Yesterday news broke that comedy legend Robin Williams had died as a result of an apparent suicide. While Williams was best known for his comedic work, he had a very diverse filmography. In honor of his memory, let’s take a look at 3 of his horror adjacent roles.
Insomnia this psychological thriller follows a detective as he ventures to Alaska to investigate the murder of a young woman. Williams plays a local crime novelist who is involved with the case. Williams is completely chilling in the role and it was one of the roles that showed that he was more than just a comedy actor.
One Hour Photo In what is pretty much his creepiest role ever, Williams plays a photo lab technician at a super market. He becomes obsessed with a family who’s photos he develops. A complete mind fuck for those who know him best as The Genie in Aladdin, the film is a delightful thriller that is well acted and beautifully shot.
Death To Smoochy An often overlooked gem of black comedy, Williams simultaneously plays a standard Robin Williams character (manic and hysterically funny) and totally against type (foul mouthed and cruel). Many weren’t fans of the pitch black comedy, but it stands the test of time. It shows both the humor that made Williams a star, and the darkness often only briefly glimpsed by the camera.