Stephen King has a plethora of scary fathers in his catalog. As you’re enjoying the Stephen King Father’s Day marathon on IFC, consider yourself lucky that you weren’t raised by these exceptionally scary dads.
5. Dick Morrison, Cat’s Eye
Dick Morrison (James Woods) goes to Quitters Inc. to quit smoking. Instead of trying hypnotism or strengthening the will, Quitters Inc. tells Dick that if he picks up a cigarette again, they will torture his wife and child. Instead of say “F— this” and running away forever, Dick tries the program and succumbs and smokes a cigarette! Also, his daughter has Down’s Syndrome and is played by Drew Barrymore. Any father that would risk the life of Drew Barrymore at her cutest is a monster of the highest degree.
4. Joe St. George, Dolores Claiborne
Joe is one of many abusive dads in the King-verse. If only Kathy Bates could be in every Stephen King movie to dispense her unique brand of justice.
3. Big Jim, Under the Dome
Played on the Under the Dome TV series by Breaking Bad‘s Dean Norris, Big Jim is a shady dude who uses the titular dome to assert power over the town of Chester’s Mill. Even worse, he makes his psychotic son a deputy. Too bad Hank wasn’t stuck under the dome. Things would’ve ended a whole lot sooner.
2. Nathan Grantham, Creepshow
As star of the first story in Creepshow, Nathan is a horribly abusive father who’s killed by his daughter on Father’s Day. Even worse, his maggot-infested corpse comes back from the grave to kill all his children. But the most horrifying part is his demand for a Father’s Day cake. It’s bad enough that he terrorized his family in life. But to also demand a specific Father’s Day dessert? That’s just rude.
1. Jack Torrance, The Shining
Of course, few movie dads are creepier than ol’ Jack. All work and no play makes dad a stabby boy.