10 Batman villains who appeared in British Horror Films


Let’s mark the 4th of July by noting the things the UK and US have in common – namely the actors who appeared as both Batman bad guys and in British horror films!

1. Egghead was played in the 1960s TV series by Vincent Price (1911-1993) … who also starred in Witchfinder General (1968) and many other fantastic British horror films
Vincent Price in Batman
2. Bookworm was played in the 1960s TV series by Roddy McDowell (1928-1998) … who also starred in It! (1967)

3.Ma Parker was played  in the 1960s TV series by Shelley Winters (1920-2006) … who appeared in Whoever Slew Auntie Roo? (1971)

4. Siren was played in the 1960s TV series by Joan Collins (1933-) … who appeared in Tales from The Crypt (1972)

5. Lady Penelope Peasoup was played in the 1960s TV series by Glynis Johns (1923-) … who appeared in The Vault of Horror (1973)

6. The Black Widow was played in the 1960s TV series by Talullah Bankhead (1902-1968) … and starred in Fanatic (1965)

7. Mr Freeze was played in the 1960s TV series by George Sanders (1906-1972) … also appeared in Village of the Damned (1960)

8. The Penguin was played in the 1960s TV series by Burgess Meredith (1907-1997) … who also appeared in Torture Garden (1967)

9. The Scarecrow in Batman Begins (2005) was played by Cillian Murphy (1976-) … who also starred in 28 Days Later (2002)

10. The Joker in Batman (1989) was played by Jack Nicholson (1937-) … who also starred in The Shining (1980) which was British-American co-production.


  1. Bookworm (Roddy McDowell) was on Alfred Hitchcock presents, Legend of Hell House and both original Fright Night and Fright Night Part 2. The actor who played The Riddler appeared in the show Are you Afraid of the Dark? on Nickelodeon and of course Egghead (Vincent Price) was in a LOT of horror.


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