5 Great Villains

Film critics Colin and Mitch bring you more inspiration from the world of cinema.

Hans Gruber from Die Hard (Alan Rickman)

“Give him a big hand – he’s British”. The ne plus ultra of villains in Hollywood films being played by Brits. Gruber is just in it for the money although a sideline in getting Bruce Willis to walk on broken glass gains extra brownie points.</p?

Don from Sexy Beast (Ben Kingsley)

“Not this time, Gal. Not this time. No. No no no no no no no no no! No! No no no no no no no no no no no no no! No! ” The scariest, sweariest villain in British film history made even more frightening because, well, Kingsley played Gandhi didn’t he?

Frank Booth from Blue Velvet (Dennis Hopper)

David Lynch’s finest creation amongst a bestiary of extraordinary villains, Frank Booth is an ego gone mad. Unbelievably intimidating.

Cyrus Grissom from Con Air (John Malkovich)

An evil genius who has engineered a mass prison breakout on board a transport plane, Cyrus ‘The Virus’ takes on Nicolas Cage in full action mode. But is the creepy Steve Buscemi character just that little bit more disturbing?

Joan Crawford from Mommie Dearest (Faye Dunaway)

Controlling, manipulative and just plain evil, Joan Crawford adopts a small child to get more press attention and then demands an unreasonable level of perfection from the poor little darling. Remember the scene with the wire coat hanger?

Film critics Colin and Mitch (aka Colin Odell and Michelle Le Blanc) are authors and broadcasters who have been writing together for over 12 years. They have written more than 10 books about film directors and genres, the latest is about the marvellous films of Japanese animators Studio Ghibli. Their website is at www.colinandmitch.com where you can also check out their capsule tanka film reviews.

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