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The Horror Blog » Blog Archive » Horror Roundtable Week Ninety

Horror Roundtable Week Ninety

Name your favourite supporting character in Horror.

Eric - Bloody Good Horror

Easily, Dr. Loomis. Even though people think of Donald Pleasance as the star of a lot of those films, he’s really more a secondary character to the teen leads. It’s a testament to the power of the character and of Donald Pleasance’s portrayal that he is so often thought of as the star of the Halloween franchise. If you want to talk about pure comic relief, I have to say that the “Party Man” (played by Giuseppe Andrews) in “Cabin Fever” has some of the best lines in horror history. He cracks me up every time.

Jeff O’Brien

Blade from the Tomb of Dracula comic. Loved the yellow seventies shades he wore and the Vietnam vet jacket. Great character.

Sean - Attentiondeficitdisorderly Too Flat

Wilford Brimley as Blair in The Thing. “I don’t wanna stay out here anymore. I wanna come back inside.”

T Van - Tolerated Vandalism

My favourite supporting character in a horror film would have to be “Evil” Ed Thompson from Fright Night. The character was portrayed by Stephen Geoffreys who gained notoriety for his post-Fright Night career as a porn star. Not only did he look a little weird, he showed a real flare for comedy in the role. Most fans will remember him for his performance of the line, “You’re so cool, Brewster!”

Billy

The innocent little girl that knows what’s going on, but doesn’t understand it. That always creeps the hell out of me. She knows everyone is going to die, and tells you as much, but everyone ignores it and keeps going and everyone dies. ALWAYS listen to the little girls that give you cryptic messages! It’s like the house that tells you “get out!!!!!”

Arbogast on Film

Yeesh, talk about opening a veritable Pandora’s Box of possibilities.

It’s a daunting task to come up with just one supporting character in all the horror annals… but I’m going to throw caution to the wind and say that my favorite is Sandor, the deliciously evil manservant of Gloria Holden’s tragic Marya Zaleska in DRACULA’S DAUGHTER (1936). One of the great things about Sandor, who wears a Russian Tea Room tunic and parts his hair straight down the middle like Alfalfa, is that you never really know what he’s in it for. Although he shuns the cross, he doesn’t appear to be a vampire… and yet the guy is vampiric to a T. Is he a ghoul? A werewolf? A necrophiliac? A serial killer? Nothing in the film bears out any of these ideas… it just appears that Sandor is a deeply weird individual who has attached himself to the immortal Marya and wants to keep her undead… perhaps hoping she will bestow upon him the gift of everlasting life. The scene in which Sandor psychs Marya out of her life affirming piano reverie is the perfect illustration of their deeply codependent relationship, ending with Sandor bringing Marya a girl. I always try to imagine what Sandor is doing when Marya puts the bite on her “model”… is he listening through the wall or just standing at the back of the room, breathing heavily through his black lipsticked mouth? What does he do with the body before he dumps it in the river? Does he undress it, make love to it, press his teeth into the cooling flesh? I love the fact that the movie never tries to explain the character or provide him with the kind of backstory that so many movie monsters have foisted on them these days. He remains a mystery until and beyond the end credits and even when he’s dead he’s way scarier than the undead creature he serves.

Nathan - MicroHorror

If I can stretch the definition of “supporting character” this far, and I think I can, then my answer is a three-way tie. My favorite supporting characters in horror are the Crypt Keeper, the Vault Keeper and the Old Witch, EC’s legendary GhouLunatics. Leering at you from the pages of Tales From the Crypt, The Vault of Horror and The Haunt of Fear, their monologues dripped from the poison pen of Al Feldstein, they could always be counted on to bring you a delightfully gruesome horror story and wrap it up with a few equally sickening puns. As I’ve mentioned here before, Feldstein is my idol of horror writing, and the GhouLunatics are my inspirations as host of MicroHorror.

I want to be a GhouLunatic when I grow up.

Louis - Damaged 2.0

Griffin Dunne as Jack in AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON. It was genius of John Landis to turn this character we barely knew into a wise-cracking, rotting Greek chorus instead of a shuffling, gasping zombie who offers one-word prophecies while pointing.

There are no small Roundtables. Only small Roundtable participants. Thanks to all the bit players who contributed to this week’s Q+A. Please take a peek behind the curtain and check out their respective blogs as linked above. But before you do, leave us your own response in the comments below.

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11 Responses to “Horror Roundtable Week Ninety”

  1. The Retropolitan Says:

    I missed the deadline, but I was gonna back up someone else’s choice: Evil Ed. There’s just something special about the character, and Geoffreys acted the hell outta that role. He’s simultaneously creepy AND funny AND sympathetic no matter what he’s saying. As much as I love Fright Night Part 2, I wish he’d have come back for it.

  2. Kimberly Says:

    I missed the deadline too, but I had planned on saying the infamous “Morpho” from many of Jess Franco’s films. Everytime some version of Morpho shows up in a Franco film, the character (usually a hunchbacked lab assistant similar to Fritz in the Frankenstein) puts a big grin on my face.

  3. Sam J. Miller Says:

    well, Marion Crane’s boyfriend Sam in Psycho is a big favorite. Besides the fact that he’s hot as hell, and has the same first name as me, I love the way Hitchcock plays with our expectations that the handsome suave manly hero will solve the mystery and save the day (is it just me, or does he have Cary Grant’s haircut?). He’s ultimately pretty powerless, serving only to wrestle the knife out of Mama Bates’ hand at the end.

  4. ARBOGAST Says:

    I loved the Marvel Comics’ Blade, too… I wish some 70s film had attempted to make that character flesh with all the great black character actors available at the time. It annoyed me no end when the makers of the first BLADE movie had to talk smack about the original character because he was “so obviously” written by a white guy… like Wesley Snipes is some font of black pride. That’s jive, I tells ya… JIVE!

  5. Final GIrl Says:

    Put me in the “missed the deadline” column.

    I’ve always had a soft spot for Annie (Nancy Loomis) in Halloween. Her sass mouth really makes me laugh.

    Same goes for Theo (Claire Bloom) in The Haunting- she’s one of my favorite characters, supporting or otherwise.

    Margot Kidder as the drunken Barb in Black Christmas…

    How about Bub from Day of the Dead?

  6. ARBOGAST Says:

    I’ve always had a soft spot for Annie (Nancy Loomis) in Halloween.

    I like Annie, too, but I can’t describe the feeling I have for her as soft.

    Oh No He Didn’t!

  7. Ivan Says:

    Dr. Karl Vigon of Attack of the Crab Monsters, but only after he’s been eaten and absorbed by the crabs and he’s taunting the remaining humans with variations of “You can run, but you can’t hide!”
    Hudson in Aliens (perfect tension relief in an otherwise relentless movie.)
    Lewis Cyphre (Robert De Niro) in Angel Heart, especially the scene in the New Orleans church: I just think it’s fantastic that Satan is admonishing Mickey Rourke to be respectful in a church! And I love De Niro’s line, “I have a…speaking engagement…in Baton Rouge.” So sinister.
    The “rifle zombie” in Romero’s Dawn of the Dead.
    Quint (if you’re willing to include Jaws on a list of horror movies, and I am.)
    Dwight Frye’s Renfield
    Dr. Pretorius from The Bride of Frankenstein. He’s what being a mad scientist is all about!
    Mordecai the dwarf in High Plains Drifter. (Sure, HPD is a western—about a ghost that kills!)

    Marvel’s 1970s horror comics? Oh baby: Morbius the Living Vampire, Dracula, and then the “I >heart

  8. Final Girl Says:

    “I like Annie, too, but I can’t describe the feeling I have for her as soft.”

    Wait, I don’t get it.

    Omigawd…yes I do.

    EWW!

  9. lancifer Says:

    I really love the character of Alice in the CAT PEOPLE films. I love her in the original CAT PEOPLE, it’s sequel CURSE OF THE CAT PEOPLE and the 1982 remake as portrayed by ANNETTE O’TOOL. She has to put up with a lot of shit from the more exotic Irena yet she always stands by her Oliver and keeps a level head even while being attacked by a leopard in a pool. I think the case can be made that in all three films she is a very progressive female character in horror.

  10. a_freq Says:

    How about Jason from Friday the 13th. Not sure if ‘he’ qualifies as a supporting character or not, certainly not in the traditional sense. But in terms of the role he plays in the story, and the motivation he supplies for the antagonist I have to say he is my personal favorite.

  11. lovendura Says:

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