Writing Can Be Murder

July 15, 2010

Calm or Crazy Villians

Filed under: Uncategorized — love2wryte @ 5:53 pm

Okay, so I think we’re all agreed that Mel Gibson has lost his freaking mind, BUT is anyone else freaked out by the woman on the tapes?

Something about her calm detachment while he spews vitriol puts me on edge.

She’d make a perfect villian.

She sort of reminds me of Kevin Spacey’s “John Doe” in Se7en — the ultimate puppetmaster.

I’ve always been more frightened by calm bad guys, than over-the-top crazy ones…sorry but Hannibal Lecter was WAY scarier than Buffalo Bill, imho.

I just mentioned Kiss the Girls in my comments of the last post. Without giving anything away, I’ll say that one of the reasons I think that particular book works so well is that the bad guy, Casanova, never loses his cool. He’s always in control and he wields that control over his victims with precision.

What about you? Who do you find scarier? “Crazy” villians or “Calm”?



  1. Calm–most def. Have you ever seen The Last Seduction? I think it came out in the early/mid 90s. Linda Fiorentino was an awesome villain, with the cold precision she used to set everything up.

    Although on Muni yesterday, I was thinking about how I don’t like being around the truly crazy, because you can’t predict their actions. It’s not scary in the same way, but it’s still uncomfortable.

    Kiss the Girls was a great book.

    Comment by Kate Perry — July 15, 2010 @ 8:45 pm | Reply

  2. The calm ones are always the ones to watch out for. You rarely see on the news after someone goes nuts and kills their whole family the neighbors saying: “Yeah, he was a total wacko and we knew one day he’d snap.” Nope. They all say, “OMG, we had no idea. He was sooooo quiet and kept to himself.” The nice thing about the complete train wrecks like Gibson, you can spot them a mile away and change course to avoid.

    Comment by Jennifer Colgan — July 16, 2010 @ 12:45 am | Reply

  3. The calm ones always tend to be more interesting to me, because it’s the whole two-faced thing that scares me the most. You don’t see those villains coming.

    That being said, can I just say how much I used to like Mel Gibson and how much I DO NOT LIKE HIM now? I used to think he was a good guy. It’s sad.

    Comment by Jenny — July 16, 2010 @ 1:32 am | Reply

  4. Oh, and agree about Hannibal Lecter and Buffalo Bill. Though I do think having both types of villains in one movie provided a really interesting contrast…

    Comment by Jenny — July 16, 2010 @ 1:38 am | Reply

  5. Kate — I forgot about The Last Seduction, you’re absolutely right!

    (and Kiss The Girls is my all-time fave of his)

    Jennifer — You’re spot on about the neighbors and their wacko radar

    Jenny — Yeah, the contrast was cool.

    Comment by love2wryte — July 16, 2010 @ 8:59 am | Reply

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