Scar- portrayed by Jeremy Irons in The Lion King (1994)
The power hungry scar will stop at no lengths to eliminate any threats that there may be to him being on the throne, even if it does involve throwing his brother into a stampede whilst shouting ‘Long live the king!’ and then turning his attention the now orphaned Simba. So much for family is everything, huh?
Buffalo Bill- Portrayed by Ted Levine in The Silence Of The Lambs (1991)
Although the story centres on creepy Dr. Hannibal Lecter, and his tendencies to you know, eat people, and his other evil manipulative ways, we cannot forget that the true villain of this story is the cross-dressing Buffalo Bill who likes to harvest the skin of girls. Being imprisoned in a hole in the floor and having him say ‘It rubs the lotion on it’s skin or else it gets the hose again’ is definitely not a situation that I would like to be in!
Annie Wilks- As portrayed by Kathy Bates in Misery (1990)
Annie Wilks takes the term ‘fan girl’ to the extreme as her obsession with author Paul Sheldon spirals out of control when he ends up in her care. Mixing her innocence and maternal instincts with extreme violence, she is the villain that no one expected to be the villain. With her worse scene involving her breaking both his ankles so he can’t escape, she is the nurse that no one wants. Colonel
Hans Landa- Portrayed by Christoph Waltz in Inglorious Basterds (2009)
With a nickname like ‘the Jew hunter’ you just know that you’re not going to like a character. He acquired this nickname from his keen ability to locate people hiding through France. Landa is cruel, very intelligent, ruthless and damn right sociopathic, who acts only out of self-interest. He is able to create crazy amounts of tension and his on screen presence is thoroughly unsettling. The twisted role that earned Christoph Waltz an academy award for best supporting actor.
Judge Doom- Portrayed by Christopher Lloyd in Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988)
A judge that takes his job too far. Judge Doom is a sadistic man, with a true hatred for all cartoons, and will do anything to get rid of them. Just by taking a look at this guy you can tell that something’s not right, and during the final battle between him and Eddie he has the whole audience freaked out just by his face. Not to mention the scene where he plunges an innocent cartoon shoe into a vat of lethal dip with a look of glee on his face that has everyone watching hating him.
The Wicked Witch Of The West- Portrayed by Margaret Hamilton in The Wizard Of Oz (1939)
Being Green-skinned, paired with wicked cackles, screeches and an army of evil winged monkeys, whats not to be scared of! With wicked words such as ‘I’ll get you my pretty… and your little dog too!’ it proves that she will stop at no means, not even little, adorable, fluffy dogs. A villain gone too far?
Frank booth- Portrayed by Dennis Hopper in Blue Velvet (1986)
What makes Frank Booth the scariest villain of all is the fact that he does not even try to hide his inner darkness, and can just completely loose his mind at anytime. Being an enthusiast of rape and torture, paired with a gas inhaler, David Lynch has created a villain that is like no other. With his meanest moment involving forcing a girl into sexual acts whilst inhaling from a tank of amyl nitrate, we are thankful that there are no others like him!
Bill Cutting- Portrayed by Daniel Day-Lewis in Gangs Of New York (2002)
Also known as ‘The Butcher’, he’s a patriotic man who who’s hatred for immigrants is matched only by his love of power and status. With a glass eye that he likes to tap with a knife for a horrifying effect, we are able to see through his charismatic character. With his meanest seen involving him beating Amsterdam live on stage, Bill Cuttings is a friend that no one needs.
Alex DeLarge- Portrayed by Malcolm McDowell in A Clockwork Orange (1971)
Alex DeLarge is the terrible embodiment of a society gone wrong, with his principal interests being rape, ultra-violence and Beethoven. Showing his sheer pleasure at his own disgusting behaviour, Alex’s most notorious scene involves him sexually assaulting a woman whilst reciting musical theatres most cheery song, ‘Singin’ in the rain’. Brilliant.
Norman Bates- Portrayed by Anthony Perkins in Psycho (1960)
Films greatest Misogynist. The most compelling villain that does a great job of putting on his normal face and gathering our sympathy, and fondness in the first and second acts, and then revealing the darkness within him, showing himself as the true villain of the movie. With a true hatred for women, Norman does not hesitate to pick up a knife as to not be ‘corrupted’ by them. Most known for the famous shower scene involving lots of blood and sharp high pitch noises, with a simple gaze into the camera, Anthony Perkins turns Norman into one of the most haunting villains ever.