The List – Top 10 Scariest Movie Villians

By: Jim Weekes

Alright, here is a list of the top 10 scariest movie villains. A couple things to note: Excluded from this list are superhero movies, as well as slasher flicks. We all know Heath ledger as the Joker is terrifying as well as leather face and freddy Krueger. Let’s not waste space on the list.

10. Emperor Palpatine from Star Wars

A creepy, decrepit old sage in a dark hood and a raspy voice. Can it get any scarier? I think not. Emperor Palpatine was a full fledged character from Star Wars episode 6, 1, 2, and 3, played masterfully by Ian McDiarmid. There’s no doubt that this evil Sith lord deserved his spot on this list, and he will continue to have me hiding in the corner for years to come.

9. Hannibal Lector from Silence of the Lambs

The strange thing about Hannibal Lector (played by Anthony Hopkins) is he’s a good guy, and a horrifically evil villain all at once. For every helpful clue he gives Clarice, there’s at least 3 viciously horrible things he does in return. All I have to say is, the escape scene from silence with the lambs. Some may remember Buffalo bill being the bad guy. But Hannibal Lector is the true evil genius in this film.

8. The Siamese cats from Lady and the Tramp

Alright, now that we got the obvious ones out of the way, here’s one you may not have thought of. Remember that horribly creepy scene from disney’s lady and the tramp? Yeah well I remember crying my eyes out when I was little because of the evil Siamese cats. Even though they only appear in the movie for maybe 3 minutes, it’s three minutes I never looked forward to as a child.

7. Charles Muntz from Up

The idea behind Charles Muntz is brilliant, a Charles Lindburg type all American hero who is condemned by society when one of his discoveries turned out to be a fraud. Living in is dirigible in a cave in peru with an army of talking dogs sounds  sketchy as is. But when we learn the dark mentality of Muntz and how his obsession with righting his wrongs has overcome common sense, the result is something unsettling and quite terrifying. It’s a shame people can’t win awards for voice acting because Christopher Plummer did a phenomenal job.

6. The Wicked Witch of the West and her army of flying monkeys from The Wizard of Oz

Really, it’s a package deal. It’s like Pen without Teller, or Han Solo without Chewbaca. The scary as all hell wicked Witch is terrifying enough, but add a bunch of flying monkeys and it’s enough to make me crap myself, even at the age of 21. Things were so much scarier in early Hollywood movies. Maybe Cg monkeys would have been cheesy, but the old fashioned way is terrifying.

5. Judge Doom from Who Framed Roger Rabbit

Some of you may not remember the sleeper hit, Who Framed roger Rabbit, from famed director Robert Zemeckis (Back to the future, Forrest Gump, Polar express), but I do. And what do I remember most? The eerily creepy Judge doom, played by the legendary Christopher Loyd. Judge doom, to sum it up, is well, an evil judge who we find out is actually a disgruntled toon who is pretending to be human. Who would have thunk. Just watch the clip below:

4. Harlen McGuire from Road to Perdition

Director Sam Mendes’ mafia masterpiece and forgotten gem was filled with incredible acting, especially from Jude law as a hit man/photo journalist. At the time, Jude law wasn’t a huge name. For years I couldn’t watch another Jude law film. Seeing him with the pieces of glass in his face is horrific and traumatizing. I mean would you want to come face to face with this psycho? Hmm?

3. The child catcher from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

I thought this was supposed to be a family film. A villain named the Child catcher should raise some red flags. I mean, seriously. I have a feeling the child catcher doesn’t stop at children. And would you believe that the Broadway incarnations of the child catcher are even more terrifying? Just watch the clip…and have fun trying to fall asleep at night.

2. Colonel Hans Landa from Inglourious Basterds

Christoph Waltz’s Transcending and Oscar Winning performance as the tense, sarcastic, and well aware Nazi Colonel is creepy to say the least. The film is essentially a dark comedy, but Landa will make you squirm and have you on the edge of your seat. When he enters a room, he already knows how the situation is going to end, and that’s the most terrifying trait about him.

1. Anton Chigurh from No Country for Old Men

The dry wit of the Coen Brothers meets the rich language of Cormac McCarthy and the result is an Oscar winning masterpiece. However, the Oscar winning performance of Javier Bardem as the emotionless and seemingly unstoppable hit man is incredible and horrifc. He’s stoic, brutal, and methodical. Not a step he makes is unplanned. He represents pure, unstoppable evil and don’t try running, he likes the chase.


So there you have it. My list of top 10 scariest movie villains. Do you agree with the list? Did I miss something? Let us know in the comments.


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