‘The Death Squad’ Catches All Your Favorite Movie Villains at the Best of Their Worst

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An evil supercut with awesome undertones.

When you get right down to it, everybody loves a good villain. Darth Vader, The Joker, HAL 3000, Jason Vorhees – the list of iconic film villains started at the dawn of the medium and every year since new names have been etched onto it. Good stories need villains, they depend on them, in fact, to upset the applecart of normalcy in our protagonists’ lives and set things in motion. Without the villains listed above, Star Wars is about a farmboy who never leaves home, Batman is about an eccentric billionaire hospitalizing petty criminals, 2001: A Space Odyssey is about the positive attributes of technology, and the entire Friday the 13th franchise is about summer camp in the 80s; nobody wants to watch any of that crap.

Villains make things exciting, they up the ante and raise the stakes, not to mention they give we in the audience a chance to see our baser tendencies and desires acted out without having to accept any culpability ourselves. Villains make stories worth telling because villains alter expectations, they defy predictability, and above and beyond all this heavy stuff, they typically dress pretty badass, too.

In the following video edited by Cory Stevens, 40+ of film’s greatest villains (or worst, depending on your perspective) have been caught at their worst and sewn together cinematically into a supercut collection of dirty deeds done dirt cheap – for the thrill of it. Besides being a wickedly fun way to spend four-some minutes, Tucker’s supercut also serves to illustrate the broad spectrum of villainy, from that spun by mortal men with dark hearts, to that unleashed by the natural world (or universe) upon man, to that which emanates from beings and energies beyond the parameters of humankind. But whether you’re talking about a German terrorist, a giant shark, or a gross alien, evil is as evil does, and these guys do it well.

Featuring:

Shredder from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Darth Vader from Star Wars
Bane from The Dark Knight Rises
Skeletor from Masters of the Universe
Jason from Friday the 13th
Joker from The Dark Knight
Voldemort from Harry Potter
Hans Gruber from Die Hard
Immortan Joe from Mad Max: Fury Road
Loki from The Avengers
Zuul, Clortho & Gozer from Ghostbusters
The T-100 from The Terminator
Doc Ock from Spider-Man 2
Jack Torrance from The Shining
Michael Myers from Halloween
Kylo Ren from The Force Awakens
Xenomorph from Alien
Agent Smith from The Matrix
Bruce from Jaws
Freddy Krueger from A Nightmare on Elm Street
Howard Payne from Speed
Patrick Bateman from American Psycho
Leatherface from The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
Pennywise from IT
Penguin from Batman Returns
Roy Batty from Blade Runner
Lotso from Toy Story 3
Hannibal Lecter from The Silence of the Lambs
Two-Face from Batman Forever
Biff from Back to the Future
Ghostface from Scream
Mrs. Voorhees from Friday the 13th
The Riddler from Batman Forever
Mal from Inception
The T-1000 from Terminator 2: Judgment Day
Judge Doom from Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
Alec Trevelyan from GoldenEye
Mola Ram from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
Vigo from Ghostbusters II
John Doe from Seven
Xenomorph Queen from Aliens

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