a clockwork orange 1971
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A Bit Of The Old Ultraviolence: The 10 Best Malcolm McDowell Horror Movies

Oh my brothers and sisters, gather ’round! We’re here to celebrate the 80th birthday of the one and only Malcolm McDowell– an actor whose talent knows no boundaries, and whose presence in the horror, sci-fi, and dystopian thriller sub-genre is simply a droog’s dream come true.

From his iconic role as Alex DeLarge in A Clockwork Orange to his chilling portrayals in other blood-soaked delights, we present to you the 10 best Malcolm Mcdowell horror movies (and science fiction, of course)! Brace yourself, dear reader, for a journey into the macabre with our witty, fun, and oh-so-horrorshow listicle!



a clockwork orange 1971
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A Clockwork Orange (1971)

Let’s kick things off with the mother of all cult classics, Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange. McDowell’s charismatic and devilishly mischievous portrayal of the charismatic delinquent Alex DeLarge is a straight-up punch to the gulliver. With his nadsat slang and a thirst for the old ultraviolence, McDowell set the benchmark for memorable horror performances. A true horrorshow!



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Halloween (2007)
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Halloween (2007)

Rob Zombie’s gritty reimagining of John Carpenter’s slasher masterpiece introduced us to a whole new level of fear. McDowell stepped into the shoes of Dr. Samuel Loomis, the dedicated psychiatrist hell-bent on stopping the relentless force that is Michael Myers. His performance brought depth and gravitas to the iconic character, reminding us that evil can lurk in the darkest corners of the mind.



If... (1968)

If… (1968)

Before A Clockwork Orange, McDowell showcased his rebellious spirit in Lindsay Anderson’s If… A tale of rebellion set within the walls of a British boarding school, McDowell’s portrayal of Mick Travis, a young anarchist, captures the essence of youthful rebellion in all its anarchic glory. It’s a powerful film that leaves you questioning authority and craving a bit of the old ultraviolence.



Silent Night (2012)
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Silent Night (2012)

In Silent Night (2012), McDowell takes the reins as Sheriff Cooper, a protagonist caught in a yuletide nightmare. The film pits McDowell against a sinister Santa slasher, spreading holiday fear faster than Moloko on Christmas morning. This blood-soaked homage to the season of joy will have you questioning if it’s the jingle of bells or the screams of terror that truly make this Silent Night a horrorshow delight.



Antiviral (2012)
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Antiviral (2012)

Venturing into the realm of body horror, McDowell stars in Brandon Cronenberg’s Antiviral. Set in a not-so-distant future, McDowell portrays a doctor who specializes in infecting everyday clients with celebrity diseases. As the lines between obsession and reality blur, McDowell’s performance shines in this eerie and thought-provoking exploration of society’s obsession with fame.



suck movie 2009
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Suck (2009)

Prepare to sink your teeth into some vampiric fun with Suck. In this rock ‘n’ roll horror comedy, McDowell plays Eddie Van Helsing, a vampire hunter out to crash the party. With a fantastic blend of humor, music, and a touch of gore, McDowell’s performance adds a deliciously wicked charm to the film. It’s a bloody good time!



Cat People (1982)

Cat People (1982)

Let’s shift gears to a film that prowls in the shadows of the horror genre. McDowell joins forces with director Paul Schrader in Cat People, a seductive tale of ancient curses and feline allure. Playing an estranged brother with a dark secret, McDowell brings a level of sophistication and mystery to this twisted little flick.



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Time After Time (1979)

In this time-traveling thriller, McDowell stars as the legendary writer H.G. Wells, who discovers that Jack the Ripper (played by David Warner) has escaped to modern-day San Francisco. McDowell’s portrayal of Wells as an idealistic and intelligent man caught in a battle against evil is both captivating and thrilling. It’s the perfect blend of horror, sci-fi, and adventure!



Silent Hill Revelation (2012)

Silent Hill: Revelation (2012)

Prepare for the wicked descent into the nightmarish world of Silent Hill once again in “Revelation.” In this atmospheric sequel, McDowell brings his chilling presence to the enigmatic character of Leonard Wolf, guiding us through the twisted mysteries of Silent Hill. With his sinister elegance, McDowell adds a touch of the old ultraviolence to this spine-chilling journey into darkness.



Tank Girl (1995)

Tank Girl (1995)

Time to get wild and anarchic once again with Tank Girl, the post-apocalyptic cult classic. McDowell plays Kesslee, a ruthless corporate leader in a world where water is scarce. With over-the-top performances and a wicked sense of humor, McDowell revels in the chaotic madness of this punk-infused adventure, proving that even in the face of chaos, he’s always ready for a bit of the old ultraviolence.


As we raise our glasses to Malcolm McDowell on his 80th birthday, we salute his remarkable talent and his unforgettable contributions to the horror genre. From the unforgettable A Clockwork Orange to

Halloween (2007), Antiviral (2012), and his chilling performances in various horror delights, McDowell has left an indelible mark on the hearts and minds of horror fans everywhere. So, fellow droogs, let us all join in celebrating this icon of the silver screen, and may he continue to entertain and terrify us for many years to come.

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