Editorials James Karen Obituary: He Will Be Missed for His Warm Sense of Humanity Published 1 year 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 Comments Advertisement Facebook Featured Trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7UoSqJFMS-A&t=20s Advertisement Latest Popular Videos News2 hours ago [Trailer] Nia DaCosta and Jordan Peele’s ‘Candyman’ Dares You to Repeat His Name Five Times News2 days ago Poster and Teaser Trailer Arrives for Director Nia DaCosta’s ‘Candyman’ Reboot News3 days ago Producer Jason Blum Hypes Up ‘Halloween Kills’: “It was SO good. So good.” News4 days ago Trailer for the Jordan Peele-Produced ‘Candyman’ Reboot Could Be Arriving Next Week News4 days ago Bruce Campbell Says Creepy New ‘Evil Dead’ Movie Might Film Later This Year News4 weeks ago Non-Spoiler Details from Thursday Nights Test Screening of ‘Halloween Kills’ News3 weeks ago James Jude Courtney Talks ‘Halloween Kills’ Intensity: “We Pumped Up the Volume on This One” News1 week ago Blumhouse is About to Begin Working on ‘Halloween Ends’ News2 weeks ago Jason Blum Says the Canvas of ‘Halloween Kills’ is Very Large News3 weeks ago Art the Clown Drowns the Set in Blood in New Behind-the-Scenes Images from ‘Terrifier 2’ News2 hours ago [Trailer] Nia DaCosta and Jordan Peele’s ‘Candyman’ Dares You to Repeat His Name Five Times News2 days ago Poster and Teaser Trailer Arrives for Director Nia DaCosta’s ‘Candyman’ Reboot News3 weeks ago [Trailer] Eric Dean Hordes’ Throwback Horror ‘Trolls World’ Brings Back ‘Troll 2’ Actor George Hardy News3 weeks ago James Jude Courtney Talks ‘Halloween Kills’ Intensity: “We Pumped Up the Volume on This One” News3 weeks ago [Trailer] Chris Rock and Samuel L. Jackson Team to Solve Grisly Murders in ‘Spiral: From the Book of Saw’ Trending Editorials4 years ago The Many Different Michael Myers Masks Used In Halloween: H20 News3 years ago Todd McFarlane Makes An Announcement on His ‘Spawn’ Script News3 years ago Photo of Doug Bradley Back in Pinhead Makeup for First Time in 12 Years! Blu-Ray & DVD3 years ago Arrow Video Bringing J.S. Cardone’s 1982 Slasher ‘The Slayer’ to Blu-Ray! News3 years ago George A. Romero to Bring ‘Pint of the Living Dead’ to Ottawa ComicCon News3 years ago Official “Friday the 13th: The Game” Release Date Finally Announced! News3 years ago New Photos From Adam Ripp’s Demonic Horror Flick ‘Devil’s Whisper’ News3 years ago Spike’s “The Mist” New Series Trailer Features Gore and Scares!