Top 10 Disney Movie Villains Who Deserve Their Own Movie

They say that a story is often as good as its villain. We’re way past traditional storytelling that pits the obvious knighted good guys against Sauron-type antagonists who only wish to destroy the world as we know it. Well, unless you’re Disney, that is. It’s true, the bad guys are less flashy and obvious these days (remember how shocked we were all after Hans’ betrayal in Frozen), but you can pinpoint the antagonist from a crowd of thousands.

That doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a bad thing, though. A villain can be wholly evil and nonredeemable. As long as we kind of get it and as long as they instill in our hearts the dread and intimidation they’re supposed to, they’re doing their job right. After the success of Maleficent, we can’t help but want to see more of Disney’s timeless villains be given more depth. These are the Top 10 Disney Movie Villains Who Deserve Their Own Movie.

#1 Scar, “Lion King”

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Scar is arguably Disney’s greatest villain, if only for the fact that he was able to murder his own brother in cold blood via stampedes. We are given a detailed peek into his backstory through the book A Tale of Two Brothers, but it would all translate even better on the big screens. The vicious lion’s biggest flaw might just be his alleged one-dimensional personality, which would easily be countered through a movie that unfolds the growing hatred for Mufasa and his descent into darkness.

#2 Hades, “Hercules”

Face it, Hades was one of your favorite characters in Hercules. It’s difficult not to like him – he is a completely different, cranky, and comical version of the God of the Underworld and it all works surprisingly well. A backstory movie on Disney’s Hades would be like a full-length feature film with Loki. Would anyone have any complaints to that?

#3 Claude Frollo, “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”

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The dark undertones in this movie were mostly thanks to Claude Frollo, so make no mistake – a movie all about him probably wouldn’t be that much of a family-friendly production. This possibility opens the door to a movie that tackles down powerful and sensitive topics such as religion and corruption, a foundation for a heavily-themed and profound motion picture.

#4 The Queen of Hearts, “Alice in Wonderland”

Every single character from Wonderland deserves to have a spotlight shine on them, but it’s always interesting to see how the bad guys of the story came to be what they are today. How did the Queen of Hearts rise to power? Was it hereditary? Did she take it by force? Is her favorite way of execution, decapitation, just a fancy quirk or does it have roots in her childhood? There are so many aspects to explore that we get excited just thinking about it.

#5 Mother Gothel, “Tangled”

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The wicked witch who keeps Rapunzel locked in a tower in order to benefit from the magical youth-inducing powers of her hair can be so much more than, well, a wicked witch. Mother Gothel confused us all with the contrast between her obvious evil vibes and the strange feeling that, deep down, she may have cared for Rapunzel even a little bit. Where her obsession with eternal youth comes from and how she really feels about Rapunzel would all make excellent topics for a film.

#6 Yzma, “The Emperor’s New Groove”

Some villains are menacing while some are… so much better than that. The Emperor’s New Groove was a radically different story from what we normally get from Disney and arguably the biggest stars of the movie were Yzma and her simple-minded sidekick, Kronk. Just the story of how Kronk came to be in Yzma’s service would be amazing, but it’s safe to say that a movie whose main focus is Yzma has the potential to be one of the most hilarious Disney products ever.

#7 Davy Jones, “Pirates of the Caribbean”

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Yes, we all tend to forget this sometimes, but Pirates of the Caribbean is a Disney movie. Davy Jones was intimidating and ruthless, something that apparently was the result of his heart getting (literally) ripped away by the goddess Calypso whom he’d fallen in love with. From the love story to the typical pirate adventures, the descent into darkness, and how Davy Jones came to become the captain of the Flying Dutchman, this tale already sounds fascinating.

#8 Ursula, “The Little Mermaid”

When you think about it, was she really a villain? Sure, it was her magic that rid Ariel of her voice and threw in some complications in her quest for love, but if it weren’t for Ursula, none of it would have been possible to begin with. Ariel had to learn the harsh way that you can’t gain something without losing something else in return. But what we’d really love to see, aside from a movie set underwater full of mermaids and corals and colorful fish, is how Ursula came to earn her reputation in the kingdom underneath the waves.

#9 Gaston, “Beauty and the Beast”

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In Beauty and the Beast, the biggest enemy was the Beast himself with his insecurities, monstrous appearance, and temper. Therefore, it’s clear that Gaston wasn’t created to be a full-fledged villain and, rather, a complication. He’s narcissistic, arrogant, all brawns and no brain, and he would make a fantastic protagonist in a movie that explains how he came to be what he is. Perhaps he was spoiled rotten – either way, whatever the reason, we would get a comical movie with a main character almost as vain and clueless as Kuzco from The Emperor’s New Groove.

#10 Lady Tremaine, “Cinderella”

The 2015 movie adaptation of the classic tale already took a different turn with the Evil Stepmother when it revealed that, in fact, she was envious of Cinderella’s kindness all along. Although there are no superpowers involved, Lady Tremaine’s backstory has the potential to be an emotional tale that can have her come out on top as the result of an unfortunate series of moments in her life. Maybe she was cursed with parents who treated her as horribly as she treated Cinderella. Whatever it was, it’s a chance to showcase a story of corruption that, ultimately, has no happy ending.

The Best Horror Movies Based On Real Stories

People have various attitudes towards horror movies, but it’s undeniable that the moment a text that says “based on a true story” pops up on the screen, some sort of uneasiness instantly washes over us. Not only is it going to be, very likely, pretty harrowing, but it allegedly happened in real life too? The most terrifying thing about these films is that they’re often exaggerated for dramatic purposes, so how can you know where the line between reality and fiction is? Here’s a list of the best horror movies that have been inspired by real events.

#1 The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005)

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This is one of the most famous cases of reality turned fiction, and it’s been haunting us ever since its release. The movie was inspired by the real-life case of Anneliese Michel, a girl supposedly possessed by a demon and whose exorcism was so difficult that it lasted a whole year. Keep that in mind when you decide to put on the movie.

#2 The Amityville Horror (1979)

The movie established itself as a staple of the horror genre. The most unsettling thing was that the idea wasn’t wholly fictional, as it took strong inspiration from the book written by George and Kathy Lutz, the inhabitants of a horror-filled haunted house. Some people believe it, some people don’t.

#3 Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

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One of the films that’re part of the holy group of classic slasher films, Texas Chainsaw Massacre was loosely inspired by the case of a gruesome killer named Ed Gein. Similarly to the, uh, beloved Leatherface character, he would create masks out of the skins of his victims. Ed Gein served as inspiration for other horror flick characters, including Norman Bates (Psycho) and Buffalo Bill (Silence of the Lambs.)

#4 The Conjuring (2013)

Considered to be one of the scariest movies in recent years, The Conjuring tells a story that had been previously shared with the world by Ed and Lorraine Warren, two famous paranormal investigators. They said that the case presented in the movie was one of their toughest and who can blame them?

#5 Child’s Play (1988)

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Every kid’s biggest nightmare, Chucky, allegedly tormented for real author Robert Eugene Otto. He claimed that a nurse had placed a curse on him, which resulted in transforming one of his favorite childhood dolls into a relentless murder machine of mayhem and terror. That’s nice. Don’t play with dolls again, kids.

#6 The Strangers (2008)

The writer of this movie combined a terrifying childhood memory with the real-life case of a serial killer named Charles Manson. He remembers a group of strangers knocking on his door and asking for someone who doesn’t live there. Later on, he found out that these people broke into the house if they got no answer.

#7 The Girl Next Door (2007)

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If you think that a movie about a girl getting tortured and then killed sounds like it’s too much to swallow, then don’t watch it. You have all the more reasons to now that you know that this was a case that actually happened and it shook Indiana forever.

#8 A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)

We can’t prove that Freddy Krueger really existed, but he was created in the aftermath of some real-life events that were eerily similar to the movie’s plot. Several people had reportedly died because of the torments of their nightmares, with doctors not having been able to detect anything wrong with them physically.

#9 The Exorcist (1973)

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Oh, great! As if The Exorcist wasn’t scary enough, now it’s inspired by true events, too? The case behind the movie was of a boy called Roland Doe, whose exorcism was supposedly so frightening that several books have been written by witnesses.

#10 The Haunting in Connecticut (2009)

Tired of the same horror movie cliché involving a family moving into a big, suburban, and haunted house? Try this movie to press rewind on the trope, as it was inspired by the real case of Al and Carmen Snedeker, a couple who was tormented by the terrors of their haunted house.

Top 10 Most Expensive Movies Ever Made

Does a high production budget automatically equal high box office grossing and critical accolades? As set by the example of the flop (according to an overwhelming number of critics) that was Batman V Superman, no. Here are the most expensive movies ever made and we’ll leave it to your judgment to determine whether they paid off or not.

#10 The Avengers (2012) – $220 million

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Marvel brought the superhero team onto the big screens for what was going to become a staple flick for the genre and the result of millions, millions, and millions of dollars. Was it worth it? Critics and fans are all frantically nodding their heads.

#9 The Dark Knight Rises (2012) – $230 million

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The Dark Knight was a commercial and critical success, so it doesn’t come off as a wonder that Christopher Nolan wanted to deliver and not betray the high expectations surrounding The Dark Knight Rises. As a result, the budget for the sequel was pumped up to $230 million. It couldn’t overshadow the masterpiece that was its prequel, but it definitely was up there.

#8 Avatar (2009) – $237 million

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Avatar is one of the highest-grossing movies of all time, as well as one of the most expensive. In a time when we didn’t have every movie being released in 3D, the James Cameron flick aimed to introduce 3D cinematography like never before. It wanted to visually impress and, in order to do that, a really big budget was required.

#7 Spectre (2015) – $245 million

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The latest installment in the saga of James Bond was arguably more forgettable than titles of the likes of Casino Royale or its much acclaimed Skyfall. But if managed to surpass its prequels in one way, it was through the budget allocated to its production.

#6 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009) – $250 million*

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*Tied with Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014).

What all these three movies have in common is a colossal production budget. Half-Blood Prince was one of the fortunate results of this copious amount of money, as Batman V Superman was a general mess and Battle of the Five Armies received mixed reviews.

#5 Spider-Man 3 (2007) – $258 million

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Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy was a rollercoaster of emotion. The first one was alright, the second one is considered to be one of the best superhero movies of all time, and the third one is better forgotten altogether. Spider-Man 3 had a lot of money and high expectations pumped into it, but it seems that it cracked under all that pressure.

#4 Tangled (2010) – $260 million

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Animated movies cost money, too! Tangled didn’t launch a merchandising craze like Frozen did, but it pretty much established the new era of 3D animations for Disney. In order to polish the style as best as they could, producers invested no less than $260 million in its creation.

#3 John Carter (2012) – $263.7 million

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Does anyone really remember John Carter for the plot? No, but it’s likely that they do because of the visuals. John Carter had a lot of potential and it was downright terrible, but it surely could have done better. What we can’t deny is that they really went all out to establish that alien setting with the aid of its impressive budget.

#2 Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) – $279.9 million

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Now that Marvel was certain that its superhero team-up was a success, they could afford to take financial risks and rain hundreds of millions of dollars over its production. The audience consensus points out that this didn’t necessarily result in a better film, but at least it was visually appealing.

#1 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007) – $310 million

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For the epic conclusion of the epic pirate tale, Disney broke the $300 million barrier and went all out with the production of the third movie. It only made sense, as there was no real way to properly depict krakens, undead pirates, and epic sea battles. How many times are we allowed to say “epic?”

8 Things You Might Recognize In The Assassins Creed Movie

It’s safe to say that every fan of the Assassins Creed franchise was excited to hear the news of their favorite story being brought on to the big screen. The potential is tremendous regarding the world Ubisoft has created, and it could certainly make for a spectacular blockbuster. However, while we wait excitedly for December and the movie’s release, we look at games-turned-to-movies track record, and we might find ourselves worrying.

Generally, there are low expectations for this types of flicks, but one of them is bound to break that and turn out to be actually good. We have Warcraft coming first this summer, and if it fails, we still have the upcoming Assassins Creed movie coming up in December. For fans of the series or those at least familiar with the world, here are 8 things you might recognize in the Assassins Creed movie and what to expect from them. Who knows? Maybe it will be good.

Keep in mind that the development process started out in 2011 and it’s starring Michael Fassbender. So, it has had time to create a well thought-out story and has gained the attention of a recognized good actor. Perhaps the thought that we will not be seeing the story of Altair, beloved Ezio or troublemaking Edward will be worth it.

1. Past And Present Flashbacks

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If you’re a fan of the game, you knew this was coming. The story itself will be centered around Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender) and his ancestor, Aguilar de Nerha, a 15th-century Spanish assassin. So, expect going back and forth between the time spent in the Animus and hopping around the beautiful landscape of old Spain.

2. Avian Theme

Starting with the Eagle Eye view and many other meaningful names among the assassins, the movie will be keeping well in trend. The protagonist’s name “Callum” is a masculine form of “dove” in Gaelic, and his ancestor’s “Aguilar” is a Spanish surname meaning “place of eagles”. It’s a small touch, but it’s a nice detail to notice that the writers actually remained in the franchise’s theme with avian names.

3. A Connection of Past and Future Talents

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The premise of the story is a little different from the Assassins Creed games. They are not looking for an ancient artifact that might save the world and perusing through memories for its location. That was the main driver for most of the world’s heroes. However, Callum Lynch will be placed into the Animus, so he could learn how to be an assassin from his ancestor. That means that everything he leans in 15th century Spain will help him in the modern day.

And, as we all know, Desmond did certainly learn a lot while diving deep into the memories of skillful and wise Altair or the talented Ezio.

4. Actor-Director Chemistry

It’s important to have a good relation between the main actor and the film’s director, as well as the writers. There is good news. Michael Fassbender reportedly accepted the role on the spot, even though nothing else was decided. No director, no script, no anything. It shows Fassbender’s passion for the world and the fact that the series’ big brand name holds a lot of weight.

Furthermore, Fassbender will be working alongside director Justin Kurzel. The two have already worked together on the recent cinematographic take of Shakespeare’s “MacBeth”.

5. Gorgeous Scenery

If we’re looking at Assassins Creed games, they have always offered us a series of beautiful sights, immersing us into old cities we never got a true chance to see. Ranging from Italy to spectacularly detailed Paris, and the amazing Caribbean, we have been transported into these worlds and watched in awe as we perched on buildings to uncover the map. The movie will likely follow in its path.

Cinematographer Adam Arkapaw has been given the job for the Assassins Creed movie, and he has proven his prowess through HBO’s hit series “True Detective”. If he can bring the same gritty and dark imagery, we could be in for a gorgeous film.

6. Big Action and On-Spot Locations

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The movie’s budget is estimated to be between $150 and $200 million, so we could be getting the historically accurate and spectacular sights that the games have managed to depict. While Ubisoft had done the cites on a lower scale, the movie could certainly improve the presentation. They do not need to create a “map”, so their attention could be spent on even more details.

So far, they have three filming locations confirmed: Malta, Spain, and London.

7. Historical Figures

If you’ve ever aced a history question because you played Assassins Creed, raise your hand. The games have been educational to a certain degree in terms of historical events. Some were certainly fictional, but others were surprisingly accurate. What’s more important is that we’ve loved meeting major personalities such as Leonardo da Vinci or Benjamin Franklin. The movie will be treating us with the same, so expect a few names you might recognize.

8. Familiar Faces

That’s right, the writers were few, but they were carefully chosen. According to the studio, they did not pick an entire team of many script writers who would each have their own input. Instead, they picked a small group of talented three, along with Fassbender’s input, who created the movie’s plot. The reason? They chose writers who were passionate and loyal to the world, and it will be paying off.

According to statements, while we won’t be seeing Fassbender step into the shoes of favorite assassins, we will see some faces we might recognize from the game. A little fan service never hurt anyone.

The Assassins Creed movie will premiere this year, on December 21st, 2016, so keep an eye out come the end of the year.

Game of Thrones Season 6 – What To Expect

With only a few days now standing between us and the premiere of the sixth season of Game of Thrones, there more reasons we have to be excited about it. The TV show has officially surpassed George R.R. Martin’s books and is headed in a direction that’s unknown to both readers and viewers. Needless to say, this, along with the fact that actors and producers alike teased that Game of Thrones season 6 might be their best and most massive one yet, has millions of fans on the edge of their seats.

The Red Band trailer for the new season bagged in the most views of any of the show’s trailers so far. Viewers are, obviously, incredibly curious to see what will happen, especially because “predictability” is a foreign word to the Game of Thrones universe. So, even though technically we’re all in the dark about what lies ahead of the series, there are still some things that we are very likely going to see.

Also, a spoiler alert is due. Make sure you’re all caught up with the show first and have read all the books up to the last. We will not be spoiling the show, but there are some hidden gems in the novels you might not want to know in case they ever come to the screen.

Book Arcs

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There may not be a sixth book to be translated onto the small screens, but there are still passages and storylines from the fourth and fifth books that have yet to be explored. Lady Stoneheart, Victarion Greyjoy, and Quentin Doran are all names familiar to book readers who have been awaiting their materialization into Game of Thrones quite eagerly.

While the possibility of seeing the vengeful resurrected Catelyn Stark is, admittedly, pretty small, the likelihood of seeing on-screen appearances of Balon Greyjoy’s brothers is not very possible. Euron and Victarion Greyjoy’s quest for the horn Dragonbinder would make for a truly thrilling addition to the story and a massive complication for Daenerys.

Huge Dragons

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The show’s producers have built a colossal fire-breathing crane for Drogon. The reason for this is because Daenerys’ dragons are going to grow, even more, doubling the size they were in season five. While this definitely causes plenty of problems for the visual effects team, it’s going to give millions of fans goosebumps.

Drogon, Viserion, and Rhaegal have been growing since they first hatched at the end of season one, gradually causing more trouble and wrecking havoc in their wake. Can you imagine what they’d be capable of with their current size? It seems like, after a long time, the three dragons are about to turn into the proper war machines that make all of Westeros tremble.

The Biggest Battle In The Show’s History

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Producer Bryan Cogman teased in an interview that this season would depict the most monumental battle that the show has ever seen. And judging by leaked spoilers, set photos, trailer scenes, and pieces of scripts, this is certainly going to be true. One thing we were assured of is that no White Walkers were involved. The battle takes place predominantly in the North, so we can be almost sure that the conflict will be over Winterfell and the title of Warden of the North. If that means justice against the abhorrent Boltons, this might just turn out to be the most incredible episode of the whole series.

The climatic battle is going to be allegedly featured in the ninth episode, a number that we all know represents mind-blowing episodes packed with shocks and twists. Miguel Sapochnik, the man who directed the highly acclaimed Hardhome, which is considered by many to be the best episode in the whole show, apparently directed this episode too. Excited yet? We sure are!

Tyrion’s Storyline

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Now that Daenerys is held up by the Dothraki, who found her at the end of season five, the task of ruling over Meereen has been entrusted to Tyrion and Varys. We’ll be, undoubtedly, seeing more of this and we’d be lying if we said we’re not excited.

Tyrion proved himself fantastic in positions of power, but even someone like him is going to have trouble trying to keep under control a city torn by a civil war. And we’re not even counting the bigger problems that Ser Barristan, the one entrusted in the books to rule Meereen, had to face in A Dance with Dragons.

Other Exciting Character Plotlines

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After being absent for the entirety of season five, Bran is also going to make a return that seems incredibly promising. Starting with the fact that it seems like his training is done, fans were also awed to see him standing in promos and also visited by no other than the Night’s King.

On the red carpet premiere, Iwan Rheon also teased that Ramsay Bolton would have to face his father’s fury after the escape of Sansa and Theon. Speaking of which, we’ll definitely see their storyline as fugitives play out too.

By the looks of it, Cersei will be out on a murder spree against the High Sparrow and his freakish cult too. When two villains clash, all we can do is enjoy our popcorn and be glad for whoever comes out on top.

Jon’s Resurrection?

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You had to know this was coming. Jon Snow wasn’t the first major character to be offed the show, as proven by his father and brother. However, his death seemed like the least definitive of all. He managed to kill a White Walker, he caught the eye of the Night’s King, the stage was set for a climatic confrontation – his story can’t possibly end here, can it?

Well, at this point, pretty much everybody is sure that this isn’t the last we’ll be seeing of Kit Harrington in Game of Thrones. Jon Snow may be dead, but what’s there to say of Jon Targaryen, as the popular R+L=J theory suggests? Or maybe Jon Stark? Even if this won’t been the case, Jon’s death was too abrupt and seemed pointless for it to be permanent. Plus, the directors wouldn’t linger on the image of the breathless Jon, being surrounded by pools of his own blood, for no reason, right?