British filmmaker Mike Hodges has died in Dorset, England at the age of 90. His death was announced by longtime friend and producer Mike Kaplan.
Hodges helmed ten theatrical release features in his time, several of which have had long lives and are considered cult classics, including the lavishly camp 1980 “Flash Gordon” adaptation, the iconic Michael Caine-led gritty crime drama “Get Carter”.
He was also behind the neo-noir “Croupier” which launched Clive Owen’s career, the underrated “The Omen” follow-up with “Damien – Omen II” (though he left over ‘creative differences’), the film adaptation of Michael Crichton’s “The Terminal Man,” and the HBO telemovie “Florida Straits”.
Other movies included “Pulp,” “Morons from Outer Space,” “A Prayer for the Dying” (which he subsequently disavowed), “Black Rainbow” and “I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead”.
He also worked on the mini-series “Dandelion Dead” and telemovies like “Squaring The Circle,” “The Manipulators,” “Suspect,” and “Rumour” along with the English dub of Fellini’s “And the Ship Sails On”.
Hodges was also a chartered accountant, served two years on a minesweeper vessel in the British navy, a noted playwright, and a documentary filmmaker. He is survived by his wife, sons and five grandchildren.