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  • Writer's pictureEric J. Cullen

IN MEMORIAM: Joel Schumacher Passes Away

There is nothing more exciting than starting a movie and seeing that Joel Schumacher is the director. Phone Booth. The Number 23. The Client. Falling Down. All these movies became something more when I saw the name of "the guy who did Lost Boys" attached to them.

Sadly, the man behind the 80s vampire hit, The Lost Boys has passed and the legacy that he leaves behind, his hits, bat suit nipples and cult classics will forever showcase the range of director Joel Schumacher.

Born in New York City, April 29th, 1939, Schumacher would grow with his mother in Long Island City after his father passes away in Joel's early age. In his early adulthood, Schumacher would find a passion for design and graduate from Parson's School of Design. He would later study at Fashion Institute of Technology and become a designer for Revlon before turning to heavier drug use after his mother's death.

In the 1970s and after leaving behind drugs, Joel would find himself as a costume designer for films like Play It As It Lays and The Last Sheila before moving into screenwriting and directing where in 1974 he wrote and directed for television, Virginia Hill. From there Joel Schumacher would go onto direct the many films mentioned previously throughout this read, and many more that have not.

Farewell, Joel. Thanks for the films and memories.

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ERIC J. CULLEN is a writer currently residing in California. A fan of horror since childhood, Eric spends his free time developing Horror Junket, writing screenplays, HODLING, as well as producing films in the horror genre. Eric is currently the future owner of a 1958 Plymouth Fury.

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