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Mark Patrick Carducci

Film and TV writer Mark Patrick Carducci, perhaps best known as the creator and writer of the horror film “Pumpkinhead,” died on June 19 in Thousand Oaks. He was 42.

The cause of death was unreported.

Carducci studied filmmaking at NYU while supporting himself as a freelance journalist.

After gaining representation at ICM, Carducci found his niche in the horror genre and began writing episodic television in the early 1980s for “Tales From the Darkside” and “Monsters.”

His 1989 cult classic “Pumpkinhead” spawned two sequels, a comic book series and action figures.

He continued his exploration of the world of the macabre by writing, producing and directing the MPI Video documentary “The Ed Wood Story: The Plan 9 Companion.”

Carducci wrote a number of theatrical and direct-to-video features as well as serving as a script doctor for several screen and teleplays.

He is survived by his wife, daughter, father, sister and two brothers.

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