Top 10 Roundup #3

Hello everyone! Welcome back once again to another Top 10 Roundup! Now, are you about something really scary?

Ok.  So maybe not all of you are scared.  But, at least I tried, right? Right? Anyway, since we are well into the month of October, I figured it’d be best if I went in and picked 10 of my favorite horror villains.  Now, remember, these characters are not going to be ranked in any way, shape, or form.  So, with that said, let’s dive right on in.

WARNING: Due to the graphic nature of some of the below clips, viewer discretion…is advised.

Let’s start out with one of the OG Vampires. First released in 1897, Dracula has been haunting the vampire realm with his gravitas, so to speak.  Thanks to the likes of Bela Lagosi, Christopher Lee, Gary Oldman, and all the others who have brought the iconic vampire to life.

If you thought that R.L. Stine made ventriloquist dummies terrifying for you as a child, Mary Shaw continues to make them terrifying.  Especially in the dummy room towards the very end.  Go check this movie out if you want a good scare, but be warned, you might want to watch with the lights on.

Can you classify “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” as horror? A horror musical perhaps? Either way.  I wouldn’t want to meet Mr. Todd anywhere.  Now, granted, Mr. Todd is much more sinister in the penny dreadful The String of Pearls: A Romance, where it’s greed, not revenge that motivates the barber.

The unstoppable force. Does anyone know what could really stop this man? He’s been shot, stabbed, buried, burned, drowned, impaled, ran over, frozen, and yet, he still keeps coming.  Not only that, but how is faster than most of his victims? They’re running full sprint through the woods while he lumbers after them.  And the one time he did “die”, he got an upgrade to make him even meaner.  Yikes.

The ultimate literature fangirl.  She takes meeting an author to whole different, and very disturbing level.  Kathy Bates plays Ms. Wilkes on the screen to perfection, making this one of the best Stephen King adaptations to date.  Be warned, the scene above is disturbing.

I already have some haunting dreams, I don’t need a burn victim with a metal claw chasing after me in them.  ‘Cause Freddy would certainly do so if he got the chance.  Also, I prefer the great Robert Englund over Jackie Earle Haley anyday.

I must say, Sir Anthony Hopkins did a phenomenal job of portraying the deeply disturbed, but incredibly brilliant Dr. Lecter.  Now, everytime I go back and re-read the novels, I can only picture in my head the soft-talking, but incredibly persuasive psychopath.  Note, I have not watched the Hannibal series, but I really do want to.  That’s on my “to-watch” list.

Is this where those with coulrophobia developed it? Cause I have to say, Pennywise is a very scary clown. I mean, honestly, if you find a clown in a storm drain, you probably shouldn’t converse with it.  I’m really looking forward to the remake coming next year, if only for my love and admiration for the character.

Now, I’ve only seen the first movie in the series, though I own several others in the series, but I really like Pinhead. In “Hellraiser”, he seems very stoic, and very…reserved, considering he comes from the depths of the Lemarchand Configuration and the sadomasochistic realm that him and the rest of the Cenobites reside.

The last on this list is the man that makes people do the damage to themselves.  He’s probably one of the most hands-off killers in all of horror movie history. Heck, he’s only really around for three movies.  But, his ingenuity  and thirst for revenge on those who do not live the way that he views life makes him a very diverse horror movie villain.

Well, that’s all we’ve got time for today.  Are you scared? Will you sleep with the light on tonight? Until next time, I am the Baumeister, and I have been, obediently yours.

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