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Dads of Horror: the good, the bad, the murderous
blog post by Susan Williams (@horrorginger)
Fathers in horror movies have a huge range. There are the good dads who give up their lives protecting their children from monsters and ghosts. And there are the murderous dads who stalk their families through a hedge maze while wielding an axe. To show appreciation to all the killer dads out there, we've complied a list showing appreciation to the Dads of Horror.
Here's our list of Favorite Horror Movie Dads:
Most Supportive (and Goth) Dad
Gomez Addams (The Addams Family)
Starting strong with Gomez Addams, the patriarch of the Addams Family. Gomez dotes upon his wife and children, lovingly supporting their interests and passions.
Here’s Johnny! He definitely won’t be winning any Father’s Day awards. Jack Torrance is a haunted dad from one of my favorite horror films, The Shining. Relocating his family to a remote resort in the mountains, Jack isolates his family from the rest of the world for the winter. Culminating in a frightening trip through the hedge maze, Jack chases his family with an axe. You know what they say about all work and no play.
Jack Nicholson & Danny Lloyd, THE SHINING (1980)
Adam Maitland & Charles Deetz (Beetlejuice)
Dads come in all styles, including these two good dads from Beetlejuice: Charles Deetz & Adam Maitland. These good guys are both in it for the long haul with Lydia, the teen goth that we all love. Responsibility is kind of dreamy when it comes under the guise of Alec
Dr. Frankenstein, the eponymous mad scientist meddles with the natural miracle of life and creates a monster in his visage. The Creature suffers the perils of existence, with no one to thank but his creator. If your dad is a fan of Classic Horror and Universal Monsters, be sure to pick up one of our Frankenstein or Creature Father's Day Cards.
Colin Clive & Boris Karloff, FRANKENSTEIN (1931)
"Good Guy" but Bad Daddy
Chucky (Seed of Chucky)
After impregnating his Bride, Chucky, the serial killer doll, promptly abandons his child, Glen. Searching for his parents, Glen mails himself to Hollywood. Some messed-up events ensue, leaving Glen with no choice but to murder his father. Looks like the murderous apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.
Brad Dourif & Jennifer Tilly, SEED OF CHUCKY (2004)
Grandpa Sawyer (Texas Chainsaw Massacre)
The patriarch of the Sawyer family, Grandpa appears as a vampire-like corpse, only rousing for dinnertime. Over 100 years old, this infamous family of cannibal killers still work to support their elders. If your dad is a fan of this cult-classic horror film, he would love our Texas Chainsaw Travel art print.
John Dugan, TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE (1974)
Ed Harley (Pumpkinhead)
Unable to cope with the loss of his son, Ed Harley seeks revenge. After digging up a corpse, this horror dad works with a witch in the woods to resurrect a demon. Pumpkinhead seeks revenge on Ed’s behalf, murdering the teens who caused his son’s demise.
Lance Henriksen, PUMPKINHEAD (1988)
Here but not present Dad
Henry Thomas (The Haunting of Hill House)
Henry Thomas tried his best, ultimately giving up his own life to protect his children, adding to the list of haunting spirits in Hill House.
Hugh Crain, THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE - SERIES (2018)
Jerry Blake (Stepfather)
Jerry Blake wants the American Dream, a perfect family, and a house with a white picket fence. His other interests include building birdhouses and murdering his entire family.
Terry O'Quinn, THE STEPFATHER (1987)
Lee Abbott (A Quiet Place)
Not all horror dads are murderous lunatics! A dedicated family man, Lee works hard to protect his family from the monsters. He gives the ultimate sacrifice to allow his children to make their escape.
John Krasinski & Noah Jupe, A QUIET PLACE (2018)
Be sure to show appreciation to your dad on Father’s Day.
Whether Dad was the one who introduced you to classic horror movies, slasher films, or even encouraged you during your goth “phase”, don't forget to thank him on Father's Day for being so ghoul.