Picking A Part: 5 Horror Movie Antagonist Stereotypes

Picking A Part: 5 Horror Movie Antagonist Stereotypes


What do you think of when you think about horror movies?

Do you think about the dashing do-good and his or her band of walking expiration dates? Do you think about the haunted house the movie takes place in? Or do you think about the bad guy? The monster? The thing that makes the horror movie what it is?

Today's article is going to be sort of a counterpoint to a previous one I did. If you didn't get a chance to read it already, here's a link to it.



The Psycho/Slasher


This is the bread and butter of the horror genre.

The most well known bad guys in horror are the razor-gloved, hockey masked, horny teen killing psychos we love so much.

Try as you might, you can't kill them. You can't run from them. You can only slow them down until the rage takes over again.

With these antagonists, there is always blood.


Monsters/Aliens


On the other side of the spectrum we have a relatively unappreciated set of baddies, the monsters. Ever since cg became more popular, these antagonists have seen less quality screen time, save for a few modern gems.

On the alien side, there are the classic Xenomorphs of Alien fame as well as a history's worth of great extraterrestrial tales.

Besides classics like Critters and Gremlins, what are some of the best monster flicks you remember?


The Mad Scientist


These antagonists tend to be more misunderstood than anything. Usually acting under the idea what they are doing is for a greater good of some sort. Then again, sometimes they're just a little bit insane to begin with, right?


The Supernatural


Sometimes evil manifests itself, be it physically or otherwise. Rarely is this ever beneficial for anyone, but almost always is it entertaining to watch. We all remember the classics -- The Exorcist, Poltergeist, Hellraiser -- but what are some of your favorite modern supernatural stories?



The Undead


Nearly every horror fan's wet dream. Zombies. Vampires. The things that used to have a pulse and do more than go bump in the night. Next to ghosts, these are some of the oldest scary stories society has to offer.


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