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Top 10 Greatest Halloween Villains by COOP

Posted on October 25th, 2008
Posted on October 25th, 2008

Here’s the criteria for this one: These movies take place during the holiday of Halloween. The villains in these movies are associated with the mythology surrounding Halloween. All of the films are great so if you’ve miss one of these, be sure to check them out and watch them on October 31st to get into the spirit. Also included are the trailers to the films to give you a taste. The list starts… NOW

10. THE LADY IN WHITE

FAMOUS QUOTE… yeah, there really isn’t one.
On Halloween 1962 in Willowpoint Falls, young Frankie gets locked in a school cloakroom and sees an apparition that thrusts him into the mystery of The Lady in White. More of a lost soul than a villain, The Lady in White from the film, “The Lady in White” scared us little kids back in 1988. As a PG-13 horror film, everyone had access to it and it haunts many of us to this day. Here’s the spooky trailer…

9. ANDREW

FAMOUS QUOTE: “RAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!”
In “Hell Night,” a bunch of fraternity and sorority pledges must spend the night at the haunted “Garth Mansion” on Halloween night. Unfortunately, Andrew, the hideous heir to the estate who murdered his entire family in the mansion… STILL LIVES THERE!!! Muahahahahahahhaha! A pretty standard story, but the slasher “Andrew” definitely helped inspire a legion of deformed maniacs in 1980’s cinema. The film starred Linda Blair and is slated for a remake by Screen Gems. Notice the level of cheese those 80’s trailers had…

8. GINGER

FAMOUS QUOTE: “Did I… change last night? Howl at the moon?”
Ginger and her sister, Brigitte are two high school Goth outcasts… Until Ginger gets bit by a werewolf. The infection gives Ginger confidence she’s never had before… and an appetite for human flesh. The climax occurs during a Halloween party where Ginger doesn’t need a fake costume to look scary. One of the great underrated werewolf films, “Ginger Snaps” has a sly allegory to the pains of puberty with an extremely grim tone. It spawned two bizarre sequels and should’ve made actress Katharine Isabelle into a teen icon…

7. FRANK THE BUNNY

FAMOUS QUOTE: “Why are you wearing that stupid man-suit?”
Not as much a villain as he is a harbinger of doom. In “Donny Darko,” Frank appears to give Donny an ominous apocalyptic message and to terrify the audience. He’s a ghost, stuck in a time warp until the unstable Donny can put things right in order to save the world from destruction on Halloween. One of the best twists in the film is when we find out who Frank really is and Donny’s reaction to this revelation. Behold Frank’s creepy voice…

6. ANGELA

FAMOUS QUOTE: “Where are you going? The party’s just begun.”
In “Night of the Demons,” Angela throws a Halloween party at an abandoned haunted house and holds a seance. Bad idea. When she and several other partygoers become possessed, they start snacking on the others. Angela became more of a Halloween horror icon in the sequels as the only returning monster from the original classic. It’s notable that this film is such a cult hit that Hollywood is remaking it for next year with Shannon Elizabeth in the “Angela” role. Below is a rare vintage VHS promo real to sell “Night of the Demons” tapes to video stores. It’s so desperate and unintentionally funny, you gotta see it to believe it…

5. PUMPKINHEAD

Famous Quote: “RAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!”
Okay, so I cheated a little bit. “Pumpkinhead” doesn’t really take place during Halloween, but the name of this monster does conjure images of trick or treat mayhem. Conjured by a backwoods hillbilly witch, Pumpkinhead can be summoned to get revenge on those who’ve done you wrong. Their are two catches: 1. you can’t interfere with his death-dealing 2. he won’t stop until he’s completed his mission (meaning you can’t call off the hit). I remember seeing this scary trailer for this film in 1986 only to see it when finally released in 1988…

Pumpkinhead had trouble getting to the theater, much like the next villain on the list…

4. SAM (A.K.A. That creepy kid monster in the movie “Trick ‘R Treat”)

FAMOUS QUOTE: UNKNOWN… “Trick ‘R Treat” maybe?
Warner Bros. dropped the ball in releasing “Trick ‘R Treat” for TWO YEARS IN A ROW. That’s right, this movie has been sitting on a shelf and only appearing at film festivals for two years now, even after getting unanimous raves from fans and critics. Many believe the WB is afraid to try and compete with the “Saw” franchise that currently puts out one sequel per year, always during October. C’mon, WB! Isn’t it about time we had another great Halloween anthology movie out there? Let’s hope they pull their heads out of rears soon so we can make “Sam” (I’m assuming that’s short for “Samhain”) a new Halloween/horror icon. Watch below to see the great trailer for a film that may never get released…

3. GHOSTFACE

FAMOUS QUOTE: “What’s your favorite scary movie???”
One of the most iconic slasher costumes of all time, Ghostface from the movie “Scream” cannot die because there is always another sick slasher to don his disguise. His trademarks: Hunting knives, menacing phone calls, and he always follows the traditional rules of horror films. His greatest rampage happens during a Halloween party as he stalks Neve Campbell and kills her friends. Originally titled “Scary Movie,” this film revised the genre and bore a new era of slasher films and of course inspired a rapper to name himself “Ghostface Killah.” Below is the opening scene of the film and arguably the best scene in the entire franchise…

2. MICHAEL MYERS (A.K.A. “The Shape”)

FAMOUS QUOTE: *HEAVY BREATHING*
Surely the most iconic of all Halloween villains, Michael ranks as one of the top slashers of all time. His first rampage through Haddonfield, Illinois created a sensation that ruined John Carpenter’s plans to make the “Halloween” franchise a yearly anthology. After giving the fans what they wanted by continuing Michael’s killing spree in “Halloween II,” Carpenter tried to go back to his original idea, resulting in “Halloween III: Season of the Witch,” which was poorly (and unfairly) received. To achieve the creepy “shape” mask of Michael, costumers took a crappy “Star Trek” Captain Kirk mask and spray painted it white. So next time when you hear William Shatner brag about how he “is” Michael Myers, you’ll know what he’s talking about. Here’s a trailer for “Halloween 4: The return of Michael Myers” which I consider the best of the sequels…

1. CONAL COCHRAN

FAMOUS QUOTE: I do love a good joke and this is the best ever, a joke on the children! But there’s a better reason… you don’t really know much about Halloween.”
Sorry Michael, but you ain’t got nothin’ on this evil villain from “Halloween III: Season of the Witch.” Conal is responsible for the deaths of millions of American children, giving him not only the highest body count, but making him the sickest of all Halloween villains. How can any other villain compete with a pagan toy industry mogul who booby-traps millions of Halloween masks in order to offer up the ultimate human sacrifice to the Halloween god Samhain? As Cochran, Dan O’Herlihy delivered one of the most memorable performances of his long career. Here’s a rare (and unfortunately poor quality) theatrical trailer for the film…

Now watch the magic pumpkin!… Waaaaaatch…


-Coop
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