Helix: Our Favorite Totally Psycho Couples
Let's face it: Peter Farragut was never the most stable fellow, what with his abusive childhood, constantly living in the shadow of his smarter, more handsome brother and generally just not knowing what the heck he was supposed to do with this life. And Anne, sweet Anne, well, as calm and collected as she manages to be most of the time, she's most certainly not what we'd call … well, "sane."
And it would appear that, as of the 11th episode, "Plan B," the collective events of the second season of Helix have succeeded in completely obliterating what little grip on reality these two may have had. They are now officially a Psycho Couple, immersed in gonzo delusions of grandeur as they look to continue Michael's twisted legacy at The Abbey. They're stabbing and gutting people, stealing babies from toothless mothers and just generally spreading evil all over the damn island.
It's pretty fun.
Here are some of our other favorite Psycho Couples.
- Mickey & Mallory Knox
Who doesn't love Mickey & Mallory? That was kind of the whole point of Oliver Stone's exhausting psychedelic multimedia satire (or whatever), Natural Born Killers: the press, the public, everyone digs these sexy redneck cuckoo birds and the gallons of blood they leave in their wake. Really, who did you want to win in the end: Tommy Lee Jones?
- The Joker & Harley Quinn
Paul Dini and Bruce Timm forever changed the world of DC Comics — and, indeed, the life of the Clown Prince of Crime — when the introduced the character of Harley Quinn in an episode of Batman: The Animated Series ("Joker's Favor") in September 1992. The 1994 graphic novel, Mad Love, told her origin story, following Arkham Asylum psychiatrist Dr. Harleen Frances Quinzell as she falls for the Joker and becomes his sidekick/love interest. The Joker spends as much time trying to get rid of her as he does romancing her, which is, of course, just how it should be.
- Top Dollar & Myca
Top Dollar is the primary bad guy of The Crow, a crime lord who rules Detroit with a black-gloved fist, delighting in turning the city into a war zone every year on Devil's Night as he sends his goons on missions of mass arson. Myca is his half-sister and full-lover, a sexy mystic with an eye fetish and a line in on the world of the supernatural. Together, they take goth to a whole new level of … well, ‘90s grunge, really.
- Chucky & Tiffany
Kudos to Child's Play creator Don Mancini for waking up one morning and realizing, "You know what Chucky needs? A ladyfriend!" And double kudos for getting Bound beauty Jennifer Tilly to play the role of Tiffany (first in Bride of Chucky and later in Seed of Chucky and Curse of Chucky), the main squeeze of psycho criminal Charles Lee Ray and now his number-one dolly. These two are actually kind of adorable as they spread murder and mayhem whilst they alternately bicker and discuss the life philosophies of Martha Stewart.
- Frank & Julia Cotton
Clive Barker's Hellraiser gave us one of the most deliciously evil couples in the history of horror cinema. Julia was having an extramarital affair with Frank, her husband's brother (sound familiar?), who ended up messing with a demonic puzzle box and got torn apart and sent to hell (or something); he's slowly recomposing in the real world via human blood, and now he skulks about the attic as Julia brings home would-be lovers to feed to her undead boyfriend. They both eventually go to hell and stay there, though we hear everyone down there is kinda freaked out by them.
- Stephen H. Price & Evelyn Stockard-Price
In the 1999 remake of House on Haunted Hill, Stephen H. Price is a millionaire amusement park mogul with a macabre sense of humor who throws a bizarre birthday party in a haunted asylum for his trophy wife, Evelyn, whom he loves/despises; as malevolent spirits throw a party the seemingly randomly selected (or are they?) guests will never forget, the Prices each try to outsmart — and, perhaps, murder — the other. The scares and effects are fun, but not as much as the imaginative insults these two hurl at each other throughout.