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The Best Villains of 2015: A Collection of Stepmothers, Following Creatures and Paul Giamatti

December 22, 2015

2015 was a solid year for villainy. I love villains who can take the stock role of “villain” and transform it into something fun and exciting. The modern villain doesn’t need to twist his mustache or laugh maniacally. They need to feel real and most importantly dangerous. The following bad guys made the list because of their ability to be likable while being totally unlikable. Their backstories weren’t explained away via expository dialogue and I love the different types of menace they exhibited.

Here is the list!

Valentine – Kingsman: The Secret Service

The guy wants to destroy the world but he hates the sight of blood. I love it when Sam Jackson plays something other than Sam Jackson because his villains are always great. He adds a realistic menace and humor and I appreciate the idea of a dork turned evil.  I loved his explanation of the villainous lisp he used in the film.

Having watched all those Bond films and other genre films of that nature, all the bad guys have something that’s very specific that separates them from other people. Or that makes people dismiss them as a villain as opposed to going, ‘he’s an evil guy’.’ So speech impediments are something that I understand because I stuttered when I was a kid, so people kind of dismiss you and go, ‘You can’t be interesting because you sound funny. So I’m sure Valentine had used that as a motivational tool in a certain kind of way because people had dismissed him.

Dalmore Kingsman


The Jerky Creature from It Follows

The reason the It Follows creature made the list is because it is absolutely terrifying. It never stops and has a one-track mind to kill and hunt. It will keep following you until you are dead and even if you pass along the curse it will always be coming for you. The thing is always walking and changing its rules. I have no clue where it came from or where it went. I just know that you never want this thing following you.



Josef – Creep

What I love about Josef is that he is a modern, unsettling and wily villain. He knows how to key in on insecurities and his normal looking demeanor will undoubtedly be responsible for many deaths. Creep is a fantastic horror film that creates a believable bad guy that will terrorize people for many years.  Kudos to Mark Duplass for creating such a three-dimensional bad guy.

Creep wolf mask Mark Duplass


Immortan Joe – Mad Max: Fury Road

I want to know how Immortan Joe came to power. The dude has built quite the world for himself and I love how when things go down he has no problem riding into danger. The guy leads the war party and I love how he calls people “mediocre.” This is a guy who wants to leave a legacy and has genuine love for his children. He may have started his rule with earnest intent but his descent into madness is pretty great.

Mad Max Fury Road Nathan Jones


Rayna Boyanov – Spy

Rayna might be the biggest jerk on the planet. She is profane, deadly and has more hair than any woman should. Rose Byrne is hilarious and I love her reactions to Melissa McCarthy. I love how a woman who is planning on selling a nuclear bomb can come across as likable. If you haven’t watched Spy do it now. You will love this loud kissing bad guy.

Rose Byrne Spy Slutty dolphin trainer


John Fitzgerald  The Revenant

He is ruthless, deadly and almost impossible to kill. He has seen everything and will do anything to survive. He is the perfect villain because he is so dangerous and smarter than he appears. You take him serious as a threat and Tom Hardy is never not good.

Tom Hardy


Stepmother – Cinderella

Cate Blanchett is fabulous in Cinderella. She takes a stock jerky role and somehow makes her human and evil. Anytime Cate Blanchet shows up on screen she oozes menace and insecurity. You know what is going to happen to her but you can’t wait until she gets her comeuppance.

Cate Blanchett Cinderella


Laugher – American Ultra

Walton Goggins is my homeboy because he excels at creating likable villains. His character starts off a little rough but I love how he evolves throughout the film. You start feeling bad for the cold-hearted killer because he was basically a pawn in the governments game. They made him insane and you can still see some flashes of humanity in him.

Walton Goggins American Ultra laugher


Dr. Eugene Landy and Jerry Heller – Love & Mercy and Straight Outta Compton

Paul Giamatti can play a dirtbag like none other. I love that he played two musical villains and is perfect in the roles. He appears nice enough on the surface and I’m pretty certain he can connive his way into any contract. The guy can screw you over without the benefit of physicality and does so with a gusto.

Love & Mercy Paul Giamatti


The Man Who Can’t Breathe – Insidious: Chapter 3

I love the Insidious villains. They are pure evil and have no problem wrecking havoc on nice families. The Man Who Can’t Breathe carries on the villain tradition and you will cover your eyes every time he is on screen. He creeps, peeps and makes a poor girl destroy her leg casts via kicking a bed post. The dude is the worst and he is the stuff of nightmares.




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