I have to pick the tub of lard in "An Inconvenient Truth."
I dunno if I'd consider him the scariest of all time, but the scariest I've seen in recent years was anton chigurh from No Country For Old Men. The guy just wouldn't stop and he's so calm throughout the whole film while he's killing people left and right. Plus the weaponry just kicked arse! Using a compressed air tank to blow a dude's brains out? And that silenced shotgun? Tell me that didn't rule.
Terminator ain't got s*** on Anton.
Oh, and by the way, don't get too excited about the "significant moral clarity" remark. Men sometimes tell women what they think the women want to hear in order to get certain favors, know what I mean? It doesn't mean anything.
This thread started with the ultimate: Mitchum in "Night of the Hunter". He's chilling, and the fact that two small children are up against him in an unfair fight is riveting. When my husband and I were first together, he had no tolerance at all for scary movies (he's developed some, in self defense, over the years). I 'sold' this to him as "a Robert Mitchum movie" so he happily went along with it. He read the video box once we got home: "Pauline Kael says, 'possibly the most frightening film ever made....'" by then the credits were rolling and it was..... too..... late...... :p
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