In the wake of stories about how Heath Ledger played the "Joker" in the new Batman movie will be one of the best/worst villains in the talkies, I started thinking about really creepy villains in movies I either have on my shelf in some form, or which immediately come clearly to my mind.
I have to separate them into humanoid and non-humanoid and just plain fun.
They have to be really creepy, evil, not just someone’s nemesis, like Lex Luthor to Superman (though the fellow in TV’s Smallville is getting there little by little).
Human and pretty much like a human:
Marquise Isabelle de Merteuil (Glen Close – Dangerous Liasons – ghastly evil wicked person – always leaves me upset, came to my mind first)
Archibald Cunningham (Tim Roth – Rob Roy – ghastly evil wicked person – always leaves me upset – really glad when he dies)
Hannibal Lecter (brrrrrrr Anthony Hopkins – The Silence of the Lambs, etc. and don’t forget Jaime Gumb… shoot him again, Agent Starling!!)
Warden Samuel Norton (Bob Gunton – The Shawshank Redemption – I would like him to go to prison, if you know what I mean, along with Clancy Brown as Captain Hadley)
… there are some wackos…
Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins – Psycho – who loves his mom, however)
John Doe (Kevin Spacey – Se7en – now this is seriously creepy – hard to top this guy)
… thugs abound …
Viktor Komorovsky (Rod Steiger – Dr. Zhivago – and dedicated Commies too, lots of them)
Michael Corleone (Al Pacino – The Godfather Part II – a deadly hypocrite)
… and, always bad, Nazis! Except when they are funny (see below) ….
Amon Goeth (Ralph Fiennes – Schindler’s List … sorry, Voldemort is not creepy enough … yet)
Dr. Christian Szell (Lawrence Olivier – Marathon Man … zzzzZZZZZZzzzeeeeeZzzzzz … ‘nuf said?)
The Wicked Witch of the West (Margaret Hamilton – well…. you know – along with people who hate dogs in movies)
speaking of witches…
The Queen (Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs – with dishonorable mention to Maleficent)
White Witch (Tilda Swinton – The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – and anyone else who tries to screw up Christmas – like Mr. Potter and The Grinch (see below) )
Messala (Stephen Boyd – Ben-Hur – really mean)
Nurse Ratched (Louise Fletcher – One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – reminds me of some women religious I have suffered from over the years, like the nun who runs a certain press office I know)
Frank Nitty (Billy Drago – The Untouchables – oh ya… Al Capone too)
… and to stay with the alliteration…
Fanny Ferras Dashwood (Harriet Walter – Sense and Sensibility – what a rhymes with witch)
Darth Vader… who needs no additional defense or specification
The Terminator (need I say more?)
Gollum (Lord of the Rings)
The Borg Queen (Alice Krige – Star Trek: First Contact)
The Dragon (Reign of Fire)
Agent Smith (Hugo Weaving – The Matrix)
The Cigarette Company (The Insider)
The Alien (Alien, etc. … kicks the Predator’s butt)
The Alien Egg and Really Fast Contents (Alien, etc. – perhaps the creepiest critter in any movie)
HAL (2001 – A Space Odyssey)
Stinky Telepathic Critters With Dreadlocks (Independence Day)
The Asteroids (Armagedon and… it was a busy year… Deep Impact)
The Weather Fronts (A Perfect Storm)
The demon (The Exorcist)
Satan (The Passion of the Christ – see above)
Fun (well, aren’t they all? Except that last one?)
Sarris (Galaxy Quest)
Syndrome (The Incredibles)
Dr. Evil (Austin Powers)
Willy Bank (Al Pacino – Ocean’s Thirteen)
Khan (Star Trek… whatever it was… Wrath of Khan)
Bill (David Carradine – Kill Bill 1 & 2)
Edward Rooney (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off)
Major Arnold Toht (Raiders of the Lost Ark)
The Stay Puft Marshmallow Man (along with ZUUUUUL! (no relation) – Ghost Busters)
Captain Hook (Peter Pan)
Okay… there are some ideas.
I imagine you are itching to add your own really bad villains… from movies mind you.
Go ahead! Eventually I will try to come up with my Very Worst and also Funnest lists.