There have been iconic villains and badass Final Girls throughout horror history. But there are other key characters that make these horror movies entertaining, and it’s always the supporting character that acts as comedic relief. You will always be logical and use horror movies as background knowledge to get out of situations.
These characters are known for their sarcasm, quick wit, and one-liners. Without these supporting characters, the funny aspects of the horror genre aren’t there and the films might lose their charm.
Rod Williams – “Out” (2017)
For director Jordan Peele, Go out was one of the strongest directorial debuts. What begins as a weekend get-together with the in-laws turns into a tricky situation for Chris (Daniel Kaluya), while his girlfriend’s parents manage their interracial relationship in their own way. Chris talks to his best friend (and security guard) Rod Williams (Lil Rel Howery) which is the only one that makes sense.
The real humor comes when he’s actually talking to Rose (Alison Williams). When Rod finds out what’s happening to his friend, Chris finds out too. Rod tries to track them down using his own methods, and that makes him a typical Peele comedy character.
Randy Meeks – “Scream” (1996)
Randy Meeks (Jamie Kennedy) of the Scream Franchise is one of the most poignant and versatile characters in the genre. director Wes Craven used Meeks as the voice of reason. Without Meeks, Craven would not have been able to create the meta dialogue while creating his own horror film. He is the glue that holds the first Scream together.
Meeks is such a fun character because he plants certain seeds in the viewer’s consciousness of who the killer is and who is trustworthy. Whenever something bad happens, Meeks is five steps ahead and exaggerates what could possibly be next.
Richie Tozier – “IT” (2017)
Of all the kids in the losers club, Richie Tozier (Fin Wolfhard) had the best comedic timing. Whenever Richie and Eddie Kaspbrak (Jack Dylan Grazer) would interact IT (2017) was always entertaining. The two had great chemistry and would work each other out to comedic beats whenever Pennywise (Bill Scarsgard) was present.
Richie was always sarcastic and short-tempered, which made him the hothead of the group. But he was also the more logical one than Bill Denbroughs (Jaeden Martell) deputy. Richie pretends to hide his fear. His one-liners were perfectly placed in the film to bring comedic relief.
Tallahassee – “Zombie Land” (2009)
As a director Ruben Fleischer did zombie land it almost felt like the most perfect zombie movie ever made. The cast includes Emma Stone, Jesse Eisenberg, and Abigail Breslin and Woody Harrelsonwho all worked together to bring the humor. The one person who stood out the most was Harrelson as Tallahassee.
He’s a character who knows everything about zombies but takes a very unconventional approach to killing them. Tallahassee is crazy and a bit more ambitious when it comes to getting kills. He’s such a fun character and his strategy makes him so entertaining to watch.
Ed – “Shaun of the Dead” (2004)
Edgar Wrights The Cornetto trilogy has a group of friends who come together in different scenarios and they’re always funny. in the Shaun of the Dead Ed (Nick Frost) is the deuteragonist. He is Shaun’s (Simon Pegg) best friend and roommate to the end. Ed’s journey in this film is the truest form of man’s best friend and he’s always there for Shaun when he needs him.
Ed is more casual until the end of this film, where he becomes a zombie himself and is then referred to as “Shaun’s pet.” The twist is funny because Shaun has no idea how to deal with him and Ed makes a pretty interesting zombie.
Peter Venkman – “Ghostbusters” (1984)
ghostbusters was released in a different era of humor. Peter Venkman (Bill Murray) had a dry sense of humor and was always dry when reacting to anyone. He is made ghostbusters into a lighter comedy, mostly working off Dan Aykroyd, which was a firecracker in the movie.
The film itself feels a bit dated watching now, but the cycle of SNLComedians and the jokes written in these films only work for this time. Murray got laughs because it was a bit campy and Venkman stayed the cool doctor in charge.
Daniel – “Ready or Not” (2019)
Over the years, Adam Brody has acted in various films and has shown how talented he is in the comedy department. after grace (Samara weaving) marries the man of her dreams at his family’s luxurious estate, the cat-and-mouse game that the family holds as a tradition. She has to hide from her new in-laws from midnight until dawn while they hunt her down with guns to see if she can survive.
The only person who can’t take the family tradition is Daniel, and he ends up helping her as best he can. The best part is Brody’s dry humor in this hilarious horror comedy Ready or Not. He is able to drop these sarcastic comments towards his family and casually help Grace get past them. Although Weaving is a fantastic last girl, Daniel is the supporting character that shines.
The Butcher – ‘Freaky’ (2020)
A person making a comeback Freaky was Vince Vaughn, and it’s not a role he would normally have taken on in the past. Quentin Shermer (vaughn), also known as the Blissfield Butcher, was initially considered an urban legend – until the entire school found out he was real. After body swapping with Millie (Kathryn Newton) a young girl in high school, she has less than 24 hours before the change becomes permanent.
To have vaughn Acting like a young teenage girl for half of this film is one of his best performances. From the hilarious high-pitched screams to the cheerleading dance moves to actually having a crush on a teenager, everything about him was entertaining. Fans wouldn’t expect the role for him, but it was a refreshing move to see a six-foot-tall man acting like a teenage girl.
Stripes – ‘Gremlins’ (1984)
It’s hard not to enjoy that gremlins and everything they do because they are so cute at first. Also known as Mohawk, Stripe is one of the main antagonists in the film. He’s the villain in the first two parts and what he comes up with when trying to get Gizmo and the others is quite entertaining.
It could be because Stripe looks so different from the others, and it’s because of the stripe of white hair on his head. Howie Mandel is the voice actor for Stripe and saying “caca” after seeing Gizmo always makes him laugh.
Jimbo Mortimer – “Friday the 13th.” (1980)
Jimbo Mortimer was played by Crispin Glover in Friday the 13th. All the teenagers who entered that cabin at Camp Crystal Lake were hilarious because they were so stupid when the killings started. After a bad breakup, his friend Ted helps him at the campsite by taking two girls to go swimming with him.
When they return to the cabin, Jimbo’s attempts to woo one of the girls creates second-hand embarrassment, and that makes it funny. He also couldn’t dance and his attempt to impress his girl definitely brought the humor during the camp shootings.
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