"Fresh Meat" Horror Hottie of the Month: Thom Mathews

Editor's Note: I frequently see horror websites that only recognize the heterosexual male portion of their audience with "Hottie of the Week" features showcasing stuff like Danielle Harris in a Maxim spread. Hey, I love the ladies of horror as much as any guy, but why not: a) realize some of your readers like the dick, and b) also pay tribute to that person's accomplishments as well as their sexiness? That is why I started this feature tentatively called "Fresh Meat" to honor horror's more masculine hotties. If anyone would like to suggest a hottie, feel free comment below or email me! -Heather

This month's honoree is the eternally handsome 80s horror icon, Thom Mathews. To slasher film fans, he was Tommy Jarvis (one of three) from Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives, while zombie fans know him best as Freddy from The Return of the Living Dead. He also appeared in the ROTLD Part 2 in a different role.

To borrow a great line from Arrow in the Head, Thom Mathews is "the Paul Newman of horror flicks!" The physical resemblance is certainly there, but so is the on-screen charisma and acting chops.

Thom began his career as a model and these days he co-owns a construction company in North Hollywood. So he's good-looking, an awesome genre actor, and a handyman, too! *swoon* And believe it or not, he has not lost his looks to age one bit (in fact, I think he's hotter than ever these days).

Thom with my pal Kristy, just a few years ago!
Thom earned a permanent spot in my heart the day I first saw The Return of the Living Dead. The whole film is brilliant but I especially enjoyed the dumb but sweet Freddy. In the midst of this crazy horror-comedy, I actually felt sympathy for Freddy as the Trixoin slowly turned him into a zombie. Then he became downright scary. Here is one of my favorite scenes, made so memorable by Thom's voice alone:

Bonus: If you enjoy listening to Freddy groan for Tina's brains as much as I do, you'll enjoy this song:

Finally, here's some more Thom eye-candy. Enjoy!

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