Gorecast #68 - Ron Perlman A Cinematic Overview
In a new series of episodes, we are looking to cover where myself and The Giz are going to be picking some of the most entertaining actors in horror and delving into some their known and possibly unknown bodies of work. This Sunday we will be going into some of the horror movies featuring Ron Pearlman 23:00gmt/20:00 at www.facebook.com/TheGoreCast
Ronald Francis Perlman (born April 13, 1950) is an American actor and voice actor. He played the role of Vincent on the television series Beauty and the Beast (1987–1990), for which he won a Golden Globe Award, the comic book character Hellboy in both Hellboy(2004) and its sequel Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008), and Clay Morrow on the television series Sons of Anarchy (2008–2013).
Perlman is known as a collaborator of Hellboy director Guillermo del Toro, having roles in the del Toro films Cronos (1993), Blade II (2002), and Pacific Rim (2013). Even expressing no interest in staring in the latest hell boy movie if del Toro wasn't directing.
Speaking of Guillermo del Toro the first movie we are going to cover is Cronos is a 1993 Mexican horror drama film written and directed by Guillermo del Toro, starring veteran Argentinean actor Federico Luppi and American actor Ron Perlman. Cronos is del Toro's first feature film and the first of several films on which he collaborated with either Luppi or Perlman. The film was selected as the Mexican entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 66th Academy Awards but was not accepted as a nominee.
On to the story, Del Toro has taken the classic vampire tale and blended it with some strange mechanics and the human quest for everlasting life. The story follows Jesús Gris, an antique dealer that lives with his granddaughter Aurora and wife Mercedes. One day, our hero happens upon a mechanical scarab that attaches itself to his palm, causing him to bleed. Jesús slowly gets addicted to this mystical scarab, but there's someone else that wants it and will stop at nothing to get it.
Del Toro's stylish and unique telling of the vampire legend is one of the most strangely overlooked and underrated films of the 1990's in my opinion. It's cinematic genius like this that make me addicted to movies in general, not just horror movies. Watching films that are fresh, unpredictable and so rich in symbolism that it has leaves lots of room for discussion.
The next movie is Stephen King's Desperation, a 2006 television movie based on Stephen King's novel of the same name. King himself wrote the teleplay. The film was directed by frequent King collaborator Mick Garris (who you heard us talk a lot about during our masters of horror episodes) and stars Ron Perlman as Collie Entragian, Tom Skerritt, Steven Weber and Annabeth Gish.
This adaptation of Steven Kings novel is actually in the same level with some of his best big screen productions. Each scene is expertly crafted right out of the pages of Desperation. The police precinct set right down to the desk and each cell seemed as if it was pulled straight from the novel itself. The characters appearances and each detail down to the smiley face on the bag of sweet delicious Mary Jane that lands Peter and Mary in trouble in the first place were constructed with sheer perfection. If you read the book you'll notice that they changed little things to get with the times, like the hitchhikers shirt instead of being Pete Tesh is Bob Dylan, and there's a small reference towards the end to Donald Rumsfeld and Adam Sandler.
I have to say, no one is more suited for the role of Collie Entragian than Ron Perlman, he gave one of the best performance in the entire production in my opinion. Though Tom Skerritt wasn't as good as he could have been, he was still the perfect person for his role. Skerritt just didn't come off as an asshole as well as he should have. Everyone else was good, down to the Chinese actors who had absolutely no lines.
Lastly, we land back in our homeland with I Sell the Dead a 2008 horror comedy, and the feature film debut from Irish director Glenn McQuaid. The film is a period horror comedy about grave robbing and stars Dominic Monaghan, Ron Perlman, Larry Fessenden and Angus Scrimm.
This one is an easy-going story. Set in 18th century England, The tale, told first hand, of two friends in England who make their, ahem! living, by Grave-Robbing.
As its the English/Irish style humor, the hilarity is in the dialogue and the setting and is totally without the usual blunt-nosed set-up that Hollywood likes to use. The first thing that strikes you about this movie is how accurately they managed to capture the look of the Hammer period horrors, the atmosphere is set with lots of fog-laden graveyards, rowdy tavern scenes and excellent set/costume design. This film is gripping yet hilarious throughout.
So to find out more where we go a little more in-depth into the movies above and more importantly a lot but in depth into the horror career of one Ron Perlman. Tomorrow night 23:00gmt/20:00Est www.facebook.com/TheGoreCast