Halloween Week Day 5: Top 5 movie villains

Ever since I’ve been old enough to remember watching movies, I’ve loved the bad guys. I don’t really know why, but I find most villains charming and interesting, even though some of them truly are pure evil. So I decided to make a little top 5 of some of my favourite movie villains.

The JokerĀ (The Dark Knight, 2008)

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It is without surprise that I start this list with the Joker (Heath Ledger) fromĀ The Dark Knight. Not only has the Joker been one of my favourite characters of all time ever since I was a little girl, Ledger’s performance is one of the best ones I have ever seen in my life. He is truly disturbing in this role and does a great job keeping us at the edge of our seat throughout the whole movie. The movie definitely wouldn’t have been the same with anyone else in this role.

Hannibal LecterĀ (The Silence of the Lambs, 1991)

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Another great performance, this time by Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter inĀ The Silence of the Lambs. Some people don’t consider him as the main villain of the movie, some don’t even consider him as a villain at all (which is a bit weird), but I think that ultimately, he is one of the greatest villains ever created. He might appear as a “secondary” villain in this movie, but I personally think that he actually is the main one, he’s just extremely good at hiding his real intentions.

Annie WilkesĀ (Misery, 1990)

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Probably one of the most hardcore fans to ever “live”, Annie Wilkes (Kathy Bates) terrified me so much as a kid, I kept having this dream where she’d break my ankles. I didn’t even want to write for a little while, just in case she’d burst through the door and try to strap me to the bed. Yeah, I guess she’s got that kind of effect on people. First introduced to us as a seemingly overly nice and caring nurse, It doesn’t take long for us to discover the true nature of Annie Wilkes and her obsession overĀ Misery.

Alex DeLargeĀ (A Clockwork Orange, 1971)

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Not exactly a villain per-say, Alex (Malcolm McDowell) is more often perceived as a anti-hero. But he does do terrible things; from rape to murder, from harassing to beating up people for no reason, Alex is a troubled young man going through life by being as violent as possible.Ā With his distinct look and attitude, Alex is quite a dangerous person, who doesn’t really care about anything and will stop at nothing to show the all the power violence makes him feel.

Patrick BatemanĀ (American Psycho, 2000)

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Kind of like Alex DeLarge, Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale) is often seen as a anti-hero more than like an actual villain, in parts because of the ambiguous ending of the film. But no matter how you interpret the ending, I believe that Patrick Bateman is one of the most enjoyable villains to watch evolve during a movie. I also think he is a very interesting character;Ā the way he describes every little thing throughout the movie really gets us into his head and allows us to understand how he thinks.

Honorable mentions

  1. Bellatrix Lestrange (theĀ Harry PotterĀ series, 2001-2011)
  2. Pennywise the Dancing Clown aka It (It, 1990)
  3. Norman Bates (Psycho, 1960)
  4. Scar (The Lion King, 1994)

Another 5 favourites

I love a lot of movies you know? So I thought I’d make another list of favourite movies, because why not eh?

The Big LebowskiĀ (1998)

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I saw this movie for the first time in class, only a few years ago, and I absolutely loved it! The Dude (Jeff Bridges) became some kind of a hero to me, because he’s just so calm and nothing really worries him. I’d like to reach this level of chill one day. It is a very nihilistic movie; nothing actually happens, and what does happen happens for nothing. It is funny and quirky and has a great social message. The performances are all great, especially John Goodman as Walter, who is the absolute opposite of the Dude.

The Grand Budapest HotelĀ (2014)

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This movie was directed by Wes Anderson and, as usual in a Wes Anderson movie, stars many big names. It is also a very beautiful, aesthetically pleasing movie. The movie is also a lot of fun: it tells the stories Mr. Gustave (Ralph Fiennes), concierge of theĀ famous hotel, and Zero (Tony Revolori), the lobby boy. We also get to know the people staying at the hotel, all more colourful that the others. Many stories intertwine, which creates a very entertaining movie.

A Clockwork OrangeĀ (1971)

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I’ve loved this movie since I was 8. It is, according to me, one of Stanley Kubrick’s bests (also, the book by Anthony Burgess is amazing, one of my favourite books). Malcolm McDowell as Alex is fantastic. Every time I watch this movie, I get chills. In a somewhat near future, ultra violence becomes the norm and Alex and his droogs have a lot of fun fighting, raping and terrorizing. Alex gets arrested after “accidentally” killing a woman. In prison, he is subject to many experiments and learns to hate violence. This movie really makes you think about the society we live in and you definitely look at violence differently after watching it.

Harold and MaudeĀ (1971)

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Harold (Bud Cort) is obsessed with death. Maude (Ruth Gordon) loves life. He’s a young adult and she’s 79, but they become best friends and lovers. They meet at a funeral of someone none of them knew; both of them were there to pass time. I saw this movie for the first time on television when I was about 13 and I fell in love with it instantly. I identified so much with both Harold and Maude, I couldn’t think of anything else for weeks. Plus, all the Cat Stevens’ songs we hear throughout the movie got stuck in my head for months (like, I still singĀ If You Want to Sing Out, Sing OutĀ all the time).

KynodontasĀ (2009)

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KynodontasĀ (orĀ DogtoothĀ in English) is a very weird movie that can easily and understandably make you uneasy. We follow the life of a family, all of them remaining unnamed, and very strange things are going on. The father (Christos Stergioglou) and the mother (Michele Valley) keep their two daughters (Aggeliki Papoulia and Mary Tsoni) and their son (Hristos Passalis) captive. None of the “kids” (they’re in their late teens/early twenties) has seen the outside world. They think planes in the sky are toys, cats are extremely dangerous and they learn an entirely “new” vocabulary (like, the movie starts with the three of them listening to a tape and they learn the meaning of carbine as “a beautiful white bird”). It is unsettling, but makes you think a lot.