The Horror Chick's 11 Favorite Douchebags of Horror
While they may not necessarily be the villains and get all the glory, there's something to be said for the douchebag characters of the horror genre- they often add to the drama of any given situation, they generally complicate things and they make it oh, so fun to hate them.
That being said, I thought it might be kind of fun to look back at some of my favorite douchebag characters of the horror genre- past and present. The only rule? They aren't the film's "big bad." Be forewarned, though: If you haven't seen some of these films, this countdown may get a little spoiler-y for you.
So, in the immortal words of Kanye West, "Let's have a toast for the douchebags" and check out some of this writer's favorite unsavory characters in the horror genre of all time.
Bennett (Kim Coates) in Resident Evil: Afterlife: It's no shocker that the post-apocalyptic world is full of rude, arrogant and self-serving douchebags- after all, we've seen it time and time again where the end of the world just brings out the worst in humanity. And yet, Bennett in Resident Evil: Afterlife somehow took douchebaggery to an entirely new level by keeping his sense of entitlement in check (such a great analogy to Hollywood) by not only forcing his assistant (Norman Yeung) to continue to "assist" him even after the world had gone to hell but also by deciding to steal the one vehicle - a small plane - that could have gotten everyone trapped inside the prison to safety without even knowing a god damn thing about flying.
His demise is a glorious one and oh, so fitting. While the RE movies have had their share of douchebags, Bennett is by far my favorite of the series and probably one of the most memorable supporting characters from the franchise to date.
Gerald (Judge Reinhold) in Gremlins: As someone who grew up during the 1980's, I don't know if there was a more underappreciated comedian than Judge Reinhold; with fantastically funny work in films like Stripes, Running Scared, the Beverly Hills Cop trilogy, Ruthless People, Vice Versa and of course Fast Times at Ridgemont High, for me, Reinhold's work as Kingston Falls' resident douche Gerald Hopkins is by far some of his most subtly hilarious work ever. I mean, Reinhold is always great in everything, but there's just something about his performance here in Gremlins that just really got under my skin, even as a kid.
Maybe it was the way he always sucked up to his boss at the bank, maybe it was the way he talked down to Billy (Zach Galligan) and flaunted his "success" any chance he got or maybe it was the fact that he never stopped trying to hit on poor Kate (Phoebe Cates- maybe Gremlins existed in some kind of parallel universe to Fast Times?); but any way you slice it, Gerald was a perfect representation of a guy who thinks he's much bigger than the small town he's stuck in, and for that he's always been one of my favorite d-bags to root against.
If only Gerald had gotten the Mrs. Deagle treatment instead of managing to safely hide away in a bank vault while Kingston Falls was being overrun by Stripe and his buddies.