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Friday 30 November 2012, 18:01

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Martin McDonagh's new movie Seven Psychopaths is out next week. I couldn't let that title go without listing my seven favourite screen psychos. What are yours?

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    Comment number 1.

    Thank you for mentioning Patrick Bateman. I think American Psycho is seen by too many as a flyweight psycho movie but it is so much better.

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    Comment number 2.

    One of the psychos that I think was sorely overlooked was Ben in Man Bites Dog. That character is as charismatic, funny and terrifying as Patrick Bateman, but with a distinctly European twist. I mean, how many psychos do you know who recite lines of poetry to the camera?

    Thought so.

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    Comment number 3.

    I was a mixture of surprised and insulted when I didn't see Reservoir Dogs' Mr. Blonde on the list. He has to be the scariest character I've ever seen on screen simply due to the joy and light-hearted way he goes about torturing and coming close to killing the Police Officer. The blend of the dance and Stealers Wheel's "Stuck in the Middle with You" pushed me over the edge into a series of sleepless nights.

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    Comment number 4.

    WHAT?????? No place for Kevin Spacey's 'John Doe' from the film Se7en. The darkest most sadistic villain to hit Celluloid.......Whats in the box? whats in the box?

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    Comment number 5.

    What about Travis Bickle? I can definitely see the film as a portrait of how a man can become a psychopath, for apparently no reason.


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