The Science Fiction Villain Treatment
Alfred Hitchcock once said "The better the villain, the better the
film" and this year's Hollywood filmmakers have abided by this golden
rule as there was no stopping this year's blockbusters from having a
whole horde of villainous characters spreading their wings onto the
big screen, making the darker side more appealing for audiences.
Everybody has gone villain this year, from Tom Cruise, Halle Berry to
Spiderman's sworn enemy Dr Octopus, played by Alfred Molina.
The leaders of the villain pack are none other than Science-fiction's
creature icons that are making history by finally coming together in
Alien Vs Predator.
Dubbed the winter franchise for the MTV Generation and hot on the
success of last year's slasher smackdown Freddy vs. Jason, this film
is the year's most anticipated monster's brawl as a high concept movie
and, for once, the tagline of the publicity poster is right "Whoever
wins we lose"!! Thanks to this franchise Sci-Fi geeks have raised up
high their antennas because if the film manages to pull it off at the
box office it will spawn a successful video game, collector's comic
and loads of memorabilia.
Directed by Paul WS Anderson the film was released at local cinemas
last Friday and its has mixed reviews with the director seeming always
to reference the older films giving the impression that he has not
enough original material as his disposal. Mr Paul Egglestone module
leader for Television production at the University of Central
Lancashire said: " Although I have'nt seen it there seems to be a lack
of creativity coming out from Hollywood" He said "Another factor is
that if in the old franchises we had two heroes who would stand up
against these creatures namely Arnie and Sigourney Weaver this time
there is no strong commanding figure that can do battle with both
Aliens." But one thing's for sure there is more acid for blood, dark
corridors and flickering flashlights to keep anyone one at the edge of
their seat and more than enough fans of both the Alien and Predator
franchises to guarantee its success.
The origin of villains
Villains have been around since evil has walked the earth. People have
been creating villains ever since the beginning of human civilization.
Every tale has its villain and villains are at the core of great
stories. There are few real-life villains but the most colourful ones
exist in literature, theatre and, needless to say, on the silver
screen. Where would Sherlock Holmes be without Professor Moriarty? Or
Iago and his "friendly" advice poison to Othello's ears, destroying
what was so innocent and pure. In Hollywood, the villain has been
portrayed as a person that the audience loves to hate and hates to
These characters are made up of wickedness of mind; selfishness of