The twenty baddest movie villains of 2012

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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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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 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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