Editorials James Karen Obituary: He Will Be Missed for His Warm Sense of Humanity Published 6 months ago on October 25, 2018 By Gareth Paterson Share Tweet James Karen was one of the most recognisable faces in Hollywood, but he did not get the level of praise he deserved in his lifetime. The stage and screen actor was listed in the credits of over 200 productions during his impressively prolific career. Horror fans will know him from a number of genre classics. He played the conniving real estate developer Lewis Teague in Tobe Hooper’s Poltergeist. Karen plays the slimy character with memorable relish. He also turned in a fantastic performance in zombie horror comedy, The Return of the Living Dead and its first sequel. He plays the panicky foreman Frank with a brilliant mix of humour and humanity. He managed to give pathos to a film about the brain eating undead. In Return of the Living Dead Part II, Karen embraces the more campy tone of the film. He reprises his double act with Thom Matthews. They play a pair of bumbling grave robbers who become infected and slowly zombify. In more recent years, Karen portrayed Reverand Beaks in Larry Blamire’s B movie love letter, Trail of the Screaming Forehead. The bizarre and genius film centres on an invasion of disembodied sentient foreheads. Reverend Beaks is one of the many unfortunate citizens to have his body taken over these extraterrestrials. Once again he shows his immense talent for comedy. James Karen left behind a huge collection of films for us all to enjoy. He will be missed for his warm sense of humanity and ability to make the strangest movie scenarios seem believable. Related Topics:James KarenPoltergeistThe Return of the Living DeadTrail of the Screaming Forehead Don't Miss A Look Back at 1989: A Scary Time for Horror Movie Sequels Advertisement You may like Click to comment Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Facebook Advertisement Dark Universe Presents https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNZEMdODcq4 Twitter Follow @DUHDNews Advertisement Latest Popular Videos News39 mins ago Sony’s New ‘Masters of the Universe’ Movie Targets 2020 Release Date News1 day ago Don Shanks Talks Lost SWAT Team Massacre from ‘Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers’ News1 day ago [Trailer] Hear Chucky Speak in Lars Klevberg’s ‘Child’s Play’ Remake News2 days ago Akela Cooper Attached to Write ‘The Nun’ Sequel for New Line Cinema News2 days ago New ‘Child’s Play’ Poster Slashes Ahead of Tomorrow’s Full Trailer News4 weeks ago Metallica’s Kirk Hammett — Guest Curator for Shudder News2 weeks ago Halloween Movies Digs Deep and Finds the Long Lost “Dr. Death” Opening to ‘Halloween 5’! News4 weeks ago Rob Zombie Shares a Pissed Off Shot of Baby in ‘Three From Hell’ News2 weeks ago Jamie Lee Curtis Might Be Ready for Another ‘Halloween’ and Wants Micheal Myers to Return News4 weeks ago Blumhouse Productions is Producing ‘The Craft’ Reboot, Shooting This July! News1 day ago [Trailer] Hear Chucky Speak in Lars Klevberg’s ‘Child’s Play’ Remake Video Games3 days ago [Video] We Play and Review Indie Horror Game ‘The Padre’ from Shotgun With Glitters News4 days ago [Trailer] Memorial Documentary on Jason Voorhees Actor Steve Dash to Debut on YouTube News1 week ago [Trailer] ‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’ Documentary Explores Alvin Schwartz’ Book Series News1 week ago [Trailer] Carl Lindbergh’s Original ‘Bunnyman’ is Getting a Grindhouse Edition Director’s Cut Advertisement Trending Horror Lists3 years ago The Many Different Michael Myers Masks Used In Halloween: H20 News2 years ago Todd McFarlane Makes An Announcement on His ‘Spawn’ Script News2 years ago Photo of Doug Bradley Back in Pinhead Makeup for First Time in 12 Years! Blu-Ray & DVD2 years ago Arrow Video Bringing J.S. Cardone’s 1982 Slasher ‘The Slayer’ to Blu-Ray! News2 years ago George A. Romero to Bring ‘Pint of the Living Dead’ to Ottawa ComicCon News2 years ago Official “Friday the 13th: The Game” Release Date Finally Announced! News2 years ago New Photos From Adam Ripp’s Demonic Horror Flick ‘Devil’s Whisper’ News2 years ago Spike’s “The Mist” New Series Trailer Features Gore and Scares!