Played by: Tim de Zarn

In The Cabin in the Woods, a jam-packed horror roller coaster crammed with multiple characters, countless monsters, and nonstop jokes, the scene-stealing Mordecai (played with committed humorlessness by Tim de Zarn) impressively leaves a mark.

As the so-called "harbinger" in director Drew Goddard's brilliantly conceived meta-scare flick, the grizzled actor makes his few minutes of screen-time count, playing a riff on the backwoods gatekeeper archetype seen in classic horror movies like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Hills Have Eyes, and Friday the 13th.

Like everything else in Cabin, Mordecai's lone scene is hilariously self-aware, with the doomsayer spouting off verbose threats as his shirt-and-tie overseers Sitterson (Richard Jenkins) and Hadley (Bradley Whitford) bust Mordy's chops behind his back.