Tears In Rain

Roy Batty Blade Runner Rutger Hauer

Day 61: Roy Batty. There’s some disagreement over whether Rutger Hauer’s replicant character from Blade Runner is actually a villain, as his quest is at heart, one meant to right the wrongs that have been done to his kind. The existential questions of humanity, mortality and morality are intrinsic to the character, and the argument could be made that his actions are justifiable. That said, he’s a killer robot. So: villain.

There Can Be Only One

Kurgan Highlander

Day 60: The Kurgan. Played by Clancy Brown (who was the voice of Two-Face in Batman: The Animated Series), The Kurgan from Highlander is just an animal. Terrifying from start to finish. No redeemable qualities. No backstory to humanize him. All he wants is immortality, and he’s embraced all of the murder that goes along with the Race.

Wait’ll They Get A Load Of Me

Joker Jack Nicholson

Day 58: The Joker. I loved this movie SO MUCH. Doing my part to aid in the spread of Batmania in 1989, I think I saw it 3 times in the theater that Summer. Looking back, the gritty realism has morphed into a retro-styled comic-book movie that I think still holds up. Although now I don’t care for the idea of the Joker having a flesh-out backstory, it still works, and was definitely among Jack Nicholson’s greatest performances.

Put Him In A Bodybag, Johnny!

Johnny Lawrence Karate Kid

Day 57: Johnny Lawrence. There are evil villains, and there are just super punchable assholes. Johnny Lawrence from The Karate Kid is the latter. And even though this dude terrorizes Daniel-san throughout the whole story, the movie tries to humanize him somewhat at the end, by having his sensei be even more strangely relentless against a teenager. But we all know the truth. Johnny and Daniel weren’t going to be friends after this, especially after getting a big ol’ crane kick to the face.

Remember Me, Eddie?

Judge Doom Christopher Lloyd

Day 55: Judge Doom. Christopher Lloyd’s masked toon character from Who Framed Roger Rabbit? literally gave me nightmares as a child. Menacing performance mixed with truly frightening animation. And as a former Angeleno, I love the fact that the villain plot was to build a freeway. Based on how evil Judge Doom was, I have to assume the freeway in question was the 405.