You know what's harder than creating a great movie villain? Creating a great movie villain... in sci-fi. Science-fiction is littered with baddies hamming it up and spouting over-the-top monologues. We've seen stereotypical villains pontificate about ruling the world or obtaining godlike power so often that audiences have become desensitised to it.
There are exceptions to the rule but the bad far outweighs the good. For every Darth Vader or Roy Batty, there is a dozen... whatever Eddie Redmayne was doing in Jupiter Ascending.
But every once in a while, a resourceful actor plays a terrific villain in a DREADFUL movie. Even when these performers have to spout cheesy dialogue or wear preposterous costumes while surrounded by paper-thin sets, they act their asses off. They can be so entertaining, they don't seem to fit with the rest of the forgettable cast or plot.
What makes these characters stand out can vary tremendously. It could be because of an actor's performance, the special effects, the script, the animation, or a combination of factors.
But make no mistake, these sci-fi villains were the only redeemable feature in these otherwise terrible films.
James Egan has written 80 books including
1000 Facts about Superheroes Vol. 1-3
1000 Facts about Supervillains Vol. 1-3
1000 Facts about The Greatest Films Ever Made Vol. 1-3
1000 Facts about Video Games Vol. 1-3
1000 Facts about TV Shows Vol. 1-3
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