Saturday, February 10, 2007
So we've discussed the lamest villains we can think of. Now how about looking at the one's that keep us up at night? I both love and hate the villains of my favorite movies. They scare me, but in a great no-real-danger sense; usually. Though I have been known to occasionally go to sleep with the light on. So here are the villains that are the most memorable to me-- in no particular order. Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Silence of the Lambs) I ate his liver with some fave beans and a nice Chianti...(add slurpy noise here)........ I honestly don't remember if that line was in the book Silence of the Lambs, but I sure couldn't forget the impact it had when I saw it on the screen. I think what made Lecter so menacing was the fact that he was psychotic, brilliant and civilized at the same time. Me? I wouldn't have a clue what wine should go with a human liver. I haven't seen the new movie Hannibal Rising and I don't really intend to. In my opinion Hannibal needs to be played by Anthony Hopkins in order to remain the charismatic sadist who causes me insomnia. The Alien (Alien) I can't think of a scarier creature in existence than the Alien from Ridley Scott's movie Alien. This movie is soooo good, but terrifying. I still can't watch the scene where Ridley comes face to face with the alien and its second mouth comes forward with all the sharp teeth and slime. ((shudder)) And do we even need to mention the much parodied scene in which an alien comes out of Kane's stomach. ((ewwww)) But my God, what a scary villain. I don't want to peek inside the brain that came up with this one. Darth Vader (Star Wars) This list could not exist without mentioning Darth Vader. Not the Hayden Christensen version, but the black suited, heavy breathing one. It's an absolute tribute to James Earl Jones and that magnificent voice of his that Vader is so intimidating without facial expressions. I don't remember that many scenes in which Vader displayed his prowess with the dark side of the force, but you believed in his power. Norman Bates (Psycho) Just the name gives me the willies. On the surface Norman Bates seemed harmless enough. He was this milquetoast of a man who nonetheless turned out to be horrifying. Essentially based on serial killer Ed Gein, Norman Bates showed us what happens when the "momma's boy" syndrome goes to the extreme. Alfred Hitchcock did a magnificent job of showing how a timid little man can nonetheless harbor a serious dark side. If you want a good old fashioned horror film, the original Psycho is a must see. The Shark (Jaws) Jaws was one of those movies that seriously affected my formative years. My parents had an unusual lack of good sense in taking me to see that movie when I was way too young. I guess that's what happens when you can't find babysitting. I literally took a flying leap onto my bed for years just on the off chance that a great white shark might be hiding under the bed. You can't be too careful about these things can you? But Jaws affected everyone didn't it? I don't know anyone that wasn't a little scared of going into the ocean after seeing that movie. And if you weren't scared, well, what the heck is wrong with you? This is a movie that grabs you from the very fist scene. You could feel the terror of the woman swimming in the ocean as the shark first grabs her and pulls her under. I'm still a little scared to swim in the ocean. Annie Wilkes (Misery) I'm your biggest fan...... Ever since Kathy Bates uttered those words in the movie adaptation of Stephen King's novel Misery authors everywhere have shuddered in fear. We've all heard of the obsessed fan. The stalker. But Annie Wilkes is even more intense than your average psycho. One the one hand, there is something pitiable about the character. This is a woman with no real life outside of the one she's created in her head. And boy is it a scary one. When she calls Paul Sheldon mister man as she tells him what she expects of him, we feel his alarm. This is not a woman in charge of her thoughts or feelings. And if you thought the hobbling scene in the movie was grotesque, you should read the book. So these are the one's that stick out in my mind. I've deliberately kept the list short because I hope the rest of you will add to the list and tell me what scares you at night when you're home......alone.