Horror films are filled with terrifying bad guys, yet, even though they’re driven by the fear inspired by those bad guys, many also contain their share of moral ambiguity. What if some of the creeps, monsters and killers are actually justified in what they do? Some of the best — and scariest — killers have, from a certain point of view, every right to be murdering. Are some of them acting out of self-defense? Are they just doing their job? Are they trying to right a wrong with an eye for an eye? You can judge for yourself, but here are some movie killers who might not look quite so evil upon closer examination.
The Shark in Jaws
Known affectionately as “Bruce” by Jaws‘ production team, the killer shark who terrorizes beachgoers in Amity serves as Chief Brody’s nemesis and Quint’s ultimate prize. Bruce ruthlessly kills young women, children — and probably even a few dogs. But when all is said and done, isn’t Bruce just a shark being a shark? Maybe Bruce the Shark was confused and scared that he’d been swimming around like he does every single day and then suddenly — “Wow! What is this beautiful gourmet morsel of meat here? I’ve never seen anything like this before! And so colorful!” Can you really blame a shark for following its natural instincts?