19 Films Undermined by Incredibly Lackluster Villains

Movies are a great source of entertainment and can take us on a rollercoaster ride of emotions. However, the success of a movie also heavily relies on its antagonist or villain. A good villain can make a movie great, but a lousy villain can ruin it entirely. Here are 20 movies with the worst villains that failed to impress the audience.

Mommie Dearest (1981)

Photo Credit: Paramount Pictures.

A movie that is based on Joan Crawford. The scary thing is that it’s all true and a reflection of how horrible some mothers can be.

Aliens (1986)

Photo Credit: 20th Century Studios.

At times, greed can muddy rational judgment. In Aliens, Carter Burke is the epitome of placing everyone’s well-being at the expense of money.

Schindler’s List (1993)

Photo Credit: Universal Pictures.

Amon Goeth seems to be the embodiment of callousness and cruelty. He tries to discover forgiveness for others, but that’s something that is impossible for him.

RoboCop (1987)

Photo Credit: MGM.

Richard Jones created the robot ED-209, a machine that was fundamentally and deliberately flawed from the beginning. It was from this that Richard Jones could become richer. When things don’t go the way he wants them to, he reverts to violence to deal with the issue. 

Silence of the Lambs (1991)

Photo Credit: Twentieth Century Fox.

Hannibal Lecter was bad, but there was another individual in the movie that was worse. Buffalo Bill (aka Jame Gump) loved to kill and skin overweight women. What did he do with the skin? Make a woman suit for himself to wear!

Superman: The Movie (1978)

Photo Credit: Warner Bros.

Lex Luthor is obsessed with two things: How to shame Superman and how to become as rich as possible. The getting rich motivation is so strong with Lex that he doesn’t care if he destroys the world in the process. 

12 Years a Slave (2013)

Photo Credit: Fox Searchlight Pictures.

You know, a movie about slavery is going to be deeply moving and shocking. In 12 Years a Slave, Edwin Epps is conceited, abusive, and arrogant. Truly a person with little to no redeemable features. 

Léon: The Professional (1994)

Photo Credit: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Gary Oldman is always incredible to watch. In Leon: The Professional he is Norman Stansfield, a cop that has very little empathy or compassion. He kills a whole family (including the kids) without remorse or pity.

The Conjuring (2013)

Photo Credit: Warner Bros.

Not all villains are people. Annabelle was a doll whose very presence is enough to send shivers down anyone’s spine. 


Photo Credit: Universal Pictures.

Candyman is ready to rip you apart once you call upon him. Why is he so angry? It seems he is still emotionally disturbed over the breakup with his girlfriend. 

No Time To Die

Photo Credit: MGM.

Lyutsifer Safin’s family used to work for SPECTRE until the head of the organization order them to be murdered. As the only survivor, Safin seeks revenge. He is intelligent and dangerous, two great characteristics of a super villain!

Saw (2004)

Photo Credit: Lions Gate Film.

When you see Jigsaw peddling out on his tricycle, you know it’s not good. Though only a puppet, there is a sadism about Jigsaw that makes him villainous. 

Child’s Play (1988)

Photo Credit: MGM.

Chucky is the paragon of good turned bad. As a Good Guy doll, he only wanted someone to play with. Then when Charles Lee Ray possesses the body of Chucky, the doll becomes a callous killer in search of a human body to inhabit.

The Ring (2002)

Photo Credit: DreamWorks.

When Samara Morgan comes out of the television set, you know you are doomed. She heartlessly looks at you without a care, then you die. Samara is unstoppable in the amount of victims she bumps off. 

Star Wars (1977)

Photo Credit: LucasFilm.

Darth Vader is seen as the ultimate evil in Star Wars. Yet, Palapatine is worse. He longs for more power and more control. The way he goes about it is truly cold and remorseless. 

Gladiator (2000)

Photo Credit: DreamWorks.

Commodus not only commits patricide, but he also places his father’s top general into slavery. Oh…and he killed the general’s family, too. Yep, there is nothing Commodus won’t do to get and keep power. 

The Green Mile (1999)

Photo Credit: Warner Bros.

Wild Bill isn’t in the movie for long, yet when he is he commands a frightening presence. He killed a family, raped kids, and then put it all on John Coffey. There is nothing this evil guy won’t do before he is executed.

Precious (2009)

Photo Credit: Harpo Productions.

Mary Johnson had been verbally and physically abused throughout her life. You think she would have learned about the pain of such torment, Yet, she dishes out the same to her daughter as well as manipulating circumstances for money. Truly a mother from hell.

Hellraiser (1987)

Photo Credit: MGM.

Pinhead can come across as a villain to some people. Yet, he claims Cenobites are either considered demons or angels (depending on one’s personal take on them). Pinhead used to be Elliot Spencer in his human life, but through disillusionment with humanity decided to become a Cenobite. One thing is for certain, they can kill without guilt.

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