERGEIST: THE LEGACY, EARTHQUAKE IN NEW YORK, THE OUTER LIMITS, played Edgar Alan Poe on MENTORS (2000), EARTH: FINAL CONFLICT, and the movie FEARDOTCOM (2002).