It's getting closer to Halloween which makes me reminisce about past Halloween events, Horror Movies, Dark Things, etc. Looking though my Movie Collection with the intention of pick some Halloween theme movie I spotted a few classic RIVER PHOENIX movies I haven't watched in a while. My wife mentioned how she had a big crush on him in high school and what a shame he died at such a young age of 23. Just her saying that triggered my memory, remembering that he died on Halloween night in 1993.
|Davis, Phoenix, & Pryce in Utah filming Dark Blood|
RIVER PHOENIX was taking a break from production of his latest movie DARK BLOOD for Dutch director GEORGE SLUIZER, co-starring with British actor JONATHAN PRYCE and Aussie actress JUDY DAVIS.
|Director Sluizer & Phoenix in Utah filming Dark Blood|
In DARK BLOOD, RIVER PHOENIX plays a young widower and drifter named "Boy" who lives as a hermit on a nuclear testing site imagining the end of the world. He subsequently comes to the aid of a couple whose car breaks down in the desert and ends up in a love triangle with the wife.
|The Viper Room|
Partying up at friend-actor JOHNNY DEPP's Viper Club, RIVER PHOENIX took a combination of cocaine and heroin referred to as a "speedball", which caused his heart to beat even faster, suffering a fatal heart attack outside the club in the early morning of October 31, 1993.
Later on in the day I read online that GEORGE SLUIZER told the HOLLYWOOD REPORTER that he plans on finishing his 1993 movie DARK BLOOD starring the late RIVER PHOENIX. SLUIZER hide the footage for over 18 years fearing it might be destroyed or stolen, but now saying that with some creative re-edits and some voice-over work provided by his brother JOAQUIN PHOENIX, he can now make a final-cut of the film which could be release sometime next year.
|River Phoenix in Dark Blood|
For years rumors of some of the footage could show up in a documentary about RIVER PHOENIX's life and a few clips would pop-up now the internet now and then.
|River Phoenix looking very James Dean-ish|
|River Phoenix as the Vampire Lestat?|