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by mumtaj 'mumm-ra' begum
When little Regan's body is taken over by the evil spirit Pazuzu, she starts to do all sorts of unspeakable things.
Long after we have left the cinema, these evil supernatural freaks continue to haunt us.
HORROR is a genre that reflects the anxiety a society feels at a certain time. The supernatural metaphor allows for the story to discuss sensitive subjects like prejudice, abuses and ostracisation in an open manner.
Of course, the more basic (and fun) nature of horror films is we get to jump out of our skin.
Besides a good plot and mind-blowing effects, what makes a horror film truly outstanding is an awful villain – someone or something so vile that their existence linger in our minds long after we’re done with the story.
In no particular order, here are our top 10 antagonists that have left a mark in the genre.
1. Jack Torrance (The Shining) – A writer takes the job of a caretaker at a hotel during winter when it’s shut down. Built on a burial ground, the hotel has – within its four expansive walls – a lot of unsettled spirits looking for the next person to join them permanently. Poor Jack never knew what hit him; he slowly loses his sanity and gives in to the ghosts’ deadly wishes. Winter is here to stay for this Jack.
2. Vengeful spirit (Ju-on) – Convinced his wife is having an affair, a man kills her and their son. All that rage has caused a curse to remain in the home where they died. Anyone who comes in contact with the location is affected and soon starts to see a creepy kid and his cat. This, ultimately, signals their imminent end.
3. Bride In Black (Insidious: Chapter 2) – Josh Lambert has had this old woman in a black wedding dress shadowing him since he was a child. Finally, the “Dark Bride” gets access to him when Josh enters the other side to retrieve his lost son. As it turns out, the spirit is that of a serial killer. Now that it has possessed Josh, it gets to terrorise every member of the Lambert family.
4. Pazuzu (The Exorcist) – This 1971 release is one of the most horrifying films to depict demonic possession. After moving to her new home, 12-year-old Regan MacNeil turns into a foul-mouthed little girl. Regan 2.0 also develops a really bad skin problem – with cracks and unhealthy colour on her cheeks that no make-up can hide. All these changes are no thanks to a demon named Pazuzu that has conveniently made her its new home.
5. Chucky (Child’s Play) – This is the first film in a string of many featuring the possessed doll named Chucky, which has put a fear in many younger audience. A red-haired, blue-eyed doll comes to life when a homicidal maniac’s soul is transferred into it, so he can escape the death sentence and continue killing. Even in a body of doll, Chucky remains a menace and a killer.
6. Damien Thorn (The Omen) – Say hello to Damien, the spawn of Satan. His parents may have been happy to take him home from hospital – after their own was stillborn – but soon they are having a tough time as the unruly boy is sullen to a fault. Things take a turn for the worse when his governess commits suicide. Later, gleefully, he knocks his mother off the balcony with his tricycle. A black hound (might as well be from hell) seems to have taken a liking to him too.
7. Bathsheba (The Conjuring) – The Perrons move into their new house at a countryside, only to discover that the original occupant – (spoiler alert!) a witch who killed her own child before committing suicide – is still living there, haunting the house. This evil spirit plans to do harm to every member of the Perron family, starting with the mother.
8. Pennywise, The Dancing Clown (It) – No one really remembers much about the plot of this film but everyone remembers the sadistic and wisecracking clown called Pennywise. Its main weapons are candy and balloons; with these, it lures children and consumes them. And with this film, the fear of clowns becomes truly justified.
9. Sadako Yamamura (Ringu) – Anyone else covered their TV set with a cloth after watching this film? This Japanese horror resuscitated the genre, unleashing many knock-offs, besides scaring the bejeezus out of us. The plot is simple: Whoever watches the cursed video is dead within a week. When her son watches it, Ryuji has no choice but to find the truth about the cursed tape. There is a tragic story behind it, but this doesn’t take away an ounce of shock at seeing the spirit (with long, unruly hair and staggered movements) coming out of the TV to claim its victim.
10. Freddy Krueger (A Nightmare On Elm Street) – Freddy Krueger creates the most horrific nightmares, one that usually ends with the dreamer’s death. A few children on Elm Street are too afraid to go to sleep as they don’t want to meet the badly burnt man in a red-and-green striped sweater, wearing gloves with razor sharp knives and a penchant for twisted nursery rhymes. We totally understand.
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