Ok let’s face it, thereTop 10 Skulls in Movies are skulls everywhere in movies. So these are just some of my favorites, did I purposely leave some off, forget some and include ones that make no sense… well yes I did. Feel free to provide me with what I am sure will be your well thought out critiques and alternatives. Ok here we go!
#10: The Expendables
Hey I love Skull Jewelry and this movie is chocked full of the stuff. For that alone the expendables franchise makes my list. It certainly wasn’t for the plot or the acting.
That being said, lots of action & plenty of booms
#9: Screaming Skull
This movie possibly made the list on name alone and definitely falls into the category of “So-bad-it's-good”. The Screaming Skull begins with narration warning the audience that the movie is so scary that they may actually die. Dying from laughter may be more accurate, it is a low budget cheese-fest that has cult status written all over it.
Even though accidentally comical this movie only rates:
#8: Army of Darkness - The Deadite Army
This is the third movie in the "Evil Dead" series, and it's the best. It is hard to go wrong with Ash’s '88 Oldsmobile, Boom Stick, and a Chainsaw for his right hand, throw in the Deadite Army and you have a winner. Bruce Campbell is his funniest in this performance and is a highly underrated actor in my opinion. It strays from the horror we came to love, yet it still manages to entertain and be suspenseful.
For just being awesome this movie rates:
#7: The Mystery Men – Skull Bowling Ball
An imaginative and wacky stab at the superhero genre. I was really looking forward to this movie but the pacing was slow and did not quite hit the satire mark. With a big cast of superstars, I was hoping for the greatest superhero movie ever! Alas, not to be but we did get a Skull bowling ball out of this mess.
For clever use of a Skull, this movie rates:
#6: King Kong - Skull Island
King Kong is an iconic figure and his home makes an incredible backdrop for all the films. Kong: Skull Island is not due out until 2017 so let’s look at Peter Jackson's remake of the 1933 classic; a gripping remake. It takes about 70 minutes to get everybody to Skull Island, but once there… WOW, monsters everywhere. Albeit a very long movie in need of some editing it is quite the visual treat.
While it isn't clear if we'll see Kong himself in the upcoming Skull Island movie, there will almost certainly be plenty of other big and terrifying monsters on the island that will have to be dealt with. It's scheduled for a release on November 4th, 2016.
For being a badass vacation destination, and the backdrop for cool movies:
#5: The Goonies – One Eyed Willie
A fun teen/pre-teen coming of age adventure, where the search for One-Eyed Willie’s treasure abounds with visual excitement. “The Goonies” isn’t just about finding treasure, but a story of our hero Mikey his quest to save his home. Helping him is a group of fun loving friends he would do anything for and a youthful appearance by Josh Brolin as the inadvertent leader. Filled with compelling clues, deadly booby traps, and an Indiana Jonesesque ending, “The Goonies” is fun ride in all of its 80’s glory.
For being a hero skull and just plain old fun, The Goonies rates:
#4: Ghost Rider
Ok it’s a film about a man who becomes the Devil's bounty hunter, with a flaming skull for a head and a pimped out bike that would make those TV guys jealous. Are there a multitude of plot holes… yes! But, Ghost Rider is a comic-book movie, and comic-book movies don't always have to make a lot of sense.
So, if you can stomach a movie that's designed from the ground up to sell popcorn, then you should have a blast. Ignore the cheesy dialogue, the cardboard cut-out villains and the atrociously OTT acting and just enjoy a good old-fashioned tale of heroes and villains the way the comic-books used to tell 'em. If you have to ask why water doesn't put out Ghost Rider's flames, then you're probably watching the wrong movie.
Come on, a flaming skull on a badass bike, this movie rates:
#3: Masters of the Universe – Skeletor
Ok, I have to admit I liked this movie. Sure it was campy and low budget but I dig that type of movie… Tremors, Evil Dead, etc. Our power-hungry villain, Skeletor imprisons a gentle sorceress and must defeat He-Man to gain control of the planet Eternia. If not for the superb villainy of Frank Langella, who plays the evil Skeletor, Masters of the Universe would have been worse than reviews gave it.
Skeletor is one of those characters if done correctly, could be a very compelling villain. A new high budget Masters of the Universe movie has been in limbo for a few years but I personally look forward to the new take. You have to love a villain that will not stop until the entire universe is his.
A low budget film with high budget dreams, this movie rates:
#2: Captain America: The First Avenger – The Red Skull
In a simple old-fashioned good-versus-evil yarn period piece, the villain shines bright. The Red Skull is one of the few Marvel villains that does not suck. The Red Skull possesses a high intellect and inventive genius, and is a highly gifted subversive strategist and political operative. He is a villain I love to hate.
In our movie, the Captain is eventually deployed to Europe to bring down the rogue Nazi madman and Hydra leader who calls himself Red Skull (superbly played by Hugo Weaving). At the end of Captain America: The First Avenger, you see Red Skull holding the Cosmic Cube after being hit by Captain America's shield. This causes the Cube to start glowing and Red Skull seems to dissolve into white light. Will the Red Skull will be coming back at some point? Does he die or was he merely transported to some distant place so he can return in another movie?
My Thought… He’ll be back!!
Really… Red Skull, nothing else needs to be said, this movie rates:
#1: The Nightmare Before Christmas – Jack Skellington
A Wonderful Spectacle, The Nightmare Before Christmas creates a visually unique and wondrous world. I have always been fascinated by stop-action animation and this movie took it to a new level, causing a resurgence for this genre. Supporting this film is the artistically of Danny Elfman, suppling an inspired musical score, songs and singing the Jack Skellington role. Since we are really just interested in skulls, let me Segway to Mr. Elfman’s work as the front man for Oingo Boingo, a band full of skeleton imagery. If you have never listened to them, give it a try, to this day one of my favorites.
This inspired dark tale plays well for kids and adults, and it results in a weirdly amusing story. Filled with brilliant animations, touching moments and an immersive backdrop. Since premiering in 1993, The Nightmare Before Christmas has become a holiday pic for the ages. Jack Skellington is the perfect skull to lead our list! The pumpkin king and leader of Halloween Town is respected and idolized by the residents, a like those residents the rest of the world has grown to love Jack as well
For being simply amazing and virally growing each year, this movie rates: