Killer Roles


In “The Raven,” opening Friday, John Cusack plays Edgar Allen Poe, who finds that he has a fan. Such a fan, in fact, that the guy is killing people in the manners that Poe described in his short stories. A killer adds interest to any film, as these killers prove.

Karl Childers
In 1996’s “Sling Blade,” country singer Dwight Yoakam played villain Doyle, who ended up on the wrong end of Karl’s (Billy Bob Thornton) swinging lawn mower blade.

Anton Chigurh
Javier Bardem skulks and slaughters his way through 2007’s “No Country for Old Men” with dead eyes and a coin that determines whether people live or die.

Hannibal Lecter
It doesn’t matter that Anthony Hopkins played Lecter in three films. The best moment will always be the “slurpslurpslurp” that comes remembering those fava beans and that nice Chianti in “The Silence of the Lambs.”

John Doe
We are not going to give away the ending of 1995’s “Se7en” here, because that would mean thinking about the ending of “Se7en” and we try not to think about the ending of “Se7en.” Thanks, Kevin Spacey!

Gaear Grimsrud
A death by wood chipper would be horrifying, which is why it’s nice (right?) that Gaear (Peter Stormare) offs Carl (Steve Buscemi) with an ax in 1996’s “Fargo.” And THEN shoves his body into the wood chipper.

Kristen Page-Kirby covers film for The Washington Post Express.
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