Just when you thought it was safe to enter the social media basement, we’re back with our second list to celebrate the release of Texas Chainsaw 3D, this time detailing our five favourite horror heroes of all time. On Tuesday, Leatherface led the charge of our favourite villains, but today we give some love to those poor/courageous/ doomed cats who have to go toe to toe with their ilk.
Ash Williams – Evil Dead (1981)
How could any horror heroes list be complete without the wise-cracking
chin face of the Evil Dead trilogy, Ash, played by the iconic Bruce Campbell? We’re withholding judgment on this year’s no-Ash/ Diablo Cody-penned remake at the moment (although the trailer boasts some inventive gore original director Sam Raimi would surely be proud of) as for many Ash is Evil Dead and so new star Jane Levy has some big shoes to fill. Knowing that the new flick is produced by Sam Raimi and produced by Bruce Campbell, we can’t help but get excited though.
Dr. Loomis – Halloween (1978)
Only a psychiatrist would be crazy enough to go after a psychopath. Doctor Loomis can sometimes rival Halloween‘s Michael Myers’ in terrifying intensity, so it’s no surprise that he survived bloody lacerations, huge explosions and utterly ridiculous druidic cults between his first appearance in 1978′s Halloween and the sixth instalment of the original series in 1995.
Ben – The Night of the Living Dead (1968)
Ben, poor Ben. The man unfortunate enough to be stranded in the middle of the zombie outbreak that kickstarted George Romero’s Dead series – and the reinvention of zombies into the terrible, terrible menace we know (and love) today. Even before you consider the thousands of essays out there celebrating Romero’s inclusion of a capable black protagonist in racially-charged late 60s America, actor Daune Jones sets an interesting precedent that sets the scene for the original Dead trilogy’s unstoppable tragedy. Able to survive – albeit just barely – through the night against all odds, he meets a tragic end when he’s mistaken for a zombie the next morning and shot to death. Ben, you didn’t die in vain. We salute you.
Fun fact: Tony Todd of Candyman fame played Ben in special effects legend’s Tom Savini’s fun 1990 remake of the movie.
Sydney Prescott – Scream (1996)
The spiritual daughter of all of Horror’s great female survivors, Sydney was at the centre of Wes Craven’s genre-revitalising teen slasher Scream in 1990. Although praised by many long-time Horror fans for it’s postmodern subversion of the slasher film from the inside out, Scream’s real legacy is presenting a young, big-screen horror deprived audience of a movie that was not only relevant but also a great primer into the genre.
Scooby-Doo – Scooby-Doo (1969)
No word of a lie, there’s no one out there in horrorland more up to the job than the great great dane with
the munchies an insatiable appetite! Who else has solved more spooky mysteries? Plus the first Scooby-Doo movie is an absolute pleasure of a movie. So there.