Top 10s seem to be the fashion these days. People are interested in top 10s of doesn’t matter what. Often it’s click bait, wanting you to click through a whole top 10. I fucking hate that shit. Give it to me all at once or don’t give it to me at all.
So looking at a top 10 of movie bad guys, one can say it’s difficult. Everyone has a different definition of what a bad guy should be. Some people swear by Ledger’s Joker, some don’t. Some think Lord Voldemort is a good bad guy, while you couldn’t give me enough money to watch any of the Potter movies. But that’s what makes it fun. With this article I hope to point people into the direction of movies they might not have seen, but chances are that nearly everyone has seen some of these movies. So without further ado here we go.
10. John Gillon in Midnight Sting
Midnight Sting, a.k.a. Diggstown, is an awesome movie. It’s probably my favorite con movie. Bruce Dern is the personification of slime in this movie. John Gillon is a slippery, sneaky rich guy who owns the town and likes to scam his way to more and more money. The way he talks, the way his facial expressions are, and the arrogance he exudes you just want to see him get his ass kicked.
9. Kelly in The Girl Next Door
Before the awesome Timothy Olyphant was Raylan Givens in Justified he was Kelly in The Girl Next Door. Kelly is one of the most charismatic bad guys I have ever seen. He befriends the teen and is quite douchey, but when the teen gets too close to Kelly’s meal ticket, the pornstar, Kelly changes. He is not Mr. Nice Guy anymore. The way Olyphant delivers his lines is just plain funny to watch too.
8. Sho Nuff in The Last Dragon
The Last Dragon is a cult movie with a capital C. Sho Nuff, the Shogun of Harlem, is the bad guy in the movie. He wants everyone to know he is the best and wants to fight everybody. Bruce Leroy doesn’t want to fight Sho Nuff, but Sho Nuff doesn’t take no for an answer. Sho Nuff has swagger, he has style, he is the master, and he kicks ass. What else do you need in a movie?
7. The Night Slasher in Cobra
Cobra is one of my favorite Stallone movies and I never understood why it never got a sequel. The way I see it Cobretti was Stallone’s coolest role. However, one guy stole the show in the movie and that was Brian Thompson as the Night Slasher. He was one ugly, nasty motherfucker who liked to make sushi out of his victims with his awesome slasher knife. When he finally confronts Stallone and calls him pig, spit is flying out of his mouth in utter disdain. Such a great scene. Probably my favorite Brian Thompson role and not only because of the spit.
6. Inspector Richard in Kiss Of The Dragon
If I were a casting director, Tchecky Karyo would always be cast as the bad guy. The guy is born to play a bad guy. It is no different in this movie. He is one nasty piece of shit who sets up Jet Li to take the fall for an assassination. At one moment he kidnaps the daughter of a woman who was an accomplice during the assassination. He tells the daugher he had a turtle once and that her mother stole it, which was a bit different from what really happened, but the delivery is just awesome.
5. Richie Madano in Out For Justice
Seagal’s best movie will always be known for Richie Madano. William Forsythe goes full tilt psycho in this movie and it’s up to Seagal to stop him. Richie Madano is out of control and leaves a trail of destruction. Seagal needs to catch him but it isn’t that easy. Probably my favorite William Forsythe role.
4. Commissaire Sauveur Cristini in Dobermann
I love Dobermann. It’s fun movie with a bunch of colorful characters. One guy totally steals the show and that is Tchecky Karyo. Yes, he is again in the top 10. Cristini is Vic Mackey on dope and he is totally crazy. He will stop at absolutely nothing to catch Dobermann and his gang including letting a baby play with a grenade just to get some information out of the parent. When the confrontation between Dobermann and Cristini finally comes, you want to see Cristini go down. Or maybe you don’t. Tchecky Karyo kicks ass and that can’t be said enough.
3. Pennywise The Clown in IT
Tim Curry as Pennywise The Clown was a stroke of genius. That clown was so evil and even to this day I know various people who became afraid of clowns after watching that movie. Seems to me IT caused a lot of clown trauma and it’s only a testament of how well Tim Curry played the role. Do you want a balloon?
2. Luther in The Warriors
Anyone who has seen The Warriors knows the line. David Patrick Kelly totally steals the show as the sneaky, cowardish and plain crazy Luther in The Warriors. He causes The Warriors a lot of problems and in the end he wants to take care of them with his gang. His immortal line “Warriors, come out to play” is known to everyone who watched the movie. David Patrick Kelly played an unforgettable role. By the way, if you don’t know, take a listen to SUK Podcast episode 81 in which David Patrick Kelly was interviewed.
1. Scorpio in Dirty Harry
Andrew Robinson played the best bad guy ever in a movie. Dirty Harry had his work cut out for him to catch Scorpio. Scorpio is like a pest killing people and he even kicks the snot out of Harry once. Don’t know many people who succeeded in that. Scorpio is a grade-A lunatic, who made Dirty Harry an unforgettable movie. DO WE UNDERSTAND EACH OTHER?