Oliver Stone returns this weekend with Savages, a nasty crime thriller based on Don Winslow’s drug-cartel novel. The dictionary defines “savage” as “an uncivilized human being,” “a fierce, brutal, or cruel person,” and “a rude, boorish person.” In other words, it covers just about every villain who’s ever graced the screen. To whip up a list of 15, we set our sights on vicious characters as fierce as they are remarkably uncouth. There are no classy rogues here, folks. These are teeth-gnashing, eardrum-piercing, elbows-on-the-table types, and from a child murderer to a furry monster to two more Stone creations, they comprise a choice selection of scoundrels.
Gunnar Hansen in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974). Gunnar Hansen carved himself a permanent place in horror-film history when he agreed to don the stitched-skin mask of Leatherface, a teenager-killing backwoods terror who made happy housewives everywhere dread the sounds of their landscapers. But don’t blame Leatherface for his savagery—if you were raised by a bunch of inbred loons, you’d go on a mad, chainsaw-wielding rampage, too, right?