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.

Famous Oldies by Alex Solis

Pop culture characters as old timers by Alex Solis. Will Ash still be choosing Pikachu? Will Finn and Jake still be going on adventures? Will the Ninja Turtles still be radical? Will Darth Vader be able to keep his saber up? Will the Flash still be flashing? Let’s find out! You can view more of Alex Solis artwork on Instagram.

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Famous Oldies by Alex Solis - Pokémon Ash and Pikachu
Famous Oldies by Alex Solis - Adventure Time - Finn and Jake
Famous Oldies by Alex Solis - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Michelangelo
Famous Oldies by Alex Solis - The Joker
Famous Oldies by Alex Solis - Darth Vader
Famous Oldies by Alex Solis - The Flash
Famous Oldies by Alex Solis - Batman
Famous Oldies by Alex Solis - The Incredible Hulk
Famous Oldies by Alex Solis - Minions
Famous Oldies by Alex Solis - He-Man Vs Skeletor

Pop culture Magritte style portraits by Ben Chen

René Magritte was a Belgian surrealist artist whose work is famously known for the use of suited gentlemen, bowler hats and apples. Artist Ben Chen brings Magritte’s classic painting “The Son of Man” kicking and screaming into the world geekdom by introducing Harry Potter, Mars Attacks, Hellboy, Indiana Jones, Iron-Man, The Joker, Superman, Ninja Turtles, Power Rangers and Alien into the mix.

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Magritte Harry Potter by Ben Chen
Magritte Mars Attacks by Ben Chen
Magritte Hellboy by Ben Chen
Magritte Indiana Jones by Ben Chen
Magritte Iron-Man by Ben Chen
Magritte Joker by Ben Chen
Magritte Superman by Ben Chen
Magritte Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles by Ben Chen
Magritte Power Rangers by Ben Chen
Magritte Alien Xenomorph by Ben Chen

Batman, Spider-Man and the Joker pencil illustrations by godot_23

Loving these highly detailed pencil drawings by godot_23. The artist posts regular updates on WEBSTA showing the progress of his works that gives you a sense of the time and effort that’s put into each drawing. Here we have Marvel’s Spider-Man and Iron Man along with Ben Affleck’s Batman,  Henry Cavill’s Superman and Heath Ledger’s portrayal of the Joker. Currently working on Deadpool, you can see more of godot_23’s work here.

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Spider-Man by godot_23
Captain America by godot_23
Iron Man by godot_23
Deadpool by godot_23
Ben Affleck's Batman by godot_23
Henry Cavill's Superman by godot_23
Heath Ledger's Joker by godot_23

Super Geeky Sand Sculptures 2015

With the summer almost over (it never really started in the UK) here are some amazing geeky sand sculptures from Australia and Findland.  I’ve rummaged through loads of images online and found the best pop culture sand sculptures via Instagram, DeviantArt and blog posts.

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Doctor Octopus, Catwoman and Predator Sand Sculpture
Hellboy, The Thing and Wolverine Sand Sculpture
Finland’s largest sand castle expo is held in Lappeenranta throughout the summer months, this years theme being ‘Heroes’ but a few villains have crept in to balance things out. Images from Lappeenranta come by way of Bemari on DeviantArt and Mikko Kelavaara on Twitter. Australia hosts a huge summer sand sculpture event on Frankston Waterfront, Melbourne, January through April. Images from Frankston Waterfront come via a blog post by Dr Sze Wey Lee. Go show everyone some internet love (including me *waves*).

The Legend of Zelda - Link Sand Sculpture
Rocky IV - Ivan Drago Sand Sculpture
Megaman Sand Sculpture
Superman Sand Sculpture
Super Mario Sand Sculpture
NASA Sand Sculpture
Albert Einstein Sand Sculpture.
Star Wars - Darth Vader Sand Sculpture
The Joker Sand Sculpture
Disney Villains Sand Sculpture
Snow White and the Seven Dwarves Sand Sculpture
Star Wars Yoda Sand Sculpture
Star Wars Jabba's Palace Sand Sculpture
Star Wars The Galactic Empire Sand Sculpture

Outrageous Masks and Armour from Epic-Leather

Amazing and sculptural masks, armour and accessories by Nathan Rodriguez, leather artisan at Epic-Leather.

“I craft just about anything out of leather, however my primary focus is on masks and armor. I have been working with the medium for nearly four years and I only want to go further with my craft.”

I would suggest browsing the wares on the artists Etsy store epicleather.etsy.com. Images click through to the artists Deviant Art page.

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Colossal Titan Leather Mask by Epic-Leather Attack on Titan
Colossal Titan Leather Mask by Epic-Leather
Leather Steampunk Plague Doctor Mask by Epic-Leather
Leather Steampunk Plague Doctor Mask by Epic-Leather
Aku The Master of Masters by Epic-Leather
Aku The Master of Masters by Epic-Leather
Leather Joker Riding Mask by Epic-Leather
Leather Joker Riding Mask by Epic-Leather
Mortal Kombat Scorpion by Epic-Leather
Mortal Kombat Scorpion by Epic-Leather

Hollow Leather Mask inspired from Kurosaki Ichigo from Bleach. By Epic-Leather
Hollow Leather Mask inspired from Kurosaki Ichigo from Bleach. By Epic-Leather