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THE TOP 5
The Top 5 Scariest Movie Villains
By Tim Lammers
April 11, 2011
INTERVIEWS, REVIEWS & MOVIE NEWS BY TIM LAMMERS
David Prowse was menacing in the suit, but James Earl Jones' voice gave the power of the dark side to Darth Vader.
The murderous Ghostface will return to theaters Friday after an 11 year absence with director Wes Craven's "Scream 4." Maintaining the spirit of the first three films, some familiar cast members (Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox and David Arquette) are back for the fourth installment, and they'll be joined by some fresh faces like Hayden
Panettiere and Emma Roberts to help scare up some new business.
But no face will be as indelible as Ghostface's, a character inspired by Edvard Munch's iconic painting "The Scream." But while Ghostface's roots date back nearly 120 years, the film character is hardly the first masked villain to torment the psyches of moviegoers. Here's a look at the top five.
5. Darth Vader, "Star Wars" (1977): True, he may not be the first face that comes to mind when you think of masked movie villains, considering he doesn't wield some sort of knife or machete.
But what Darth Vader does carry is one seriously deadly weapon with his lightsaber, and his menacing black helmet/mask is one of the most recognized -- if not the most recognized -- in movie history. A villain scarred in aftermath of a violent battle with Obi-Wan Kenobi on a volcanic planet, Darth Vader immediately commands your attention every time he appears on screen.
Darth Vader is scary because he once was a man of good who has all but lost his sense of right and wrong, and there's only one person in the universe who can bring him back to his senses. Of course, James Earl Jones' booming voice and staggered breathing sounds only enhances Darth Vader's overpowering persona.
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Jason Voorhees switched over from a one-eye sack mask to a hockey mask to scare the puck out of moviegoers.
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4. Jason Voorhees, "Friday the 13th, Part III" (1982): While Jason Voorhees is known predominantly for slashing and gashing
stupid teenager after stupid teenager (in scary movies, is there any
other kind?), it's the lasting image of his hockey mask introduced in "Friday the 13th, Part III") that has scared the puck out of moviegoers since the early 1980s.
A tragic, disfigured figure haunted by the specter of his dead mother, Jason earns extra points for the creative ways he's dispatched his victims over the years. While his peering gaze through the holes in his hockey mask immediately strikes the heart of fear in his victims, Jason's one-eyed sack mask (used effectively in the first two films and at the beginning of the 2009 reboot) is just as effective as his goalie mask.
No matter what mask Jason is wearing, when he shoots -- er, slices -- he scores.