It’s the weekend; enough with the seriousness. Time for some inconsequential, light-hearted blog fluff.
So I present a list of my top six most horrifyingly evil movie villains, the ones whose downfall I found the most satisfying:
- Jason Isaacs as Colonel William Tavington in The Patriot (deliberately burns a church full of villagers)
- Joaquin Phoenix as Commodus in Gladiator (kills his father, Maximus’ family, even cheats in the final battle – and has the best understated villain line ever: “why is he alive? He shouldn’t be alive. It vexes me. I’m terribly vexed.”)
- Ralph Fiennes as Amon Göth in Schindler’s List (slaughters Jews just for fun – in particular, the capricious psychotic shootings of the engineer and the boy who can’t get a stain off his bathtub)
- Peter Cushing as Grand Moff Tarkin in Star Wars (destroys an entire populated planet just for “an effective demonstration”)
- Robert Patrick as the T-1000 in Terminator 2 (slaughters a hell of a lot of people – which might seem understandable, since he’s a dispassionate killing machine, but just before the end he makes it very clear that he’s thoroughly enjoying it)
- William Sadler as Colonel Stuart in Die Hard 2 (deliberately crashes a plane full of ordinary travellers, with a particularly menacing “We’ve got you, we’ve got you… *BOOM*… we’ve got you.”)
Any other suggestions? Who’ve I left out?
UPDATE: Of course!
- Paul Reiser as Carter Burke in Aliens (whose cunning plan is to have Sigourney and the child exploded from the inside out by an alien in order to worm his way up the corporate ladder).
UPDATE #2: I can’t believe I left out
- Christopher Walken as Max Zorin in A View To A Kill. (He callously shoots his own men – as the foreman pleads “these men are loyal to you!” – whilst cackling.)
UPDATE #3 (31/5): Oh, and
- Sean Bean as Sean Miller in Patriot Games. (He brutally executes the cops and bridge keeper during his escape, and then tries to shoot Ryan’s wife and child just for revenge.)