Michael Myers is one scary — but slow — dude (Image: Photofest)
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 Carreyput 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.
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: