Even the most attractive horror fan looks into the mirror and sees an outsider or something of a freak staring back at them. That is why the character actors and all the unusual types who populate the world of terror are so important to us. While there are truly popular modern equivalents of Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi such as Robert Englund and Kane Hodder, the more unique talents of such old school gents as Laird Cregar and Skelton Knaggs have, also, found representation in such performers as Robert Davi and Wolf Creek’s John Jarratt.
Belonging to the latter school, Terrence Evans played a number of farmers, preachers and drunken neighborhood yokels throughout his 45 year career. While his genre credits include such titles as Chain Letter, The Pumpkin Karver, (the television show) Monsters and The Bite AKA The Curse II, he is best known as Old Monty in the 2003 remake of Texas Chainsaw Massacre and its 2006 follow-up Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning.
Full of cantankerous spite, Evans also filled Old Monty with a devotion to his murderous clan, even though he was crippled by one of them – now that’s love – and his spirited monstrosity was such that the character was awarded with his own action figure by McFarlane Toys.
That detailed precision to his craft makes the loss of Evans, who died at the age of 81 on August 15th, 2015, an even more poignant one to lovers of cinema everywhere.
R.I.P., eclectic sir!
Until the next time – SWEET love and pink GRUE, Big Gay Horror Fan!