The Wampa and Hoth Horror

Luke Skywalker got into a car wreck just after filming the first STAR WARS. In fact filming was still going on, if you count “pick-ups”, which Mark Hamill was unable to do, which resulted in a body double being employed. Hamill suffered a broken nose and damaged cheekbone in the accident, and the belief was that, as Hamill would now look slightly different—scarred—in THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, the attack by the Wampa at the latter film’s outset, where Luke gets swatted in the face by the beast’s massive claw, was devised to explain away those scars. George Lucas, however, said this was just a happy accident, that the scene wasn’t devised specifically for that purpose. Carrie Fisher said that it was. Hamill hasn’t said one way or the other. Who knows? There was a scene of a medical droid working on Luke’s damaged face that got cut from the movie, for whatever that’s worth. Here’s a photo of it.

Speaking of movies, Scott Derrickson, director of DOCTOR STRANGE, THE EXORCISM OF EMILY ROSE, and SINISTER, wants to make an R-rated Horror movie set on the Ice Planet of Hoth. One must assume this would feature the Wampa. Um, why is this in doubt? Disney needs to throw the money his way right now to get the wheels turning! Said Derrickson on Twitter: “Just asked what kind of Star Wars movie I would make. I answered that I would make Hoth, an R-rated frozen planet horror film in the vein of The Thing or Lovecraft’s In the Mountains of Madness, with zero connection to any previous characters or storylines.” Hell yes! Give the man the money and the reins on this one, people! Do it!

By The Evil Cheezman

WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS (,, specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced and directed (and occasionally acted in) over a dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and Crime genres. His first novel, THE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF, is available for purchase at


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