Announcing the Great Villain Blogathon!


Whee! Here’s an exciting announcement courtesy of Kristina at Speakeasy:

“The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist.”

So said one of the greatest movie villains ever, but many classic films have convinced us quite thoroughly that evil does indeed exist, and usually in the form of a compelling, riveting, powerful character, a villain brought to life by superb writing and acting, then seared into the memory of movie fans.

And so we announce that you are cordially invited to participate in the Great Villain Blogathon, a celebration, an examination, a rumination on your choice of classic movie menace, whether monster or family member. Whether human, fantastical, alien, mineral or animal, whether on horseback or spaceship, clad in toga, trenchcoat or cardigan, whether mantrap, mild mannered or commanding vast armies, write up a post on your favorite movie baddie, doer of dastardly deeds or offender of moral order.

Your co-hosts in this exploration of villainy are:

Ruth of Silver Screenings  925screenings [at]

Karen of Shadows & Satin  thedarkpages [at]

Kristina of Speakeasy  mail.speakeasy [at]

If you wish to take part, please leave a comment or send an email, help yourself to one of these banners to paste up on your blog, and prepare to share who you think is filmdom’s worst.

This event will unfold over the week of APRIL 20 – 26, 2014, so if you want to post on a certain day make sure to mention that, otherwise you will be assigned a date.

Here’s the lineup so far:


Shadows and Satin Dan Duryea / Scarlet Street 4/20/2014
movies, silently Mabuse / Dr Mabuse the Gambler 4/20/2014
Moon in Gemini Waldo Lydecker / Laura 4/20/2014
Stardust Porter Hall as Herbert MacCaulay / The Thin Man 4/20/2014
I Love Terrible Movies Mocata (Charles Gray) / The Devil Rides Out 4/20/2014
Captian Video Ming the Merciless/Flash Gordon movies x3 4/20/2014
Speakeasy Henry Fonda / Once Upon a Time in the West 4/21/2014
Lasso the Movies Maleficent / Sleeping Beauty 4/21/2014
Film Grimoire Death / The Seventh Seal 4/21/2014
Girls Do Film Margaret Hamilton / The Wizard of Oz 4/21/2014
OCD Viewer Kjell Nilsson / The Road Warrior (Mad Max 2) 4/21/2014
Claytonology Rasputin in Nicholas & Alexandra + Rasputin & the Empress 4/21/2014
Thrilling Days of Yesteryear Henry Brandon / Babes in Toyland & Our Gang Follies of 1936 4/22/2014
The Cinematic Packrat Child Catcher / Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 4/22/2014
Caftan Woman Andrea Spedding / The Spider Woman 4/22/2014
Hard Boiled Girl Richard Widmark / Kiss of Death 4/22/2014
Mildred’s Fatburgers Geraldine Fitzgerald / Three Strangers 4/22/2014
They Don’t Make ’em Like They Used To Steve Cochran / Private Hell 36 4/22/2014
The Deja Reveiwer Dick Jones and Clarence Boddicker /RoboCop, Loki /The Avengers, Bob Parr’s boss /The Incredibles, The Grim Reaper /Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey, The Wet Bandits /Home Alone, Greedo /Star Wars, the Corleones /The Godfather Part II 4/22/2014
Mike’s Take on the Movies Eli Wallach / The Magnificent Seven 4/23/2014
Once Upon a Screen Lionel Barrymore / It’s a Wonderful Life 4/23/2014
Movie Lottery Bela Lugosi / The Human Monster 4/23/2014
Film: Take as Directed Gary Oldman / Léon 4/23/2014
Unrequited Love Satan / The Exorcist 4/23/2014
CJC Leach The Ring / Lord of the Rings 4/23/2014
Film Fare Cary Grant / Suspicion (as per Hitchcock’s intent) 4/24/2014
Silver Screenings Angela Lansbury/The Manchurian Candidate 4/24/2014
Old Movies Nostalgia Orson Welles / The Third Man 4/24/2014
A Shroud of Thoughts Henry Frankenstein in the Hammer Films 4/24/2014
Let’s Go to the Movies The Joker / The Dark Knight 4/24/2014
Speakeasy Terence Stamp / Superman II 4/25/2014
A Small Press Life Gene Tierney / Leave Her to Heaven 4/25/2014
Marlee Walters Moriarity Incarnations 4/25/2014
Portraits by Jenni Conrad Veidt / A Woman’s Face 4/25/2014
Movie Classics Laurence Olivier / Richard III 4/25/2014
The Great Baz Necessity of Villains featuring Basil Rathbone 4/25/2014
Shadows and Satin Clark Gable / Night Nurse 4/26/2014
Tales of the Easily Distracted Anthony Perkins / Psycho 4/26/2014
Once Upon a Screen Mitchum / Cape Fear ‘vs’ Night of the Hunter 4/26/2014
Outspoken & Freckled Orson Welles / The Stranger 4/26/2014
Motion Picture Gems Robert Ryan / Billy Budd 4/26/2014
Sittin’ on a Backyard Fence Claude Rains / Notorious 4/26/2014
Two Heads are Better Than One Raymond Burr / Rear Window 4/26/2014
Frisco Kid at the Movies Al Pacino/ Devil’s Advocate 4/26/2014
The Cinematika Dennis Hopper / Blue Velvet 4/26/2014
Classic Movie Man Joseph Cotten / Shadow of a Doubt
furious cinema Rutger Hauer / The Hitcher
The Vintage Cameo Bette Davis / Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?
Destroy All Fanboys Ann Savage/ Detour
Viking Samurai Peter Sellers/Christopher Lee as Fu Manchu
Journeys in Classic Film Terence Stamp / The Collector
Critica Retro Peter Lorre / The Man Who Knew too Much
Nitrate Diva Robert Montgomery / Night Must Fall
Virtual Virago Laird Cregar / Hangover Square
Forgotten Films Butch & The Woim /Our Gang
Forgotten Films William Zabka / The Karate Kid, Back to School, Just One of the Guys
Carole & co C. Aubrey Smith / No More Orchids
Classic Movie Gab Broderick Crawford / All the King’s Men
The Last Drive In Gloria Holden + Gloria Swanson as sympathetic anti-heroes
The Last Drive In James Caan / Lady in a Cage
The Midnight Palace Olga Baclanova / Freaks
1001 Movies I (Apparently) MUST See Before I Die David Carradine / Kill Bill
The Laydee Eve Robert Walker / Strangers on a Train
Faded Video Labels Orson Welles / Touch of Evil
Twenty Four Frames Michael Powell / Peeping Tom
The Girl with the White Parasol Vincent Price/ Dragonwyck
The Man on the Flying Trapeze Otto Kruger / Saboteur
Cary Grant Won’t Eat You Charles Boyer / Gaslight
Mildred’s Fatburgers Anton Walbrook / Gaslight (original version)
Dan Michael Gough / Konga
Judith Anderson / Rebecca
Silver Scenes Professor Fate / The Great Race
The Joy & Agony of Movies John Huston / Chinatown & Al Pacino / The Godfather, Pt 2
Mad Woman and Muses Bette Davis / The Little Foxes
The Great Katharine Hepburn Disney villainesses Imhotep / The Mummy
Movie Fanfare 1966 Batman movie/ Frank Gorshin, Burgess Meredith, Lee Meriwether and Cesar Romero 4/25/2014


  1. Oooooh. I’ll grab Ann Savage from DETOUR (1945) now (*slap!!*) OUCH! Sorry, Vera!! Waaah, she’s still got those claws after all this time!

    Any date is fine by me. I may do one more – I just need to poke through some old Random Film of the Week posts and see what sort of mean people I’ve written about that I like would be appropriate…


  2. Count me in! We actually thought about doing a villain blogathon but never got it put into motion so I’m so thrilled someone did! I would love to do Charlie from Shadow of a Doubt but I’ve already blogged on him. So, can I write on Orson Welles’ character in The Stranger?


  3. Ruth, you, Karen, and Kristina are evil geniuses, and I mean that as a compliment!! 😀 I LOVE the idea of a Villain Blogathon! I’d love to do PSYCHO, but if it’s already spoken for, could I do SHADOW OF A DOUBT? If even they’re spoken for, no tragedy; I’ll happily root for you gals from the sidelines! 🙂 One way or another, I’m looking forward to this Blogathon! 😀


      • Beaucoup thanks for including me in the Villianous fun! 🙂 I’m pretty open; really, my only request is I’d really like to have my post on either a Friday or a Saturday, because it usually makes life here at Team Bartilcci easier, but even then, I’m flexible, especially for pals like you, Kristina, and Karen. Please let me know; I’m already excited to join the Villian Blogathon fun!


      • Ruth, Karen, Kristina, in case I’ve somehow neglected to mention it with all the flurries of Blogathon excitement on the horizon lately, YES, I’d be delighted to do PSYCHO for April 26th — it’ll be like a big finale for the Villain Blogathon! 🙂 Again, many thanks for including me in this fabulous Blogathon! 😀 I’m all excited to see everyone’s upcoming posts!


  4. Deal me in…I’m going to do Henry Brandon’s “Barnaby” from Babes in Toyland (a.k.a. March of the Wooden Soldiers) – and his reappearance in the short Our Gang Follies of 1936

    Thrilling Days of Yesteryear


  5. This is awesome!! If possible I would like to grab onto my favorite villainous gal, Maleficent from “Sleeping Beauty”. Any day, any time, I am ready to discuss how amazing and cool she is to me.


  6. I’d love to participate! I’m doing a series on my blog this spring on Sherlock Holmes, so I’d like to contribute a post on the many incarnations of Moriarty. Most likely April 25, if that works. I could also do another day if you have a lot of posts the 25th. Thanks!


  7. This is awesome, I’d love to take part – I don’t see any mention of Lugosi yet? If no one’s taken him, I’d love to write about him in The Human Monster (also known as The Dark Eyes of London)? or White Zombie… Oh, so many options!


  8. I’d like to participate with a blog about Conrad Veidt in A Woman’s Face. My blog is carried by our local newspaper and on Fridays I always write about a classic movie, so I’d like to request Friday, April 25th.


  9. Hey gang- So excited to be joining this bid bad party. Don’t forget that I’m going to do both Gloria Holden and Gloria Swanson as sympathetic anti heroes, and just to make Aurora happy about Norma Desmond, who will not be portrayed as a ‘villain’ in my post, I was thinking of adding a third film… James Caan in The Lady in a Cage- Then I can really talk about his violent side, while protecting Aurora’s devotion to the of Sunset Blvd. I wonder if they’ll be as sympathetic to Bette in What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? We’ll have to see.. but that’s what makes these blogathons so darn exciting!!!!! So let me know if I can do Dracula’s Daughter with Sunset Blvd and then a separate post on Lady in a Cage- You’re all fabulous….Cheers


      • Hey Ruth!!! I am so excited about this blogathon- There’s just so many great possibilities out there, and the list is impressive so far. Thanks so much for you three letting me come out and play with the Big Bad -Blogathon – I know both Gloria Holden and Gloria Swanson are such sympathetic anti-heroes and I would hate to have to get hit in the hit with one of Aurora’s conga drums, as she legitimately protective of Norma Desmond as I am of Baby Jane- I figured I better put a true VILLAIN in the event… Thanks so much for letting long winded me come out and play!!!!


  10. It looks like a really impressive line-up so far. I’d love to participate. Could you mark me down for a post on Vincent Price in Dragonwyck? I don’t see him on the list yet and that just ain’t right. I don’t have a date yet (have to check my calendar) but I’ll get back to you ASAP.


  11. Say, I see that Leah is doing Charles Boyer in Gaslight. I was thinking of doing Anton Walbrook in the original Gaslight. How do you feel about dueling Gaslights? We could go on the same day…

    Speaking of day, may I grab 4/22 for Three Strangers?


  12. May I write about classic female Disney villains? The Evil Queen from SNOW WHITE, the Evil Stepmother in CINDERELLA, the Queen of Hearts in ALICE IN WONDERLAND, Maleficent in SLEEPING BEAUTY, Cruella in 101 DALMATIANS, Madam Mim in THE SWORD AND THE STONE, and Ursula in THE LITTLE MERMAID. I hope these count as classic movies. I want to take a feminist film theory lens to the baddies. If you’d like me to choose another topic, I do have a backup, just let me know.


  13. Ooh I guess I almost have to volunteer. Can I do a sort of overview? “A Necessary Evil?: The function of villainy in movies.” Since I run The Baz I’d probably build it around looking at Rathbone’s famous bad guys.


  14. Awesome theme, I’d love to be a part of it, if still possible!

    I was wondering if Johnnie Aysgarth (Suspicion) is eligible…? I know in the end we’re lead to believe he won’t murder his wife, but since the original character was a psychopath, and since even in the film there are plenty of murderous elements and intents (even if only in Lisa’s mind), I figured that such a point of view could be explored! What do you think?


    • Hi Sofia, it’s definitely still possible and we’d love to have you join us! We will put you down for Cary Grant in Suspicion. Could we put you down for April 24?

      (And now you’ve almost started me on a rant about Hitchcock’s vision and studio meddling…!)


  15. Hey there! This is Emily from the Unrequited Love movie blog. I’d love to participate if it’s not too late! I would like to write on 2012’s The Bay. There are many interesting evils in this film. I can post on any day that’s free in the blogathon. Thanks! =)


    • Hi Emily! Yay! We’re glad to have you on board. “The Exorcist” is all yours. (I’m surprised it hasn’t been taken before now?)

      May we schedule you for April 23?

      I will be updating this post later today, and will make sure you are included. Looking forward to your post! 🙂


  16. I love this idea…I’d like to sign up if it’s not too late. I’m percolating an idea about The Ring from Lord of the Rings. Something like The One Ring: The Villain in All of Us…

    ….or maybe something a little less cheesy.


  17. I’m sorry to change my mind but I just realized that I absolutely must cover one of my favorite villains, Lon Chaney’s legless criminal mastermind, Blizzard, from The Penalty. May I switch over and save Mabuse for a later date? Thank you so much! (I am not usually this indecisive, too many good choices!)


    • Of course you may change your mind! And hooray! So glad Lon Chaney is making an appearance. Excellent choice!

      I’ve made the switch on our main list, and will be updating this post in the next day.


  18. Could I post on the 26th? ( Silver Scenes – The Great Race ) I got busy with a new job and forgot about the blogathon till now, so I need a little time to refresh myself on the Prof. Not that he is a forgettable character! I just want to really capture his prime moments on paper…digital paper that is.


    • Hey there! We’d absolutely love to have you. My internet hotspot is leaving the house where I’m at this weekend, so I have emailed my partners in crime. One of them will get back to you. I sure hope we can include Barbara Stanwyck in all of this! 🙂


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