Evil Laughs in Film
DC Public Library’s Evil Laugh Contest is officially underway, and the countdown to our deadline has begun. Tick. Tock. Tick. Tock. Tick Tock. You have until the stroke of midnight on Friday, Oct. 15 to make a librarian shiver.
"But I’m having trouble finding inspiration," you say? "What’s my backstory? What’s my character’s motivation? What’s my fashion influence?"
Never fear. (Or do.) DC Public Library has just what you’ve been seeking We’ve combed through our film collection and uncovered a vast variety of villainous characters you’ll want to meet.
Are witches your thing? Consider re-watching Snow White and the Seven Dwarves or Hocus Pocus. Need to brush up on your cackling? Study the Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz or Bellatrix LeStrange in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
Fairy Tale Titters
Are you the kind of person who just really, really hates being left out? We think you’ll vibe with the evil fairy in the classic animated Disney take on Sleeping Beauty or the brilliant prequel Maleficent with Angelina Jolie.
More of the strong, silent type? Are you a fan of hoods and capes? Why not check out Gary Oldman’s terrifying chortle in Bram Stoker’s Dracula, draw fashion pointers from Emperor Palpatine in Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith or practice your Voldemort-esque finger curses by watching Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 2. They’ll never know what hit ‘em.
When the Fashion Isn't the Only Thing in Stitches
Are you a true fashionista at heart? Do you feel it is “better to look good than to feel good”? Well look no further than the famously glamorous and wicked Cruella DeVil. Go old school with the original animated 101 Dalmatians -- or check out the 2008 production with a masterful performance by Glenn Close.
Not into fashion even a little? We’ve got the character for you, my friends. Return to Star Wars: Episode VI -- Return of the Jedi with Luke, Leia and the villainous Jabba the Hutt, who is too busy reveling in his plotting to even don pants.
Up All Night Cachinnation
"Not scary enough," you say? "I need to truly terrify," you say? "I need you to find me the most psychotic, diabolical, out of control, character you can scrounge." Here goes. Put the kids to bed, turn off the lights and settle in with the horror master himself, Stephen King. Kick things off with The Shining and follow Jack Torrance up and down the slippery Colorado slopes as he descends into complete madness. Pop some more popcorn and get under the covers before Pennywise makes his first appearance in this epic production of Stephen King’s It.
Oh, and if DVDs aren't your thing, take a scroll -- if you dare -- through the Horror section on library streaming platform Kanopy.
Then grab your broomstick, your balloon or your battle axe and get ready to bring it! We’ll be waiting...