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  • Norman Bates (Psycho)

    7 13.46%
  • Jason Voorhees (Friday the 13th)

    5 9.62%
  • Freddy Krueger (Nightmare on Elm Street)

    9 17.31%
  • Michael Myers (Halloween)

    6 11.54%
  • John Jigsaw Kramer (Saw)

    10 19.23%
  • Hannibal Lecter (Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal)

    18 34.62%
  • Leatherface (The Texas Chainsaw Masacre)

    3 5.77%
  • Chucky (Child's Play)

    2 3.85%
  • Ghostface (Scream)

    2 3.85%
  • Other

    13 25.00%
  • None/I prefer the good guys

    2 3.85%
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Thread: Which Horror Movie Villain is Your Favorite?

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    Which Horror Movie Villain is Your Favorite?

    Mine would have to be Norman Bates (Psycho). Boy did he scare the shit out of me. I have to double check if there isn't anyone in my bathroom before I take a shower.

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    "The heavenly motions... are nothing but a continuous song for several voices, perceived not by the ear but by the intellect,
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    Jason Voorhees, for his no-bs, unhistrionic Protestant work ethic. His motto is "I KILL EVERYBODY I SEE", no questions either asked nor answered.


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    It's hard to pick one but here is one of the good ones... Jack Nicholson



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    I`ll have to go with Krueger, Myers and Vorhees. The great trio

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    Another vote for Jason Voorhees here . So unreal he's funny

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    Samara from The Ring 1+2. Very horrifying atomsphere, especially in the first movie.


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    I usually like those horror movies that aren't as simple as going on a murdering spree just because one needs or enjoys to kill. Jigsaw and Hannibal have the most interesting psychologies IMO.

    Let’s start with the Saw series. While they do contain some pretty explicit and quite disturbing scenes, the movies aren’t your average vehicle for gore. In fact, many people don’t consider the main antagonist, John Jigsaw Kramer, to be your traditionally sadistic, bloodthirsty horror movie villain. One reason behind this is that unlike many horror movie villains, Jigsaw doesn’t actually murder anyone himself and doesn’t intend to do so either. His tests are instead designed to provide meaningful life lessons to his subjects. One such lesson he learns himself when he tries to commit suicide after having been diagnosed with terminal cancer. During the episode, he has an epiphany and as a result, he decides to dedicate the remainder of his days to teaching people to appreciate the value of life. The way he chooses his victims isn’t random; his test subjects are usually those who, in his mind, committed some act of injustice, be it murder, embezzlement, or some type of scam. The traps are personalized and created not only to test whether the person has the sufficient will to live, but also to deter them from walking the same path (e.g. the rapist/voyeur has to pay the price of losing his sight; if he should survive, it would be thus be unlikely that he could stalk another victim). Other test subjects have to act against their instincts and work together instead of displaying selfishness or violent behavior. Unlike some of his disciples’ traps, Jigsaw’s are technically the more survivable and include specific instructions to help the subject navigate. Some of his subjects do actually make it out alive in the end and even become his converts.

    Hannibal Lecter has a somewhat similar psychology in the way that he chooses his victims, who are either some type of criminals - such as pedophiles/molesters - or those who, in his mind, contribute nothing to society as well as what some call the “free-range rude”. This is for example why Clarice does not fear the possibility of him coming after her when she learns of his escape. Same for Barney, the orderly at the psych ward. Lecter is generally polite to those who show him the same courtesy - e.g. he offers Clarice a towel to dry her hair from the rain, what sets him apart from other horror movie villains. Unlike your typical psychopath, he does not harm animals or children, what also shows a somewhat more human side. Like Jigsaw, he has a strict set of principles that he lives and kills by however, unlike the former, he doesn’t sugarcoat or tiptoe around the fact that he is a killer - for example, he tells Will that “any rational society would either kill me or put me to some use” - nor are his motives overall altruistic (although he sometimes does show some form of empathy towards those he sees as broken). Another reason behind his appeal as a horror movie villain is his cultured and refined background. He cites the writings of Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius in casual conversation and manages to score a job as a museum curator in Florence. Finally, while he is difficult to catch and stop, we also see instances where he bleeds and feels pain - for example, when he decides to hack off his own hand rather than Clarice’s in order to escape -, what makes him somewhat more relatable as a human being as opposed to the superhuman, one-dimensional monster characters.

    Up until Hannibal Lecter, most horror movie villains belonged to this category, regardless whether they were humans, mutants or literal monsters, such as zombies, vampires or demons. They were meant to inspire fear, hatred, and disgust in the audience. In contrast, Jigsaw and Lecter appear to be more normal; and yet it’s precisely this normality that makes them scary. Why? Probably because it makes them more plausible than the zombies and werewolves, which we all know are the product of fiction (at least I hope so ). Real serial killers, on the other hand, often appear human and quite ordinary. Many of them managed not only to evade the law, but also to hide their crimes from their own families and life partners due to this perceived normality. Often, serial killers can be charming and charismatic, as they are masters of manipulation and camouflage. They don’t look like the psychopath running down the street, but rather the man next door. And this is what gets their victims to trust them the first place.

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    Hannibal is my favorite. He is aesthetic evil that has a sense of irony and 'justice'. Luscious.

    Of those not listed Jack Torrence is second for me.
    All work and no play make Jack a dull boy.

    The way Samara moved in the Ring movies bothered me. That is the way sluagh move in my dreams.

    My favorite non horror villain is Roy Batty in Bladerunner or Aage Krüger in the Kingdom/Riget.
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