I would like to introduce you to a few of my favorite movie villains...perfect reading for a windy and stormy weekend. Can Halloween be far off?

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    Alan Rickman - Hans Gruber, "Die Hard"


    Alan Rickman's portrayal of Hans Gruber in the original Die Hard should be the mold all ruthless villains are cast from. It's as if Hans had no feelings at all and was more machine than man.

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    Jack Nicholson - Jack Torrance, "The Shining"

    Jack Torrance accepts a position maintaining a large and isolated hotel (the Overlook) in Colorado for the winter. A supernatural force residing in the Overlook Hotel takes advantage of Torrance's weaknesses and events in his past to slowly possess him. He spirals downwards and eventually attempts to kill his wife, and the hotel's former cook before dying.

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    Anthony Hopkins - Hannibal Lecter, Silence of the Lambs

    Hannibal Lecter is a brilliant psychiatrist and cannibalistic serial killer, and the source of many a nightmare since "Silence of The Lambs" debuted in theatres.

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    Heath Ledger - The Joker, "Batman"

    The Joker is a master criminal with a clown-like appearance, portrayed as a violent sociopath who murders people for his own amusement. Just the kind of guy you want to see in your rear-view mirror in the parking ramp.