Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Star Wars: The Clone Wars – My Top 10 Favorite Episode Arcs

Star Wars: The Clone Wars” stands as personally one of my all time favorite animated programs, and in my opinion is a benchmark in the Star Wars saga. I loved the characters, I loved the action, I loved the expanded universe, and most of all I loved the opportunity to see unique stories told that you’d never be able to see in a theatrical “Star Wars” movie. Now I understand if casual Star Wars fans would prefer to just stick with the movies, and have no interest in sitting through an animated series with 122 episodes total. Regardless, there’s still so many quality episodes from this series that shouldn’t be glanced over. So I’m going to narrow down my personal top 10 Episode arcs that I highly recommend checking out. Now episode arcs from this series can range between two or four episodes, so this won’t be a traditional top 10 single episode countdown. With that said, if you’re a Star Wars fan of any sort, these are the episodes from “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” that I don’t think you should miss, because personally I’d place these among some of the best of what the Star Wars saga has to offer.   

#10 The Rebels of Onderon Arc (Season 5)
4 Episodes – “A War on Two Fronts”, “Front Runners”, “Soft War” and “Tipping Points” 

In my opinion, Season five was hands down the best of this whole series, and as you’ll notice on my countdown, most of my favorite arcs came from this season. Things were strong right off the bat with this epic four part premier arc in which Anakin Skywalker’s apprentice Ahsoka Tano leads a band a Rebels to revolt against their corrupt and evil kingdom. While there is definitely a lot of “War” in this “Clone Wars” series, they’ve never looked or felt more different than in these episodes. The best way to describe this arc is if the large scale battles and imaginative creatures of 2009’s “Avatar” became one with the look, feel and characters of “Game of Thrones”. That may sound like a radical combination, but that’s what you get with this arc ... and it’s outstanding for it. Aside from the unique medieval setting, I really love the characters in this arc. Of course we have Ahsoka present to represent our main cast, but I really like all these other one shot characters, some of which I feel could have had their own spin-offs. Actually, this arc introduced the character Saw Gerrera, who years later would be played by Forest Whitaker in the spin-off movie “Rouge One: A Star Wars Story”. I think this is a very underappreciated arc from the series, but definitely a favorite of mine, and one that I think could have passed as a standalone movie on its own.

#9 The Clone Cadet Arc (Season 1 & 3)
3 Episodes – “Clone Cadets”, “Rookies” & “ARC Troopers”)

One of the shows crowning achievements was humanizing the Clone Troopers and making them more than just cannon fodder during the battles. While this arc isn’t the most linier of the series, it was still a poignant example of how this show was going to expand the “Star Wars” saga in new, exciting and character driven ways. This arc follows the journey of a group of clones called Domino Squad who start off as failed cadets in training. We then see their valor, as some give their lives to defend their base. It all comes to a close in one of the shows most epic battles, as the evil droid army launch a full scale attack on the troopers home planet. We have rookie clones facing impossible odds, and it highlights these soldieries as individuals that the audience can care for. Captain Rex in particular is one of the best characters to come from the series, and is a personal favorite of mine among “Star Wars” characters in general. Also the episode “ARC Troopers” features the first paring of the shows two main villains General Grievous and Asajj Ventress, which was nothing short of epic.

#8 The Rain of Darth Maul (Season 5)
4 Episodes – “Revival”, “Eminence”, “Shades of Reason” and “The Lawless

We all remember Darth Maul from “The Phantom Menace” right? He was that really cool looking villain that got killed before he could do anything impactful. Well, one of the best ideas from this series was to bring Darth Maul back from the dead in the season 4 finally, and make him the main threat of season 5. It was a real treat to finally see Darth Maul as this menacing and larger than life villain, which he never achieved on film. His new design was stellar, and his voice was downright chilling. Naturally having Darth Maul as the primary focus of this arc, the writers were able to go all out with him, and his never dying quest for revenge against Obi-Wan Kenobi, the Jedi who attempted to kill him back in the movie. Maul and his brother soon spread across the galaxy like wild fire, concurring all in their path. They bring Jabba the Hut and the entire Hut clan down in ruins, they take control of the Death watch clan, assemble their own personal army, and even take over their own planet in which Darth Maul becomes a ruler. Seeing Maul perched on his throne room chair is a chilling image and always stuck with me. His means of enacting vengeance on Kenobi are also really intense, and lead to one of the shows most tragic deaths. The action in this arc is also some of the shows best, and isn’t afraid to feature some really dark material. The violence on display is shocking for an animated program of this sort, and proves that Star Wars: The Clone Wars” wasn’t for little kids. Everything builds to a deeply thrilling showdown between Darth Maul and his former master The Emperor. Seeing these two titans clash is like the best of fan fiction come to life, and it is brutal, but highly entertaining to watch. On a side note, the final episode of this arc titled “The Lawless” is dedicated to the memory of the late voice actor Ian Abercrombie, who up to this point in the show had supplied the voice of The Emperor ... may he rest in peace.

#7 The Lost Padawan’s Arc (Season 3)
2 Episodes – “Padawan Lost” and “Wookiee Hunt

One thing that “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” absolutely got right was introduce us to new original characters to go along with the familiar favorites. I my opinion it was Anakin Skywalker’s young apprentice Ahsoka Tano who stood out as the shows big break out character, and personally one of my five all time favorite Star Wars characters. She went through various peaks and vales through the series, and it just made her a more well rounded individual then the others. One of the brightest moments in her journey came in the season three finally, in which she’s kidnapped by a group of hunters that aim to use her and several other captured young Jedi for sport. Now stranded on a foreign jungle planet, she has to utilize all her strength and growth to survive, as well as inspire her captured companions to fight against their oppressors. You could almost describe this arc as “Predator” meets “The Hunger Games”, and it’s awesome! The battles, particularly the climax are some of my favorite action highlights from this show as a whole. More than anything, this is a great turning point in Ahsoka’s journey. It’s the moment where she really matured from the annoying and overly enthusiastic young Padawan she started as at the beginning of the series. Her relationship with her master Anakin is also developed in a small but very effective way at the end of the arc. Another small highlight is that this arc features a special guest appearance from Chewbacca, who aids our hero’s during their escape. It’s a short yet memorable and highly entertaining story arc from the series that shouldn’t be missed.           

#6 The Gathering Arc (Season 5)
4 Episodes – “The Gathering”, “A Test of Strength”, “Bound for Rescue” and “A Necessary Bond

Now here’s a surprisingly fun series of episodes that are very different from what the show usually produces, but it also feels like classic “Star Wars” at heart. Ahsoka Tano leads a small group of kids aspiring to become Jedi on a sacred rite of passage, where they face their flaws, and forge their own lightsabers. During the mission, the group is attacked by pirates lead by Hondo, who aim to steal the Jedi’s force sensitive lightsaber crystals, but end up taking Ahsoka prisoner instead. With the other adult Jedi’s out battling General Grievous, it’s up to the kids to embark on a wild adventure across the galaxy in order to save their friend, and earn the title of Jedi. Of all “The Clone Wars” arcs, this one appealed to my inner child the most. I remember being a kid and imagining myself as a Jedi going on exciting outer-space adventures of this sort. Now having a series of episodes revolving around a group of kids may seem obviously aimed to appeal to young viewers, but it’s all handled with a very mature direction. The young Jedi cast is surprisingly likable, all with distinct personalities, each learn valuable moral lessons, and they just make for a memorable group of characters. Of course having Ahsoka Tano present in this arc as a main character is always a plus. The pirate Hondo is voiced by the exceptionally talented Jim Cummings, and the character really shines in this arch as both one of the most charismatic and funniest villains the series has ever produced. Yet another stand out character from this arc is the robot Huyang who is brought to life by “Doctor Who” himself David Tennant, who actually won an Emmy Award for his voice work on this show. On a side note, the closing episode “A Necessary Bond” marks the final appearance of General Grievous in the series, and it’s one of his best battles. It’s consistently fun, there’s great action, the cast is terrific and “The Gathering” itself works great for building on the lore and mythos of the Jedi. 

#5 Yoda’s Journey Through the Force (Season 6)
4 Episodes – “The Lost One”, “Voices”, “Destiny” and “Sacrifice

This season finally arc marks the end of “Star Wars: The Clone Wars”, and it’s a suitably poignant swan song for the series as a whole to go out on. In fact, the final episode of this arc titled “Sacrifice” is widely considered by fans as probably the absolute best of what the show has to offer. After making a frightening discovery of the origins of the Jedi’s very own clone army, Yoda goes on a spiritual journey across the stars in an effort to find answers. Instead he finds himself facing various challenges and tests from several different mystical creatures. He learns more about the force, and discovers even more hidden secrets about the universe at large. This was a surprisingly touching series of episodes, complete with terrific character moments, genuinely deep moral values, sensational animation and it builds on the lore of Star Wars like few others before ever did. One of the many highlights is that Luke Skywalker himself Mark Hamill supplies the voice of a guest villain called Darth Bane. The biggest highlight of all comes at the end when Yoda comes face to face with The Emperor, which leads into an awesome dual. Obviously The Emperor's real identity isn’t revealed to Yoda until the movie “Star Wars 3: Revenge of the Sith”, but this was a great warm up to their theatrical showdown. Also, after the tragic passing of Ian Abercrombie who previously supplied the voice of The Emperor, he was replaced in this season by the great Tim Curry, and he absolutely shines in the role. This is the arc in which Tim Curry was given full rain to take a legendary Star Wars villain to new heights, and subsequently, it's one of his greatest villain roles. While not my absolute favorite of what “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” has to offer, it’s still a powerful series of episodes that closes this amazing TV show on a high note.

#4 The Slaves of Zygerria Trilogy (Season 4)
3 Episodes – “Kidnapped”, “Slaves of the Republic” and “Escape from Kadavo

Now here’s a very different kind of story arc that took me by surprise, and features our hero’s in a unique situation. The entire civilian population of a city is taken captive by a ruthless clan of slave traders called the Zygerrians, who are also in direct service to the shows main villains. All four of our principle main hero’s Anakin Skywalker, Ahsoka Tano, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Captain Rex go under-cover on the Zygerrian home world in an effort to free all the slaves, but end-up becoming prisoners themselves. It’s an exciting premise that features some of the shows finest action, and it’s interesting to see Anakin Skywalker battle his personal demons in this situation. This is also a rare case in which all four of our main hero’s are present for one arc. The Zygerrians also make for a memorable group of villains, as their both ruthless but also kind of interesting. Their evil queen for example takes a liking to Anakin Skywalker, and puts him to a test, she’ll set all his companions free if he willingly surrenders his life to her. I especially like all the little throwbacks to the original “Star Wars” trilogy, particularly the opening Jabba the Hutt sequence from “Return of the Jedi”. We even have Ahsoka put in an attractive slave dress that’s less skimpy then Princess Leia’s original gold bikini. Memorable battles, individual character highlights and a situation that breaks away from the familiar Clone Wars formula make this my personal favorite arc from season 4. 

#3 The Holocron Heist Trilogy (Season 2)
3 Episodes – “Holocron Heist”, “Cargo of Doom” & “Children of the Force”)

While this series was credible for bringing back many fan favorite villains like Darth Maul and Boba Fett, it was actually the show’s original villains that stuck with me the most. My favorite of the shows rouges gallery by far was the new bounty hunter Cade Bane, who personally is my second favorite villain in the entire “Star Wars” saga behind Darth Vader. In the season two premier arc, we saw just how devastating he is as both a threat, and just a plain cool villain. Now we’ve seen past bounty hunters put up a good fight against Jedi, but Cade Bane was the first to inflict nuclear size damage to the Jedi order as a whole. He broke into the Jedi’s sacred temple, ruthlessly killed several members along the way, strategically outsmarted our hero’s, kidnapped several force sensitive children and aimed to brain wash them to become servants for the evil Emperor. While our villain definitely shines, our main hero’s Anakin Skywalker and Ahsoka Tano are still very involved and have their own meaningful character arc’s incorporated into this one. The middle episode “Cargo of Doom” features some of my favorite action highlights of the show, including Walkers in space, and a massive brawl in a zero gravity room. The best moment of all is a confrontation involving all three of our principle characters Anakin Skywalker, Cade Bane and Ahsoka Tano. It’s here we see how one bounty hunter can have total dominance over two armed Jedi, and all while using nothing but his ruthless intellect as a weapon. It’s just a solid season premier that further develops our main characters, thrills us with creative action set pieces and more than anything shows off one of the franchises greatest villains in all his glory.    

#2 The Mortis Trilogy (Season 3)
3 Episodes – “Overlords”, “Alter of Mortis” and “Ghosts of Mortis

Before this arc, I had been passively enjoying the series, but it was this arc from season 3 that turned me into a devoted fan of “The Clone Wars”, and things haven’t been the same sense. In this arc, our three Jedi hero’s find themselves stranded on a mysterious planet that seems to have been created from the force itself. While on this strange world, they meet three mystical beings that put Anakin Skywalker through a series of challenges to determine if he’s “the chosen one”, and a series of internal struggles ensue along the way. Not only does this arc develop our characters further, it also enhances and explores the mythology of the Star Wars universe. The setting of this strange planet is arguably the most imaginative and atmospheric setting of the saga as a whole. The three mystics also make for fascinating characters with unique capabilities that we’ve never seen before. Their abilities also lead to some fascinating action sequences that are both visual spectacles, but I also care about the individual characters, which makes these battles all the more engaging. The villain of this arc is only referred to as “the Son” and he’s one of the shows stand out foes. I especially love the internal journey our main characters go through, as Anakin struggles to find his path, and his relationship with his apprentice Ahsoka reaches new heights. There are also several little surprises along the way, including Liam Neeson reprising his role as Qui Gon Jinn. The best moment of all is a scene in which Anakin looks into the future and see’s all the devastation he’ll cause as Darth Vader. The animation and designs in this arc is stunning, I love how it explores the lore of the series, and it was the first time “The Clone Wars” broke away from the familiar took full advantage of its expansive potential.           

Of course I had to draw the line somewhere, but before I reveal my #1 favorite here are some individual episodes that deserve an Honorable Mention ... 

Hostage Crisis” (Season 1)

The Deserter” (Season 2) 

Bounty” (Season 4) 

Carnage of Krell” (Season 4) 

Death Trap” (Season 2)

#1 The Final Journey of Ahsoka Tano (Season 5)
4 Episodes – “Sabotage”, “The Jedi Who Knew Too Much”, “To Catch a Jedi” and “The Wrong Jedi

As I stated above, Ahsoka is personally my favorite character from this series, and I think she’s earned the right to be called one of the great classic Star Wars characters. Her journey took many exciting twists, and the most impactful moment of her character arc by far came in the Season 5 finally. Rather than go for a big action spectacle, or have our hero’s face a larger than life villain, this season finally chose to center its attention on the struggles of someone meaningful, and broke away from the shows more familiar formula. After a terrorist bombing, Ahsoka is framed for the crime, as well as a subsequent murder. Thus she’s forced to go on the run to prove her innocents, while being chased by the very troops and Jedi she fought beside. With no-one left to trust, Ahsoka is forced to make an alliance with none other than her arch enemy Asajj Ventress, which is an awesome paring. Obviously set-up’s like this have been done in other shows and movies, in fact there’s a scene in a sewer that’s lifted right out of “The Fugitive”, and three of the episode titles “The Jedi Who Knew Too Much”, “To Catch a Jedi” and “The Wrong Jedi” are all clearly named after the classic Alfred Hitchcock crime thrillers “The Man Who Knew Too Much”, “To Catch a Thief” and “The Wrong Man”. However, everything from the direction, to the atmosphere, to the visuals, to the mystery plot, to the riveting chasses, to the emotional connections with our characters are all dialed up to eleven in this arc. There’s a great sense of passion in thisone, which is consistently felt through the voice acting, the writing and especially the musical score. Of course the action, particularly the light saber duals are among some of the series best, but the focus always goes to the characters first. This is when action is at its best because I feel for the characters, and wanted to see Ahsoka get through this situation. The whole arc just felt refreshingly different from past episodes, and wasn’t afraid to take risks. Even the twist reveal of the villain is very poignant, and a frightening hint of what’s to come. Admiral Tarkin also works very effectively as an internal threat for this arc. 
Finally, this arc closes on one of the best on screen character moments the series ever produced. Seriously, to call this ending my absolute favorite moment from the TV series is an understatement, because in my personal opinion I think the closing scene from “The Wrong Jedi” is one of the five greatest, and most emotional highlights of the entire “Star Wars” saga. This concludes my countdown of my favorite episodes from one of my favorite animated TV shows. If you’ve never seen “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” and have no interest in sitting through all 122 episodes, I hope my countdown at least provided some good options to check out. It may not have been perfect, but when this series was “good”, it really was some of the best of what “Star Wars” has ever offered. 

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

My Top 10 Favorite Tim Curry Villain Roles

You better hid the scenery because this guy will chew it up. Seriously, Tim Curry is as close to a live action cartoon character as you can get, but he’s not just wild and funny like Jim Carry or Jerry Louis. While Tim Curry can turn in a variety of fine performances, his real specialty is playing villains. With his manic energy, over the top theatrics and creepy English accent, Tim Curry has played some of the most enjoyably over the top and cartoony villains ever. From voice acting in animated TV shows, to scaring audiences as horror movie monsters, Tim Curry has always stood out as one of my favorite villain actors, and here are my personal top 10 favorite villain roles of his carrier.  

#10 Forte – Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas (1997)

Sense Tim Curry is such a cartoony actor, his talents work especially well when voicing animated characters, in fact half of his resume consists of cartoon characters. Naturally he’s the perfect guy to voice a Disney villain, and kicking off my list is his role as Forte from the 1997 sequel “Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas”. Now obviously the character Forte is nothing compelling, and is often described as a stale bad guy, which he is, but that’s not the point. All that really matters is just how wild and over the top Tim Curry’s performance is. He nails all the good stuff in this role, from his deliciously evil personality, to his deep booming voice, his ridiculous outbursts, and he ties it all together with his over blown maniacal laughter. Forte is also a great looking character, brought to life through some cool effects, and just an awesome design. He may be a one dimensional character, but count on Tim Curry to liven him up and make him a memorable Disney villain in his own simplistic way. 

#9 Dr. Frank-n-further – The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

This is the 1970’s cult classic musical that launched Tim Curry’s carrier, so naturally it had to make my list. “It’s not easy to have a good time”, but it certainly isn’t boring when this flamboyant performer is your over night host. Curry’s portrayal of the proclaimed sweet transvestite from Transsexual Transylvania is a perfect example of how talented, unpredictable and off the wall crazy he could be as an actor. His musical number “I’m Just a Sweet Transvestite” has also become a classic villain song, and one of the actors most unforgettable moments. While I’ve never been a fan of this film, Dr. Frank-N-Further is still a highlight performance in Tim’s carrier and probably the character he’s most associated with.

#8 Emperor Palpatine/ Darth Sidious – Star Wars: The Clone Wars (TV Series) (2008 - 2013)

The evil Emperor from the Star Wars film series already felt like the Tim Curry of that universe, so it was only fitting that he supplied the voice of the character in the animated series “Star Wars: The Clone Wars”. Well, originally the character was voiced by the late Ian Abercrombie, but he sadly passed away near the end of the shows fifth season. Tim Curry resumed the role for Season 6, in which Emperor Palpatine kind of became the shows main antagonist. As you’d expect, he was very respectable in the role, matched the emperors voice quiet well, and most of the time I actually found myself forgetting it was Tim Curry. This is one of Curry’s most subdued performances, and manages to re-capture the same frightening presence of the character from the movies. It’s just a real treat to hear Tim Curry supply the voice to one of the “Star Wars” franchises most iconic villains, but for as bad as the Emperor is, he’s nothing compared to who’s coming up next ...

#7 Lord of Darkness – Legend (1985)

Tim Curry as the devil ... that’s about as dark and evil as villains get, but count on Curry to liven it up with his unmistakable devilish charm. In this underrated 80’s fantasy adventure, Tim Curry plays a demonic over lord who aims to kill a Unicorn in order to rule a magical Kingdome. Actually, despite his massive, larger than life monster makeup, Tim Curry actually delivers a subtly menacing performance that isn’t quite as bombastic as some of his other roles. He’s still over the top, but with just enough subdued creepy moments to balance out. While his design is as devilish looking as they get with massive horns and some awesome makeup ... he isn’t the actual devil. He’s more like an evil monster with demonic features. This is most evident in the fact that he falls for some of the traditional human villain tropes, and even falls in love with the films beautiful princess. Well, Tim Curry can still act through his pounds of demonic makeup and deliver a juicy, yet menacing performance. It’s one of the scarier villains in his gallery, but still every bit as entertaining as his characters get. 

#6 Hexxus – FernGully: The Last Rainforest (1992)

In this little animated gem from the 90’s, Tim Curry voices a smoky entity called Hexxus, which feeds on pollution, and aims to level a magical rainforest to splinters. While the character is just as hammy as his other villains, especially during his “Toxic Love” musical number, Hexxus actually manages to stand tall as a plain awesome antagonist. His design was great, and Tim Curry’s vocal talents have never been more sensational then this, as he supplied the villain with a voice that ranged from deep and menacing to flamboyant and silly. While Tim Curry has supplied the voice’s of countless animated villains, Hexxus will always stand out as one of the actors most memorable characters.


#5 Mr. Hector – Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)

Okay ... so he really isn’t a bad guy in this film, but he is a nuisance to our young protagonist, and this is a personal favorite that I just had to include. While I had seen a lot of films and cartoons that featured Tim Curry, I always looked at “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York” as the movie that really introduced me to him. This is the film that allowed me to put a face to the actor. Even though he has a small part as a hotel manager that’s irritated by the films young hero staying there, he still steels every scene he’s in and manages to be the highlight of this mostly subpar sequel. My favorite scene is when Macaulay Culkin is watching the animated cartoon of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” on TV, and right when the Grinch gives his trademark evil smile it dissolves into the face of Tim Curry giving an evil grin. That in a nut-shell is one of the actors shining moments, and one of the many entertaining scenes in which Tim Curry saved this film from being a complete waist.  

#4 Dr. Anton Sevarius - Gargoyles (TV Series) (1994-1996)

Throughout the 90’s Tim Curry voiced several villains in animated Disney cartoons like The Evil Manta in “The Little Mermaid”, Taurus Bulba in “Darkwing Duck” and Lord Dragaunus in “Mighty Ducks”. My personal favorite by far is the mad doctor Sevarius from Disney’s “Gargoyles” TV series. Talk about ideal casting, it’s Tim Curry as the voice of a clich├ęd yet classy evil scientist, and yes, he hams it up with all the theatrics you’d expect him to apply to this kind of wicked archetype. Not much else to say here, just a consistently entertaining performance from an overly animated evil doctor.

#3 The Cardinal – The Three Musketeers (1993)

Now where talking, it’s Tim Curry as the evil cardinal from the 1993 action adventure “The Three Musketeers”. The movie itself is one of those cheesy yet very enjoyable products from the 90’s, and by far it’s the villain who steals the show. Seriously, this is one of Tim Curry’s Juiciest villain roles. It’s one of those bad guys that’s sophisticated, devilish, comedic and entertaining all at once. He has that wicked smirk, he looks slimy, he’s got that nasty chuckle, he stretches his vowels, he raises his voice, and it’s just every over the top villain stereotype rolled into one enjoyable package.

#2 Long John Silver – The Muppet’s Treasure Island (1996)

In the past, Tim Curry supplied the voice of Captain Hook in the TV series “Peter Pan and the Pirates”, and proved to be the ideal actor for the role of a pirate, but in “The Muppet’s Treasure Island” he really got to shine as the famous Long John Silver. Whenever I think of Tim Curry without monster make up, I always think of him first in a pirate costume. His portrayal of the iconic pirate gave him the chance to shine with just about every one of his talents. He was just as vivacious as ever and clearly having a ball while playing the character, but he wasn’t without some humanity, as the character from the novel should have. It’s not easy to steal the show from Kermit the Frog and his charismatic Muppet crew, but count on Tim Curry to pull it off with ease, probably because he already seems like a living Muppet himself.

Before I List my #1 favorite villain role, here are my Honorable Mentions ...

Evil Manta – "The Little Mermaid"

Captain Hook – "Peter Pan and the Pirates"

Rooster Hannigan – "Annie"

Pa, Ma and Winona Brackett – "Tales from the Crypt" (Death of Some Salesman) 

#1 Pennywise The Clown – Stephen King’s IT! (1990)

Yeah, you guessed it, of all the great villain performances in Tim Curry’s carrier, nothing was more unforgettable than his portrayal of Pennywise the killer clown from the TV movie “IT!”, based on the Stephen King novel of the same title. Clowns in geranial have always been scary, but it’s this supernatural, shape-shifting, razor toothed monster that’s the stuff of nightmares. In all seriousness, Pennywise is actually one of the funniest villains I ever seen, and Tim Curry is clearly having the time of his life in the role. That’s the beauty of this character, he can be terrifying and hilarious all at once, making him the perfect villain for curry to bring to life. He’s got that creepy voice, the high pitched laugh, and an incredibly hammy personality to boot. What else can I say, Pennywise the clown is one of my favorite horror movie villains of all time and the immortal staple of Tim Curry’s vileness talents. 

        The End