Instead of a “Scariest movies for Halloween” list, we decided to go with another semi-standard list for this time of year: the best psychotics. We aren’t limiting it to horror movies: it’s an even playing field for these murderers and madmen. Let their tricks treat for years to come. (Entries are placed in no particular order, but feel free to name ones you would’ve picked instead.)
Hannibal Lecter (The Silence of the Lambs)– For three movies, no matter your opinion of the sequel and prequel, Anthony Hopkins held your gaze as the calm, collected cannibal. When you first see him, he stands raised as if he were honoring royalty entering the room, a maddening stillness and calm smirk across his face. He always appears collected, which makes the madness behind his motives all the more chilling.
Jack Torrance (The Shining)- One of many iconic roles for Jack Nicholson and one of many masterpieces for Stanley Kubrick, this villain stands at the center of a chilling send-up of the American family. Dad gets cabin fever and starts chasing mom and son around with an axe. Watching this character descend into madness after seeing him semi-normal is what makes him so effective.
In honor of April Fools Day, I decided to list five famous and not so famous movies that can confound, twist, and trick you while still being well made and entertaining. Don’t worry, I won’t give anything away.
Image courtesy of The Pioneer Woman
1. The Sixth Sense– How could you not include this one? The most famous thing about this movie is its ending, but the rest was still a great revitalization of the scary thriller when it was released. Haley Joel Osment, Bruce Willis, and Toni Collette all give outstanding performances, but it’s the ending of this movie that earns its place in cinema history.
Image courtesy of Oregon Live
2. Tell No One– This excellent French thriller has twists at every turn, leading to one of the most satisfying conclusions in a movie. This tale of a man who’s thought to be dead wife starts emailing him is a first-class thriller of the highest order. Writer/director Guillaume Canet knows how to structure a film around an already great screenplay.