Halloween is almost here, and the Horror binges are in full swing! Today we talk about the biggest bad guys of October. Here’s my Top 5 Horror Villains.
Get ready to disagree with this list. Ghostface beats out many 80’s classics because he was a resurgence of horror. Scream came out in 96 and its popularity spawned a new generation of horror in the 90s and early 2000s. The creepy call that started the film is iconic and had moviegoers keeping their lights on. Ghostface’s unknown identity added mystery to this slasher. The character would persist in four additional films with a fifth on the way. You may not expect Ghostface to be in the top 5, but that mask was in many 90s kids’ nightmares.
4. Jack Torrance
And now for the Stephen King run. The Shining had followed a family watching a vacant hotel during the winter months. This was going to be a great time for the father, Jack, to get some writing done. The haunted hotel then begins to turn Jack from a loving young father to a murderous ax-wielding psychopath. Over the events, we got to learn about the villain before his turn, very unique to a horror film. The haunting is revealed to us as it’s revealed to Jack. And while we check in with his wife and son, Jack starts to slip. When Jack is on his rampage he strikes true fear. Even doors won’t stop him. The excellent work of Shelley Duvall heightened the fright we all felt, as she stays only a moment ahead of Jack. Being able to watch this character’s descent into insanity and the following spree makes Jack worthy of the top 5.
Let’s go with the newer films, but acknowledge that Tim Curry was amazing in the 1990 adaption. The reboot of It has Bill Skarsgård elevating Pennywise to new creepy hights. The older clown apparel, a puppet-like dance, and of course the drifting eyes make the new Pennywise pure nightmare fuel. Few villains can frighten you by simply talking to the protagonist like this clown. Pennywise can also use the children’s fears to create tailormade terrors, unlike a simple slasher. Another edge is the promise of return. Pennywise comes back to Derry every 27 years, forcing the kids to return as adults and finish the job. By the end, we learn that Pennywise is more than a clown, but fear personified.
2. Annie Wilkes
My last King entry is a curveball, Annie of Misery. She finds her favorite author and pulls him to safety after a car accident. Annie (Kathy Bates) watches over Paul Sheldon (James Caan) as he heals in her guest room. Caring nurse becomes obsessed lunatic fan quickly when she discovers Sheldon plans to kill off her favorite character. She forces him to change the latest books and goes as far as rebreaking his legs when he starts to get better. Sheldon’s constant attempts to escape to only be caught is a rollercoaster of hope and fear. By the end, the viewer is exhausted and just happy to see the horror end.
1. Michael Myers
This is the 80s horror pick you expected, and rightfully so. Mike takes the place as not only the best horror villain but the best of the 80s classic for so many reasons. His constant pursuit created a rising tension carried throughout the entire film. He is nearly indestructible, being blown up and burned countless times. Myers’ body count is legendary. He would go into a house party and take out each teen one at a time. The best thing of all, his look. It’s simply a plain white mask and a kitchen knife. That mask gave him no emotion, making him a more unstoppable force than man. The knife was often picked up from the kitchen of a future victim. Once the knife went missing, you knew their end was coming. The Halloween franchise is massive and a must-watch for any horror fan. They retconned most of the films with the new reboots making the viewing order the 1978 movie than the 2018 sequel and finally two films still in production. There are nine others in the franchise if you can’t get enough of the King of Horror.
Disagree? Let us know. Leave a comment with your favorite horror villain that we missed!