Editorials James Karen Obituary: He Will Be Missed for His Warm Sense of Humanity Published 2 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 Continue Reading Advertisement You may like Click to comment Facebook Advertisement Dark Universe Presents https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0T8C3JIJLA&t=22s Twitter Follow @DUHDNews Advertisement Latest Popular Videos Blu-Ray & DVD20 hours ago 88 Films Details Final Bonus Features and Artwork for Their (UK) 4K Blu-Ray Release of ‘Body Melt’ Blu-Ray & DVD2 days ago ‘The Rage: Carrie 2’ Sets Ablaze on (UK) Blu-Ray Via 88 Films News2 days ago Grotesque ‘Rabid’ Imagery Makes the Front Cover of Rue Morgue Blu-Ray & DVD3 days ago ‘Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh’ to Get a Slasher Classics Collection (UK) Blu-Ray Via 88 Films News4 days ago Barbara Crampton “Would Love” to Return to ‘Re-Animator’ in a New Re-Imagining or TV Series News3 weeks ago Epic Behind-the-Scenes Photos from ‘Halloween’ Show Off the Mask and Gruesome Props News4 weeks ago New Line Cinema’s Third ‘Annabelle’ Film Gets an Official Synopsis News7 days ago British Horror Comedy ‘Cannibals and Carpet Fitters’ Trailer and US VOD Release News4 weeks ago New Trailer and Poster for ‘Lifechanger’ Will Drain the Life Out of You Blu-Ray & DVD4 weeks ago Soska Sisters’ ‘Rabid’ Remake is Now Up for Pre-Order on (UK) Blu-Ray 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! News2 years ago George A. Romero to Bring ‘Pint of the Living Dead’ to Ottawa ComicCon Blu-Ray & DVD2 years ago Arrow Video Bringing J.S. Cardone’s 1982 Slasher ‘The Slayer’ to Blu-Ray! 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!