Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Even if you didn’t see it, you probably heard about last year’s Best Picture winner, No Country for Old Men, and its bowl-haired, cattlegun-wielding antagonist, Chigurh, played to a chilling tee by Javier Bardem. But Bardem’s Oscar-winning performance as cinema’s strangest new villain only reinforced what fans of author Cormac McCarthy’s novels already knew: his baddies are unforgettable. McCarthy writes lean-but-contemplative western-ish noir thrillers (and the occasional post-apocalyptic thriller) that eschew the easy black-hat/white-hat good guys and bad guys dichotomy. But even in the potent worlds of moral ambiguity he creates, there’s always one character who stands out as particularly unsavory. Here are a few who gave us nightmares.