Top 10 Dads from Horror Movies

Father’s Day is in a Few short Hours, so I thought we could Celebrate with a Maniac of Horror Salute to the Top 10 Dads from Horror Movies.

1. Bill Paxton as Dad in FRAILTY, Bill’s charactor was completely Devoted to doing what he thought was best for his 2 sons.  His role was the primary function of the story.

2. Claude Rains Charactor of Sir John Talbot in THE WOLF MAN.  He is shown as a mature source of information for the audience in the film and become the hero at the conclusion.

3. Lance Henriksen’s charactor Harley in PUMPKINHEAD.  His love for his son is the cause for revenge in this 80’s Classic.

4. John Saxton in A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET and Part 3 DREAM WARRIORS.  He’s the stereo typical Dad in the original, in the 3rd he’s a drunken shell of the man he once was, but returns as a hero with a chance for redemption at the end of the film.

5. Craig T Nelson’s Charactor Steve Freeling in POLTERGEIST.  He plays a great 80’s Iconic Dad Role with strengths and weaknesses.  Very multilayered charactor.

6. Sid Haig’s Charactor Captian Spaulding in THE DEVIL’S REJECTS.  In this sequel, Captian Spaulding becomes a broader part with the revalation that he is Baby’s father. We knew he was in cahoots with the Firefly Family now we see it is a blood relationship.

7. James Whitworth’s charactor Papa Jupiter in THE HILLS HAVE EYES.  His take of a Villian who will slaughter anything to feed his family brings an intence hopelessness in the movie.

8. Karl Hardman’s charactor Harry in NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD. One the greatest Antagonists in any Horror film, and he just plays out the fears and worries of any common father.  It’s his part that makes you realize the bravery of Ben in the film, and makes the audience question what would they do in a simlar situation.

9. Dale Midkiff’s charactor Louis Creed.  He shows the tragedy of losing a child and the wanting of any way to change it.  Not a tale of revenge but of wanting something lost.

10. Roy Scheider’s charactor Cheif Martin Brody in JAWS.  It’s the worry of his children and the safety of his town is what drives him.  He is also a man who takes his job with honor and dignity and will not compromise in his position.

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3 Responses to “Top 10 Dads from Horror Movies”

  1. Robe Thomas Says:

    Very good list. But no Jim Sidow from TCM???

    • I always thought he was a much older brother rather than a father, but he does play the father role. I just don’t know it was ever determined his relationship with in the family.

  2. Dahnofthedead Says:

    Great list 🙂

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