Why Villains Lose – Joston Ramon Theney

Joston Ramon Theney, Screenwriter, Author, Director, Producer: That’s where the drama comes from, that’s where it gets interesting and if your bad guy was only driven by revenge, I’ve seen that a million times. 

Film Courage: We had this comment come in on our channel “In a horror movie only the villain character matters, all the other characters are expendable. Most are going to die anyway.” What’s your reaction to that? 

Joston: I don’t think that’s true. If no one matters, they shouldn’t be in the film. If it’s only about that villain then he should be yo-yoing or doing something else that only requires him. I think that you’re trying to tell a story and every character is integral to that story or they shouldn’t be there. Maybe that comes from me working with limited budgets always and you’re constantly saying Why is this person here? Does this person need to be here because they’re going to impact me? As far as scheduling, as far as the budget and it helps you hone your screenwriting skills better too because there’s nothing extraneous about the script so to say at any stage that none of these people matter I think if you’re watching the later Friday the 13th movies, if you’re watching the later Freddy movies or the later Halloweens but if you’re watching the ones that they started with you would not say anybody was extraneous in those stories. That’s when they were still very creative and they had spent a lot of time working on the script and they gave a lot of thought toward it, it was written with love and when you do that, when the screenwriter loves those characters, there’s no way they will be creating people that don’t matter, no way.

Film Courage: How does a villain in a story reflect the hero?

Joston: If you had asked me this a long time ago. Now I say sometimes my villain and my hero are almost one in the same. They have to pursue whatever their goal is with the same amount of passion. I think that one person learns lessons and the other person doesn’t and that’s ultimately what does in the villain and the villain has to reflect whatever it is or I shouldn’t say that villain has reflected but their goal has to reflect something that the hero is trying to work through so that they can work through. There’s a catharsis as they go through this journey and get to the end and stop this thing from happening. I think that’s the way it should go but I think that they should both pursue their goals with the same passion and intensity because that’s what makes for a great villain. I still consider the best villain to be Alan Rickman’s character in Die Hard. I think he is the best villain ever because his goal is the opposite but they’re working towards the same thing which is…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).



Screenwriter, author, producer, director Joston Ramon Theney grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. He is known for films such as Wanton Want (2021), Axeman at Cutters Creek (2020) and Jurassic Hunt (2021).   









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