Mental illness is a fascinating subject, and everyone loves to dip their feet into a good psychological thriller. Here is my top ten list of underrated cinema psychos. There are spoiler alerts in here so if you haven’t seen the film, don’t read past the character name, film name, and actor.
TEN INCREDIBLYUNDERRATED MOVIE PSYCHOS
NUMBER 10: DAISY RANDONE
Film: Girl, Interrupted
Actress: Brittany Murphy
Cause of the Crazy: Sexual abuse as a child, bulimic, self-harming
Why we like her: Her creepy desire to be domesticated in a very fifties-esque housewife way is strangely relatable, and her personality is more intriguing than off-putting; we aren’t very afraid of her.
NUMBER 9: JASON (JD) DEAN
Actor: Christian Slater
Cause of the Crazy: Obsession, Uncontrollable desire for societal change at whatever cost, apathy to murder.
Why we like him: His obsession with leading lady Winona Ryder is charming at first and the bad-boy nature is very appealing and badass. However, once he starts not caring about murdering people, we start to worry.
NUMBER 8: KATHRYN MERTEUIL
Film: Cruel Intentions
Actress: Sarah Michelle Gellar
Cause of the Crazy: Domineering personality type, desire for partially incestual relationships, drug addiction, general bitchiness and neediness.
Why we like her: She’s fierce and confident and not afraid to speak her mind, but she’s insane. She is willing to do anything [or anyone] to get what she wants. Everything is a contest for her and she is fueled on jealousy and revenge.
NUMBER 7: BELLATRIX LESTRANGE
Film: Harry Potter Films (5-8)
Actress: Helena Bonham Carter
Cause of the Crazy: Sadistic personality, psychotic behaviors including but not limited to paranoia, violence and anger issues, loyalty to a crazy killer.
Why we like her: We don’t really, but she dresses pretty fiercely, and also Helena Bonham Carter.
NUMBER 6: DONNIE DARKO
Film: Donnie Darko
Actor: Jake Gyllenhall
Cause for the Crazy: What seems like paranoid schizophrenia and depression; his condition is disputed because the plot of the movie provides the diagnosis that he is not sick at all, just experiencing strange things that are in fact occurring.
Why we like him: He’s mysterious, sexy, and angry. He is very likeable, and he seems to be one of those misunderstood crazies.
NUMBER 5: SWEENEY TODD
Film: Sweeney Todd the Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Actor: Johnny Depp
Cause of the Crazy: Vendetta against the cruel Judge Turpin, revenge, violence, easy access to knives?
Why we like him: He is fighting for his family. The whole killing everyone thing is just a side project. He is motivated by his desire to avenge his wife’s “suicide” which makes us like him.
NUMBER 4: DOLORES CHANAL
Film: Shutter Island
Actress: Michelle Williams
Cause for the Crazy: Manic depression, altered sense of reality.
Why we like her: We don’t, but we hate Leonardo DiCaprio’s character for loving her. I absolutely love her character though, she’s so creepy.
NUMBER 3: LISBETH SALANDER
Film: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Actress: Rooney Mara
Cause of the Crazy: Traumatic childhood, somewhat sociopathic tendencies, murder and torture of men who have abused women, introverted and antisocial tendencies.
Why we like her: She’s a bonafide badass. Lisbeth Salander is fierce and powerful, and though she is very introverted and awkward, her killing and lawbreaking are disregarded as normal behavior. She’s crazy but we love it.
NUMBER 2: DR.HEITER
Film: The Human Centipede
Actor: Dieter Laser
Cause of the Crazy: Pretty much your typical mad scientist with a desire for human mutilation and torture.
Why we like him: We don’t. Never ever. Although he’s a saint compared to the creepy ‘doctor’ in The Human Centipede 2.
NUMBER 1: LISA ROWE
Film: Girl, Interrupted
Actress: Angelina Jolie
Cause for the Crazy: Diagnosed sociopath, domineering and alluring personality, reckless behavior.
Why we like her: She is a very dense character, and the final few scenes of the movie, no spoilers, make her incredibly raw and real. Jolie’s acting in this film is breathtaking, she won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress with this movie.
Enjoy and go watch all of these movies!!!