When thinking about who the most terrifying movie villain is, often you will think of names from classic horror movie franchises. But in 2014, the world was introduced to a movie character who should be considered much scarier than any of the classic horror villains. His name, John Wick.
While John Wick may not be considered a typical horror movie villain, over the span of two movies, he more than demonstrated why he should be the one keeping you up at night. But first, let’s compare his resume to some of the classic horror movie villains.
During what can only be described as an illustrious/horrifying career putting fear into the small Midwestern town of Haddonfield, Illinois, Myers has been a sheer force to be reckoned with. In the span of 11 movies spanning 40 years, Myers has terrorized locals while demonstrating incredible grit and determination towards his twisted craft. A truly remarkable career deserving of attention, and fear!
Another decorated veteran of the horror movie genre, Krueger spends his time haunting the dreams of both his victims and movie watchers everywhere. In 9 movies over the course of 26 years, Krueger receives a bump up because of the creativity with which he horrifies the young residents of Elm Street. Using dreams truly was a revolutionary way to frighten people.
This hockey mask wearing, machete wielding maniac was first introduced in 1981, and has been much more than a minor inconvenience for the innocent teenagers at Camp Crystal Lake. In 10 movies spanning 28 years, “Jason” has wreaked total havoc, forcing everyone to reconsider attending sleepaway camp in New Jersey (props to you if you have, and made it out unscathed). He has more than earned his reputation as a terrifying monster; what a career.
Relatively unknown until 2014, Wick has burst onto the scene with an absolute bang. In two movies, spanning about a week in time, Wick has shown why he has earned the nickname of “The Boogeyman” amongst his peers. In just two films, Wick has made an enormous impact as an up-and-coming villain. Now you might be thinking, “Isn’t John Wick the good guy in those movies?” Yet Winston, owner of the prestigious Continental Hotel, refers to Wick as “the devil,” which is not usually a distinction reserved for the kind-at-heart.
In short, it’s time to embrace John Wick as one of the most terrifying villains in movie history; despite his status as a newcomer, he’s been killing the game in more ways than one.