Scream Kings 2019, Day 1: Keir Dullea
Welcome back to Halloween, rabbits! Last year we served you up a different delectable scream queen every day of the witching month of October. This year we're giving the male maestros of the macabre a chance to shine!
First up is a face you may recognize from space: Keir Dullea. Although he's more commonly known as Dave from Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey," Keir also has a knack for playing domineering partners in atmospheric horror movies. In "Black Christmas" (Bob Clark, 1974), he plays Peter, the gifted but unhinged piano virtuoso boyfriend of Olivia Hussey's Jess. His character serves as a red herring, as he stalks Jess's sorority house after she rejects him and provides an uncannily similar silhouette to the real murderer, known only as "Billy." In "Full Circle (The Haunting of Julia)" (Richard Loncraine, 1977), he plays Magnus Lofting, the greedy and transparent husband of Mia Farrow's titular Julia. His attempts to hold onto his rich wife after the traumatizing death of their daughter only serve to push her away into a house haunted by what she believes is their child's ghost. When he attempts to intervene, the ghost reveals a dark secret about her true identity. After seeing Keir in these creepy roles, maybe you'll understand why HAL wouldn't open the pod bay doors for this deceptively charming actor.
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