#7 – Jaws
I didn’t actually watch Jaws until fairly recently, which is why it didn’t make it onto my Movie Franchises Better Left at One list a few months back. Buy anyway, the first Jaws movie scared people so much that many tourist towns on the ocean saw a serious decline in business following the release of the movie. Perhaps the main reason that Jaws was so terrifying is that YOU BARELY SEE HIM. Due to a myriad of technical problems with the mechanical shark they used (including not testing the first one they used at all before putting it in the water) we usually get a point of view shot from the shark. The fact that you don’t see him very much lends itself well to the terror of a beast that could be lurking unseen under the water. We’re gonna need a bigger boat.
#6 – Alex Forrest
You’re probably wondering who this is. She’s the female lead in the movie Fatal Attraction, as played by Glenn Close. After the male lead has an extramarital affair with her, she doesn’t respond too well to being shunned by him in favor of his wife. Cue bat-shit insanity. I won’t go into too much detail, but I will say this much: Women of the world, if you ever worry that your man might be cheating on you, show him this movie. After watching Fatal Attraction, he will never cheat. Ever. This movie is absolutely terrifying, and if Glenn Close’s portrayal of a women scorned doesn’t scare a man into monogamy, nothing will.
#5 – The Kurgan
The Kurgan is the main bad guy in the first Highlander movie (which DID make it to the aforementioned list). He is one of the immortals who is battling for the Prize, and while he isn’t terribly three-dimensional, he is a great character. Mainly because he is so gleeful and excited to be killing people. He enjoys it and has fun with it. One of the scenes that indicates how much he embraces and enjoys being evil takes place in a church leading into the third act. I won’t spoil it, but he really makes it work.
#4 – The Operative
The nameless villain from every self-respecting nerds favorite recent sci-fi flick Serenity is an amazing villain. Cool, collected and completely bad ass, his belief in what he is doing is unshakeable, but at the same time, he recognizes that what he is doing is evil. He believes in a better world, one without war, but believes that he has to do certain, terrible things to get to that point. He exhibits a surprising amount of depth, which is of course aided by a brilliant portrayal by Chiwetel Ejiofor.
#3 – The Joker
Jack Nicholson’s Joker was a great take on the character, but Heath Ledger damn near made me mess myself. Every second on screen he put the fear of God in anybody watching the movie. The ways in which he threatens and kills people feels uncomfortably real, especially since much of what he does is similar to what terrorists in the real world today do. Watching him laugh gleefully as Batman punches him in the face repeatedly still unnerves me every time I watch The Dark Knight.
#2 – Malificient
If you care enough about me to read this blog, you know that Sleeping Beauty is my favorite Disney flick. Much of my enjoyment of this movie has to do with Malificient, who is an amazing villain. Cunning, classy and loving every second of it, she embodied evil and she knew it. Oh, and she turned into a dragon. Any villain that can do that gets mads props from me.
#1 – Darth Vader.
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