1980s Movie Villains

It’s been a weird and wonderful month so here is my weird and wonderful 80s League 80s Movie Villains (late entry) post for March 2017.  There are so many amazing 1980s evil doers to pick from so I went for the first villains to spring to mind and had to reel myself in as the list got longer and longer. I’ve listed my choices in alphabetical order.

The 80s League are a bunch of like minded and creative types who enjoy writing and chatting about all things 1980s including movies, TV, music, fashion and so much more. You can check out all the other related 80s Movie Villains posts and podcasts via the links here – Real Weegie MidgetRediscover the 80sReturn to the 80s post and podcastStuck in the 80s podcast and postOld School Evil and 80s Reboot Overdrive.

Rick Moranis as Dark Helmet from Spaceballs (1987)

Starting with an inept, yet tyrannical, villain. Dark Helmet didn’t know an asshole from his elbow but managed to, somehow, command a starship and was feared by his crew. Mostly becasue he enjoyed using his ring to dole out corporal punishment to the privates, literally. Played to perfection by Rick Moranis, Dark Helmet’s prowess using Schwartz was only matched by his stupidity and love of dolls. “They’re not dolls! They’re action figures!”

1980s Villains - Rick Moranis as Dark Helmet from Spaceballs (1987)

Dave Prowse and James Earl Jones as Darth Vader from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

1980s Villains - Dave Prowse and James Earl Jones as Darth Vader from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

The flip side of Dark Helmet, a skilled warrior, leader and downright evil dude. Darth Vader is a bad-ass. Yes, he doesn’t always win but in the final duel of this movie he methodically rips Luke Skywalker apart, made even more evil by his final revelation, after slicing off Luke’s hand. Willing to overthrow his own master, freeze folk, break deals and take massive risks involving asteroid fields in a bid to rule the galaxy, Vader is an outstanding 1980s villain.

Jack Nicholson as The Joker in Batman (1989)

1980s Villains - Jack Nicholson as The Joker in Batman (1989)

The Joker as I like to picture him, a crazy villain with a lust for power and money who will happily kill his own men, and thousands more to get what he wants. Utilising gadgets, weapons, trickery and subversion, Nicholson’s Joker is a triumph of comic book evil. “Have you ever danced with the devil in the pale moonlight? I ask that of all my prey. I just like the sound of it.”

Grace Jones as May Day from A View to a Kill (1985)

1980s Villains - Grace Jones as May Day from A View to a Kill (1985)

May Day is a fictional bodyguard and enforcer employed by Max Zorin and acts as the secondary antagonist of the 1985 James Bond film A View to a Kill. An original character, created specifically for the film, she was portrayed by actress Grace Jones. A strong and deadly opponent that bests Bond and several other agents throughout the movie, May Day has a change of heart after being abandoned by Zorin and helps Bond foil his plot.

Max von Sydow as Ming the Merciless from Flash Gordon (1980)

1980s Villains - Max von Sydow as Ming the Merciless from Flash Gordon (1980)

No beating about the bush, Ming is one evil dude. From his fist appearances in the 1930s he has been the long standing enemy of Flash Gordon. Ming is a ruthless tyrant who rules the planet Mongo and all it’s people. He is infatuated with Dale Arden, whom he plans to marry, and has little regard for life, willing to have his own daughter tortured and enslave entire planets. Possibly the best maniacal laugh of the 1980s, Ming pulls no punches in this wonderfully camp movie, produced by Dino De Laurentiis.

Last, but not least… Frank Langella as Skeletor in Masters of the Universe (1987)

1980s Villains - Frank Langella as Skeletor in Masters of the Universe (1987)

Skeletor was the primary villain in the 1987 live-action Masters of the Universe film, portrayed by Frank Langella. As this was a motion picture, Skeletor was allowed to be far more menacing than the cartoon version. During the course of the movie, Skeletor captures Castle Grayskull and imprisons the Sorceress. Later, he absorbs the power of the Great Eye and transforms into a golden-armored warrior god, but is ultimately defeated by He-Man. Rather than dark purple, he wears all black, and his costume is less scant, covering his entire body with a robe and a flowing cape. Langella’s performance is highly regarded by fans and critics alike.

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Star Wars: Adversaries by Orlando Arocena

Wonderfully creative Star Wars digital vector illustrations by  Orlando Arocena.

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Star Wars themed floats at the Aomori Nebuta Festival, Japan

The Aomori Nebuta Festival is one of Japan’s most colourful festivals as paper floats are paraded through the city of Aomori by enthusiastic locals. The floats are mostly inspired by Japanese folklore and regional myths but recently modern ‘pop culture’ style floats have joined the mix. This year the festivals organisers were approached by the mighty Disney Corporation / Lucasfilm Ltd. and a series of Star Wars inspired floats, built to promote the release of The Force Awakens, were designed and created.

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Aomori Nebuta Festival - Star Wars Floats C-3PO & R2-D2

Aomori Nebuta Festival - Star Wars Floats Design
A preliminary sketch for a ‘Star Wars’ float for the Aomori Nebuta Matsuri Festival depicts C-3PO and R2-D2. © LUCASFILM LTD. & TM. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED / KYODO

Despite not being included in the parade that takes place through the towns centre, the floats have attracted much attention from Star Wars fans on social media and the 30,000+ festival visitors alike. In typical Disney style the floats were unveiled during the opening ceremony on the eve of the festival with Darth Vader, Stormtroopers and R2-D2 making guest appearances and meeting the towns Major on the red carpet.

Star Wars Nebuta are on display at the Aomori Nebuta Festival August 2 -7,  Nebuta House Wa Rasse in Aomori City, Japan.

Aomori Nebuta Festival Japan - Star Wars Floats The Force Awakens

Aomori Nebuta Festival Japan - Star Wars Floats

Aomori Nebuta Festival Japan - Star Wars Floats

Aomori Nebuta Festival Japan - Star Wars Floats Darth Maul & Darth Vader

Aomori Nebuta Festival Japan - Star Wars Floats C-3PO & R2-D2

Aomori Nebuta Festival Japan - Star Wars Floats Yoda

Via CinemaToday.jp, The Japan Times & Japan Talk.

Donkey Kong mash-ups by Pixel Baz

Pixel Artist Pixel Baz presents Donkey Kong mashed with pop culture movies and TV shows in classic 8-bit pixel-art style. As a retro gaming fan, and massive geek, these designs tick all the right boxes. Aliens, Adventure Time, Doctor Who, Star Wars and Sesame Street characters climb those sloping levels trying to reach the top, save their ally and hopefully take out the fiendish kidnapper at the end of the game (with a big sword, pulse rifle or in Cookie Monsters case a giant cookie distraction).

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Steampunk Star Wars by Bjorn Hurri

Swedish artist Bjorn Hurri has created a wonderful series of steampunk character illustrations transporting the world of Star Wars to another realm (yet still a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away….). Steam and vacuum powered droids, elegant and elaborate costumes, power armoured villains and daring heroes take on the roles of mechanics, pilots, tinkers, traders, soldiers and spies that would sit comfortably in a Jules Verne or H.G. Wells novel.

Steampunk Star Wars by Bjorn Hurri - Darth Vader

Bjorn Hurri is a concept artist, Born in Sweden, he relocated to London and established a successful career as a senior concept artist for clients such as NCsoft, Catalyst Game Labs and SEGA before joining Opus Artz as lead artist.

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Steampunk Star Wars by Bjorn Hurri - Luke SkywalkerSteampunk Star Wars by Bjorn Hurri - Princess Leia Organa

Steampunk Star Wars by Bjorn Hurri - ChewbaccaSteampunk Star Wars by Bjorn Hurri - Han Solo

Steampunk Star Wars by Bjorn Hurri - C-3POSteampunk Star Wars by Bjorn Hurri - R2-D2

Steampunk Star Wars by Bjorn Hurri - Boba FettSteampunk Star Wars by Bjorn Hurri - Stormtrooper

Steampunk Star Wars by Bjorn Hurri - Lando CalrissianSteampunk Star Wars by Bjorn Hurri - Jabba the Hutt

Steampunk Star Wars by Bjorn Hurri - JawaSteampunk Star Wars by Bjorn Hurri - Yoda