1. Joan Allen as Hennessey in "Death Race" (2008)
As the warden of a maximum security prison lodging convicts with life
sentences, she may be the psychopath in the yard as she stages to-the-death
car races to keep her otherwise boring job interesting. But she hasn't yet
met the likes of Jensen Ames (Jason Statham) nor ever seen what he can do
with four wheels.
2. Juliette Lewis as Mallory Knox in "Pulp Fiction" (1994)
Lewis has always been able to play crazed and dangerous and in this Tarantino
recall of the druggy 60's she moves that skill up to the top notch of twisted
and dangerous. She and Woody Harrelson as husband Mickey are in a mental
world of their own as they take off on a psychedelic journey to bring hell
and maximum carnage to all they come across, leaving one eye-witness behind
at each bloody stop in order to feed the media's depiction of them as legends
and folk heroes.
3. Charlize Theron as Aileen Wuornos in the true story, "Monster," (2003)
Channeling a highway prostitute in 1989 Florida, servicing truck drivers on
the long haul, a lesbian and a cold-blooded serial killer, Theron goes all
out in her portrayal in order to win an Oscar. And, with what may be the most
extreme ugly-ing in makeup for a model turned actress, she met her goal.
4. Glenn Close as Catherine Tramell in "Fatal Attraction" (1987)
Setting a new standard for stickiness after a weekend fling, she is married
NY lawyer Dan Callagher's (Michael Douglas) most terrorizing nightmare.
Close, in an intense signature role, is at her prime as the perpetrator of a
huge hit that is an icon of psychotic misadventure.
5. Famke Janssen's as Xenia Onatopp in James Bond's "Goldeneye." (1995)
She was a fighter pilot in the Soviet Air Force who joined the crime
syndicate Bond is looking for. Always a responder to beautiful, seductive
women, he's met one in Xenia, who derives sexual satisfaction from killing,
sometimes combining the two turnons to achieve her best orgasms.
6. Demi Moore as Laura in "Flawless" (2007)
She was a soon-to-be-retired executive for the London Diamond Corp. in 1960
with a grudge against her male superiors who is fuming as she watches
less-talented men being promoted ahead of her. When a sharp thief posing as a
janitor "reads" her discontent correctly, he comes to her with a proposal to
make a fortune, and she finally finds a way to vindicate her dissatisfactions
with a farewell they won't soon forget. Moore was herself discredited by the
critics who seemed to harbor an attitude against her for actions off-screen
at the time, but her icy reserve and intent demeanor was a far better
portrayal than she was credited for.
7. Asia Argento as Beatrice in "B. Monkey" (1998)
Hot as they come, she tears a path through London as a take-no-prisoners
assassin tying up with a school teacher looking for excitement. Wild and
uncontainable, she's pure eye-candy as she makes the pic a male joy ride.
8. Nicole Kidman as Sophia/Nadia in "Birthday Girl" (2001)
She's Nadia, a mail order bride from Russia whose "cousins" arrive in time
for her birthday, making the poor, unsuspecting bank clerk from St Albans
think that his marriage was not turning out be the one he was expecting. But,
then, he joins her action and life becomes even more berserk.
9. Angelina Jolie as Fox in "Wanted" (2008)
Her mission, as a member of the Fraternity, a super-secret group of
assassins, is to teach James McAvoy how to be the best killer for hire. His
mission is to avenge the death of his father.
10. Angelica Huston as Lilly Dillon in "The Grifters" (1990)
She's a con artist, born to the grift, who's not above seducing her landlord
when she can't make the rent; or taking some off the top of her bookmaker
boss's receipts to keep things going. She shoots her son Roy's girlfriend in
self-defense and arranges the body to be misidentified as hers. [SPOILER] Her
last play is killing Roy (John Cusack) for his illicitly gained money and
taking off in his car. The End.