Disney Villain Countdown: 25/40
**Spoiler Alert! Some villains are revealed in plot twists, so if you haven't seen all the movies...**
One of only two villains on this countdown to earn a perfect score in this category. Horned King is TERRIFYING. He's pretty much a giant living skeleton demon... thing that is raising an army of the dead to take over the world. Wait what??? This is Disney?? He's also got glowing eyes and a creepy scratchy voice. He's basically a more physically imposing Crypt-Keeper. It's an animated Ray Harryhausen scenario come to life!
Although unique to the Disney Villain lexicon, I can't help but be reminded of the art from other darker offerings from the Don Bluth / Nimh families of animators. In fact so "dark" is the Horned King, most of the time he's just a hooded figure with glowing eyes, we don't get that many looks at his terrifying face. There's also something washed out and dull about his coloring, just a flat wash of puke green, and a lame robe? It's a high score, but not perfect.
Wit & Quotability
Wah-wahhhhh. The writing on this guy feels like a bunch of villain clichés were all injected into him from other (darker, non-Disney) movies. He's very dark and sinister, he just doesn't bring much to the table for this category.
Have you noticed I included a lot of video clips for this guy? It's because nobody knows who he is. Ok, I exaggerate, very few people have seen The Black Cauldron. It's not that it's a bad movie, it's that the subject matter is so outside Disney's wheelhouse, it doesn't play to Disney's strengths to become great (similar to when Disney tries to do Pixar, i.e. Wreck-it-Ralph) instead of just good. Rather than being able to really enjoy the film, most viewers find themselves being weirded out by how not-Disney the film is, and that statement applies just as strongly to The Horned King himself.
Aww Creeper. You almost got a better score from me out of pity, because I feel so sorry for you. Let's be honest, though: Creeper is just a derivative of every other sidekick that's ever existed. Plus he gets annoying... really annoying... and whiny... Then there are all the other faceless minions whom do nothing to bring this score up.
Nein! NEIN NEIN NEIN NEIN! (Sorry, I don't know where that came from) Neutral score!
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