This very small role in the anthology horror series “Creepshow”, based on the underrated George A. Romero and Stephen King film of the same name, makes the list due to David Arquette’s ability to understand the character the moment you see it. The thing is, Sheriff Deke is like an evil, alternate-reality version of Dewey Riley from “Scream.”
The story, “Times Are Hard in Musky Holler”, centers on a group of individuals who all played a role in an overbearing mayor taking over their small town during a zombie uprising. Most of what we know about the period before the story is told through illustrated comic strips. It seems that the city was in chaos during the uprising and this man imposed himself on the seat of the mayor. Arquette’s character, Sheriff Deke, enforced the mayor’s terrible laws and used his newfound power to freely rape and murder citizens of all ages.
Yes, it appears to be one of the few purely despicable characters on Arquette’s resume. Everything about him – the way he walks, his venomous taunts and all that murder – makes his ultimate punishment all the sweeter. He’s a character who deserved to have his face eaten by zombies, and Arquette sells him with all he’s got.