Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Halloween Festival Of Lists: October 5: FIVE Bang-Up Bartenders In Horror
His From Dusk to Dawn character Razor Charlie denies admittance to the Gecko brothers (Clooney and Tarantino) until Jacob (Harvey Keitel) uses a little psychology on him. Razor also has the distinct honor of announcing the stage performance of Satánico Pandemónium (Salma Hayek). And then he turns into a vampire. Wow. Busy night.
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Sam Trammell stars as the plaid-clad, sexy shape-shifting bartender on True Blood. He's constantly having some kind of trouble find him, but still finds time to have steamy relationships with the hottest women on the show.
Sam has a dark side as well, evident from various violent flashbacks on the show, breaking pool cues in half to use as make-shift stakes for the vampire population, kicking his trailer trash brother to the curb, killing maenads and irreverent girlfriends who try to murder him, as well as this season's thrashing of more than a few belligerent bar patrons and random werewolves. (Those pesky dogs!).
Clu is no stranger to horror, having had a starring role in Dan O'Bannon's cult favorite, The Return of the Living Dead. But here as simply "Bartender", he is part of an ensemble cast that are basically just trying to survive a night in a bar with horrific monsters trying to gain entry at all costs in order to eat them. Yup.
Joe Turkel's subdued performance in The Shining as the ghostly drink lord doesn't take up much screen time but certainly packs a creepy punch.
When he pours up another Jack Daniels for the wildly disturbed caretaker of the haunted hotel, telling Jack his money's no good, his calm demeanor is nearly as frightening as his bourbon-swilling patron.