The year 2012 was a big one for creeps -- living, breathing, oozing, killing-Batman creeps. So we asked Village Voice film editor Alan Scherstuhl to choose the year's twenty baddest from the scores of contenders. Continue reading for his picks -- a spoiler-free selection of this year's spookiest screen villains.
20. The Engineer, Prometheus
19. Polio in Hyde Park on Hudson
18. Charlie Rakes (Guy Pearce) in Lawless
17. Whatever it is that is still vaguely haunting the Paranormal Activity house
16. Steve Hadley (Bradley Whitford, on right) in Cabin in the Woods
15. Every male lead in The Master
14. Eric Byer (Edward Norton) in The Bourne Legacy
13. Demon in Sinister
12. The Pale Orc and the Goblin King in The Hobbit
11. Bobby Monday (Michael Shannon) in Premium Rush
10. Charlie Costello (Woody Harrelson) in Seven Psychopaths
9. Elena (Salma Hayek) in Savages
8. The wolves in The Grey
7. Mad Dog (Yayan Ruhian) in The Raid: Redemption
Is Loki the biggest villain of 2012? Hardly.
6. Loki (Tom Hiddleston) in The Avengers
5. Cid Harrington (Pierce Gagnon), who would grow up to be the Rainmaker in Looper
4. Osama Bin Laden, Zero Dark 30
3. Raoul Silva (Javier Bardem) in Skyfall
2. Bane (Tom Hardy) in The Dark Knight Rises
1. Killer Joe (Matthew Matthew McConaughey) in Killer Joe
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