There’s a lot of shiny new things to look forward to when Kingsman: The Golden Circle arrives in Cineworld on 20th September.
Expect a new adventure for Eggsy (Taron Egerton); the return of Harry Hart (Colin Firth); loads more hyper-stylish action; the introduction of Kingsman’s American cousins, Statesman (featuring Channing Tatum and Jeff Bridges); and, of course, a brand-new villain with plans of global domination.
Although we don’t know much about the newest villain, we do know that she’s called Poppy and is played by Oscar-winning acting legend Julianne Moore – her ominous trailer line "Today marks the beginning of a new age … say goodbye to the Kingsman" gave her away.
We can’t wait to see what Poppy has planned for the Kingsman and, considering the talents of writer/director Matthew Vaughn, we know she’ll be utterly compelling. But will she be as villainous as these female big screen baddies?
5. Nurse Ratched – One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
When the seemingly insane Randle McMurphy (Jack Nicholson in an Oscar winning performance) is transferred from prison to a psychiatric hospital he begins to stir up some chaos, giving his fellow inmates a taste of fun and freedom.
And frankly if we had a nurse as callous and cold-hearted as Nurse Ratched (an Oscar-winning Louise Fletcher in her first film role), we would want to escape too.
Ratched doesn’t take too kindly to McMurphy’s attempts to liven up her ward and will do whatever it takes to maintain strict order and control including confiscating patients’ cigarettes, forcefully administrating ECT without anaesthetic or muscle relaxants, and eventually lobotomising McMurphy.
We understand that it’s her job to run the ward and that it takes organised routine, but Nurse Ratched seriously needs to work on her bedside manners.
4. Cruella De Vil – 101 Dalmatians
What can we say about Cruella that hasn’t already been said? Disney villains are famous for their cruelty but none are as heartless as Cruella De Vil; she’s even got her own song celebrating her unbridled nastiness.
Whereas most Disney villains are perfectly happy locking princesses away, Cruella’s more interested in her fashion sense (or lack thereof to be precise) and is preoccupied with stealing a litter of Dalmatian puppies to make herself an oversized fur coat.
Anybody who’d even consider harming one adorable puppy is a monster but Cruella is comfortable with murdering 101 of the innocent little blighters. Booo!
3. Asami Yamakazi – Audition
You may want to reconsider having that dating app on your phone. Several years after the death of Aoyama’s (Ryo Ishibashi) wife, he’s persuaded into holding fake auditions to find a new partner and it’s here where he meets Asami (Eihi Shiina).
At first everything seems to be going well. Asami is polite, kind, and charming and the pair seem to be hitting it off so much they decide to go on a romantic getaway. However, after consummating their relationship, Asami is gone the next morning.
Wanting to know what happened, Aoyama attempts to track Asami down but discovers that nobody knows who Asami is; the deeper his investigation goes, the more sinister it becomes. It’s not long, however, until Asami returns to greet him but not in the way he was hoping.
It all leads to one of the most infamous climactic scenes in cinema. Still using that dating app?
2. Bellatrix Lestrange – Harry Potter
With a name like that, would you expect anything less than pure cruelty from this Death Eater?
Lestrange (Helena Bonham Carter) was never going to be good news for Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) and friends. As one of Voldemort’s (Ralph Fiennes) closest allies, Bellatrix is cruelty personified; she’s as sadistic and twisted as they come and, though Carter’s performance is entertaining to watch, her psychotic persona makes her one of the most terrifying characters in the wizarding world.
Lestrange isn’t all bark with no bite – her actions caused untold pain to fans of the series including the murder of Sirius Black (Gary Oldman), burning down The Burrow, and, most of all, killing Dobby (Toby Jones). We’ll never forgive her for that.
1. Annie Wilkes – Misery
We all like to joke about the creepy obsessive fan who goes too far. You might find that image humorous but for those who’ve seen the film adaptation of Stephen King's Misery, they know just how terrifying such a person could be in reality.
When acclaimed author Paul Sheldon (James Caan) has a car accident, he’s rescued by Annie (Kathy Bates) who just happened to be passing by and is a huge fan of Sheldon’s work.
As payment for saving him, Sheldon allows her to read the manuscript of his new book. Sheldon gets rescued and Wilkes gets to meet her hero and get an exclusive preview of his new book so everybody wins, right?
Unfortunately, no. After Wilkes discovers that her favourite character is killed in the book, she isn’t so friendly anymore. Sheldon now becomes her hostage, forced to re-write the book and, when he tries to escape, he’s “hobbled” – the less you know about that the better.
What makes Wilkes truly terrifying is just how quickly she can transform from friendly to fearsome. Misery might love company, but Wilkes’ company is pure misery. And Kathy Bates' Oscar was well-deserved.
These were just some of the baddest female villains of the big screen and we cannot wait to see what Poppy has planned for our heroes when Kingsman: The Golden Circle arrives in Cineworld on 20th September.
Andy Murray is a writer who blogs for Cineworld as part of our news team.