It seems really odd to be writing about an actor that I don’t often rate waaaay before writing about a majority of those who I do but alas I suppose I should shine some light on la Billy Baby Face Zane, especially after twigging him in Flutter (2011) as Edwin the Dentist, it wasn’t an outstanding role but Billy has played some interesting characters over the years, generally as a rich scumbag , but he is versatile, to a certain extent, he’s played Superhero’s, demons and in most occasions a total self righteous schitehead but he’s a lovable rogue.
01.Tales from the Crypt – Demon Night (1995)
I’m a sucker for Tales of the Crypt but when it comes to the longer movies they could get a little wishy washy. But Demon Knight was one of those longer features which really did the series justice, it is just the right kinda length and to be honest it could have carried on into another film. Zane is the charming embodiment of a Demon out to wreak carnage and charm a secret out a young girl who has been passed the challenge of trying to keep mankind safe from the up rise of demons. Billy sings a pretty tune and is suave as he ruthlessly kills and maims in imaginative ways while trying to get the prize. It’s a funny horror, that just wouldn’t be this great without Billy, I have to admit that he prefects the film. 7/10
Bily plays a minute part in this film but he’s memorable as the debenture Shelmerdine, overshadowed by about 90% of the cast but plays the part to perfection. He’s only really a pretty faced sperm doner. He dashes out of this epic story of understanding as quickly as he falls into it (spraining his ankle boo hoo). Not the longest role of his career but one acted to perfection, oh yes and for a lot of people he made the cover…. 10/10
03.The man who came back (2008)
Shoot me down I don’t care, this is one of those movies which is actually quite shitty but it has so much heart. Retelling the gut wrenching tale of the Thibodaux Massacre, Billy turns up as a Yankee attorney who is dragged around as a pseudo journal keeper, being used to justify the disgusting killing by a wrongful land/slave owner. The attorney plays a very impartial yet vital role. Again he’s charming and again he’s pivotal, he has a knack of doing that in his films. 06/10
I had to take my best friend to the cinema to see this (I stress this every time I mention the movie, get used to it). The Zane, for most part of the movie plays a charming scoundrel, But it’s not until the end of the movie when his life is threatened (is this a spoiler, if you don’t know what happened on the Titanic, get the fuck off my blog), that he becomes a level 99 asshole. Using a missing child to climb aboard a life boat is literally the nicest thing he does in this film, often jealous and petty about trying to win the heart of the buxom wench that is Kate Winslett. 7/10
05.Dead Calm (1989)
Possibly the first movie I saw Billy Zane in and instantly I wanted him dead, I kinda kept this up throughout his career, he seems to play those slimy roles really well and kudos to him. But in this terrifying lost at sea thriller his character is dark and psychotic and pretty perfect when it comes to being a psycho on a boat. He manages to charm his way between a couple already suffering the lost of a child. Tearing them apart first but his cuteness then by pure deviance, he then turns the tables on them holding them and the entire movie on a knifes edge. Its a sterling film, it’s not aged too well but the character remains both sinister and brilliant.
There you go, my selected works of Billy Zane mostly the same character applied in many different ways in westerns, thrillers, romantic historical dramas, horrors and more. Many many more that I’ve not watched. My bad. And while I don’t like these lists to go one for more items than advertised it’s worth checking out the the Rabbit Chase scene in Flutter.