Indie Horror Filmmaker Behind Plan 9 Remake Reveals His Diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease

by Cara

Indie horror filmmaker John Johnson of the PLAN 9 remake as well as over 180 other films has decided to go public with his battle with Parkinson’s.

The filmmaker’s impressive list of horror work includes episodes of Scary Stories to Tell in the DarkHouse on the Hill series, and Bloodbath in Creightonville. His upcoming projects include 7th Guest The Series (Based on the Cult Video Game Franchise) and XMAS – a Christmas themed horror-comedy.

The filmmaker recently revealed his diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease on his Facebook.

“Parkinson’s and me. That’s right guys and ghouls. I am playing life on hard mode. I started showing symptoms in 2015, and have been in out of the doctors from 2016 on. I am on the wiggle monster meds and they have helped a little.” the filmmaker explained, “But getting the proper dose is no easy feat. Especially with young onset. It is not a death sentence nor is it taking my life away. I am with the good. Been dealing with it for years now. It is definitely not the great time you read about in the brochure, and I am sure one day Michael J. Fox will save me right before I am struck by lightning containing 1.21 gigawatts.

But until then, there is nothing I can’t do (even hold a camera steady) it’s just harder for me to do. And my special brand of the Parks is more about the stiffness rather than wiggly jiggly any who. Mariah and I are truly okay. It sucks. But it can be dealt with and I have been knocked down enough in my life to know how strong I am in getting back up. And I will always get back up. It’s just sometimes I may need to take a nap first. Especially when you get smacked by the gods. So this is my outing pawty. And now in the future when ya see me and things look a little off, just know I am trying to vibrate into another dimension…”

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative disorder that affects predominately dopamine-producing (“dopaminergic”) neurons in a specific area of the brain called substantia nigra. Symptoms generally develop slowly over years. The progression of symptoms is often a bit different from one person to another due to the diversity of the disease. People with PD may experience tremor, slowness of movements (bradykinesia), limb rigidity and gait and balance problems. (From the Parkinson’s Foundation)


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