Top 5 Face Turns in Horror
The films follow the angel Gabriel (Walken) as he seeks to start a second war in Heaven. Walken was an intense figure for the first two films, casually murdering and manipulating as he went with single-minded purpose. The all of a sudden the third film rolls around and he's become a human who seeks to atone for his crimes. Yeah, it's a pretty cliché little trilogy, but the redemptive figure that Walken becomes is such a victory after his murderous and misplace rage in the first two films that you root for it.
If you've never absorbed the first three Prophecy films, then I highly recommend making an evening out of it. It's like Star Wars for spooky kids.
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2. Puppet Master: When it comes to face turns, almost no one did it harder than Andre Toulon and his sadistic puppet army. The first two of the acclaimed Charles Band series were as straight up frightening as anything you could ever want. Toulon trapped souls in the little wooden forms and they carried out his evil will. Perfect stuff.
How do you turn that around? One word; Nazis. By the third film we get a look at Toulon as a kindly toymaker under the Nazi regime. Those fascist bastards take everything from him, and soon he is waging the just war against Hitler's dream. Next thing you know we get two more films and Toulon's legacy is a puppet himself, and he takes a young man under his wing to fight demons. If you run out of Nazis, go with demons. I've always said that. Man, these films kick so much ass.
1. Godzilla: The King of Monsters is also the King of Face Turns. People forget, but the original Gojira is a straight up horror flick, and a really good one to boot. Maybe it's not scary for the nuclear desensitized audience of today, but I remember seeing it as a young child. That form looming out of the darkness, the army powerless to resist the creature, the hopeless subtext that you can't escape. Brilliant stuff.
Though he continued to be a threat to humanity in the first couple of sequels, by the time Ghidorah the Three-Headed Monster rolls around Godzilla had more or less become the hero of the films, defending us from worse rubber-suited monsters. Various attempts at turning the character back into a heel have been attempted like Return of Godzilla, but it always eventually reverts to him playing fire-breathing big brother beating up the bad guy who took our dolly.
I find it to be weirdly ironic that a symbol of the unstoppable force of nuclear power always ends up being our playful servant. This explains a lot of human history, actually. Well, it explains all the bits that ended up on fire at any rate.