I was a big fan of “Seven Psychopaths,” and considering that part of the film involves Colin Farrell’s Marty attempting to assemble seven psychopaths for his screenplay, I thought it would be interesting to assemble seven of my favorite movie psychopaths of all time into a group that you’d want to stay far, far away from. You can read the entire article right away by visiting Player Affinity.
1. The Joker (Heath Ledger) – The Dark Knight
In assembling a team of psychopaths from the movies this side of 2008, you have to purposefully turn a blind eye to not include The Joker as portrayed by Heath Ledger in “The Dark Knight.” He’s the very definition of a psychopath, especially given that his motives are entirely deranged. He would be the unquestionable ringleader of this and any group of movie psychopaths.
2. Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins) – Psycho
Norman Bates is one of cinema’s first great psychopaths. Aside from the obvious fact that the title of the film is the shortened term for “psychopath,” Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece dared to feature a main character with this severe of a mental illness, though of course it was used almost exclusively as a plot device. Nonetheless, the unexpected dual nature of Bates’ persona makes him one of the most unpredictable psychopaths of all time.
3. Alex DeLarge (Malcolm McDowell) – “A Clockwork Orange”
In this powerful story of whether complete psychopathic deviance can be “cured,” Alex DeLarge emerge as one of the more terrifying psychopaths of film history. His ultra-violence knows no bounds, and worst of all, it’s all for sport. In this collection of psychopaths, he would be the unruly young rebel far too reckless and uncalculating for his own good. He would most certainly look up to the Joker despite considering him too soft and focused.
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