Sunday, May 10, 2009

Cinematic Psychopaths rates the the top 11 cinematic psychopaths: "For every hero, there must be a villain - that's just simple story mathematics... But every so often, there's the villain who crosses the line between 'evil' and 'bat-$#!% crazy', and those are the ones that haunt our nightmares and make us question society in general." Here are the winners:

1. Allison Reynolds, played by Ally Sheedy in The Breakfast Club.
2. Patrick Bateman, played by Christian Bale in American Psycho.
3. Alex, played by Malcolm McDowell in A Clockwork Orange.
4. John Doe, played by Kevin Spacey in Seven.
5. Hayley Stark, played by Ellen Page in Hard Candy.
6. Mr. Blonde, played by Michael Madsen in Reservoir Dogs.
7. Francis Begbie, played by Robert Carlyle in Trainspotting.
8. Tony Montana, played by Al Pacino in Scarface.
9. Hell-Cat Maggie, played by Cara Seymour in The Gangs of New York.
10. Anton Chigurh, played by Javier Bardem in No Country for Old Men.
11. Luther, played by David Patrick Kelly in The Warriors.

Very nice, except for the puzzling choice of Allison Reynolds. She shouldn't have made the cut at all, let alone top the list. The #1 slot should have been awarded to Hannibal Lecter, who incredibly didn't make the cut despite his face being featured up front. I'm pleased to see Hayley Stark (the pedophile-castrating teen sweetie) placing so high, though I would probably oust Hell-Cat Maggie in favor of a different Scorsese baddie, Max Cady (played by Robert DeNiro in the Cape Fear remake).


Anonymous Nick Norelli said...

You're right on all counts. Lecter should have definitely made the list, Sheedy's character was far from psychopathic, and Max Cady was sick as they come. The inclusion of Tony Montana is a bit perplexing as well. I'd put the rednecks from Deliverance on the list before Montana.

Blogger Loren Rosson III said...

I'm thinking the inclusion of Allison Reynolds and Hell-Cat Maggie may owe to a desire to represent as many females as possible. Much as I appreciate the sensitivity, the only female-psycho who merits a place on a top-10 list is Hayley Stark.

Anonymous Nick Norelli said...

Indeed. Although if they really wanted to add a legitimate female psycho to the list then perhaps they should have included Alex Forrest (Glen Close's character in Fatal Attraction).

Blogger John Lyons said...

Annie Wilkes in Misery. The thought of the ankle breaking scene still makes me wince!

Anonymous Nick Norelli said...

John: Good call! And you bringing that to my remembrance just made me cringe!


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