Whenever I think of Blount, I always think of Catherine Danforth’s final appearance in the film: eclipsed in the shadows, emerging from that creepy Los Angeles church, and the words echoing on the soundtrack — a transmission from the future — “This is a message from the year 1 9 9 9…”
In this Carpenter film, Blount was the perfect 1980s embodiment of the archetypal Hawks woman: tough and resourceful; but also a little sad. Heroic, but on a very human, very identifiable scale.
Lisa Blount also had a long and distinguished history in genre TV, having made guest appearances on the anthology The Hitchhiker (“One Last Prayer”) and Starman in 1986 (“Secrets”). Another role that showcased Blount’s tough exterior and vulnerable inner self came in Moonlighting’s “Sleep Talkin’ Guy,” also in 1986.
“LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – A publicist for Lisa Blount confirms that the Arkansas-born actor and Academy Award winning filmmaker has died at age 53…Blount won an Academy Award in 2001 for best live-action short film as producer of “The Accountant.” Her husband Ray McKinnon directed and starred in the film…She also earned a Golden Globe nomination for playing Debra Winger’s best friend in “An Officer and a Gentleman” in 1982.
It’s a sad day for horror movie fans, losing a beloved and talented actress this young. In this sad time, my thoughts are for her family. Lisa Blount will be missed.