VILLAINS—Bad Meets Worse as Criminals Clash in Comedy/Horror

Pink and yellow key art from the one sheet for Villains (2019), featuring (left to right) Mickey (Bill Skarsgård), Gloria (Kyra Sedgwick), George (Jeffrey Donovan), and Jules (Maika Monroe)

Our favorite movies can often be broken down into clearly defined characters—protagonists and antagonists, heroes and villains. While heroes are praised for their bravery, courage, and admirable actions, villains are feared for their treachery, ruthlessness, and despicable actions. Villains are cold, calculating characters who will stop at nothing and even commit horrible crimes to get their way. From writer/directors Dan Berk and Robert Olsen comes a story of the latter, aptly titled Villains, now playing exclusively at Regal. 

Lovers on the run, Mickey and Jules, head south to Florida in search of a fresh start, committing crimes along the way in true Bonnie & Clyde style. After breaking into a nearby house for a new set of wheels, Mickey and Jules stumble upon a dark secret kept by a pair of homeowners, George and Gloria, who will do anything to keep it from getting out. 

Mickey is played by Bill Skarsgård, who is no stranger to twisted tales, having previously gained notoriety as the terrifying clown Pennywise in IT (2017) and IT Chapter Two (2019). Jules is played by Maika Monroe, who has experience in similar genre movies like It Follows (2014), The Guest (2014), and Independence Day: Resurgence (2016). Jeffrey Donovan, who plays George in Villains, has experience in an array of genres with roles in Hitch (2005), Changeling (2008), and Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018). Gloria is played by Kyra Sedgwick, who, in addition to a prominent television career, has starred in movies like Phenomenon (1996), The Woodsman (2004), and The Edge of Seventeen (2016). 

(left to right) Jules (Maika Monroe), Mickey (Bill Skarsgård), Gloria (Kyra Sedgwick), and George (Jeffrey Donovan) in Villains (2019)

Although the title creates predetermined assumptions as to the morality of these characters, you’ll find that there is more than meets the eye to these villains. It is love, not a lust for violence, that brings these characters together. Mikey and Jules stick together through thick and thin, promising themselves that they will one day right their wrongs while George and Gloria take desperate measures to escape a past that hinders their undying love for one another. Each villain, although worse than the last, has fond memories, rooted in love, to draw from as they continue down a clear path, though riddled with criminal acts, that leads to their deepest dreams and desires. Make no mistake about it though, these villains are not heroes. They are not admirable characters. Their acts are despicable and often downright horrifying. Easing the blow of violence depicted on-screen is a comedic undertone that makes for a bizarre and unpredictable tale of love, death, and villainy. 

Bad meets worse in Villains, now playing exclusively at Regal theatres. 

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