great movie characters, too, since their deplorable actions often make for entertaining viewing. With that in mind, here are nine of the most evil characters in film.
Lo Pan, "Big Trouble in Little China" Sometimes evil is hiding right under our noses. Then, some other times, it's hiding right under Chinatown. That's how it is with Lo Pan, a thousand-year-old sorcerer who's involved in the kidnapping of pretty green-eyed women in order to become a mortal, or immortal, or something. The point is he's evil and he shoots lasers out of his eyes.
Reverend Harry Powell, "Night of the Hunter" Just because somebody's a reverend doesn't automatically make them evil, but don't use Harry to prove your point. As played by Robert Mitchum, he's a malevolent force of greed and violence, turning his seductive charms and violent outburts alike on helpless victims if he sees a profit in it. His MO is marrying rich widows and then killing them for their money, but he's willing to do much more than that if it suits him.
Ginjirô Takeuchi, "High and Low" The kidnapper in "High and Low" might be motivated by something a little more complicated than pure greed, but no one can argue that his actions are anything other than evil. Other than the kidnapping for ransom thing, he kills a prostitute simply to test out his lethal "hot shot" heroin mixture (his preferred method of offing loose ends). His lanky, unassuming demeanor may not impress, but he's as evil as they come.
Mr. Hyde, "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" Dr. Jekyll and his meaner, hairier alter-ego have been in a lot of movies, and one thing is always the same: Hyde is an evil murdering bastard. He might not have the high body counts that some other scoundrels have, but he scores points for the purity of his malevolence: He's 100 percent evil and chemically designed that way.
Attila Mellanchini, "1900" In this historical epic, Donald Sutherland's character is something of a metaphor for fascism. But he's quite literally an evil dude—his most memorable act of baddery being his coldblooded murder of a young child by swinging him by his feet into an iron bar.