Mark Williams, best remembered as a special-effects artist for features including “The Brain” and “Blue Monkey,” died May 27 of respiratory failure at Kaiser Hospital in Panorama City. He was 38.
Williams entered the film industry in 1985 as a technician on the set of “Aliens.” He soon worked on the films “The Fly,” “The Abyss,” “Return to Salem’s Lot” and “Terminator 2,” playing bits in the latter two pictures.
In 1987, Williams opened a “creature shop,” creating effects for more than 60 films and working with filmmakers such as James Cameron, Sam Fuller, Larry Cohen, Fred Ray, and Robert and Dennis Skotek.
He contributed makeup effects to many Dave DeCoteau films including “Skeletons” and “Curse of the Puppet Master.” In 1988, Williams traveled to Transylvania to complete special effects makeup for the DeCoteau films “Frankenstein Reborn” and “Talisman,” a movie he also wrote.
Recently named head of special effects for Full Moon Pictures, Williams’ creative talent emerged at the age of 18, when he became head artist for Hero Games. For four years, he created artwork for the role-playing system “Champions.”
After getting involved in movie effects, Williams also turned his talents to the music industry. He became an effects design coordinator for bands such as Alice Cooper, Poison and Dangerous Toys.
A partnership with Poison drummer Rikki Rocket led to the founding of No Mercy Comics, which published the comics “Sisters of Mercy” and “Nightshade.”
Williams is survived by his mother and father.