Editorials James Karen Obituary: He Will Be Missed for His Warm Sense of Humanity Published 10 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 Up Next 10 Goriest Horror Movies You Need to See From the Last Three Decades 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for Horror Movie Sequels Advertisement You may like Click to comment Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published.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 Advertisement Facebook Dark Universe Presents https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNZEMdODcq4 Advertisement Latest Popular Videos Blu-Ray & DVD20 hours ago ‘Howling III: The Marsupials’ Howls on (UK) Blu-Ray This October News1 day ago Tom Atkins Would “Love” a Cameo in ‘Halloween Ends’ and ‘Halloween Kills’ News1 day ago ‘Halloween: Kills’ is Set to Begin Filming in Three Weeks Editorials3 days ago Cannibal Holocaust: Who Are The Real Cannibals? News5 days ago [Trailer] John Carpenter’s ‘Halloween’ Returns to Theaters This Fall! News5 days ago [Trailer] John Carpenter’s ‘Halloween’ Returns to Theaters This Fall! Blu-Ray & DVD3 weeks ago Arrow Video Releasing Epic Limited Edition of Clive Barker’s ‘NightBreed’ on (UK) Blu-Ray News4 weeks ago David Gordon Green Talks ‘Halloween Kills’ and ‘Halloween Ends’ Saga Conclusion News4 weeks ago New ‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’ Trailer Awakens the Jangly Man Blu-Ray & DVD3 weeks ago Arrow Video Unleashing Must-Have ‘An American Werewolf in London’ Limited Edition Blu-Ray News5 days ago [Trailer] John Carpenter’s ‘Halloween’ Returns to Theaters This Fall! News2 weeks ago Shudder’s “Creepshow” Series to Get Its Own Maze at Universal Studios Hollywood News4 weeks ago [Trailer] Woody Harrelson and Crew Battle the Undead in ‘Zombieland: Double Tap’ News4 weeks ago New ‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’ Trailer Awakens the Jangly Man News1 month ago Shudder Presents the Monster-Filled Trailer for Greg Nicotero’s “Creepshow” TV Series! Trending Editorials3 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!