Sometimes the only thing worse than a chainsaw-wielding psychopath… is that psychopath's older brother. To celebrate FEARNET's network premiere of A Tale of Two Sisters this Saturday, we've put together a list of our favorite diabolical siblings. They may not always play nice, but the saying is true: blood is always thicker than water. Especially if that blood works together to make buckets of more blood!
The Sawyer Brothers
Weird nicknames definitely run in Leatherface's family. Take, for instance, his crazed brother Nubbins. Or everyone's favorite psychopath, Chop Top. These many boys, all with the last name Sawyer, kill and eat people for dinner. But that's not the only reason they're on this list. No, they make the list in large part due to sheer numbers. Let's try to name them all: Leatherface, Nubbins, Chop Top, Tex, Tink, Alfredo, and Drayton. Phew! Did I miss any? In all the timelines, sequels, and other franchise media, one thing remains the same: these are a bunch of mean, psychotic, cannibalistic brothers! And you thought you and your older brother were a couple of jerks in middle school? Ha! You've got nothing on the Sawyer boys.
The Grady Twins
These two little girls from The Shining look like the sweetest sisters you could ever hope to meet. They were victims of their crazed dad, damned to haunt the Overlook Hotel for who knows how long. Creepy, sad-eyed, and full of remorse, these two cuties just ooze paranormal dread. Sure, they don't mean Danny any harm when they ask him to go play with them; he's the first kid in a long time to come around with the Shining. But when you can't help but induce flashes of yourselves as chopped up, bloody bodies… then something ain't right.
"Beast" Rabban and Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen
Two of the most vile, rotten brothers in the history of fiction come from the wonderful sci-fi novel Dune. In a universe set far into the future, the two brothers are set up as a kind of "Good Cop, Bad Cop" for the desert planet of Arrakis. After the corpulent, near-insane "Beast" Rabban was done ruling the planet with an iron fist, it would then be the treacherous Feyd-Rautha's turn to swoop in and be the kind ruler the planet craved. Both brothers ended up being rotten to the core, and the hero of the novel, Paul Atreides, has to unite the people of Arrakis against them. Both are rotten in their own ways, and both are expertly portrayed (Rabban by Paul L. Smith, Feyd by Sting) in David Lynch's totally bizarre film adaptation. When you want evil and slimy, you can do no better than these boys.
The Weird Sisters
Talk about your bearers of bad news! The Three Witches, also known as the Weird Sisters, are some of the strangest characters in all of Shakespeare's works. At the start of Macbeth, the Weird Sisters proclaim Macbeth the next in line to be king. After he hears their prophecy and kills the current king (with a little help), the sisters reappear, prophesying doom and gloom for Macbeth. Though he and his wife are the stars of the play, the three witches are the catalyst for all the trouble that befalls the titular protagonist. And although the question rages "Would Macbeth have killed the king anyway?" it's hard to imagine Macbeth without these three creepy ladies.
The Firefly Siblings
Ahh, new horror favorites Otis and Baby, where would we be without you? If we were victims of your chaos in Rob Zombie's House of 1,000 Corpses or The Devil's Rejects, probably in a much better place. These two siblings are crazed psychopaths, and they start out in House of as a couple of serial killing, one-liner-spouting nutjobs. By the time we see them in Rejects, they are portrayed as realistic, grimy, terrifying monsters. Sure they're terrible, but if you grew up with Captain Spaulding as your dad you'd be pretty f***ed up too!