THE ODIOUS RUNNERS-UP
Certain patterns were quick to emerge during the nomination process. A little disappointingly, although not surprisingly, the voting was heavily skewed towards both very recent films, and those featured on Mystery Science Theatre 3000. (In fairness, it must be conceded that MST3K showed a particular talent for unearthing films with an unusually high OCR content.) However, it was heartening to see a number of less obvious names emerge as contenders for the title as the voting continued.
And what was in the air, I wonder, in 1997?
Dishonourable Mentions (in chronological order): Dick Wesson (“Joe Sweeney”) in Destination Moon (1950) [YES!!]; Linda Watkins (“Mrs Kilgore”) in From Hell It Came (1957); [Actor unidentified] (“the Horshack-like jerk doing a really bad Columbo impression”) in Dr Minx (1964); David Tomlinson (“Harold Tiffin-Jones”) in War-Gods Of The Deep (1965); Mehmood (“the OCR butler”) in Gumnaam (1965); Bobby Van (“Danny”) in The Doomsday Machine (1967); Jeff Gillen (“Jeff”) in Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things (1972); [Actor unidentified] (“Angel”) in Lionman II: The Witchqueen (1979); [Actor unidentified] (“Myron”) in Pieces (1981); Jagdeep (“Mr Odious, the imposter-editor”) in The Indian Superman (1987); Pierre Knoessen (“Manuel”)/Maureen Lahoud (“Roberta”) in Laser Mission (1990); Paul Schrier (“Bulk”)/Jason Narvy (“Skull”) in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie (1995); Kevin O’Connor (“Joey ‘Tooch’ Patucci”) in Deep Rising (1998); Jack Black (“Titus”) in I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1998) [YES!!]
And one unusual case: while most voters went no further than naming their choice (obscenities optional), correspondent morad7 came up with a pick so obscure that he felt compelled to spell out in some detail just why his nomination was the Most Odious:
“The actual title of the movie is Zombie Ninja Gangbangers…. I'll leave off complaining about the rest of the film because I could do it more or less forever. But the most odious comic relief is in this film, so far as I'm concerned. The main characters are bumbling around looking for protection from the zombies who roughed one (the teenage male) up and raped the other (yeah….I think this speaks for itself….). They learn about an occult master who just moved into town. One might think that they'd assume he was the *source* of the zombies, and thus try to eradicate him. Not so our illustrious heroes, who instead reason:
In a distinct case of “thank heaven for small mercies”, most of these actors listed above managed to make themselves Odious upon just one occasion. Others, it seems, are Odious no matter what they’re doing. So click on forward and discover just who are: