EW's 19 Creepy Movie Stalkers

As Ali Larter sets her sights on Beyonce's man in ''Obsessed,'' we put some other memorable characters who don't respect boundaries under surveillance

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JUDI DENCH IN NOTES ON A SCANDAL (2006)

Judi Dench is probably the least likely great actress to play a stalker. The dame's a Dame, for queen's sakes! Yet in Notes on a Scandal — a kind of same-sex Fatal Attraction imagined by Jane Austen in a really foul mood — the Oscar winning legend turned in an Oscar-nominated performance as a lonely British schoolmarm who learns that a pretty young fellow teacher (an Oscar-nominated Cate Blanchette) has been sleeping with a student, and then cunningly leverages that info to turn the woman into her one and only friend. Dench's femme fatale is deliciously fiendish and heartbreakingly poignant — a truly classy creep. —Jeff Jensen


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MARK WAHLBERG IN FEAR (1996)

Sorry, Reese Witherspoon's smitten teen — there's no breaking up with Mark Wahlberg! —Marc Bernardin


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ALICIA SILVERSTONE IN THE CRUSH (1993)

Fourteen-year old Darian (Silverstone) had a thing for older men. And bees. So when a bespectacled journalist (Cary Elwes) literally twice her age rejects her romantic advances, the jealous apiarist assaults his girlfriend with angry wasps and eventually frames him for rape. —Jeff Labrecque





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KEVIN BACON IN THE WOODSMAN (2004)

Bacon plays Walter, a recently paroled child molester, as a surprisingly likeable, regular guy. By subverting our expectations that all pedophiles are drooling, sweat-stained monsters living in their mother's basements, the character is all the more chilling because he comes off just like anyone battling an addiction: no matter how good his intentions, you worry that on a bad day he'll relapse. The suspense is gut churning. — Christine Spines



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JENNIFER JASON LEIGH IN SINGLE WHITE FEMALE (1992)

The most compelling of the crop of late '80s/early '90s female nut jobs who don't take rejection lightly, Leigh's dowdy Heddy Carlson fixates on her excruciatingly cute and likeable roommate, Ally (Bridget Fonda). But Heddy's friendly possessiveness (erasing Ally's voice mail messages) quickly devolves into a deeply creepy doppelganger effect where she mimics easygoing Ally's every move in a pathetic play to hijack her roomie's life. — Christine Spines



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ROBERT DE NIRO IN CAPE FEAR (1991)

Robert Mitchum who? Oh, yes, we did just say that: In Martin Scorsese's reinvention of the classic 1962 thriller, Robert De Niro took on Mitchum's classic rogue — an ex-con named Max Cady, hell-bent on getting even with the lawyer who helped put him away — and made it his own, creating one of modern cinema's most memorable monsters. His infamous finger-sucking drama-club sequence with Juliette Lewis is all-time creepy. De Niro got his sixth Oscar nomination for playing Cady 18 years ago. Man, it would be nice to see him that scary-good again. — Jeff Jensen



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JIM CARREY IN THE CABLE GUY (1996)

All stalkers want, in one twisted way or another, is to be a part of their stalkee's life. When Carrey's TV tech saw how ''awesome'' Matthew Broderick's life was while installing his cable...well, he wouldn't stop at anything to make sure they were besties. Including, but not limited to, getting them into a Medieval Times-ish brawl. —Marc Bernardin



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MEG RYAN IN SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE (1993)

Let the record show: Ryan's Annie fell for a man (Tom Hanks) she only knew from a radio call-in show. She sent him an admiring letter, flew 2,300 miles to spy on him, and then suggested that they rendezvous at the top of the Empire State Building. Apparently, director Nora Ephron couldn't dig up a Jimmy Durante tune evocative of a restraining order. —Jeff Labrecque



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GLENN CLOSE IN FATAL ATTRACTION (1987)

When the cat's away the mice should never play. When Michael Douglas' wife is out of town, he launches into a steamy fling with Close's Alex Forrest. But then he tries to end it and she flips — the ultimate woman scorned fable. Close destroys his car, his marriage, and most indelibly, his daughter's pet rabbit. And that's not even mentioning the creepy thing she does flicking the lights on and off in her apartment. —Chris Nashawaty



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CAMERON DIAZ IN VANILLA SKY (2001)

In theory, getting stalked by a hot-for-your-body Cameron Diaz isn't necessarily a bad thing for most guys. Again: In theory. But as Tom Cruise's psycho ex-girlfriend in the sci-fi psychothriller Vanilla Sky, the comic stalker-victim from There's Something About Mary made it clear why funking with her heart would be a very, very bad thing. Note: If you must dump her, never, ever let her drive you anywhere afterward. Diaz, chilling in the role, reminds you that she can do so much more than goofy-cute comedy and SNL cougar skits. —Jeff Jensen



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PATRICK BERGIN IN SLEEPING WITH THE ENEMY (1991)

Julia Roberts finds herself stuck in a harrowing abusive marriage with Bergin's control freak — until she fakes her own death and escapes to a new life in a new town. Of course, Creepy Evil Husband tracks her down and aims to reclaim what's ''his,'' by any means necessary. —Marc Bernardin



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KATHY BATES IN MISERY (1990)

''I am your number one fan. There is nothing to worry about. You are going to be just fine. I am your number one fan.'' So says supreme nut job Annie Wilkes (Bates) to novelist Paul Sheldon (James Caan) moments after he survives a brutal car crash. Wilkes welcomes him into her home, nurses him back to health, and seems to have his best interest at heart until...she finds out Sheldon has killed off her beloved heroine Misery Chastain. Breaking his ankles with a sledgehammer is just one of her ideas of a fun pastime. —Missy Schwartz



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KURT RUSSELL IN DEATH PROOF (2007)

In Quentin Tarantino's half of the 2007 double-feature Grindhouse, he taps the badass Escape From New York star and gives his macho persona a grizzled, pervy twist. As Stuntman Mike, Russell stalks young women from behind the wheel of his vintage muscle car and doesn't stop until they're roadkill. —Chris Nashawaty



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ERIKA CHRISTENSEN IN SWIMFAN (2002)

A few days after transferring to a new school, Madison Bell (Christensen) sets her cuckoo radar on Ben (Jesse Bradford), a star swimmer training for the Olympics. They have steamy sex — where else? — in the school pool, but when he tells her it's over, Maddie goes predictably, homicidally nuts. It's Fatal Attraction for the teens! —Missy Schwartz



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CHRIS ELLIOT IN THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT MARY (1998)

Ted (Ben Stiller) hires a private dick to locate his high school crush, Mary (Cameron Diaz). Said private dick (Matt Dillon) gets teeth implants to win her over. And some random pizza delivery guy feigns being crippled just to be near her. So give shoe-stealing Woogie credit for being the creepiest stalker in a film entirely about stalking. —Jeff Labrecque



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JESSICA WALTER IN PLAY MISTY FOR ME (1971)

Sixteen years before Glenn Close boiled a bunny, Jessica Walter's deranged fan of a late-night radio DJ (played by Clint Eastwood) was the original woman who would...not...be...ignored. Only a conservative like Eastwood could make a film warning against the deadly peril of one-night-stands during the era of free love. —Chris Nashawaty



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ROBERT DE NIRO IN THE KING OF COMEDY (1983)

Aspiring comic Rupert Pupkin wants to break into show biz, and he isn't afraid to go right to the master, late-night legend Jerry Langford (Jerry Lewis). Or kidnap him. The talentless stooge holds Jerry ransom in exchange for a late-night gig, ultimately deciding, ''Better to be king for a night, than schmuck for a lifetime.'' —Jeff Labrecque



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MICHAEL KEATON IN PACIFIC HEIGHTS (1990)

Melanie Griffith and Matthew Modine's only crime is being happy, homeowning yuppies. But that's more than enough to set Keaton's loco lodger-from-hell Carter Hayes on a psycho mission to ruin their lives and their livelihood. Exhibit A on why landlords should check prospective tenants' references. —Chris Nashawaty



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ROBIN WILLIAMS IN ONE HOUR PHOTO (2002)

Day after day, Sy Parrish (Williams) sits in a one-hour photo shop, fantasizing about being a member of the seemingly picture-perfect Yorkin family, whose snapshots he's been developing — and copying for himself — for years. But when he discovers that papa Yorkin (Michael Vartan) is having an affair, he flips out and amps up the stalking to psycho levels. If only the Yorkins had known about self-developing digital photography.... —Missy Schwartz

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