The Horror Chick's 11 Favorite Douchebags of Horror
Mayor Larry Vaughn (Murray Hamilton) in Jaws: While this writer wasn't around in 1975 to get a sense of how people felt about political figures at that time, I'm guessing that Amity Island's Mayor Larry Vaughn wasn't going to be winning any popular votes after his actions in Steven Spielberg's Jaws. The ultimate spineless coward, Mayor Vaughn was more concerned with economics of the summer season than he was with the safety of the island residents, allowing Amity’s beaches to stay open even after several shark attacks.
I mean, there’s cold-hearted and then there’s a guy who won’t even close down a beach after a small child becomes a floating Happy Meal for Bruce the Shark, and that’s an entirely new level of douchebagginess in my eyes. He even has his own kids at the beach after the shark attacks, further proving that some people aren’t cut out to be politicians- especially cowardly douchebags who only want to serve their wallet, not the people that elected him.
Chris (Nancy Allen) and Billy (John Travolta) in Carrie: Yeah, so most of her classmates were all kind of douchebags to her, but in Carrie I’ve always thought that Nancy Allen’s Chris and John Travolta’s Billy went above and beyond in their douchieness, which earned them both a spot on my countdown. Let’s be honest- we’ve all probably met our share of Billys and Chrises in our time- the attractive kids who live to terrorize the outcasts in their school. For them just making fun of Carrie White (Sissy Spacek) wasn’t enough- they wanted to publicly humiliate her in front of everyone on what was meant to be the most special night of her life. Pranks are one thing; what Chris and Billy concoct for poor Carrie takes things to an entirely new level ,and one bucket of pig’s blood later, Carrie White obliterates almost her entire class in a fiery attack during prom night.
And while Billy and Chris thinks they’ve gotten away with their latest tormenting attack on Carrie, the telekinetic teen has other plans for the pair, causing their car to lose control and explode after they try to escape her wrath.
The horror genre has had its share of bullies over the years, but I don’t know that there were two bigger douchebag bullies ever than Carrie’s Billy and Chris.