[R.I.P.] ‘Night of the Living Dead’ Actress Marilyn Eastman Has Passed Away


[R.I.P.] ‘Night of the Living Dead’ Actress Marilyn Eastman Has Passed Away

Sad news today, as we’ve learned that another member of George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead family has passed away. The George A. Romero Foundation has this morning confirmed reports that Marilyn Eastman, who played Helen Cooper in the original 1968 classic, has passed away at the age of 87.

The foundation tweets, “It is with great sadness that we can confirm the passing of Marilyn Eastman on 8/22/21. Please join us in wishing her family peace at this painful time.”

In addition to starring in Romero’s Night of the Living Dead, Marilyn Eastman was also an integral figure behind the scenes of the independent production, working in the makeup, prop, and sound departments, as well as helping to edit the film’s screenplay. Eastman also appears in the film as a zombie, pulling double duty as an actress in the legendary classic.

Additionally, Marilyn Eastman, along with fellow Night of the Living Dead star Karl Hardman, was a founding member of the film’s production company, Image Ten Productions.

“Godspeed, Marilyn. Give our love to Karl,” The George A. Romero Foundation tweeted this morning. Karl Hardman had passed away back in September 2007, at the age of 80.

There are several people Night of the Living Dead would simply not exist without, and Marilyn Eastman was one of them. We send our deepest condolences to Marilyn’s family and friends.

It is with great sadness that we can confirm the passing of Marilyn Eastman on 8/22/21. Please join us in wishing her family peace at this painful time.
Godspeed, Marilyn. Give our love to Karl. 💔 pic.twitter.com/qBidxsEIW3

— The George A. Romero Foundation (@theGARFofficial) August 23, 2021

[R.I.P.] ‘Night of the Living Dead’ Actress Marilyn Eastman Has Passed Away

More than 20 years on from its original release, the bloody, brutal action-adventure game Blade of Darkness is making a return to PC with an updated version.

Blade of Darkness‘ legacy can be seen in a wide variety of modern games, from Darksiders to Dark Souls, with its Dark Fantasy setting and challenging gameplay helping to shape the template for such titles.

[R.I.P.] ‘Night of the Living Dead’ Actress Marilyn Eastman Has Passed Away

Players can choose between four characters (Tukaram, the Barbarian; Naglfar, the Dwarf; Sargon, the Knight; and Zoe, the Amazon) and utilize their unique skillsets and weaponry to carve up all manner of orcs, demons skeleton warriors, and the like. And if regular weaponry isn’t doing it for you, you can tear limbs from your foes and use them instead.

Boutique publisher SNEG is bringing the game to Steam and GOG.com with retro porting specialists Fire Falcom and General Arcade tasked with adapting the game, originally developed by Rebel Act Studios for then-publisher Codemasters, for modern hardware. In this regard, the pair has re-engineered Blade of Darkness for modern PC hardware and operating systems, and will include widescreen support for up to 4K resolution, as well as new display settings, and overall stability improvements.

[R.I.P.] ‘Night of the Living Dead’ Actress Marilyn Eastman Has Passed Away

Outside of that, the game itself will be left relatively untouched, preserving its blood-soaked challenge just the way it was. Given the cult-like following Blade of Darkness has maintained over the years, that feels especially important.

Elena Roor, Managing Director at SNEG, had this to say about the announcement

Since its initial launch, Blade of Darkness continues to build a dedicated following — mods, ‘Let’s Plays’, and community patches are found throughout the gaming community even today. This only signals how undeserving was the game’s fate,” I’m glad that we’ve managed to sort out everything legal and, to our luck, unearthed the source code with the help of the original dev team. Altogether this brings us to the upcoming October’s release.

[R.I.P.] ‘Night of the Living Dead’ Actress Marilyn Eastman Has Passed Away

It’s always good to see games seemingly lost to time and legal complications getting another shot, so the opportunity for a restored Blade of Darkness to gain new fans is great news. Roll on October when we can return to the brutal Dark Fantasy action once more.