I’m really finding it interesting what authors and Hollywood are using for the new round of villains. Let’s see, it used to be Hitler and the Nazis during the forties and the fifties. Then during the sixties, it was the Russians and communism. The seventies continued with secret cells of communists and the cold war. Can’t recall what the eighties used, other than your typical undercover spy or mad scientist. The nineties seem to bring in aliens while the twenty-first centers introduced a whole slew of new villains.
You now have terrorists, zombies, demons, vampires (except for the good ones). And just for fun, let’s throw in the insurance companies.
It’s fascinating how authors are coming up with using old fairy tales and myths and breathing new life into them. Hollywood has taken a number of fairy tales and created movies that can be both fun and frightening. Just take a look at Red Riding Hood and the wolf. Animated stories of flying dragons and the old tale of Rupunzal in “Tangled”. Making vampires the good guy in the Twilight series. And television making a hit out of hordes of zombies in “The Walking Dead”. I’ve read of a few authors who managed to make zombies into the heroes … something I have yet to figure out and understand. Pardon to fans of that particular genre, but … ewwww.
Seems that aliens will always continue to be a favorite villain. Just take a look at the “Falling Skies” series that the Syfy channel has and the numerous movies in the last few years. I suppose aliens make a wonderful bad guy. After all, you can create what you want, in any shape or form your imagination can dream up.
I’m also seeing a whole influx of superhero movies. Those old comic books provide ready made bad guys. You have Loki to torment Thor. The Green Goblin/Spiderman. Lex Luthor/Superman. A whole slew of villains to make Batman’s life miserable.
Oh, and let’s not forget the ultimate villain. Cancer, and other terminal health issues. Just saw “Fault in the Stars” a week or so ago and have come to the conclusion that cancer patients really shouldn’t watch this movie. It was a terrific story and very well done, but hit a bit close to home.
So, which villains and bad guys have I missed? I’m sure there are a good number of them that I hadn’t even mentioned, but who certainly deserve a mention.