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October 24, 2008



Wally has tagged me on listing 10 of the best villains in movie history. I should list remarkable evil characters whose actors delivered an outstanding performance to fulfill this request, but I’m afraid my list wouldn’t look so original in comparisson to what a typical movie fan would deliver. Then I thought of listing 10 really despicable characters, those who provoke nothing but despise, horror and disgust, but I suppose I’d scare away the readers by showing these images, I mean… Kevin Spacey covered in blood, De Niro fat and nearly bald, De Niro “molesting” a woman, and then Joe Pesci etc, etc. Not very pretty, I suppose. Therefore I decided to list the evil elements in some of my favourite contemporary films.

Everyone who lives in Dogville – even the apparently nice guy played by Paul Bettany ended up being very evil! Damn, what a wicked town.

The Duke in Moulin Rouge – “It’s not that I’m not a jealous man. I just don’t like other people touching my things!” (the thing, in question, is a woman).

The Father in Festen – “It was all you were good for”. We see this man, a family man, celebrating his birthday surrounded by his children, grandchildren, his wife, that we could never picture the shocking truth that is about to come out.

Stansfield in Léon“I like these calm little moments before the storm. It reminds me of Beethoven. Can you hear it? It’s like when you put your head to the grass and you can hear the growin’ and you can hear the insects. Do you like Beethoven?” He obviously doesn’t follow the “no women, no children” rule when it comes to “cleaning”.

Pauline in Heavenly Creatures“Why could not mother die? Dozens of people are dying all the time, thousands, so why not mother? And father too.” She kills her own mother in cold blood, and somehow, I still feel simpathy for this character (not the real life Pauline, for God’s sake!).

Gollum in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King“Pretty little fly. Why does he cry? Caught in a web. Soon he’ll be… eaten.” I even liked him in the two towers, after all, he didn’t look or sound that evil, but look what he did to Sam..and Frodo.

Cruella De Ville in One Hundred and One Dalmatians “My only true love, darling. I live for furs. I worship furs! After all, is there a woman in all this wretched world who doesn’t?” EW, I don’t! Well, this is not one of my favourite films (I haven’t even seen it) and it’s not contemporary, but this lady, she’s evil. At least in that film with Glenn Close, she wanted to kill all those sweet puppies and make a coat out of their skin. My God. Fur is evil, folks. And it can be quite tacky sometimes.

Amon Goeth in Schindler’s List“They cast a spell on you, you know, the Jews. When you work closely with them, like I do, you see this. They have this power. It’s like a virus. Some of my men are infected with this virus. They should be pitied, not punished. They should receive treatment because this is as real as typhus. I see it all the time.” This guy would be the top 1 in villains of the worst kind list.

Captain Vidal in El Laberinto del Fauno (Pan’s Labyrinth) – I fear him more than all those monsters Ofelia had to face along her tasks. But Amon up there is still the most evil one.

Chris Wilton in Match Point“The innocent are sometimes slain to make way for grander schemes. You were collateral damage.” The modern day Raskolnikov.