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Top 10 Female bitches n psycho`s in TV & Film

31 May

This should be a fun an interesting top 10, my top 10 female baddies or bitches or psychos i remember the most from TV & Movies…here goes

10.. KIM TATE PLAYED BY CLAIRE KING – EMMERDALE FARM 1989 TO 1999 – YORKSHIRE TV – UK –  Kim Barker started out as Frank Tate’s (Norman Bowler) secretary. She had an affair with him while his wife, Jean, was dying of cancer, despite Frank being old enough to be her father. Frank’s son, Chris (Peter Amory), was also attracted to Kim although they later became bitter enemies. After Jean’s death, Frank and Kim married and they moved to Home Farm in late 1989. According to actress Claire King’s autobiography, Kim was originally going to be married to Chris, but the writers decided that Kim was more interested in the Tate money and would have “cut out the middle man” by marrying Frank.[1] Kim initially seemed to be a nice person who got on well with her stepchildren Chris and Zoe. She was also good friends with Chris’s wife, Kathy. This all changed in 1992 when her affair with Neil Kincaid was discovered. Frank found out on Christmas Day and threw Kim out of Home Farm. Kim ended her relationship with Neil not long afterwards.

After Kim and Frank separated in 1993, she set up stables under her maiden name of Kim Barker. This, however, didn’t last long as the stables were destroyed in the plane crash in December that year, killing many of the horses. After the plane crash, Frank and Kim put aside their differences and reconciled, remarrying in December 1994. However, Zoe and Chris never trusted her again.

In 1995, Kim began an affair with Dave Glover (Ian Kelsey), boyfriend of Kim’s former friend Kathy Tate (Malandra Burrows). (now divorced from Chris). This time Kim was much more ruthless about keeping the affair secret and trampled Kathy’s brother Nick with her horse when he threatened to expose her. She also threatened Nick’s daughter Alice. When Frank had a heart attack and was advised to take it easy, Kim encouraged him to sleep with her in the hope of inducing another heart attack. Kim became pregnant and wasn’t sure who the father was. When Frank overheard Dave and Biff Fowler (Stuart Wade) discussing the situation, he did have another heart attack and ended up in hospital. He then had time to think and decided to pretend not to know about the affair while hiring a private detective to follow Kim and Dave before confronting his wife with the evidence. He also hired scheming Tina Dingle as a secretary in Home Farm who used to wind Kim up by wearing her dresses that Frank had bought. He offered her a million pounds to dump Dave and name him as the father and Kim accepted. Their son was named James Francis Tate.

However, after bonding with the baby, Kim and Dave resumed their relationship, despite the fact that he was now married to Kathy. They planned to run away together, but a fire broke out at Home Farm and Dave died – of injuries sustained while rescuing baby James – in hospital on Boxing Day 1996. In February 1997, Kim disappeared from the village, and a few days later a woman was found dead at the wheel of her car. Frank identified the body as Kim; however, in May Frank was stunned when Kim returned, revealing she had paid a lookalike prostitute to drive her car around the village to fool people into thinking she was still there (when in fact she had fled to the Caribbean) and that it was her body, not Kim’s, that Frank had identified. The shock caused Frank – who had spent time on remand for her murder – to have another heart attack, this time fatal. Kim watched him die, saying “You’re a dinosaur Frank – and you know what happened to them”, checked he was dead with her compact mirror, then coolly redid her make-up. Chris blamed her for his death and swore revenge.

After Frank’s will was read out, Kim inherited a half share of Home Farm. She later started seeing Steve Marchant (Paul Opacic) (who later became her husband), who also had a share in Home Farm. In 1998, when Kim and her new husband, Steve Marchant, fell on hard times, they planned to make money by stealing a horse and selling it, after replacing it with an older horse in the hope that no-one would notice the difference.Whilst driving the horse-box, however, Steve happened to run over Kathy. Kim managed (after narrowly preventing Steve finishing Kathy off in the hospital) to talk to Kathy while she was alone, concussed and vulnerable. She persuaded her that Steve had not stopped his vehicle when he had hit her to make her husband seem like the sole villain of the piece – even though she had helped to plan the theft of the horse.

On the day of trial in January 1999, with the lawyers questioning Kathy’s validity as a witness for Steve’s hit-and-run crime, Kathy herself questioned how true Kim’s words had been. For this, and numerous other crooked tricks, the police were soon on her trail. Needing to escape, Kim discovered that Chris had found the money from the robbery that she had buried in Frank’s grave. She confronted Chris, tried seducing him, and knocked him out with a paperweight when he was not fooled. Then she confessed that she had indeed, as he speculated, killed his father; he had died of a heart attack while she looked on – in precisely the location Chris was now lying in. She left with her son, James, in a helicopter. The pilot asked her if she was Kim Marchant, and with her final words on the show she replied, “No, Kim Tate”. She has never been seen again. Kim is consequently one of the soap’s few villains never to be punished for her crimes, or properly killed off. She was sentenced by the court in her absence, regardless.

09.. KATHRYN MERTEUIL PLAYED BY SARAH MICHELLE GELLAR – CRUEL INTENTIONS FILM 1999 – USA – One of the best Vixens to hit the screen, Kathryn Merteuil attends a private school and is the student body president there. She is known by her peers and superiors as on of the kindest most responsible girls at Manchester. But by her step-brother Sebastian, Kathryn is known for being one evil bitch. During the summer Kathryn is very bored and she decides to strike up a deal with Sebastian. The deal is that if he can get a “goody-goody” girl named Annette in bed he can get Kathryn in bed as well. If he loses Kathryn gets his car. Kathryn soon becomes very jealous of the relationship that is growing between Sabastian and Annette. She tries to ruin Sebastian’s life, but then ends up ending it instead. At his funeral Kathryn realizes that everyone is reading Sebastian’s copied journal which tells the truth on all of her lies and Kathryn had gotten what was coming to her.

08.. ALEX FORREST PLAYED BY GLENN CLOSE – FATAL ATTRACTION 1987 – USA – Happily married New York lawyer Dan Callagher has an affair with his colleague Alex, and the two enjoy a love weekend while Dan’s wife and kid are away. But Alex will not let go of him, and she will stop at nothing to have him for herself. Just how far will she go to get what she wants?. Bunny boiler was born lol

07.. NURSE RATCHED PLAYED BY LOUISE FLETCHER – ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO`S NEST 1975 – USA – McMurphy has a criminal past and has once again gotten himself into trouble with the law. To escape labor duties in prison, McMurphy pleads insanity and is sent to a ward for the mentally unstable. Once here, McMurphy both endures and stands witness to the abuse and degradation of the oppressive Nurse Ratched, who gains superiority and power through the flaws of the other inmates. McMurphy and the other inmates band together to make a rebellious stance against the atrocious Nurse.

06.. MALLORY KNOX PLAYED BY JULIETTE LEWIS – NATURAL BORN KILLERS 1994 – USA – Delivery boy Mickey Knox falls in love with customer Mallory Wilson. He soon helps her kill her abusive father and enabling mother, beginning their macabre journey down Route 666. Their M.O.: every few miles, they attack everyone within their site, invariably leaving only one person alive to tell the tale. The two are made famous by unscrupulous reporter Wayne Gale, as they run across the countryside, pursued by the equally sadistic Jack Scagnetti. Just before the trial, a ratings-whoring interview by the same reporter who made them famous leads to pandemonium, not just within the prison itself, but nationwide. A satire of the media, public opinion, and the modern attitude toward violence.

05.. MRS MOTT / PEYTON FLANDERS PLAYED BY REBECCA DE MORNAY 1992 – USA – The Hand That Rocks the Cradle is director Curtis Hanson’s suburban horror story of a demented nanny bent on revenge for past wrongs. Peyton (Rebecca De Mornay) was once a happily married woman, but when her doctor husband is accused of assaulting a patient and he commits suicide, her world falls apart and she plots revenge. Claire (Annabella Sciorra), the woman who made the accusation, hires Peyton as a nanny, not knowing of their past involvement. Peyton then proceeds to terrorize the family, attempts to seduce the husband and generally destroy Claire as she feels she has been destroyed. The film, while somewhat implausible, is saved by the strong performances of Sciorra and De Mornay. Rebecca De Mornay has not given such a good performance since Risky Business, and she manages to make Peyton both believable, frightening and sympathetic. De Mornay has many great moments, but the scene, where she slowly destroys a bathroom in her impotent rage is unbelievably powerful. Hanson, a superb director of thrillers, manages to bring all the elements together to make The Hand that Rocks the Cradle a frightening psychological thriller and an interesting look at a woman’s obsessive hatred and envy. ~ Linda Rasmussen, Rovi

04.. ANNIE WILKES PLAYED BY KATHY BATES – MISERY 1990 – USA – Annie Wilkes was a former nurse living at an isolated farmhouse in Colorado. She rescued her favorite author, Paul Sheldon from a car wreck. Realizing Sheldon had ‘killed’ her favorite literary character, Misery Chastain, in a recent novel and his yet-to-be-published novel would lead his career in a new direction. She destroyed his new manuscript, held him captive, and demanded he resurrect Misery in a new book, written just for her.

She uses her medical skills to control Sheldon, if not her temper which, on one occasion, led her to ‘hobble’ Sheldon. He finally managed to escape, killing her in the process.

Wilkes is one of Stephen King’s most recognizable characters.

03.. JOAN `THE FREAK` FERGUSON PLAYED BY MAGGIE KIRKPATRICK – PRISONER CELL BLOCK H 1979 – REG GRUNDY ORG – AUSTRALIA – Joan “The Freak” Ferguson (Maggie Kirkpatrick – episodes 287-692), a sinister and cold lesbian prison officer known to the prisoners as “the Freak”. Infamous for the body searches she conducts using her trademark black leather gloves. She was perhaps the most coldest and truly evil villainous guard at Wentworth and she had an arch-rival in senior guard, Meg Morris (Jackson) who saw Joan as she always had thought she was, when Meg was a prisoner herself. She also had a rivalry with prison governor Ann Reynolds. Joan spent two long stints as Acting Governor – both times she implemented a severe regime that alienated herself from both prisoners and officers alike. Joan became a major character and episodes began to focus on her life with her father, a runaway boy she attempted to adopt and even a failed romance. It was as a villain that “the Freak” ws most appreciated however, and the majority of her time in the show involved unsuccessful attempts to kill, expose or fire her. She also had a tendency to antagonize her fellow guards, she and Meg battled for the post of deputy governor, which Meg won, and also antagonized Meg’s predecessor as deputy, Colleen Powell; and was once soundly slapped in the face by Joyce Barry after she insulted her fiance, Mervin Pringle. Joan was arrested in the last episode in a sting organised by dying inmate Rita Connors.

02.. DIANA PLAYED BY JANE BADLER – V THE SERIES 1983 – UNIVERSAL – USA – Diana (Jane Badler) is introduced in V. Sadistic, ruthless and brilliant, her ambition is matched only by her arrogance and cruelty. She is the second-in-command, as well as John’s chief science officer of the fleet of 50 Visitor ships. She is commander of the mother ship over Los Angeles (although for the first few days after arrival, she is aboard the New York mother ship). In V, Diana is responsible for much of the Visitors attacks against the Resistance as well as ordering one of her lovers, Brian, to impregnate Robin Maxwell as part of an experiment. In V: The Final Battle, which takes place a year later, Pamela, her squadron commander, arrives, reminding Diana of her inferior rank; Pamela decides to discredit Diana and remove her from any operational duties (its implied they have a history). Diana later murders Pamela. It becomes clear that Diana is the real power behind the Visitors as she organises much or their events and attacks. She convinces Christine Walsh to become the Visitors spokesperson and later murders her when she pleas for the Resistance live on television, after John’s real face is exposed and she has the loyalty and support of most of the fleet, except for Steven and Pamela who attempt to discredit her to advance their own agendas. At the end of the Final Battle when defeat is imminent, Diana chooses to destroy Earth rather than letting the Resistance claim victory, telling John he is a fool and angry at his bureaucracy. After murdering John she attempts to escape with Elizabeth, but ends up leaving by herself.

When V: The Series begins, it takes place straight after Diana escapes, were she is quickly captured by Mike Donovan and imprisoned for a year before she is due to stand trial for crimes against humanity. However during protests outside her trial, she is seemingly shot dead and taken to a hospital. However ii is later revealed her capture was organised by Nathan Bates, owner of a large scientific institution, who offers her a deal, life and food and shelter if she shares Visitor knowledge with him, however she quickly escapes and is able to contact the Visitor fleet, who have been hiding behind Earth’s moon in preparation for a second invasion. Diana immediately takes command of the fleet from chief security officer Lydia and leads the second invasion against Earth.

As Chief Science Officer of the fleet, Diana is a pioneer of the conversion process, a brainwashing technique used to turn humans to aid the Visitors, although it is not always effective. She has inoculated the Visitors against all known Earth diseases, and has developed a foolproof truth drug. Steven and Pamela see her as “on edge” when feeling threatened, when Father Andrew shows her a bible, it makes Diana realise she has vulnerabilities, which she sees as a weakness, she responds by murdering the priest and destroying his bible. Her vengefulness is also displayed when she rejects John’s pragmatic approach towards an impending defeat, by murdering him.

Diana, also being stunningly beautiful has several lovers in V: The Original Miniseries, V: The Final Battle, and V: The Series; she is seen as using her sexuality and feminine wiles to have her way with men in order to elevate her position, she was even involved with the Leader of the Visitors, prior to their arrival on Earth with Pamela suggesting that sex is “far too fragile a foundation” to handle Diana’s ambition. Diana finds most of the men she is involved with disposable, killing one of them so she can blame him for misinforming the Leader and repeatedly reminding Lt. James she can find any other man to alleviate her boredom if he doesn’t do as she commands. (In the V novels, it is said that Diana has an insatiable appetite for sex with humans – of both genders.)

In V: The Series, she was forced to marry Charles, whom she cannot bear for promoting Lydia ahead of her, before a botched assassination attempt by Lydia against Diana resulted in his death, for which Diana and Lydia framed Marta. Diana is obsessed with capturing Elizabeth, or creating a new hybrid through cloning or other methods. She distrusts Lydia and tried several times to either kill Lydia or one of Lydia’s close family members. When last seen, Diana has been placed under arrest by Philip, who does not know that Diana secretly planted a bomb on board the Leader’s shuttle.

Diana is considered the main breakout character of all three series of V and what made the show extremely popular and made Jane Badler an icon with the Sci-fi genre and the character of Diana an institution, her devouring of a guinea pig is considered one of the best moments in sci-fi television. In August 2010, ABC confirmed that Jane Badler will reprise her character of Diana. She later admitted that despite her prominence in the original series, she had to audition once more and eventually landed the part of Anna’s mother, who has been locked up for 15 years. Her first appearance in the new series was in the ending of the season-opener “Red Rain.” In the season finale, ” Mother’s Day, ” Diana is killed by Anna after she is broken free from prison and tries to convince her people that the human soul is a gift.

01.. ALICE MORGAN PLAYED BY RUTH WILSON – LUTHER – BBC – UK –  Alice Morgan is played by Ruth Wilson. Alice is a research scientist and highly intelligent psychopath who killed her parents in a calculated fashion that not even Luther is able to prove despite knowing she did it. Her core belief, that nothing in life ultimately matters, comes into direct conflict with Luther’s own beliefs and thus she frequently insinuates herself into his business and personal life both as an enemy and ally from stalking him to helping him avoid criminal prosecution.

At the beginning of Series 2, she is in a mental institute following the events of Series 1 (she had confessed to killing Ian Reed). Luther goes to visit her and it is revealed she has tried to kill herself by cutting her wrists, although she survived and had tried many times beforehand. As Luther leaves, he throws an apple over the wall of the gardens of the mental institute in which Alice is walking. When she picks the apple up, it is revealed that Luther has stolen a swipe card and given it to Alice to help her escape. After escaping, she visits him one last time, asking him to come away with her to hide out in the countryside or flee overseas; but, he refuses, as he cannot shake his dedication to being a police officer. Alice then leaves him behind. She returned in the season finale of Series 3 when Luther was wrongly accused of arranging for DS Ripley to be murdered by a killer vigilante. After freeing him from police custody, she aided Luther in proving his innocence, and aided in the vigilante’s capture. Having made her interest in developing a relationship with Luther clear, after again evading arrest, she met up with Luther, and the episode ended as they debated what to do next.

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