Monday, October 31, 2011

Halloween and Villains

Happy Halloween!!!

Seems like today would be a great day to talk about villains.

Who are the villains who have given you nightmares?

Ring Wraiths?

I loved Lord of the Rings, so the Ring Wraiths haunted me for a while. I don't think I'm alone. I remember when I saw the very first movie in the trilogy at the theater, there was a woman who stood up in the audience and screamed when a Ring Wraith appeared, though as the movie progressed she settled down. I'm sure they gave her nightmares.

When I was a little girl the ultimate scary guy was Captain Hook.

He seems very mild in comparison to other villains. But for a five-year-old who was nearly caught in his hook in Disneyland, he was terrifying. Obviously that was a long time ago.

I think one of the most scary villains I've seen lately was George Harvey in The Lovely Bones.

I had nightmares after seeing that film. Couldn't watch Stanley Tucci, who played that character, for a while either.

So how about you? Who have been the scariest villains you've seen in a movie or have read in a book?

We'll continue our discussion about villains Wednesday with a writing tip on how to write a scary villain.



  1. When I was little, The Wizard of Oz and The Little Mermaid were my favorite movies. When I saw TLM in theaters, I was only 4 but I still remember doing this: whenever Ursula came on the screen I threw my blankie over my head until she was gone, LoL.

    I had all the Wizard of Oz dolls, which I loved to play with. However, at night, I refused to sleep with the Wicked Witch in my room. So my parents would put her in their closet. Then the next morning I'd retrieve her and continue playing. For some reason I thought the Witch would come alive at night!

    Have a happy Halloween, Kathi!!!

  2. Hart Johnson at Confessions of a Watery Tart posted something along this line today, too. Being Halloween and all. Like her, my scariest monsters and demons are people and characters who are psychopaths.

  3. I was actually scared of E T growing up. It was the first movie my mom ever took me to and I hated him. He gave me nightmares. I couldn't sleep with the closet open.

    Of course, I know he's a good guy now!

  4. Laura,
    Glad to know I wasn't the only child who was haunted by some of Disney's villains. When I was little I use to worry that the crocodile who chased after Captain Hook would be under my bed at night waiting to nab me when I got up. Oh the imagination of childhood.:)

  5. Carol,
    Psychopaths are the worst and definitely more scary. They're great for villains in stories because they hide so easily among normal people. Such a creepy subject, but very necessary for the mystery writer.

  6. Aubrie,
    I understand. E.T. was a scary character especially for little kids. The heart light helped some. And the fact that he liked chocolate. :)

  7. I LOVED the Lovely Bones-- the opening line is perfect!
    I have always been scared of the Wicked Witch of the West--never liked her or the music!

  8. For some reason, I'm scared of John Boy from the Waltons. I think he played a scary guy once or twice.

  9. Terri:
    I'll tell you the villain in the Lovely Bones was as creepy and evil as they get. Makes me shudder to think of him.

    The Wicked Witch of the West was pretty bad as well.

    Wouldn't it be something to write a villain that others would long remember?

  10. Michelle,
    I'm glad I never saw Richard Thomas (John Boy) play a villain. I'm sure he'd make a good one just because he seems like the unassuming boy-next-door, but those are the ones to look out for.

  11. Uriah Heep from David Copperfield always gave me the willies. *shiver*

  12. Glynis,
    That's a good one. The classics have a lot of wonderful villains.



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