SPOTLIGHT: PERCY RODRIGUES.
OK, besides ‘Unsolved Mysteries’ host Robert Stack, and maybe the ‘Monster Truck Rally’ voice-over guy, this man, Percy Rodrigues, has the most electrifying and spine-chilling voice I’ve ever heard. Rodrigues was the go-to guy for 70’s and 80’s horror movie trailers and you can hear him in trailers for some of the best films of the genre; ‘Jaws’, ‘Return of the Living Dead’, ‘Chopping Mall’, ‘Children of the Corn’, ‘Creepshow 2′, ‘The Gate’, ‘Popcorn’, ‘Night of the Creeps’ and a couple ‘Friday the 13th’ films.
His rich, deep voice combined with incredible dramatic pauses made for the perfect delivery. Forget about heavy metal singers trying to sound tough and evil, you could give Rodrigues a summary about flowers & lambs and a microphone and he could scare the pants off anyone, with calmness and ease.
The following are my top 6 favorite Percy Rodrigues-voiced horror movie trailers.
Exhibit 6: Chopping Mall (1986) “Chopping Mall, where shopping…costs you an arm…and a leg.”
Exhibit 5: They Came From Within (1975)
Exhibit 4: Creepshow 2 (1987)
Exhibit 3: House (1986)
Exhibit 2: The Stuff (1985)
Exhibit 1: The Gate (1987)