The Great #Villains2016 Blogathon: Day 1


Wow! We’re off to an incredible start to the 2016 Great Villains Blogathon!

If you upload your entry later this evening, don’t worry – it will be included in tomorrow’s recap.

This blogathon will bring you a wealth of villains from almost every genre in classic and modern cinema, and it’s a thrill to be involved.

Enjoy today’s posts!

Barbara Stanwyck

B Noir Detour examines the villainous roles of Barbara Stanwyck.



That Other Critic analyzes the shape of evil of Halloween’s Michael “The Shape” Meyers.


Dracula 1931

Mrs. Skeffington ( argues Bela Lugosi is the definitive onscreen Dracula in Dracula (1931).



Cinemaven’s Essays from the Couch breaks down Louis Calhern’s villainous character in Devil’s Doorway (1950).



Girls Do Film asks the mirror who is the wickedest one of all? in Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (1938).


The Matrix Agent Smith 1999

Lemon Shark compares agent Smith to Cypher and delves into who might be the real villain of The Matrix (1998).



Cary Grant Won’t Eat You discusses everyone’s favourite boss, Gary Cole’s Lumbergh from Office Space (1999).


Darth Vader

Moon Over Gemini pays tribute to one of the greatest movie villains of all time, Darth Vader.


Dr Phibes

Blogferatu rallies in defense of Vincent Price as The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971).


Anthony Mackie Half Nelson

PINNLAND EMPIRE argues the full-fledged villainy of Anthony Mackie’s character in Half Nelson (2006).


Paul Gleason Breakfast Club

The Midnite Drive-In praises the talented Paul Gleason in two 80’s flicks: Trading Places (1983 and The Breakfast Club (1985).



Make Mine Criterion explores the little-known Japanese sci-fi flick The Human Vapor (1960).



Aperture Reviews examines Christopher Walken’s villainy in True Romance (1993) and The Prophecy (1995).



Prince of Hollywood explains why Douglas Fairbanks Jr made a smart career move playing the villaiour Rupert in The Prisoner of Zenda (1937).



The Round Place in the Middle asks, “Who will kill the bad man, once [he] has left you no choice?” in Rawhide (1951).



Silver Scenes reminisces about some of the great Gangsters in Comedy 1940-1955.



Mentor’s Camper explains why the powerful Dr Zais is one scary simian villain in Planet of the Apes (1968).

There will be many more great villain profiles tomorrow! Be sure to check in with Shadows and Satin, who will be hosting Day 2.



  1. […] I don’t know how much I’ll be able to stand writing about him. I may have to burn my computer and toss it out the window after I’m done here, and you may have to wash your eyes with soap. Verne Coolan has got to be the most dastardly, despicable villain this side of the Rockies, the Mason-Dixon line, or at the very least, this side of the third annual GREAT VILLAIN BLOGATHON. You can see all the three years of this blogathon hosted by Kristina ~ SPEAKEASY, Karen ~ SHADOWS and SATIN, and Ruth ~ SILVER SCREENINGS here: […]


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