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Villains In Hollywood Films Essay

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Villains in Hollywood Films

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 summer 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 to
Halle Berry, from the not- so-friendly extra terrestrials in Alien Vs
Predator to Spiderman's sworn enemy Dr Octopus, played by Alfred
Molina.

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
love. These characters are made up of wickedness of mind; selfishness
of character and will to power, often masked by beauty and nobility.
Others rage unmasked. Daring the worst to gain the most, the movie
villains we remember best can be horrifically evil, merely sleazy, or
grandiosely funny, but are usually complex, moving and tragic. The
earliest known villain caught on film would be the serpent in the
Garden of Eden coaxing Adam and Eve into eating the apple. Thus began
the never-ending trail of villains, ranging from Egypt's Pharaohs to
Chinese Emperors. One movie era portrayed villains from medieval times
like the Vikings and evil knights. Villains on film have evolved
devilishly throughout the ages from Nazis to mad scientists,
psychopaths, gangsters, people with super human powers and spies.

How Jaws devoured its way to being Hollywood's first summer
blockbuster villain.

Over the years the villain has had to move with the times, but there
was one villain created that made history for he not only devoured his
way, sweeping away other villains that were ruling over the box
office, but paved the term "summer movie blockbuster". That villain
would be Jaws. Back in 1975 Jaws was a phenomenon upon release, but it
was, first and foremost, an exemplary piece of suspenseful
storytelling by a young talented Steven Spielberg, who would later
become Hollywood's most commercial film director. Darth Vader in Star
Wars, two years later, might have provided the evolutionary conclusion
of the summer movie villain as a multimedia marketing event - complete
with action figures in every...

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