Ben refuse to help Barbara find her brother Johnny and then beats her unconscious.
Well her brother was dead ( infected ) so he was right, she slapped him first & she was getting hysterical. Ben
saved Barbara twice, once when Ben arrived at the house she was gonna walk out the door into the arms of the zombies & when inside the house when Barbara was sitting in the chair, Ben took care of that zombie aswell. Remind me how many did Harry take care of?
Cooper then generously offers Ben sanctuary in the basement
Because he wanted the protection of others, no generosity there.
Well, Ben is a firebug! He kills and then lights on fire one zombie right next to the porch! He then pours lighter fluid on a chair and sets it on fire right outside another door! He makes a torch out of a table leg and takes it with him
Again, the actions of a rational man in the circumstances, he knew zombies were afraid of fire, he made the rational decision to burn the armchair to keep the zombies away from the house which gave him time to board the place up, he was right again.
Well thanks to Ben, Tom and Judy are toast. On his way back to the house,
No they were toast because they were too frantic to carry the task out, not Bens fault.
Ben easily kicks in the door and struggles to nail the door shut again. Cooper is rightly concern about helping Ben but bravely does so anyway. So how does Ben react, by giving Cooper a beatdown.
So i suppose if someone locked you out to be eaten alive by zombies you would shake him by the hand & hand him a cigar?
Helen (her mind poison by Ben's rhetoric) is less than supportive
Not at all, she fist had her doubts about Harry when he insisted they stay in the basement rather than listen to the radio broadcast, Ben had not even seen her.
Does Ben go out to rescue her? No. He retreats to the "deathtrap" and locks himself in
No sense in him being eaten aswell, once again the action of a man who tried his best in a difficult situation, who was given little or no help from Harry Cooper. I do not say Bens behaviour was impecable, he could have handled things with Mr Cooper a bit better, however that would not have gained him any favours, from my own experience people like Cooper are just plain belligerent.
Thanks for the link to the film by the way:)