Nemeses: noun ( pl. -ses |-ˌsēz|) (usu. one’s nemesis)the inescapable or implacable agent of someone’s or something’s downfall
Boogeymen, creatures, and monsters are 10-a-penny, but their counterparts, their nemesis, the hero that saves the girl, town, or even planet are harder to come by. Now one-off heroes and final girls are abundant, but the brave men and women who make it their life’s work to track our beloved bad guys across franchises are a rare breed indeed. So take a look at Deadly Movies Top 5 nemeses .
5. Ashley ‘Ash’ J Williams (played by Bruce Campbell)
Nemesis to: The undead.
Films appeared in: The Evil Dead (1981), The Evil Dead 2 (1987), Army of Darkness (1992)
Ash is the long suffering victim turned hero of the evil dead, corpses reanimated by the Book of the Dead. What started as a vacation with friends in the woods in 1981 would end with Ash traveling through cross dimensions with a chainsaw for a hand. Ash turned nemesis early on and became more than astute at sawing, chopping, shooting, disemboweling, and generally dismembering walking corpses, even his own possessed hand was shown no mercy.
4. Police Chief Martin Brody (played by Roy Schieder)
Nemesis to: Great White Sharks
Films Appeared in: Jaws (1975), Jaws 2 (1978)
When you think of Jaws (1975) the obvious nemesis to the shark is Quint (unbelievably well played by Robert Shaw), a rum drinking seadog in the mould Captain Ahab. However it’s Brody that kills the leviathan and then comes back for more fish-ass kicking in the 1978 sequel Jaws 2 (1978). What makes Brody great is that he’s always ill-prepared and under-equipped but still manages to get the job done single handedly, not once but twice. I mean how many people can claim to have killed two great white sharks in hand to hand combat? None. Well one.., Chief ‘smile you son of a bitch’ Brody. He blows one shark head off with an exploding compressed air canister and electrocutes another until its stupid shark face goes on fire.
3. Professor Abraham Van Helsing
Nemesis to: Count Dracula
Films Appeared in: Well by my count 26 live action films in total, from 1931 to the present.
Van Helsing has been chasing, hunting, and steaking the legendary bad-boy Count Dracula on-screen for over 75 years. The man is the ultimate mixture of brains and braun boasting a Doctor of Medicine, a Doctor of Philosophy, and a Doctor of Letters, who just happens beat the shit out of blood suckers and banshies in his down time. Van Helsing is arguably the archetypal obsessive compulsive nemesis who has a deep understanding and knowledge of his foe. Unlike the others on the list, Van Helsing isn’t famous for a single portrayal. The role was first played by Edward Van Sloan facing off against Bela Lugosi’s infamous Dracula in the 1931 film of the same name. Since then the role has attracted the likes of Laurence Olivier, Peter Fonda, Anthony Hopkins, and Hugh Jackman. If one man can lay claim to the role then perhaps it’s Hammer Horror icon Peter Cushing, taking on the role a total of five times between 1958 and 1974.
2. Ellen Ripley (Played by Sigourney Weaver)
Nemesis to: The Alien
Films Appeared in: Alien (1979), Aliens (1986), Alien3 (1992), Alien Resurrection (1997)
The only woman in the top 5, but make no mistake Ripley could kick any man’s ass, after all she’s been beating up Aliens for over 257 years. Like many nemeses Ripley is a victim turned protagonist. By the time Alien Resurrection (1997) comes around she’s decapitating aliens and ripping their tongues out with her bare hands. Like many a nemesis Ripley’s life becomes so intwined with the monster that fighting it becomes her sole purpose; as she says in Alien3 (1992) ‘You’ve been in my life so long, I can’t remember anything else‘. Where other nemeses become obsesively part of their monster’s life, Ripley goes one step further by becoming cryogenically mixed with her monster, neatly blurring the boundary between hero and villain.
1. Dr Sam Loomis (Played by Donald Pleasence and Malcome McDowell)
Nemesis: Michael Myers
Films Appeared in: Halloween (1979), Halloween 2 (1981), Halloween 4 (1988), Halloween 5 (1989), Halloween, the Curse of Michael Myers (1995), Halloween (2007), Halloween 2 (2009)
For my money Sam Loomis is the ultimate nemesis. He takes boogeyman obsessive compulsiveness to all new highs. He treads the thin line between sanity and insanity, you always get the feeling that with a slight push he could become a serial killer himself. As Michael Myers childhood psychiatrist he is a father figure to his monster, creating an interesting dynamic of love and hate. You know that in the event of Loomis ever successfully killing Michael (which would never happen) Loomis would cry uncontrollably, yet, he would have no hesitation in pulling the trigger. Loomis would hunt Michael to the end of the earth, stopping him is his life’s work. Loomis and Michael are the ultimate two sides of the same coin. Although McDowell does a more than adequate job of replacing Pleasence in the new Halloween films, it’s Pleasence who takes the top spot of ultimate nemesis, portraying a totally barmy but always protective saviour.
Other great nemeses that didn’t make the list: Dutch (Predator 1987), Dr Alan Grant (Jurassic Park 1993, and Jurassic Park 3 2001), Sarah Connor (The Terminator 1984, and Terminator 2 1991), Burt Gummer (Tremors 1990, Tremors 2 1996, Tremors 3 2001, and Tremors 4 2004), Eric Matthews (Saw II 2005, Saw III 2006, Saw IV 2007, Saw V 2008)