The release of the anticipated film Sinister 2 is coming soon, and now that the trailer is here, we figured we’d bang out a doozy of a list for you. Take a look at the Top 9 Most Sinister Villains.
Of course no list would be complete without a slew of honorable mentions. Hannibal Lecter is an honorable mention. Although an argument could be made he deserves to be on the actual list, Lecter does have a glimmer of humanity about him. Ruth Chandler (played by Blanche Baker) was as sinister as they come in Jack Ketchum’s The Girl Next Door, a retelling of the true-crime tale of Gertrude Baniszewski. In the “American Horror Story” universe, Dandy Mott from “Freak Show” proved to be a diabolical force. Add in a duo that may never have been paired together before in the entire history of the written word, Cruella de Vil and Krug Stillo (from 101 Dalmations and The Last House on the Left, respectively. Careful not to confuse those two). Certainly they seem to be a pair of opposites, but one must admit they both deserve sinister honorable mentions.
We’ll throw out a couple international HM’s next for Cesar (played by Louis Tosar) in Sleep Tight (Mientras duermes) and La Femme (played by Beatrice Dalle) in Inside (À l’intérieur). These were both sinister individuals with more focused goals and, although not necessarily the world domination or mass murder of others, they were certainly a handful to deal with in their own rights. Predatory serial killer Captain Howdy (Dee Snider in Strangeland) and predatory murderer and curiosity seeker Raymond Lemorne from Spoorloos (the film was Americanized and released as The Vanishing with Jeff Bridges’ character Barney Cousins in the Lemorne role). And we’ll close with horror legend Michael Myers. The Shape is sinister indeed, but perhaps a bit too plodding and machine-like to make the Top 11. But still, he’s one bad mutherfucker.
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The Joker – Legendary Batman Baddie
When you hear the word ‘sinister’, who automatically pops into your head? For many, it’s the Clown Prince of Crime himself, The Joker. Yes, an argument could be made that The Joker has never really been featured in any true horror works (we would immediately counter that statement by directing you to the Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth graphic novel written by Grant Morrison with artwork by Dave McKean. It’s a horror story). But The Joker is the definition of sinister. He’s always hatching some plan to poison the Gotham City drinking water or blow up a bunch of hospitals or some other maniacal plot. The Joker creates chaos just for the sake of watching it all burn. He is heartless and remorseless, devious and brilliant. A wicked combination. When it comes to sinister, The Joker may very well lead the pack.
Dr. Josef Heiter – The Human Centipede
When you’re the dude that designed a scientific approach to creating a way to fuse people’s butts to other people’s mouths in the most efficient way possible, sinister is just the first of a slew of derogatory adjectives that can be used to describe you. Played in an unforgettable fashion by Dieter Laser, Dr. Heiter’s creepy nature comes from that fact that he, too, is remorseless and cares nothing about his victims and is simply focused on this ‘Siamese Triplet’ or as we more loving have learned to call it, the Human Centipede experiment, which is nothing more than a plaything for him. Yes, he’s spent an inordinate amount of time preparing for it (further fueling the fire for his inclusion on this ‘Sinister’ list), he’s quite obsessed by it, actually. Heiter blindly moves forward with his experiment, choosing the creation of his grotesque pet over human life. Why couldn’t he have just stuck with the three-dog idea. So much less hassle for everyone involved.
The Djinn – Wishmaster series
He brings an offer of anything you want. All you have to do is wish for it. Fame, riches, love, power, anything at all and with the simple utterance of a phrase The Djinn will give it to you. But it comes with a price. And a sinister deal it is. The price The Djinn requires you pay is your soul. Sounds like a hefty price tag, especially if you blew your wish on something stupid like a new car or something like that. Everybody likes a nice set of wheels, but if burning in eternal hellfire is the cost, I think I could get a few more thousand miles out of my current ride, thank you very much. Of course, all this wishing and soul harvesting is done in the process of The Djinn trying to open a portal to another dimension which would allow his fellow Djinn buddies access to our realm to frolic about and cause any kind of havoc they wished. He has one of the coolest voices you’ve ever heard from a supernatural baddie, The Djinn is still a devious bastard!