Thursday, August 9, 2012

minor but memorable: a post by karen g.

Ever think about those characters in movies who leave a memorable impact but you never quite get to know who they are (because so many of them disappear into that vortex known as the “one-hit wonder”).  Some of them are character actors, some of them are bigger stars who take on smaller roles to add a little depth to a movie and others are actors who just flutter into our lives briefly and then disappear into the mist.  Here are a few minor but memorable characters from some of my favorite horror movies.  Without them, these movies could never have happened.

“Mrs. Kintner” (Lee Fierro) – Jaws (1975 – Stephen Spielberg)

“Shelly” (Larry Zerner) – Friday the 13th Part III (1982 – Steve Miner)

“Tatum Riley” (Rose McGowan) – Scream (1996 – Wes Craven)

“Lloyd the Bartender” (Joe Turkel) – The Shining (1980 – Stanley Kubrick)

“Sex Machine” – (Tom Savini) – From Dusk Till Dawn (1996 – Quentin Tarantino)

“Catherine Martin” (Brooke Smith) – Silence of the Lambs (1991 – Jonathan Demme)

“Dennis a.k.a. “Pancakes” (Matthew Helms) – Cabin Fever (2002 – Eli Roth)

“Helen” (Edie McClurg) – Carrie (1976 – Brian De Palma) 

“Trash” (Linnea Quigley) – Return of the Living Dead (1985 – Dan O’Bannon)

“The Cat Lady” (Eileen Brennan) – Jeepers Creepers (2001 – Victor Salva)

 “Hysterical Mother in Diner” (Doreen Lang) – The Birds (1963 – Alfred Hitchcock)

1 comment:

  1. Great writing, the usual excellent post idea and likewise spot-on choices! It's always, in horror films, the character performances (the ones who, when we're younger and more impressionable, keep us up at night - and keep us wanting more staring-at-our-bedroom-ceiling scares) which make the best of the genre truly unforgettable.