411 Movies Top 5 6.06.14: Top 5 Horror and Sci-Fi Icons
Posted by Shawn S. Lealos on 06.06.2014
From Bruce Campbell and Boris Karloff to Nathan Fillion, Ray Harrhhausen and more, the 411 staff counts down their top five horror and sci-fi icons of all-time!
Welcome to Week 429 of the Movie Zone Top 5. My name is Shawn S. Lealos and you have entered my world.
The 411mania writers were given the following instructions: Sci-Fi and Horror Movie or TV Icons (actors or actresses) - This week, the idea is icons of horror and sci-fi. Basically, if you could attend a fan convention, and you could have anyone from the history of horror and/or sci-fi movies or television in attendance, who would you want to see more than any others?
Honorable Mentions: Bela Lugosi, Debbie Rochon, Angus Scrimm, Marc Singer, Rory Calhoun (Motel Hell reunion with John Ratzenberger and Paul Linke!), Vincent Price
5. Tim Thomerson/Brion James (1994)
Tim Thomerson and Brion James made several movies together (Nemesis and The Wrong Guys are my favorites) and I think it would be a blast to see them on stage answering fan questions and telling stories. Thomerson is obviously still alive and acting so it would be neat to hear him talk about all of the low budget movies he's done in the past year or so (when are we going to get Trancers 7, man?). And James, man, he could talk about Ridley Scott, Walter Hill, working with Nick Nolte, Lance Henriksen, Sylvester Stallone, Kurt Russell, and Biff Manard. And, too, if James were still alive he'd still be acting, doing interesting work. If only, man. If only.
4. Sarah Douglas
I've had a crush on Sarah Douglas since I first saw Superman II. She was mean and nasty, completely heartless as Ursa in that movie, but she was still alluring (you know, sexy). And my crush grew even more after The Return of Swamp Thing. I felt sorry for her, how she devoted her entire life to Anton Arcane and his search for immortality only to have him turn on her and kill her. That was just messed up (how the hell could Arcane just throw her away? Did he not see her in that lingerie?). She was also in Beastmaster 2: Through the Portal of Time (she could do a panel discussion with Marc Singer on that, maybe bring in Wings Hauser, too) and Return of the Living Dead III (and Meatballs 4. Can't forget that). I think it would be a blast to hear about what else she did back in the day and what she's up to now. I bet it would be fascinating. Conan the Destroyer!
3. Duane Jones
If you listen to the last interview Jones did (it's usually a special feature on Night of the Living Dead Special Edition DVD's) back in 1987 or 1988 or whenever it was it sure sounded like he was tired of talking about Night of the Living Dead. I would like to know if he is still tired of talking about it. Would he have mellowed out about it, or would he be in the midst of embracing it? And what would he have done since that interview? Would he have participated in more movies or would he have continued with live theatre? Regardless of his position I bet it would be fascinating (would he still want to talk about Nicaragua?).
2. Ray Harryhausen
The best part about having Ray Harryhausen at this convention, besides getting to meet him and hear his stories, is getting to see his old models up close (he would obviously have to have all of the ones that he kept/survived on display). And who wouldn't want to have Harryhausen introducing several of his movies in a special all night movie marathon? You know that would rock.
1. Boris Karloff
Out of all of the "original" horror icons Karloff, I think, would have the most interesting stories to tell. Obviously we would get to hear about Frankenstein and working with Bela Lugosi, but what about the movies he made in Mexico? Working with Peter Bogdonavich? Working on Thriller? And will you please recite publicly How the Grinch Stole Christmas? It would be like meeting God or something.
Shawn S. Lealos
5. Ed Wood
I am still very intrigued by the filmmaking of Ed Wood. Yes, he is widely considered the worst filmmaker of all time, although he is much more loved than Uwe Boll, probably because Wood was never as obnoxious as Boll. It is clear from watching his movies that Ed Wood loved filmmaking, he loved sci-fi and horror movies, and he just made films that were so bad, you just had to smile while watching them. I would love to pick his brain about what he put into his movies and what he was hoping to achieve with the final product.
4. Guillermo Del Toro
I love the movies of Guillermo Del Toro – every last one of them. I also love listening to his commentary tracks, because it is clear that this is someone who LOVES movies. He loves to talk about movies, he loves to study movies and he loves to watch movies. Honestly, if I could get some time to sit down and just talk movies and influences with Guillermo Del Toro, that would be at the top of my bucket list.
3. Boris Karloff
I think the most legendary horror icon of all time is easily Boris Karloff. The guy was the original Frankenstein for God's sake. And he was The Mummy. And he starred with Bela Lugosi in The Black Cat. Hell, he was in the original Scarface (although that has nothing to do with horror or sci-fi). He starred in three films for Val Lewton, the master of 40s horror. Hell, he didn't stop there and appeared in Roger Corman movies in the 60s. What you have here is an actor who starred in the original Universal Horror Monster movies, went on to star in Val Lewton's respectable horror movies of the next decade and was there when horror made its huge comeback with Roger Corman. Imagine the stories he could tell.
2. Nathan Fillion
It seems strange to put Nathan Fillion here because he is still someone that I could see at just about any fan convention, but this list is about past and present horror and sci-fi icons, and this is one I would love to meet. The guy just seems so down to earth and cool. Plus, he not only appeared in the brilliant sci-fi TV series Firefly, but he also starred in the awesome James Gunn horror movie Slither. And Joss Whedon's Dr. Horrible. And James Gunn's PG Porn. The guy is just damn near brilliant.
1. Bruce Campbell/Sam Raimi
I am a huge fan of the Evil Dead franchise. In my senior capstone class at college for film studies, I did a presentation over the original Evil Dead movie. That original movie remains one of my all-time favorite horror movies. Hell, I named my son Ash. If I could spend time talking to any horror icon, I would choose Bruce Campbell hands down. He is just the ultimate horror icon in my eyes. Then, I would like to have Sam Raimi by his side so they can bounce stories off each other. I would be in Heaven.