Just to demonstrate that women can be as bad as, if not worse than, men, here is the follow up to last week’s male movie villains, my top 10 ladies.
Annie Wilkes (Kathy Bates) Misery
Who can forget the scene where she’s just read the novel by Paul Sheldon (James Caan) in which he kills off her favorite character? Time for a hobbling, Mr. Man.
Nurse Ratched (Louise Fletcher)
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Many would argue she is the worst of the women, if only for the awful juxtaposition of what we expect from a nurse and this one’s sadistic reality.
Alex Forrest (Glenn Close) Fatal Attraction
The movie that changed the way men view infidelity and the way they think about an attractive stranger in a bar. I will not be ignored, Dan.
Matty Walker (Kathleen Turner) Body Heat
Maybe it’s the law student in me, but to trick a charity out of an inheritance by getting the lawyer to invalidate the will…put your hands together.
Katherine Parker (Sigourney Weaver) Working Girl
What a you-know-what. She gives Melanie Griffith that whole two-way-street speech, then steals her idea to get Trask into radio. Melanie gets her in the end: Now get your boney a** out of my sight.
The Wicked Witch of the West (Margaret Hamilton) The Wizard of Oz
Need I say more?
Mrs. Iselin (Angela Lansbury) The Manchurian Candidate
With a mother like that, Raymond Shaw was in for some serious therapy.
Joan Crawford (Faye Dunaway) Mommy Dearest
I really think Faye should have been nominated for an Oscar for this turn as the definitive prima donna.
(Bette Davis) Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?
As much fun as it is to torment a sibling, she really took it up a notch.
Cruella DeVille (Glenn Close)
Like Kevin Spacey on the list of men, Close is the only actress to appear twice, here as a sort of Anna Wintour meets Buffalo Bill.
And the top 10 non-human movie villains are: Jaws, Cujo, The Blob, Christine, HAL 9000 (2001: A Space Odyssey), Twister, Alien, Predator, Cloverfield monster (Cloverfield) and Plastics (The Graduate).