The Horror Honeys: R.I.P Robin Williams ~ July 21st, 1951 - August 11th, 2014

R.I.P Robin Williams ~ July 21st, 1951 - August 11th, 2014

One of the hardest goodbye's I've ever had to say happened a year ago today... and it was one I hoped that I wouldn't have to say for quite some time. Robin Williams' extensive career covered so many facets of film and television that it's genuinely impossible for me to find a favorite performance or single enduring memory, because they all mean that much.

Williams' career wasn't just about comedy, if there's anything that is true of any comedian, is that they have a dark side, and Williams' dark side is one of the ones that crosses the boundaries between the gallows and the rainbow with an alarming speed. Here at we celebrate him in all of his facets, but especially those where he was allowed to let his dark side come out and play.

The Final Cut (2004)
Set in a world with memory implants, Robin Williams plays a cutter, someone with the power of final edit over people's recorded histories. His latest assignment is one that puts him in danger as he's asked to cut some important final footage from someone's memory recording. More thriller and pseudo-sci-fi than horror, the film itself is a little awkward, but the idea behind it is an intriguing one. Williams is fantastic as the nervous cutter with an addiction to telling the truth.

Death to Smoochy (2002)
Fired in disgrace, kids show host Randolph Smiley (Williams) finds himself out on the street, while his replacement Sheldon Mopes (a highly obnoxious Edward Norton), finds himself on the fast track to success with a new hit show as the proud purple rhino, Smoochy. But things take a turn for the worse when Sheldon finds out that some of the people that he works with, and some he doesn't know he's working for, are all in it for the money. Meanwhile, Randolph is slowly becoming insane, with his only thoughts focusing on killing Smoochy and getting back to his life of kid show funded luxury. This role is one of Williams' most remembered dark comedy roles, with an emphasis on the dark.

Toys (1992)
When a military general inherits his "childish" brother's toy making company and begins making war toys, the original factory employees, and the son of the former owner band together to stop the General before he ruins the name of Zevo Toys forever. Known more as one of Williams' weirder films, it's also one of his more endearing, showing a softer side of the zany comedian that everyone was familiar with at that time - watching him try to keep a straight face during even the most somber of moments is a joy I'll never get tired of. With even odder and more adorable roles from LL Cool J, and Joan Cusack, Toys is one of my favorite Williams films.

All the feels.
One Hour Photo (2002)
A truly underrated horror film in the sense that no one really knows about it, Williams' performance in One Hour Photo is really the essence of what made him such a versatile actor. Intensely creepy, and unsettlingly calm, Williams makes an otherwise slow paced film into an extremely tense thriller. While photo labs aren't really something that anyone worries about anymore, not too long ago, every single photographic memory, every intimate candid photo, went through the hands of a complete stranger. In One Hour Photo, an employee of a one-hour photo lab becomes obsessed with a young suburban family and takes drastic measures to make his obsessive fantasies a reality. *shudder*

Insomnia (2002)
More a crime thriller than a horror film (which is partly why I love it), Insomnia is about a crooked cop sent from LA to investigate the murder of teenage girls (and wave hello to a young Katharine Isabelle) in a small Alaska town. Williams again plays a creepily calm killer, taunting Pacino's Detective Dormer to the point of madness. Gritty, eerie, and filmed here in Vancouver, Insomnia is an underrated crime film, with an unexpectedly great Williams performance, and Pacino ain't bad either, but he's really outshone by an eager performance from Hillary Swank who is a young police officer determined to get to the bottom of not only the crimes in her small town, but the secrets Dormer is keeping.

What Dreams May Come (1998)
If you've ever wanted to know what movie makes the Head Honey ugly cry like no other? It's this one. While it's not a horror movie by any stretch of the imagination, Dreams is included here for vivid and unsettling depictions of Hell, and its Dante's Inferno style journey. Being escorted by a Plato-esque Max Von Sydow makes it all the more spectacular. One of Williams' earlier ventures into a romantic and serious role, What Dreams May Come is a criminally underseen film. Full of images of loss, depression, true love, and fighting for what means the most to you... re-watching the trailer gives me chills, and I know that I'll be ugly crying to this beautiful piece of cinema all week.

Honorable mention for Sci-Fi appearances in Bicentennial Man and AI: Artificial Intelligence, that, while I didn't necessarily appreciate them, they represent times that he stepped away from the comedic lens to try to do something different. 

R.I.P Robin Williams

And this is the moment I fell in love with you </3