10 Horror Movie Villains Who Gave Themselves Away Immediately

These horror movie villains couldn't hide their killer instinct at all.

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Most horror movies want to keep the audience guessing about the killer's true identity until that inevitable third act reveal, where the antagonist ditches their disguise and handily lays out their plan.

But some filmmakers are better than others at keeping the audience in suspense and preventing them from figuring things out ahead of time.

Sometimes, it's hilariously obvious who the villain is, enough that they basically slyly reveal themselves in one of their very first scenes.

That's absolutely the case with these 10 horror films which, regardless of their overall quality, gave the game away in record time, seemingly underestimating the viewer's ability to read into a lingering look, seemingly innocuous line of dialogue, or more blatant giveaway.

As such, if you were really paying attention it was easy to make sense of these not-so-mysterious movie villains, whose true identities were hidden not-so-effortfully in plain sight.

In some cases it made the rest of the film feel like a boring foregone conclusion, while in others it didn't hamper the enjoyment whatsoever - it's all about the execution at the end of the day...

10. Detective Schenk - Spiral: From The Book Of Saw

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Even before the most recent Saw film, Spiral, was released, many fans predicted that the Jigsaw Killer copycat would be Detective Zeke Banks' (Chris Rock) partner William Schenk (Max Minghella), because honestly, he gave an incredibly "off" vibe from the trailers alone.

And while it became incredibly obvious that Schenk was the movie's killer when he became the first character in Saw history to "die" off-screen, he actually outed himself much earlier than that - his very first scene, even.

Right at the start of the film, Banks is introduced to his new partner Schenk, and when Banks tells him, "You don't wanna be my partner," Schenk quickly replies with, "You don't know that. Your dad's the reason for all this. He's why I wanted to do this in the first place."

And really, that's all you need to know that Schenk is the villain. He's literally spelling it out in plain sight, that he became a killer because Zeke's police chief father (Samuel L. Jackson) protected corrupt cops, one of whom killed his own father.

Even the tone with which he speaks this dialogue feels distractingly sinister, ensuring Spiral was by far the most disappointingly predictable of all the Saw movies.


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