12 Funniest Minor Characters Who Stole The Show In Horror Movies
While main movie characters get the most shine and screen time in their adorable little stories, sometimes there’s another character in the background being way more interesting, and a whole lot funnier. Truly, what would The Lion King be without Zazu? Would the Ant-Man movies be as memorable if it weren’t for the comedic brilliance of Michael Peña? We don’t think so, and the same thing often happens in horrors where everyone is way more interested in what the dumb weed smoker's doing than watching the main characters run around, screaming, while trying not to get their heads chopped off. Here’s a list of some of these characters.
Titus Telesco/Jack Black, I Still Know What You Did Last Summer
Still largely unknown back in 1998 when the sequel of this way too serious slasher franchise came out, Jack Black was the comedy relief it so sorely needed, and his inclusion arguably helped make the second film a little better than the first. We certainly wouldn’t mind seeing Boogie Boy Black and Brandy team up for some other slasher adventure.
Orin Scrivello/Steve Martin, Little Shop Of Horrors
Sure, Orin is one vile character (he’s a dentist, after all), but the way Steve Martin completely throws the character at us with his over-the-top Elvis Presley antics is nothing short of hilarious.
Stab’s Billy Loomis/Luke Wilson, Scream 2
Is it Luke Wilson sporting the Billy hair and smoky voice? Is it the deliberate terrible acting? Is it the out-of-nowhere head slap right at the end? Yes, yes it’s all of the above.
Max/Robbie Amell, The Babysitter: Killer Queen
While Max was part of the first movie — in which a young dude’s babysitter turns out to be the leader of some demonic cult — it was only in the sequel where he really turned on the funny as he constantly encourages the protagonist to fight and escape, all the while trying to reap the poor dude’s soul. Max might be our favorite slasher jock to date.
Elizabeth/Madeline Kahn, Young Frankenstein
Every single actor is good in this 1974 comedy horror classic, but none more so than Madeline Kahn who we only see at the beginning of the film and then again in the final act, providing the very definition of comedy gold in her parody portrayal of the Bride of Frankenstein.
The Goat, Drag Me To Hell
A talking goat will never not be funny — even more so when it’s possessed by a demon.
Captain Spaulding/Sid Haig, House Of 1000 Corpses
Yes, Haig had a bigger part to play in the events of the sequel, The Devil’s Rejects, but he had much less screen time during the first film. Not that it mattered, because he was an instant favorite with everyone who saw the film. The late, great Sid Haig knew exactly how to blend comedy and horror, and we can’t imagine anyone else stepping into the (clown) shoes of Captain Spaulding.
Rod Williams/Lil Rel Howery, Get Out
Everyone’s favorite TSA Guy, Rod may not have had all that much screen time, but bless his soul for sticking around till the end.
Mrs. Delores Bickerman/Betty White, Lake Placid
Honestly, it’s Betty White. Of course she’s gonna steal the show. There’s nothing like listening to Betty curse away as Delores Bickerman. An instant pick-me-up when you're feeling blue.
These Two Numbnuts, The Cabin in the Woods
Engineers Gary Sitterson and Steve Hadley (played by Richard Jenkins and Bradley Whitford) make up the other center of this movie about feeding the “Ancient Ones” or whatever. That we didn’t get a spin-off prequel of this buddy-duo is a damn shame.
Julian Morrissey/Jibrail Nantambu, Halloween (2018)
We’ve told you before how absolutely great young Jibrail Nantambu was in this not-so-funny entry in the already-bloated franchise that is Halloween, but here. Look at this kid’s stellar comedy chops again. He’s just that good.
Jennifer Jolie/Parker Posey, Scream 3
The chemistry between Parker Posey and Courteney Cox made Wes Craven’s third Scream installment an absolute hoor to watch, because let’s face it: Posey is the GOAT. While her character Jennifer Jolie didn’t have nearly enough screen time — not to mention her very undeserving death — Posey not only nailed her character portrayal of Gale Weathers, but when the woman's on screen it’s hard to look at anyone else. That’s Parker Posey for you.
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