While the beloved films of the 1980s become forty, the feature films of the following decade begin to complete three decades of their release. Time passes and is out of our control. It seems like just yesterday that certain movies hit theaters, like the first Avengers, The spectacular Spider Man, Batman the Dark Knight Rises e Django Book, however, all have already completed a decade of existence! Soon we will be amazed at the anniversary of recent feature films like Spider-Man: No Return Home e The Batman. Is that so. When we blink, a decade goes by. With two blinks, twenty years. And so it goes.
The subject here, however, is not these more recent films, and not even the superhero genre. On the contrary, here we will focus on the antagonists: the villains. These characters that we love to hate and that their interpreters delight in personifying. Every actor always says it’s a lot more fun to play the villain. Here, we chose to go back to the 1990s, and notice how the productions that complete 30 years of debut in 2022 brought a true wave of great villains and very flashy performances by their actresses. It’s very interesting to see how this particular year in cinema was home to some of the most iconic and memorable villains in the seventh art. Check out the ones we selected for you below.
Probably the most iconic of the bunch (only rivaling the second item on the list), this character was responsible for the watershed in the star’s career. Sharon Stone. And all it took was a fatal cross of the legs. The truth is that many actresses manage to truly demonstrate their talent by giving depth and humanism to their villains. And with Stone it was no different. The actress had already participated in many films, but had not achieved a great deal of prominence, and this was thanks to the Dutchman’s film Paul Verhoeven.
Catherie Tramell is a successful writer specializing in erotic thriller books. In a metalinguistic way, the film in which she is inserted is also an erotic thriller. She ends up becoming the main suspect in the murder of an ex-lover, as the subject died sadistically, identical to a crime described in one of her books. To make matters worse, Tramell is adapted to wild sex and sadomasochism. It doesn’t need to be said that Sharon Stone threw himself headlong into scenes beyond daring, involving a lot of nudity and extremely spicy moments, in what was considered one of the most sexual films of all time. The character’s weight echoes to this day, remaining in the subconscious of moviegoers. Unnecessarily, fourteen years later, Stone decided to revive the character in the quite inferior wild instinct 2 (2006).
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More in the genre of anti-heroines than a villain, Catwoman in the filmmaker’s view Tim Burton she went from being a thief to become a submissive secretary, subjugated, despised and abused by her boss – a powerful businessman. If it were done today, Batman – The Return could be boycotted by part of the sexist audience who would accuse him of being a feminist libel regarding the subplot of one of its main characters. As it was made at a time when most of today’s complainers weren’t even born, or were too young to have a mistaken conscience, the film ended up being embraced by them for nostalgic value. This is for us to realize that feminist messages (implicit or explicit), or representative in general, permeated even super-productions without the fanfare that is made today. Be that as it may, Selina from Burton e Michelle Pfeiffer (the ideal actress and best portrayal of the character) is a tragic, murdered heroine who returns from the dead for extreme revenge – becoming the most anarchic Catwoman ever presented.
In addition to the year 1992 having presented us with some of the greatest villains in the history of cinema, exactly thirty years ago we also had a group formed by fatal blondes in these films. This was a time, at least in the movies, when a blonde woman caused attraction and at the same time goosebumps in everyone. After Catherine Tramell, from Sharon Stoneand Selina Kyle, from Michelle Pfeiffer, joins the group that is probably the coldest nanny in movie history. Forget Netflix’s teen horror movies, the scariest blonde nanny in cinema is the one personified by Rebecca De Mornay in this movie. Like the item above, the antagonist here is looking for revenge, but in a very crooked way. Believing that a specific woman (Claire, from Annabella Sciorra) was responsible for triggering the suicide of her doctor husband, and consequently the loss of her child while she was pregnant, this deranged blonde decides to take the family of the woman who ruined her for herself. And she just won’t stop until she achieves her macabre goal. For those who don’t remember, The Hand That Rocks the Cradle was hugely successful in its release and marked one of the first works on the big screen of the muse Julianne Moore.
Another fatal blonde joins our list of the great villains of thirty years ago in cinema. And here we have none other than the Queen of pop music, the material girl in person, Madonna. You know that story of the “twin films”, in which two films are released in the same or similar year, with very similar themes or approaches? Well, after the success of Wild instinctwhich chronicled a sexually aggressive blonde being investigated for the murder of her ex-boyfriend; Madonna he also wanted his share of that success and a few months later starred in a plot about a blonde adept of, shall we say, intense sexual acts, such as sadomasochism, going on trial for the possible murder of one of her lovers. And the crime here was committed on the basis of sex! Instead of the detective involved with the suspicion of Wild instinct, here we had the defense attorney (Willem Dafoe’s role) involved with the suspicion. You know that “copy, but do it differently” story? To be fair, the protagonist here is not exactly a villain, behaving more like a dubious anti-heroine, who we don’t trust and are always suspicious of her intentions. Coincidentally, Julianne Moore is also part of this list.
I recently talked about this film in an article here on CinePOP (which you can check out at the link below). The plot features a “lost” young woman, who creates a strong bond of friendship with a shy and friendless girl. The problem is that Ivy begins to lust after her friend’s family, and begins to play a dangerous game of seduction with her friend’s father. Who stars in the film is a Drew Barrymore blonde, then 17 years old. She’s the youngest of the villains on the list, and in fact her character here (known only as Ivy) could be the teenage characters of Sharon Stone Where Madonna in the respective films above, with the character in the provocative youth and already sure of her sexuality. Indecent Relationship could be a prequel to Wild instinct, for example, if we wanted to know the first steps of Catherine Tramell. the core of Indecent Relationshiphowever, is the friendship between the character of Barrymorea train about to derail, with Sylvie (role of Sara Gilbert). It is curious to note that this erotic thriller was released ten years after the children’s success of ET – The Extraterrestrial (1982), still widely remembered as one of the most remarkable works of Drew Barrymore, which represented much of his innocence. In this new phase, ten years later, the portrayal of the actress on and off screen was different, reflecting her troubled personal life of drug and alcohol abuse.
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Closing the list of the most famous movie villains who turn 30 in 2022, we have the only brunette on the lot. The story of this thriller, which was very successful at the time of its release, tells about a young woman played by the disappeared Bridget Fonda, looking for a companion to share an apartment with. the famous rommate In the USA. And from there comes our villain, the obsessive Hedra, role of the Oscar nominee Jennifer Jason Leigh. Given the advertisement in the newspaper placed by the protagonist Allison (Fund) – yes, it was the 90s, before the internet – the villain accepts to have a room in the house. What starts as a friendship between the two young single women, begins to become an obsession on the part of Hedra, increasingly needy and demanding of her friend’s attention.
She gets to the point, in one of the scariest moments of the film, of cutting her hair in the same short cut as her “friend”. Of course, things only get worse, to the point of tragedy. In 2011, the thriller Roommate drew heavily from this source, taking the plot to a college setting, without declaring itself a remake. However, something in Single Woman Looking sounds extremely dated and readjusting to today’s values, tasteless too – both in the title of this movie and the book it’s based on. In Portuguese, the title in Brazil became more pleasant, as Single Woman Looking. However, in the original the title is “Single White Female”, that is, “Single and White Woman”; making clear the offer to share the house as long as the candidate for the vacancy is not a black woman. Simply racist! And that was just three decades in the past…