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20 Baddest Movie Villains of 2012 

Curated by Village Voice film editor Alan Scherstuhl.
20. The Engineer, Prometheus
Read Prometheus: The Tree of Death
18.Charlie Rakes (Guy Pearce) in Lawless
In Prohibition Drama Lawless, Looks Trump Drama
17.Whatever It Is That Is Still Vaguely Haunting in the Paranormal Activity House
Read Paranormal Activity: Old-School Scares, Refreshingly Blood-Free
Read Paranormal Activity 3, reviewed
Read Paranormal Activity 4, reviewed
16. Steve Hadley (Bradley Whitford, on right) inCabin in the Woods
Read Cabin in the Woods Can't See the Forest for the Trees
14. Eric Byer (Edward Norton) inThe Bourne Legacy
Read The Bourne Legacy: Who's the New Guy?
13. Demon inSinister
Read Sinister, reviewed
12. The Pale Orc and the Goblin King in The Hobbit
(Since the dragon isn't in the movie, Peter Jackson threw in a couple video game boss characters, the Goblin King and the Pale Orc.)
11. Bobby Monday (Michael Shannon) inPremium Rush
Read Premium Rush, reviewed
10. Charlie Costello (Woody Harrelson) in Seven Psychopaths
Read Seven Psychopaths Is a Great, Nasty Time at the Movies
9. Elena (Salma Hayek) inSavages
Read Oliver Stone's Savages Settles for Sensation
8. The wolves inThe Grey
Read The Grey, reviewed
7. Mad Dog (Yayan Ruhian) inThe Raid: Redemption
Read The Raid: Redemption, reviewed
6. Loki (Tom Hiddleston) inThe Avengers
Read Superheroes Bump Superegos in Joss Whedon's All-Star Avengers
5. Cid Harrington (Pierce Gagnon), who would grow up to be the Rainmaker in Looper
Read Looper Makes Time Travel Thrilling Again
4. Osama Bin Laden, Zero Dark 30
3. Raoul Silva (Javier Bardem) in Skyfall
Read Skyfall Lays Bare the Unknowable Spy
2. Bane (Tom Hardy) inThe Dark Knight Rises
Read Self-Important, The Dark Knight Rises Feels Like Batman Forever
1. Killer Joe (Matthew McConaughey) in Killer Joe
Read The Lurid Pleasure of Killer Joe
20. The Engineer, Prometheus
Read Prometheus: The Tree of Death
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