A Freddy Krueger Cosplayer
Photo by Nicholas Gemini © Wikimedia Commons
With Halloween II (H2) hitting the theaters today (August 28, 2009), I thought it would be a good time to visit some of the best of the worst villains that have hit the big screen. This are my picks for the best of the worst horror villains that have hit the big screen.
10. Chucky (Brad Dourif) Child’s Play (1988)
This was a creepy movie in 1988 and scary for a young child. But now, as an adult, it’s a funny movie. Only toys from movies like “Toy Story” are allowed to come alive these days.
9. Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins) Psycho (1960)
A boy’s best friend is his mother. Who doesn’t know about the famous stabbing shower scene from “Psycho” with the screeching music playing in the background?
8. Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) The Shining (1980)
Jack becomes the wintertime caretaker at the Overlook Hotel in the secluded mountains of Colorado. Cabin fever takes control and Jack goes crazy and tries to kill his family in the same manner the previous caretaker did. The most famous scene and line from the movie is where Jack puts an ax through a door trying to get to his family, sticks his head through the cracks and with this eerie, leering look says, “Heeeeere’s Johnny!” But what are even creepier than him are the ghosts of children, that Jack’s son Danny can see, that haunt the hallways of the hotel.
7. Annie Wilkes (Kathy Bates) Misery (1990)
When I think about the movie “Misery,” I see Kathy Bates with a sledgehammer. Not only will she break your ankles with a sledgehammer, but she will also ruin a perfectly good sheepskin coat with a shotgun without the blink of an eye.
6. Pinhead (Doug Bradley) Hellraiser (1987)
In the original film, Pinhead did not have a name, but was simply credited as the “Lead Cenobite,” an extra-dimensional being. Pinhead was a name coined by the Make-up Department, who needed reference terms.
5. Leatherface (Gunnar Hansen) The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
People today still use the sound of a chainsaw being fired up as a part of a scary Halloween Haunted House. What’s a Haunted House one without it?
4. Jason Voorhees (Ari Lehman, Steve Daskewisz, Warrington Gillette, Richard Brooker, Ted White, Tom Morga, C.J. Graham, Kane Hodder, Ken Kirzinger, Derek Mears) Friday the 13th (1980), Part II (1981), Part III (1982), The Final Chapter (1984), A New Beginning (1985), Part VI: Jason Lives (1986), Part VII: The New Blood (1988), Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan (1989), Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (1993), Jason X (2002), Freddy vs. Jason (2003), Friday the 13th (2009)
There have been almost as many actors playing Jason as there have been sequels. The actions of Jason can be summed up by a quote from a witness to his destructive ways in 2003′s “Freddy vs. Jason,” where he says, “Dude, that goalie was pissed!”
3. Hannibal Lechter (Anthony Hopkins) Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Hannibal “The Cannibal” Lechter isn’t actually onscreen for all that long, yet the acting skills of Hopkins make Lechter such a memorable character that he won an Oscar for his performance of Lechter. The freaky voice with its charming ways will pull you in and you begin to like him. But when he gets you close enough all he wants to do is eat your liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti.
2. Michael Myers (Tony Moran) Halloween (1978)
Michael grew up as your normal everyday boy next door. Normal, that is, until something inside him snapped and he became the evil Michael we all know and love who wears that eerie mask all the time. After watching the movie in 1978, my brother and I checked under the car and behind the seats before we got in to go home. By-the-way, the mask was a spray-painted facsimile of William Shatner’s face, better known as Captain James T. Kirk.
1. Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund) A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
If the boogey man were real he would look like Freddy Krueger. Just ask my son who, when he was 4-years-old, was being a little monster while we were visiting a friend. It just so happened that said friend had a life-sized cutout of Freddy that she got from the local theater. We warned my son to be good or the boogey man would get him and that he was in the next room. My friend went to get the Freddy cutout and when she came around the corner hiding behind Freddy, of course my son screamed. We calmed him down by letting him touch and play with the Freddy cutout to see that it wasn’t real. He told us later that he was “so scared that his knees were knocking.” And, yes, he still remembers that night. Now we all get a good laugh from it.
If you are not into the scary movies, check out these Funny Movies for Halloween.