Sunday 19 February 2012

"What are these people watching? People like me."- BEST VILLAINS OF 2011

             I think it is common knowledge that I love my villains like none other. 2011 brought with it some particularly nasty and memorable ones. These were the best (or the worst).

Honourable mentions: Rattlesnake Jake from Rango, Lea Seydoux in MI4, Yorick van Wagingen as a particularly icky Nils Bjurman in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, David Lindhagen in Crazy, Stupid, Love.

Melancholia in Melancholia
Both the planet and Justine's problem. However beautiful this film was, it was filled with melancholy and it did leave you feeling depressed as hell. 

Sakharine in The Adventures of Tintin
He is the perfect image of a creepy thin man who is up to no good. Even though Tintin was not quite the hero, Sakharine was a pretty spot-on villain. Daniel Craig did a good job of voicing him.

The virus in Contagion
Yes the virus in itself is scary as hell, because it kills people really really fast. But what is scarier is what it brings out in people- fear, violence, anarchy, apathy.

Lord Voldemort in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
He is the Dark Lord after all. He is most effective in this film. He goes madder than ever, and makes people really afraid of him. Oh and the way his hissing voice makes people scream...

The bosses in Horrible Bosses
You can't choose one. They were all pretty awful. Never want a boss like any of them.

Bernie Rose in Drive
The perfect mobster. Cruel and heartless, but tries to be the nice guy after all. Albert Brooks was so very good as Bernie.

The 'big gorilla-wolf-motherfuckers' aliens in Attack the Block
No explanation required.

Loki in Thor
I do love supervillains so. Loki is probably one of the best ever, and is the sole reason why Thor is quite good. He adds a dimension to the film that otherwise would have been about a big cocky guy with a hammer, with Natalie Portman of course.

Kevin in We Need to Talk About Kevin
All the Kevins are included in this. He was so sinister. As much as his parents were wrong, Kevin was no angel. He was a disturbed child from the get-go, and when he finally does what he does, we should not be scared as we had been expecting it from the start, but it steals manages to shock and startle us.

Robert Ledgard in The Skin I Live In
The top 2 were neck-in-neck for me as both are ideal representations of what is good in the world- a child and a doctor, but are not in these cases. They are very much the opposite. But I could not shake the feeling of just how wrong Antonio Banderas's character was in this. Doctors and surgeons are entrusted with lives, and his character, a true mad man, tries to play god with them. I won't say what he does, because that has to be experienced, but it is so very disturbing and reprehensible. Frankenstein could not have been this crazy and horrible.


  1. I love how you called them 'gorilla wolf motherfuckers'. And your #1 is perfect.

    1. Haha. Well that's their name for all we know.
      Thanks. He was a very bad man.

  2. Kudos for putting Melancholia on the list.
    Wow, I just saw We Need to Talk about Kevin, and he definitely belongs here. I must say, the film was depressing.

    1. Thank you!
      It is depressing, but it is more disturbing than anything else.

  3. Cool list! Even more looking forward to seeing films number 1 and 2 now!

    1. Thanks! You must see them, they are very good films.

  4. Nothing like a massive planet headed straight at you to make you piss you pants! Great list Nikhat, I have yet to see your #1, can't wait!

    1. That's what I always say :P
      Thanks Castor. I hope you see it soon.

  5. Great list Nikhat, I agree with most of it, especially the top 3 (Loki is amazing as a character, can't wait to see him in Avengers, plus I love Tom Hiddleston), and Kevin and Roberto's characters and movies were very disturbing and shocking.

    1. Thank you. I love Hiddles too, and Loki IS amazing. Yes they were.

  6. Nice list! Can we throw in Netflix (rate hike, quickster) and George Lucas (announcing yet another SW re-release for 2012)? Those guys were downright villainous! =)

    1. Thanks! Haha. Well I don't get Netflix where I am and I have no intention of watching SW, but I'll take your word for it :P

    2. lol You can take my word on both! I did a write-up on Netflix and all the new SW material that came out this month, like the filmumentaries...

  7. Lea Seydoux is in MI4 and plays a vilain? Damn that must be hot!

    1. She had a minor role, but she was super awesome. And hot.