There is a fascination with antagonists who are often even more empathetic to the audience. Some have even gained justification for their actions over time, such as Thanos. However, there are villains in thriller movies who steal the limelight of the story.
Sometimes, the villain is there to test the limits of the hero or protagonist, but also, if they do it well, they manage to create some of the most remembered antagonists in cinema. And these are some that only suspense films have; on another occasion, we will expand the spectrum more.
Indeed, Kevin Spacey has now been canceled. Still, his portrayal of John Doe in David Fincher’s detective thriller ‘Se7en’ was so remarkable that it even overshadowed the appearance of Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman. A killer is so bold and intelligent that he will always cause goosebumps just by seeing him. Available on HBO Max.
Few villains in history have surpassed the fame of their antagonist, such as the Joker’s case and in his best performance on the big screen, ‘The Dark Knight.’ What many belief is Christopher Nolan’s masterpiece, and where Heath Ledger earned the respect of everyone with his performance. Available on HBO Max.
And a villain who was a reference in cinema was Dr. Hannibal Lecter, also known as “Hannibal the Cannibal.” ‘The Silence of the Innocents’ with Anthony Hopkins left everyone mesmerized when he won all the screen time from Jodie Foster as Agent Clarice. Available on Amazon Prime Video.
We climb one more level with Anton Chigurh, one of the most ruthless and soulless villains ever seen on the big screen. This unscrupulous killer is played by Javier Bardem in ‘No Country for Old Men’ by the Coen brothers, and few things have been scarier than him.
Without further surprise here, we have Hans Landa, a villain. Under his smiling and elegant image, he hides one of the most feared figures of the fictional World War II by Quentin Tarantino in ‘Inglourious Basterds, where Christoph Waltz gave one of the best performances in his career.