I reckon that Roger from American Dad is based on Robert Downey Jr.’s portrayal of the psychotic child murderer Vivian Thompson in Neil Jordan’s In Dreams (1999).

Claire: Get out of my brain.

Vivian Thompson: I don’t like you anymore!
[points gun at Claire]
Claire: No, no. I don’t die here. I die in the lake, remember?
Vivian Thompson: Oh yeah.
[points the gun at Claire’s foot, instead]
Vivian Thompson: Maybe you develop a limp.

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4 Responses to Huh

  1. Dr. Cam says:

    I watched this with the sound off – what happened to the guy that got stabbed in the eye? And could he have avoided that situation if he hadn’t insisted on walking around a gloomy house with his sunglasses on?

  2. @ndy says:

    He died. And the dog ate his head. Just like Claire dreamed!

    And yeah. Probably. Mind you, it was an amazing dog, and Vivian Thompson/Roger probably could have trained the dog to seduce him, glasses or not.

    In Dreams
    Roger Ebert
    January 15, 1999

    “In Dreams” is the silliest thriller in many a moon, and the only one in which the heroine is endangered by apples. She also survives three falls from very high places (two into a lake, one onto apples), escapes from a hospital and a madhouse, has the most clever dog since Lassie and causes a traffic pileup involving a truck and a dozen cars. With that much plot, does this movie really need the drowned ghost town, the husband’s affair with an Australian woman, the flashbacks to the dominatrix mom and the garbage disposal that spews apple juice? All of this goofiness is delivered with style and care by a first-rate team; this is a well-made bad movie…

  3. Dr. Cam says:


    In Dreams will be screening on Channel 7 at Midnight tonight (30/8).


  4. @ndy says:



    ‘March to the Right’ will be screening on SBS ONE at 8:30pm tonight (30/8).

    13. Swing to the Right

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