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Every great movie has an amazing villain that you absolutely love to hate. We mean, you definitely don't want to be friends with these baddies, but there's something just so awesomely awful about them that it hurts so good to watch them on screen.
You're sure to feel that way about the new villain on the block, the ancient princess Ahmanet (Sofia Boutella), who will be wreaking havoc in The Mummy, in theaters this Friday, June 9. Though she was thought to be entombed beneath the desert, Ahmanet becomes awakened in modern day — and she's ready to inflict the most terrifying of terrors on the world. All the while, somehow still managing to have the most on-point makeup from any time period.
Sofia Boutella is mean and magnificent as Ahmanet in The Mummy.
Ahmanet is just the latest in a long line of movie villains whose fierceness lights up the screen. These infamous baddies have such fabulous tendencies, it almost makes us forget that they're truly evil.
1. Count Dracula
Count Dracula (Bela Lugosi) set the standard for movie villains to come in the Universal classic horror flick, Dracula. We mean, that iconic costume, that menacing stare, and that dash of charm cemented his place in cinematic history. We get chills just thinking about him.
2. The Wicked Witch of the West
Just as Count Dracula is basically the model for all movie vampires, The Wicked Witch of the West (Margaret Hamilton) did the same for all evil witches that came after her appearance in The Wizard of Oz. When she commands your attention, you listen, because that cackle is not to be ignored. Yes, she's the baddest witch around, even if she does have that little problem with water.
3. Baby Jane Hudson
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? is one of the most twisted films of all time, and we have Bette Davis' indelible performance — not to mention, ghoulish makeup — to thank for that. Baby Jane is definitely devious toward her sister Blanche (Joan Crawford) in this movie, but there's a vulnerability that stems from her tortured past that makes this villain way more enigmatic than you might have originally thought. Now thanks to this year's buzzy TV series Feud: Bette and Joan, a new generation of fans will discover this compelling character.
4. The Shark in Jaws
Whoever thought that going to the beach could be so scary? Well, that's exactly what happened when Jaws hit theaters in 1975. Any villain with a theme song that can strike fear into audiences with just a couple of notes has got to be nothing short of badass.
5. Darth Vader
Talk about daddy issues. We don't blame Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) for completely freaking out when he discovers that the baddest dude in the galaxy, Darth Vader (David Prowse/James Earl Jones), is his father. The Star Wars saga's megalomaniac is obsessed with power — and will destroy anyone who gets in his way. But he does have a pretty kickass costume and entrance music.
6. Regina George
Sometimes, there's just nothing scarier than the Queen Bee of the high school, and Regina George (Rachel McAdams) was the sassiest of them all in Mean Girls. She's gorgeous, has a collection of killer catchphrases, and her hair is so big because it's full of secrets. What more could you ask for in a villain?
7. Miranda Priestley
The Devil Wears Prada's Miranda Priestley (Meryl Streep) will read your outfit to filth, expect you to ace the most impossoble tasks (snagging a manuscript of a not-yet-released Harry Potter book, anyone?), and make sure you never work in this town again if you don't. However, the magazine maven is the best in the business for a reason, and her tough love approach seems to elevate the excellence of all of those around her. But we wouldn't blame you if your soul was crushed every time you heard her say, "That's all."
8. The Joker
The Dark Knight's Joker is as psychotic a villain as they come, which is entertaining to watch in and of itself. But what really makes him a captivating character is Heath Ledger's performance, which won the late actor a posthumous Academy Award. We dare you to try to take your eyes off the screen when the Joker is there.
Loki, Loki, Loki. When your brother is Thor (Chris Hemsworth), and you live in the cosmic utopia of Asgard, you would think that you wouldn't have a care in the world. But Loki (Tom Hiddleston) has some major family drama, and he's prepared to do whatever it takes to get what he wants. TBH, we would be a lot more afraid of Loki if he didn't look so dreamy and didn't wear fierce fashions like this.
Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the baddest queen of all? Why, that would be Snow White and the Huntsman's Ravenna. Her evil-licious performance from Charlize Theron coupled with her stunning couture make us want to bow down.
Be sure to see Ahmanet and the heroes of The Mummy in theaters Friday, June 9.
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