15 Greatest Movie Villains of All Time
There is nothing that makes a hero or antihero seem greater than a quality villain. In the relatively short history of movies, there have been some incredible villains on the sliver screen. There are villains who entire horror and thriller franchises are built around (Jason Voorhees)… but you won’t find them on this list. They would take up every spot. This list is dedicated to some of the creepiest of the creepers and individuals who were put in positions of authority only to abuse it. Here are 15 of the greatest movie villains of all time.
15. Douglas Rain as HAL 9000
“Open the pod bay doors, HAL.” Piggybacking the warnings from some of the brightest scientific minds that have every graced the earth, it’s appropriate to focus on a computer and artificial intelligence as our first villain. HAL 9000. Voiced by the incredible Douglas Rain, HAL was the computer that was responsible for the manned space mission in 2001: A Space Odyssey. It took several years for this film to be appreciated at it should be, and HAL was one of the reasons for the cult following, and eventual appreciation. HAL has been spoofed on The Simpsons, as well as several other popular shows and comedy sketches, and his singular line of legendary status will garner cheers every time 2001: A Space Odyssey is shown in public. “I’m sorry, Dave. I’m afraid I can’t do that.”
14. Robert Helpmann as The Child Catcher
Want to put a little terror into the life of a child? Looking back at Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, there was some messed up stuff going on. The film leads you down one road, then offers a detour down a dark alley. Robert Helpmann was given a terrifying prosthetic nose to play the villain known as The Child Catcher. Sure, it’s musical comedy, if you want to classify the film as such, but The Child Catcher was one of the creepiest villains in film history. It hits too close to home… his luring young children with candy and ice cream, then tossing them in the back of a wagon? Not to mention he has the look of a pedophile and the vocal stylings that are reminiscent of a young Herbert from Family Guy. Wanna freak some people out? Halloween costume as The Child Catcher.