Top 5 Most Powerful Performances In Horror History Since 1960!
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#2- Donald Pleasence as Dr. Sam Loomis in John Carpenter’s Halloween (1978)

Donald Pleasence as Dr. Sam Loomis in John Carpenter's 'Halloween'- Courtesy of Compass International

Donald Pleasence as Dr. Sam Loomis in John Carpenter’s ‘Halloween’- Courtesy of Compass International

“I met this six-year-old child, with this blank, pale, emotionless face, and the blackest eyes… the devil’s eyes” – Dr. Sam Loomis

Chasing evil at numbers 2 on our list of horror’s best performances since 1960 is Donald Pleasence as Dr. Sam Loomis in John Carpenter’s Halloween.

Filling the shoes and trench coat of Loomis, Pleasence’s take on the role elevates Carpenter’s classic beyond an average horror film. Enhanced by Halloween’s remarkable script, Pleasence’s performance is a textbook display of sensible subtitles.

Each line spoken with pitch-perfectly clear intention, the 1978 slasher classic saw the English actor creating one of the greatest characters in film history. From his iconic monologue to hilariously telling Lonnie to “get his ass away from there,” Pleasence is a revelation as Dr. Sam Loomis.

Just look at Loomis’ stare at the film’s end. Of course it was going to end this way. Evil never dies.

R.I.P (1919-1995)

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