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The twenty baddest movie villains of 2012

Is Loki the biggest villain of 2012? Hardly.
Is Loki the biggest villain of 2012? Hardly.

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.

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The twenty baddest movie villains of 2012

20. The Engineer, Prometheus

The twenty baddest movie villains of 2012

19. Polio in Hyde Park on Hudson

The twenty baddest movie villains of 2012

18. Charlie Rakes (Guy Pearce) in Lawless

The twenty baddest movie villains of 2012

17. Whatever it is that is still vaguely haunting the Paranormal Activity house

The twenty baddest movie villains of 2012

16. Steve Hadley (Bradley Whitford, on right) in Cabin in the Woods

 

The twenty baddest movie villains of 2012

15. Every male lead in The Master

The twenty baddest movie villains of 2012

14. Eric Byer (Edward Norton) in The Bourne Legacy

The twenty baddest movie villains of 2012

13. Demon in Sinister

The twenty baddest movie villains of 2012

12. The Pale Orc and the Goblin King in The Hobbit

The twenty baddest movie villains of 2012

11. Bobby Monday (Michael Shannon) in Premium Rush

 

The twenty baddest movie villains of 2012

10. Charlie Costello (Woody Harrelson) in Seven Psychopaths

The twenty baddest movie villains of 2012

9. Elena (Salma Hayek) in Savages

The twenty baddest movie villains of 2012

8. The wolves in The Grey

The twenty baddest movie villains of 2012

7. Mad Dog (Yayan Ruhian) in The Raid: Redemption

Is Loki the biggest villain of 2012? Hardly.
Is Loki the biggest villain of 2012? Hardly.

6. Loki (Tom Hiddleston) in The Avengers

 

The twenty baddest movie villains of 2012

5. Cid Harrington (Pierce Gagnon), who would grow up to be the Rainmaker in Looper

The twenty baddest movie villains of 2012

4. Osama Bin Laden, Zero Dark 30

The twenty baddest movie villains of 2012

3. Raoul Silva (Javier Bardem) in Skyfall

The twenty baddest movie villains of 2012

2. Bane (Tom Hardy) in The Dark Knight Rises

The twenty baddest movie villains of 2012

1. Killer Joe (Matthew Matthew McConaughey) in Killer Joe



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