8 Horror Movies Where The Villain Is Really The Hero

Because the road to Heaven is paved with bad intentions.

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By their very nature, so many horror movies carve up some variation of the classic tale of Good vs. Evil. The thing is, those movies are often not quite as black and white as we're initially led to believe.

Are there any redeeming features to infamous child killer Freddy Krueger? Absolutely not. Is Michael Myers a nice fella who's just a little misunderstood? Not a chance. Can you make any argument for Hostel's Elite Hunting Group having warm 'n' welcome intentions? That'd be quite a stretch of the imagination.

The point here, is that some of the horror genre's villains are unquestionably no-good sinister sorts. But on the other side of this coin, there are those characters who are positioned as the villain of the piece - yet who are ultimately actually the hero of the movie in question.

Sometimes it's clear as day to see how the supposed villain is really the hero, while other times it requires a little more digging to get to the crux of the matter, but here are eight film characters depicted as a villain despite the reality being that they're really the hero of their respective picture.

8. Friday The 13th - Pamela Voorhees 

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How can you really throw too much shade at a grieving mother looking to seek revenge for the tragic death of her young son?

There's no doubting that Pamela Voorhees maybe channelled her heartbreak at the wrong people, but this was a woman who had been wronged on the biggest of big levels. After her son was tragically left to drown by careless counsellors who were more interested in exploring each other's bodies rather than focussing on their responsibilities, Mrs. Voorhees embarked on an initial murder spree a year after this loss.

Skipping ahead 21 years, that's when we see the present-day events of Friday the 13th play out - with Pamela directing her wrath towards the hot young things who have decided to rock up at Camp Crystal Lake.

From Pamela Voorhees' viewpoint, she's the hero of her own story. Her beloved son needlessly died due to the slack attitude of those who were supposed to be looking after him, and she channels that loss into a very understandable rage and sense of vengeance.

As mentioned, she undoubtedly goes a little too extreme in just how she expresses her emotions, but nobody can hold it against Mrs. Voorhees for wanting to exact revenge on those who cost her so much.

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