TIFF Bell Lightbox has a new film series that ensures horror fans get their jollies. Kicking off on Nov. 10 and running until the end of the year, Birth of a Villain examines the freaky and familiar villains of the ’70s and ’80s, from Michael Myers to Jason. We rank our favourites of the bunch with our highly scientific scare-o-meter.">

We rank the scariest bad guys from TIFF’s new film series, Birth of a Villain


Published:

Halloween might be over, but for those who still crave a fright, TIFF Bell Lightbox has a new film series that ensures horror fans get their jollies. Kicking off on Nov. 10 and running until the end of the year, Birth of a Villain examines the freaky and familiar villains of the ’70s and ’80s, from Michael Myers to Jason. We rank our favourites of the bunch with our highly scientific scare-o-meter.

Michael Myers, Halloween

There’s nothing scarier than a villain who walks at a leisurely pace but still catches up to his mad-sprinting victims. Bonus: besides his great head of hair, he has the face of William Shatner.
Scare-o-meter:

Nov. 17, 10 p.m.

Chucky, Child’s Play

Every family in the ’80s who owned one of those Corky dolls (or even Teddy Ruxpin) in their homes had the bejesus scared out of them when this film came out. Poor gingers, they just can’t catch a break.
Scare-o-meter:

Nov. 24, 10 p.m.

Leatherface, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

We thought it was creepy when Jim Carrey put chicken skin on his face in The Cable Guy, but wearing human skin as a mask pretty much takes the cake. And, like Michael, he’s also got a wild head of hair, but instead of a tracksuit, he’s got a fancy suit and tie — which is even creepier.
Scare-o-meter:

Dec. 1, 10 p.m.

Pinhead, Hellraiser

Admittedly, we were a little freaked out at the appearance of Pinhead, but if you think about it, he just looks like an acupuncture-appointment-gone-wrong with an S&M twist, so he’s really not all that scary. You know, except for the whole “tearing your soul apart” bit.
Scare-o-meter:

Dec. 8, 10 p.m.

Jason, Friday the 13th

If it wasn’t for his slow, scary walk, we’d almost mistake Jason for just another hulking NHL goalie. But then there’s that chainsaw and that creepy music, so, it’s pretty much game over from there.
Scare-o-meter:

Dec. 29, 11:59 p.m.

Birth of a Villian, TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King St. W, 416-599-8433. Now - Dec. 29

Edit Module

Join the conversation and have your say by commenting below. Our comment system uses a Facebook plugin. Please note that you'll have to turn off some ad-blockers in order to see the comments.

Edit Module

Follow us on Twitter @PostCity for more on what to eat, where to shop and what to do in Toronto.

Edit ModuleShow Tags

You may also like...

A guide to 6 uptown marijuana dispensaries

A guide to 6 uptown marijuana dispensaries

The federal Liberal government plans to introduce legislation legalizing marijuana in early 2017. By now, locals have seen their share of grey market dispensaries open across Toronto. Post City anonymously visited six to see how easy it is to buy pot north of Bloor.
Posted 21 hours ago
T.O.’s Rebecca Liddiard in Houdini & Doyle, premieres tonight

T.O.’s Rebecca Liddiard in Houdini & Doyle, premieres tonight

And that’s a good attitude since she is starring in the decidedly eerie new 10-part series, Houdini & Doyle, premiering May 2 on Global.
Posted 22 hours ago
Linda Redgrave, Ghomeshi trial’s Witness Number One, speaks out

Linda Redgrave, Ghomeshi trial’s Witness Number One, speaks out

Linda Redgrave — formerly known to the media as Witness Number One in the high-profile Jian Ghomeshi trial — came out of anonymity last month. The reason, she says, is so that she can help educate sexual assault survivors and help them come forward.
Posted 22 hours ago
Attawapiskat band Midnight Shine in T.O. next week

Attawapiskat band Midnight Shine in T.O. next week

Canadian Music Week sees hundreds of bands descending on Toronto, aspiring to fulfil their dreams. But for Attawapiskat-based group Midnight Shine, it’s a chance to give hope to a community in severe distress.
Posted 4 days ago