5) Steve Freeling (Craig T. Nelson) — Poltergeist (1982)
Tobe Hooper’s Poltergeist — Courtesy of Warner Bros.
Starting our list of the best fathers in horror history is Steve Freeing from Poltergeist. Brought to life by Coach (1989-1997) star Craig T. Nelson, Steve is the quintessential good dad. Father of three, the successful real estate developer probably wasn’t expecting to fight demons when he, Diane, Dana, Robbie and Carol Anne moved into Cuesta Verde.
But after an angry paranormal force comes back for blood, pulling Carol Anne into their spooky dimension, Steve saves his family. Most notable realizing only the headstones have been moved and his home still sits atop dead bodies, the Steve eventually drives the family away while their former home implodes into the ghost dimension. One thing’s for sure…Steve will destroy any and all TV sets.