Top 3 Most Subtle Movie Villains
Sometimes, a villain is devious, dastardly, and isn’t afraid to show his or her face for the world to see. This particular type of villain, however, is not on this list. These are most influential “subtle” villains – villains that didn’t necessarily need to have an entrance or a grand presence throughout, but each drastically influenced the entirety of their films.
Rear Window (1954)
I always feel a bit creepy for watching this movie, almost as if I’m watching the people that L.B. Jeffries (Jimmy Stewart) is watching alongside with him. But, because of the murderous Thorwald, Jeffries’ miserable life as a recovering photographer would cease to have any sort of intrigue. Without realizing it, Thorwald gave Jeffries a purpose.
Some Like It Hot (1959)
This movie is a comedy and a relatively light-hearted one at that, but that doesn’t mean that the villains aren’t just as sinister. It’s the Chicago mob, after all -gangsters so scary, that two grown men in the 1920’s pretended to be women in an all-female band. If a group scares you so much to change everything about yourself in a ridiculous enough manner, that group is none to be trifled with, even if they only appear in a handful of scenes.
The 39 Steps (1935)
Another Hitchcock film, and an earlier one, but the collective of spies that make up The 39 Steps strikes fear into my heart whenever I watch it. What gets scarier than a group of spies that know every move you make and try to disassemble your identity? And, to top it off, they are hardly seen or heard… so, pretty much, you have nowhere to run.
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