Top Ten Awesome Villains in Bad/OK Movies

It’s a very unfortunate, but true fact that there are many cases where awesome movie villains worthy of great movies appear in god awful or just alright films. Sometimes those villains aren’t given the recognition they deserve based on the film they are in. So, this is my list dedicated to them, the villains that are downright beautifully written and performed, but because of the awful or alright movies they’re in, don’t get the same recognition and praise they sometimes deserve.

10. Jason Voorhees (Friday the 13th series)

I will agree that the Friday the 13th movies are fun, but the series as a whole is truly awful filmmaking. What can you expect from a slasher series that grew into over ten films? What can’t be denied is how awesome the villain that it spawned is. Jason Voorhees is one of the most iconic characters known to the horror genre and this list wouldn’t be complete with out him. His trademark hockey mask has got to be one of the most well-known props in film.

9. The Sniper (Phone Booth)

The movie phone booth is awful from beginning to end, but for some reason I always need to watch it when it comes on. The reason is because Kiefer Sutherland is truly brilliant as the villain of the film. Basically the entire movie takes place in a phone booth with Colin Farrell in the starring role. On the other line we can hear the voice of a man whose point a large sniper rifle at our star. The Sniper is an awesome villain that never seems to get noticed. I suppose I can see why.

8. The Joker (Batman)

Before 2005 when the masterpiece Batman Begins came out, Batman movies weren’t that amazing. Batman Forever was alright, I wasn’t a fan of Batman Returns and Batman and Robin is one of the worst movies ever conceived. My third favorite Batman movie after Christopher Nolan’s two masterpieces would have to be Tim Burton’s original Batman. This is due in part to Jack Nicholson’s wild take on The Joker. It is nothing compared to Heath Ledger’s, but it still deserves lots of praise.

7. Freddy Krueger (A Nightmare on Elm Street series)

I know A Nightmare on Elm Street is considered a classic when it comes to the horror genre, but to tell you the truth, I’m not a big fan. I love the idea, but the execution wasn’t as great is its made out to be. I do however love the wickedly awesome villain Freddy Krueger. Even though he’s one of the most iconic and evil killers ever put on screen he still has brilliantly delivered dark humor. Its almost like he feels the need to not only kill his victims, but humiliate them and if that’s not villainy than what is?

6. Jigsaw (Saw series)

The “serial killer” who actually hasn’t technically killed anybody just had to be on this list. The ultimate guilty pleasure of mine is the Saw movies. Other than the first one, they are god awful, but I get unhealthy amounts of joy watching them. The joy doesn’t come from watching Jigsaw’s famous “traps” in which his victims are put to tests to see if they have the well to survive. The joy comes from the insane plot surrounding the main character and antagonist Jigsaw. He’s maniacal and sadistic, but he has good intentions in a way.

5. Hans Gruber (Die Hard)

Some might be surprised to see Hans Gruber on this list because most consider Die Hard to be an amazing movie. I do like Die Hard, it’s cool, but its not spectacular. It’s a certainly a fun movie, but its truly nothing special, just an entertaining action movie to me. It’s alright or as the title states “OK”. Hans Gruber however is a truly fantastic villain. A suave calculating thieve who might give his hostages some food, but won’t hesitate when he has to pull the trigger. Alan Rickman plays the character to a tee and the fact that he’s thrown off a building is made all the more pleasurable because of what basterd he truly is.

4. Stuntman Mike (Death Proof)

I absolutely love every minute of Death Proof, but I can’t deny that its not really a good movie because Tarantino didn’t want it to be a good movie. With Death Proof he’s paying homage B-movies with insane violence and car chases. The villain of the story is downright awesome. I don’t find nearly as much pleasure watching Kurt Russell in other roles than this one. Stuntman Mike is a sadistic, yet charming maniac who deliberately kills his victims with his “Death Proof” cars just because its a blast.

3. Agent Smith (The Matrix series)

I’ve seen The Matrix movies an unreasonable amount of time, but watching the first one recently was actually the inspiration to make this list. I just sat there as Hugo Weaving’s Agent Smith interrogated Lawrence Fishburne’s Morpheus and thought, “Holy cow, this is amazing”. Then Keanu Reeves walked back into frame and I realized why I don’t consider this movie great. Agent Smith is such brilliantly crafted villain in one of the other films that I would consider a guilty pleasure of many. I love watching the Matrix movies, even the sequels, they’re pretty bad movies, but there’s a lot to enjoy and one of the main points is Hugo Weaving as Agent Smith.

2. Norman Stansfield (The Professional)

I do not like The Professional. Its an over-the-top action movie surrounding a relationship between a hitman and a twelve-year-old that is so awkward and annoying to the point of the movie becoming unentertaining. The reason it is worth watching though is because one of my favorite actors, Gary Oldman, plays the only redeeming quality of this movie and he plays him spectacularly. The character isn’t nearly used to its full potential, but the scenes he is in are made fascinating. He trues throw the scene like the shark in Jaws and you just can’t wait to see him again. I would’ve much rather just seen an entire movie surrounding a character study of this character. That would’ve been a brilliant film.

1. Voldemort (Harry Potter series)

I don’t get very much enjoyment at all out of the Harry Potter films. Maybe its just me, but sub-par execution and awful acting from the main characters don’t make for entertaining movie experiences. The series did get one thing right though, they managed to cast the supporting characters to perfection. Gary Oldman was awesome and Sirius Black, Richard Harris and Michael Gambon both made enjoyable Dumbledore’s (even though Harris was obviously better), Helena Bonham Carter is brilliant, as always, as Belatrix and Alan Rickman plays a part that he was born to play. The real treat in Harry Potter though is one of the greatest actors known to cinema playing the main antagonist.

Ralph Fiennes is one of my favorite actors and like all his roles, he plays Voldemort so utterly brilliantly. Voldemort is such a dark presence on screen to the point of every other character, even his allies, feeling uncomfortable. This is because every single person he comes across knows where the true power lies. Voldemort is truthfully the only reason I go see the Harry Potter movies. If I can only catch a glimpse of Fiennes performing the character to literal perfection, than the price of admission was worth it. When I began writing my list of the Top Ten Awesome Villains in Bad/OK Movies I know right away deserves the top spot. Ralph Fiennes playing the villain Voldemort is simply breathtaking.

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Top Ten Horror Movie Icons

In honor of the Halloween season, I thought it only necessary to pay tribute to some of scariest fictional characters ever created with a list of my top ten favorite horror movie icons. These are the characters that haunted my nightmares as a small child, before I was old enough to even see the movies they were a part of. There are so many different kinds of horror movies and its truly amazing to me how awful one horror movie can be, while another can be one of the greatest films ever made. Horror films are always a blast to watch, good or bad, and this is a list of my favorite villainous basterds that star in them:

10. Chucky

I’m not ashamed to say it, dolls, dummies, toys, whatever, can be very creepy and it would be a sin to not include the most iconic killer toy known to film history. The idea of one of your childhood toys coming to life was just a frightening idea all its own. Child’s Play was that idea put into movie form and its villain was a sinister killer “good guy” doll named Chucky.

9. Ghostface

I love Scream. Period. Its the greatest satire on horror films I’ve ever seen, while at the same time being a horror film. It was also the film that introduced us to the killer “Ghostface”, a now classic mask thats almost impossible not to see when your out trick or treating. “Ghostface” was such a great killer in the way he tried hard to be a great killer learning so much from his fictional predecessors.

8. Leatherface

Whether we’re talking the 2003 remake or the original, Leatherface was one of the most disturbingly realistic killers ever put on screen. The intention was to make him as real as possible and it worked. His weapon of choice is a chainsaw and he uses his victim’s skin to cover his disfigured face. He is not the kind of man I’d like to meet in a dark alley.

7. Jigsaw

Sure every movie after the first one was god awful, but it still doesn’t take away from the idea of this now iconic movie killer who finds disturbing ways for his victims to kill themselves. Jigsaw is our generation’s Freddy, Jason or Michael Myers. Yes, with an iconic horror villain you’re going to get a bunch of crappy sequels, but there will always be bad movies with cool characters that stick with you.

6. Norman Bates

“A boy’s best friend is his mother.” Psycho is the film some believe to be the greatest horror movie ever made. It is quite the masterpiece and it introduced us to one of the most famous death scenes of all time (the classic shower scene) and the iconic horror villain, Norman Bates. Due to the pitch-perfect performance of Anthony Perkins and the brilliant direction of Alfred Hitchcock, we were given one of the most terrifying killers in history.

5. Jason Voorhees

Ever since the release of the now classic horror series, Friday the 13th, the hockey mask has been associated with both death and fear. Jason Voorhees is so mind-numbingly iconic with his mask, his machete and his creative kills. Over 10 sequels and remakes have been created after the first centering around him and his killings. I don’t know if the masses are still entertained by him, but he will surely never be forgotten. For he is a staple in the slasher sub-genre.

4. Michael Myers

Halloween is the movie that arguably originated the slasher movie and if not, it at least made the sub-genre awesome. The slasher film would seriously be nothing without Halloween and its killer, Michael Myers. He’s quiet, he takes his time, oh and its nearly impossible to kill the guy. Michael Myers is the iconic slasher movie killer. This goes with out saying, but I am talking about the 70s classic. Rob Zombie’s remake was awful.

3. Freddy Krueger

In a list of the best horror movie icons, you had to expect to see Jason Voorhees, Michael Myers and Freddy Krueger. The only question was where to put them. On my list, they fall back to back and Freddy Krueger is undoubtedly the best of the bunch. A Nightmare on Elm Street took the slasher movie and redefined it with Freddy Krueger who literally kills you in your dreams. If the plot of not being able to sleep at risk of dying a horrific death wasn’t a enough, you got the fantastic charisma of the iconic horror character, Freddy Krueger.

2. Jack Torrance

The Shining is a masterpiece of epic porportions, one of my favorite movies and the greatest horror movie. What drives this fantastic tour de force is the one man’s decent into madness. Jack Nicholson is brilliant as always as one of the greatest horror movie icons in existence. Looking over many other opinions on the web on the topic of horror icons, it seemed that Jack Torrance was for the most part overlooked. Not only is he a horror movie icon, he’s one of the best.

1. Hannibal Lecter

Hannibal Lecter is not only the greatest horror icon in existence, he’s also one of the greatest movie characters of all time. Anthony Hopkins earned a well-deserved oscar for his portrayal of the sadistic cannibal, Dr. Hannibal Lecter. He’s confident, he rarely blinks and he enjoys the little things in life like a bit classical music after biting off the flesh of a man’s face. Hannibal Lecter is one of the most interesting and entertaining movie villains ever put in a movie and because of his lack of screen time, you have to savor every second while he savors something else.

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A Nightmare on Elm Street Review

With A Nightmare on Elm Street, I got exactly what I expected, Nothing more and nothing less. I expected a classic slasher movie with the terrible acting (other than Haley as Krueger) and terrible writing. It’s just the kind of movie that doesn’t matter, you just go out and have fun with some friends. Play the “whose gonna die next” game.

The story of A Nightmare on Elm Street has its perks in by far the coolest slasher movie character. No killer beats Freddy Krueger and I actually preferred Jackie Earle Haley’s rendition more so than Robert Englund’s. He was darker, more disturbing even, while still having those still adding little sinister jokes here and there. That’s what’s fun about Freddy is that he actually talks unlike Leatherface, Jason Voorhees, Michael Myers or Ghostface, to name a few.

So, A Nightmare on Elm Street is just your same old slasher film, filled with all the stuff that makes movies dumb, so I will grade accordingly, but you really have to take these films for what they are and this has got to be my favorite of the recent installations to horror. Its much better than the porno that was Friday the 13th and ten times better than Rob Zombie’s awful Halloween. I’d also like to say that I actually prefer this one to its original.

They’re a lot a like, but I had more fun with this one. So sue me. My complaint though would be that it was too much like the original at times. I’ll explain what I mean. When the trailer came out, it seemed that Freddy was actually innocent of his crimes against the children and was taking revenge against these people who killed him for no reason. That would’ve been more interesting, but we find out near the climax that he actually was guilty of his crimes and rightfully killed. That was a bit disappointing, but you can never expect much from a slasher.

Grade: D+