Criteria: The top 100 Villains rankings of the Horror, Thriller, Mystery, & Suspense genres–Film, Literature, Mythology, Folklore, Urban Legend. The list was contrived based on the villain’s personality, characteristics, cultural impact, turpitude, originality, performance, and other various subjective factors.
The Wolfman (The Wolfman series) – Inflicted with a lycanthropy curse, a curse that can only be explained by a Gypsy crone, Larry Talbot had quite the vicious romp in his day for universal, appearing in four of sequels. I adore how Universal blended their monsters into a singular canon, battling the legends of dread– Dracula and Frankenstein’s monster. Even his weakness of silver is only a temporary hinderance, for he actively seeks a cure to put an end to his savage scourge.
Margaret White (Carrie) – Forget Carrie, the real villain of the debut novel of Stephen King is the domineering, abusive Margret White. Clad in dark robes, the extremely pious mother of Carrie created a hellish environment for Carrie, forcing her strict christian values onto her. As a result, Carrie never had a chance of fitting in. Mrs. White had raised a timid girl with suppressed rage. After Carrie developed telekinetic powers, it made for the most ideal showdown between mother and daughter ever.
Jodie The Pig (Amityville Horror) – Other than Bigfoot, Jodie the pig has the most famous set of footprints in Horror. According to the original novel, the apparition known as Jodie haunted the infamous Amityville house and befriended the Lutz’s younger daughter. The elusive spook inflicted some memorable scares—hoof footprints in the december snow, Glowing red eyes, foreboding presages.
Tall Man (Phantasm) – In all the films of the Phantasm franchise, The Tall man is portrayed by actor Angus Schrimm, born in 1926. As a mortician, The Tall Man was fascinated with death, dedicating his volition to connecting to the otherside. And that he did, developing a portal where he ventures into infernal realms of the unknown. How do you defeat a phantasm with demonic henchman and an arsenal of supernatural skills? So far, it’s be proven to be unattainable. And if there was ever a tournament of dominant horror villains, a surfeit of money would be put on The Tall Man to reap the spoils of victory.
Muldoon (Planet Terror) – Prior the film’s release, Bruce Willis was uncredited and appeared only briefly in the trailer for the Grindhouse pastiche. As it turned out, he plays a vital role in the film as the main antagonist of Robert Rodriguez’s zombie film. Infected by a mutation virus, Lt. Muldoon leads his platoon in a pursuit to find a cure. Shunned by the US government, Muldoon and his troops feel aggrieved over not getting proper compensation for assassinating Bin Laden.
Jack Torrance (The Shining) – Admitted, I have yet to read the original Stephen King novel. Therefore, this profiling is based entirely on the performance of Jack Nicholson. In the lengthy Stanley Kubrick film, Jack’s slow descent into madness may be predictable, but it’s full of entertainment. A recovering alcoholic, Jack isolation and exposure to the accursed spirits of the hotel lead him to a deadly destination. Furthermore, his ornery persona and manic mind left him susceptible as he easily became corrupted by the portentous forces.
Hoyt (TCM series) – The patriarch of your favorite cannibalistic family, Sheriff Hoyt reigns as king in his zone of rustic, rural Texas terrain, slaughtering, humiliating, torturing any unlucky soul that gets loss or stranded. What makes him so horrifically outstanding? His one-liners and degree of sadism is enthralling. R. Lee Emery, as only he could do it, emotes a ruthless sarcasm that helped transcend the TCM remake into the apex of adulation, as far as remakes are concerned.
Fredericks Loren (House on Haunted Hill) – A psycho in a suit, the eccentric millionaire Frederick Loren, played by legendary horror actor Vincent Price, had a history of tempestuous relationships. Witty, callous, smug, and deceitful, Mr. Frederick is a man that’ll go to fatal extremes to get his way. In one night, he ventured into more thrills than any of us may experience in an entire lifetime. Murder by way of skeleton and vat of acid!
Lestat (Interview with a vampire) – Born of a French aristocratic family, the pre-vampire lestat was a thrill-seeking boy with a talent for hunting. Often at odds with family members, he venturs away from the family’s crumbling feudal castle and into the world of show business. Not long after, he’s converted into a vampire and globe trotted the world, living a lavish life. At different periods, he flips from anti-hero to savage knavery. Having the skills of a hunter, his intrinsic vampire urges corrupts his malleable soul and turns him into an apex predator. Eloquent in speech, Lestat craves literature almost as much as he craves high vanity status.
Peyton Flanders (The Hand that Rocks the Cradle) – The film is a prime example of how desperation and devastation can drive a person mad, deadly mad. After the suicide of her husband and the miscarriage of their baby, Mrs. Mott wriggles her way into the life of the woman responsible for defaming her husband. Hired as a nanny, Peyton slyly gains the trust of the family and that’s when the revenge plot kicks into high gear. Rebecca De Mornay is incredible in this film, lauded by critics to this day.