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Which Malevolent Movie Menace Had You Quaking in Your Cinema Seat?

July 29, 2008

By JONATHAN RENNIE and JAMES WATT

THEY may make us recoil. . .

but those big screen baddies keep bringing us back for more.

Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia were the goodies, but let’s be honest, everyone waits in keen anticipation for the ‘dum dum de dum’ score to begin and the sound of James Earl Jones’ heavy breathing as Darth Vader comes into sight.

And really, does Jodie Foster offer the thrills in The Silence of the Lambs or is it Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter?

Film rental site Lovefilm has compiled a list of the favourite screen villains of all time – and Hannibal Lecter and Darth Vader top the list.

Some other classics are Annie Wilkes in the Stephen King remake Misery, or Jack Nicholson’s infamous portrayal of troubled writer Jack Torrance in another King film classic, The Shining.

There are some new baddies in there too. Jack might have played the first film Joker in Batman, but viewers of the box office smash Dark Knight have decided that the late Heath Ledger’s portrayal of The Joker is a true classic, even putting him above Robert de Niro’s Al Capone in The Untouchables.

But which film baddie do you think is the scariest? Who do you really love to hate?

Filled with the fear of creating some sleepless nights, we hit the streets and asked the public that very question – which cinema baddie gives you chills?

ROBERT CURTIS, student, Kelvinbridge: Norman Bates in Psycho would be my favourite villain – it was a great character and very intense.

EVE GURNEY, retail assistant, East End: I would say Freddy Krueger from A Nightmare On Elm Street is my favourite movie villain.

JIM BLAIR, garage door fitter, Kirkintilloch: Ben Kingsley was good in Sexy Beast and I also thought Freddy Kreuger was a great character.

FRASER HOWIE, retail assistant, West End: Alan Rickman played the sheriff in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and was a good villain.

DAWN BULLOCH, student, Glasgow; Johnny Depp was good as Sweeney Todd and the character of Tony Camonte is good in Scarface – it is one of my favourite movies.

LEWIS M CGHEE, student, Glasgow: The Joker from the Batman movies is probably my favourite villain.

VICTORIA CAMPBELL, tax advisor, City Centre: Someone from The Godfather, there are plenty of villains in that! It was a great movie.

MARY M CINTEE, carer, Uddingston: Anthony Hopkins was great as Hannibal Lecter – I think that he could play any part.

Originally published by Newsquest Media Group.

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