Dec 09 2013
They give faces to our nightmares. They give personalities to those shapeless abominations that live in our minds and under our beds.They are like puppeteers who use themselves as their puppets. Even in knowing they will not get the attention they deserve, they put on their prosthetic and makeup and deliver us mind-blowing performances as those things to go bump in the night. I was hoping we could take a moment to show some real gratitude towards that oft under-appreciated facet of film. Creature actors. Those thespians that deliver us haunting, scary, and all around unforgettable performances, even though we often never get to see their face. All you have to do is think back to the golden age of Hollywood to realize just how important an aspect of film creature actors are.
Through their body language, they tell us stories. Through their quirky mannerisms, we never forget them. Some lumbering and scary, and some kind and light of foot, yet all of them, amazing and wholly believable because of the people who portray them. For some reason, we rarely stop to give these great actors the accolades they truly deserve. That is the reason I wanted to make this list. That, and the idea that if I can make these six souls anymore well known to even one person, it is worth it. Here are six stunningly convincing creature actors, all of whom I greatly admire. Note the list will be in a sort of chronological order based on when they affected pop culture.