A psychopath is characterized by enduring antisocial behavior, a lack of empathy and remorse, and sometimes an ability to imitate empathy without genuinely feeling it. Many psychopaths are highly intelligent, which has sparked debates recently that many high level CEO's, business people, and politicians are actually functioning psychopaths. Meaning, not everyone with some characteristics of a psychopath is a maniacal killer with no control over their actions.
But in the movies, a character who is a psychopath is often as crazy as possible. The movies shows the extreme version of psychopathy that rarely exists in the real world. Real life psychopaths (although it is difficult to diagnose with 100% accuracy) have included Ted Bundy and Dennis Rader, both prolific serial killers. Some of their characteristics may even have inspired characters in movies. Here are 15 of the craziest movie psychopaths.
15 Patrick Bateman - American Psycho
14 Michael Myers - Halloween
Michael Myers killed his sister when he was six years old. If that isn't a warning sign for a psychopath, then what is? His creator, John Carpenter has described Myers as "almost a supernatural force - a force of nature. An evil force that's loose." His mask makes it so he never has a facial expression. He's just an evil being who's only purpose is to murder people, and his dark holes for eyes portray his complete lack of feeling or remorse. Myers is also unkillable, and can't be stopped, making him one of the scariest movie psychopaths of all time.
13 Alex Forrest - Fatal Attraction
12 Leatherface - Texas Chainsaw Massacre
11 Norman Bates - Psycho
10 Anton Chigurh - No Country For Old Men
9 John Doe - Se7en
8 Freddy Krueger - A Nightmare on Elm Street
7 Mickey & Mallory Knox - Natural Born Killers
6 Jigsaw - Saw
5 Jack Torrance - The Shining
4 The Joker - The Dark Knight
3 Hannibal Lecter - Silence of the Lambs
2 Damien - The Omen
1 Annie Wilkes - Misery
Another psychopath created by Stephen King is none other than Annie Wilkes (portrayed onscreen by Kathy Bates). In Misery, Wilkes happens upon her favourite author, Paul Sheldon, who has just been in a car accident and broken both his legs near her remote home in Colorado. She brings him back to her house to take care of him, but then she refuses to call a doctor, or let him leave. Wilkes forces Sheldon to write a new novel in her favourite series, and tortures him both physically and mentally for months. One of the most infamous scenes involves her breaking both of Sheldon's ankles with a sledgehammer to prevent him from escaping. Wilkes has been on numerous best villain lists, and Bates won an Academy Award for her portrayal.
Sources: IMDB.com, GamesRadar.com, TasteofCinema.com
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