December 12, 2010
Oh, You're So Cool, Stephen Geoffreys!
Stephen Geoffreys, oh how I love thee! For the past several years, your nerdiness has given me butterflies in my stomach. Every time you say, "Oh, you're so cool, Brewster!" or "To what do I owe this dubious pleasure?", I melt inside. Now I'm starting to sound like a total pervert so I'll stop. What I'm trying to say Mr. Geoffreys is that I am a fan of your work. I should probably make it clear that I love the work you have done under the name of Stephen Geoffreys and not that of Sam Ritter or Stephan Bordeaux (no offense). In honor of the man that is Stephen Geoffreys, I thought that I would share some of my favorite films from one of my favorite movie nerds of all-time.
I would not be writing about Stephen Geoffreys right now if it wasn't for Fright Night. Evil Ed is of course my favorite character that Stephen Geoffreys has ever portrayed. It was almost like he was born to play that role. He was a monster geek who was tired of being made fun of and for once wanted to be treated like he was normal. I almost shed a tear ever time I watch the scene when Ed is attacked by Jerry, because you can see that he hides his pain behind all the laughs. Sure, he made fun of Charley for believing that Jerry was a vampire, but without Ed, Charley would have been a victim of Jerry's from day one. Evil Ed is certainly Geoffreys' most entertaining role, and I'm sure mostly everyone could agree with that.
As if Geoffreys' characters weren't geeky enough, he wore glasses to top off the look in the sex-comedy, Fraternity Vacation. In the film he plays Wendell Tvedt, a guy who goes to Palm Springs with a few buddies for spring break, in order to find himself a girlfriend. While his buddies are in a bet with a couple of other frats guys to sleep with the babe next door, Wendell falls for Nicole (Amanda Bearse). This was the first film that Geoffreys' and Bearse starred in together before co-starring again in Fright Night. The relationship between Wendell and Nicole soon ends 'cause Nicole is too much of a daddy's girl and the bet to sleep with the hot babe fails for the frat guys. Towards the end, Wendell gets the babe and everything else is forgiven and forgotten. Now I know Cameron Dye, Leigh McCloskey, Tim Robbins, and Matt McCoy are some major hunks, but Geoffreys had the personality! That's what got him the girl. Remember: Personality > Hottness
If you were to take Wendell Tvedt and an eviler "Evil Ed" and put them in a blender, you would get Hoax. Hoax is just plain creepy in my opinion. He's a geek (go figure) who wants revenge on those who torment him and that's exactly what he does, thanks to the phone line 976-EVIL. Anyone who calls that number to get their "Horrorscope" soon become possessed and that's exactly what happens to Hoax. This is Geoffreys' most horrifying role, especially during the scene when he interrupts a poker game by asking if he can play with a pair of hearts as he pulls out two human hearts and throws them on the table. Clever, but totally disgusting. That scene also reminds me of another character from the horror genre who goes by the name Freddy Kruger.
Fun Fact: 976-EVIL was actually directed by Mr. Freddy Kruger himself, Robert Englund.
Heaven Help Us
Heaven Help Us was actually the first film that I saw with Stephen Geoffreys where he played a supporting role as a sexually frustrated, Catholic boy named Williams. The only time you see or hear Geoffreys in this film, he is either pulling his pork or he is talking about pulling his pork. Yes, I'm serious. Sometimes I wonder if this film was responsible for leading Geoffreys into the world of adult entertainment. Even though Geoffreys' role is only minor, it is definitely worth a watch.