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10 Most Unlikely Villains in Movies


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Every great movie needs a great antagonist, but sometimes filmmakers reach a little too far. Here’s our take on the ten flicks with the most unusual villains.

10. Jack Frost, Jack Frost

This idiotic 1997 horror flick features a serial killer reincarnated into the body of a snowman.

9. Dennis Nedry, Jurassic Park

It’s all because of a portly computer hacker played by Jerry Seinfeld’s neighbor that dino hell breaks loose.

8. The Plague, Hackers

You kind of have to give this cornball mid-90s cyber-thriller credit for casting Fisher Stevens as one of the main super-nerd bad guys.

7. Putnam, The Wizard

The “child bounty hunter” in this ridiculous Nintendo tie-in is a completely bizarre pick for a bad guy.

6. Wyatt Frame, Josie & The Pussycats

We have a soft spot for this teen culture-skewering flick, partly because casting Alan Cumming as an evil record exec is just so weird.

5. Jean-Baptiste Emanuel Zorg, The Fifth Element

Gary Oldman has played plenty of villains in his day, but few were as ridiculous as his mincing industrialist Zorg.

4. The Stuff, The Stuff

Larry Cohen’s absurdist horror satire features a monster that basically looks like a tub of Marshmallow Fluff.

3. Elliot Carver, Tomorrow Never Dies

Bond villains are typically pretty awesome and over-the-top, but the nerdy media mogul in this Brosnan installment was the opposite in every way.

2. The Neighborhood Watch Alliance, Hot Fuzz

The idea of a bunch of elderly British business owners in the suburbs being a force of pure evil is ridiculous, but almost believable.

1. The Master, Manos: The Hands of Fate

The leader of the desert cult in this trash classic is probably the most unthreatening, poorly-cast villain in cinematic history.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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