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To the editors:

Although I still prefer (as your feature about me this week ["Blood Is His Business," May 5] points out) not to show most of the movies for which I have created gruesome makeup effects to my grandmother, I did enjoy showing her Adam Langer's appropriately juicy article. There are, however, a couple of points requiring correction.

On the film, The Inheritor, I had nothing to do with the makeup effects; I was only the Chicago casting director. However, Adam's article gives the wrong impression. The effects makeups for that picture were created by my former assistants, Michael Pearce and Scott Whitehead, who are fine artists in their own right.

Also, Adam tells the readers of your paper that they probably "haven't heard" of the films on which I have worked, giving the unfair and inaccurate impression that these were a cut above home movies. The fact that people haven't seen them yet is more a result of timing than a reflection on their quality. Trapped, Inheritor, and a third picture in that package, Chill Factor, were all completed roughly within the last year, and are only now being marketed. Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer was held up in a legal dispute for three years, but is now being shown. In fact, the Reader itself recently gave Henry quite a good review. Finally, Re-Animator, to which Adam devotes only one half a sentence in his article, was a major theatrical release which has grossed millions of dollars worldwide. All these movies are professional productions which do not deserve to be dismissed so lightly.

Jeffery Lyle Segal

W. Barry


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