Top Horror Movie Killers

Don't agree with the list? Vote for an existing item you think should be ranked higher or if you are a logged in, add a new item for others to vote on or create your own version of this list.

The Top Ten

Michael Myers (Halloween)
The scariest thing about him is that he is such a mystery (referring to the original Halloween films). Nobody every understood what made him this way. He was just a faceless voiceless killer... Who was also incredibly smart.
The guy only walks when he kills... How awesome is that? Plus his mask is f'ed up
Michael has the longest movie so far that know of right now and he kills fast too.
[Newest]You rock, Michael Myers! I'm a die-hard fan!
More comments about Michael Myers (Halloween)

2Freddy Kruger (A Nightmare on Elm Street)
A villain that can infiltrate your dreams... What's scarier than that? There's no where you're safe. Eventually you have to fall asleep. In your dreams, your darkest fears dwell, and he can prey on that. The idea freaks me out.


Michael, freddy, and jason are all amazing! Its really hard to choose, but if I had to I guess it would be freddy or michael. I've always (since I was little) had a fascination with how freddy kills people in their sleep! Michael and jason are easier to escape because they are in reality, but you can't NOT got to sleep
Movie killers with personality can't be scary? Think again. Freddy is a relentless, mysterious, and confident force that makes you honestly believe there's no way out. Even the comical version of him that started showing up in sequels manages to be creepy and effective.
[Newest]I respect Michael myers but he has NOTHING on this guy.

3Jason Voorhees (Friday the 13th)
You gotta understand the top ten has the scariest mother f*s people can see. Mikey was pretty awesome. Freddy is the bomb because instead of the whole silent thing, he makes jokes. Chucky is a comedy, he sucks. Creepers gave me a few good nightmares, the rest were okay, (can't include jigsaw. The traps are cool, not him. ) Think though. Jason's been scaring for generations. Back then when killing and walking with a weapon was the scariest thing, he fit the bill. Now people have been able to make him do that and look cooler. He will always be number 1.
It's always a competition between freddy, jason and Michael. All three are great and always try and compete for the top spot. I likeall three of them. A nightmare on elm street was the highest rated of the three franchises and the best one received by critics. The longest was the halloween sereis. The best finacially was friday the 13th. All three are tied so I don't want to rate them but, Michael is the most leathel, freddy is the smartest and jason is the most powerful. All three are great and no other franchise or killer has comes this far and close to popularity. All three for the win
Jason has been stabbed, shot, hung, drowned. And impaled by his own machete but he always come back to slaughter anyone who enters camp crystal lake. JASON RULES!
[Newest]Jason number 1 not Michael is begging to capture

4Jigsaw (Saw)
Are you kidding me? How is jigsaw not number 1? He some how takes you without you knowing. You wake up in an abandon building with some device on you or around you and you have a certain amount of time to do anything he wants to make you do otherwise you die? The devices could kill you quickly or slowly whatever he wants michael myers stabs you, freddy should be number 2 because he can get in your dreams and kill you but jason uses a machete so yeah jigsaw is definitely number 1
Jigsaw it is not a psychopat. He is the only person that have really good intentions in the saw franchise. In the film, he is representing God, that send for us bad things to teach us how to live and love, that's why he is always one steep a head of everyone, always predicting what will happen next.
Jigsaw I think should be #1, he may not kill, he may not chase you down, but he is way smarter than any killer on this list, yes even Hannibal Lector, Jigsaw will push you to the limit. And tests your will to live, he gives you a chance and if you don't take that chance no matter how painful, you will die an even worse death, he is a architect, an engineer, and a genius of horror, in my opinion he is the best on the list and there is absolutely nobody better than him, Tobin Bell is the best portrayal of a mastermind killer, John Kramer! He needs to be #1! Vote Jigsaw people!


[Newest]Don't need to watch the movie only seeing the pictures will tell you how scary is jigsaw

5Leatherface (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre)
He is a serious bold face killer. He could chainsaw me in half and then eat my heart and brain. If would be in mental condition if I saw him in life and in a dream. That man is creepy he could even scare the most dangerous animal ever. I'm freaked out
In my view, I think Jason, Ghostface and especially Freddy Krueger are highly overrated as scary horror icons. A large man with a chainsaw over his head, with the pleasance to wear a mask made out of human flesh definitely hits the radar of the creep factor, if anything, more so than Jason or Freddy.
He was the original while the others were just duplicates and according to the original film he is a 6 foot 6 inch giant with a chainsaw how scary is that to see him running after you in a human mask also he will cut off your face and eat your insides can you say creepy
[Newest]He is the most realistic which makes it more scary

6Hannibal Lecter (The Silence of the Lambs)
Hannibal Lecter, only at #9? Seriously? The killer who eats his victims and wears peoples skins? And delivered the iconic lines of "A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti"? Come on! Let's get cinemas greatest killer to the top!
Nothing more scarier than a unpredictable, smart killing machine like Hannibal Lecter.
I'm having an old friend for dinner. How perfect is he? That movie is top quality and proves that gore isn't nearly as terrifying as the smooth pronounciation of the name "Clarice" from a clever cannibal.
[Newest]Oh, my God. I love Hannibal Lecter!

7Ghostface (Scream)
Ghostface, of course! Hidden behind a mask, people would not really recognize him. I don't know if he was captured or not (I know in almost ALL horror movies it happens, but I only made it half of the movie)
Ghostface, who doesn't love ghostface? You never know until the very end who is hidden behind the mask. The scream movies are the best. You never know your always shocked who it is in the end that's what makes it so good its just really great to watch!
Sexy voice m :P I do prefer Billy Loomis the killer from Scream 1, but all the Ghostface killers do a brilliant job :) I can sit and watch all the Scream movies all day long I think they are awesome x
[Newest]Its amazing because you don't no who the killer is till the end!

8Chucky (Child's Play)
Parents usually want to protect their children from seeing horror movies, but this is the one horror icon that even kids sometimes think that they shouldn't watch. It makes all talking dolls creepy as hell, and if you pretend to take out the batteries in front of your friend, and then activate the doll, they will flip out. It's so easy to prank people because it's an item you probably grew up with yourself, whereas other movie psychos are something you only see in movies.
Chucky is one of the most scariest horror slashers but he is bit of a comedy and he made me laugh in the Childs Play series and that quote "Hi I'm Chucky wanna play? " scared me so much the first time and I think his so cool because he is called "CHUCKY THE KILLER DOLL".
He scared the crap out of me and still kinda does he always will remain number 1
[Newest]He is in my top 100 somewhere. for those who find him too un-scary for the 100 LEAST scary serial killers, he's gonna play with you. DON'T LOOK AWAY, lest he shoot you down.

9The Creeper (Jeepers Creepers)
He never stops chasing you once he finds something he likes. He shows no mercy or humanity. He will torture you, eat you and smile while doing it. No one knows what he is or how to kill him. There's no running, there's no hiding. He should be number 1.
Dude, he feeds on people, has an underground cave that plays his own song, rips out peps eyeballs, stretches them out, eats their flesh, cannot die, is not predictable, has special weapons, can fly, and comes back every, what was it? 27 years to eat peps, no matter how much you've hurt him! :O sounds creepy to me, for all I know, he could be stalking us ALL!... Ah-


The creeper is a creature that just won't die and that's the thing that is different about a lot of people on the list. He is an immortal beast. If decapitated the creeper his head would grow back, like in "Jeepers Creepers 2".
[Newest]I only have 1 question when the kid opened the bag the teen was alive but he had a scare down his belly like they gutted him only he still live

10Pennywise the Dancing Clown (It)
Extremely the most scariest clown if you meant him in real life. I would crap my pants if I ever saw him or if he enters my house. The balloon part was the nastiest scene I have seen. Blood gushing every where. I am now scared of balloons.
Take everything that should be fun and pleasant for kids and turn it into something sick and phobia causing. Even balloons became scary after this movie!
Pennywise is super scary. I'm not really into clowns that have bright colors, becaue I like clowns with dark clowns, like the ones in the taboo circus, and laughing jack. but when I saw IT, I'm starting to like clowns that WEAR BRIGHT COLORS.
[Newest]Dude he is like FREAKY

The Contenders

11The Death (Final Destination)
I like these movie... Its creepy and freaky death... Actually my name is MERHAMID ABUAT who is proud at these death... Its just like bad luck but theirs no killer. Seriously watch the deaths scene and your heart will beat fast and you will crept up... Tip.. One of them burn named ashly and ashlyn and one is nailgun her head named erin <ALEXZ JOHNSON> and is chop by string... Try to watch FINAL DESTINATION 3 starring mary elizabeth winstead, alexz johnson directed by james wonggood luck to whos gonna watch these but I warn you these is really creepy
The thing about death is, even if you escape him, he will always find you. There is no cheating death, which is the whole point of the series.
The death killed in all so horrible ways. Really never thought of such kinds of deaths.


[Newest]You never know when he is going to get you

12Norman Bates (Psycho)
Are you kidding, #15? Out of all these killers, Norman, Jack Torrence, Leatherface, and maybe Hannibal or Buffalo Bill are the only ones who actually feel realistic. Now I haven't seen Texas Chainsaw, but out of the baddies from The Shining, Silence, and Psycho, Norman takes the cake. Something about that awful smile he has on when he's in the dress with the knife is just chilling beyond belief.
Do you like Huey Lewis and The News? Their early work was a little too new wave for my tastes, but when Sports came out in '83, I think they really came into their own, commercially and artistically. The whole album has a clear, crisp sound, and a new sheen of consummate professionalism that really gives the songs a big boost
Oh my gosh without a doubt the best killer. Not gonna spoil the movie, but best ending EVER!
[Newest]Boy, Norman's got the mind of a real animal.

13Pinhead (Hellraiser)
Only here cause it's a low budget movie and not many people like him so meh what the hell
Pinhead's a badass. I didn't expect him to win, but he should be way higher that this.
[Newest]Awesome he is my (2) favorite killer

14Jack Torrance (The Shining)
The movie is really awesome and I think Jack needs to be a little higher than this.
Are we serious? Best performance ever! Jack was Jack and he was all evil and smile. I can accept a JT vs. Michael Mayer, but no one else!
[Newest]Why did he go crazy?

15Leprechaun (Leprechaun)
11? At least put him in the top 5! He kills in the most awful ways.
Hey in my head he is better then pin head

16Kayako Saeki (The Grudge)
Scary as hell... Even like 4-5 years after watching this movie, I still can't get that creepy "*uh*" out of my head and that scene where she pops around the corner... UGH THAT FACE! No other movie character has made me paranoid about closets and young Japanese girls...
Kayak should be #1 Because she can kill you anytime she wants. Plus you cannot fight her because of her appearance bloody and broken bones. Thus once you've been killed by her. The place where you have been killed will be infected by her curse, that will spread like a virus.
Why is this in 21st?... This should be in number 1... She was very very scary... I'm still scared of her...


[Newest]Kayako must be in top 10 now

17Carrie (Carrie)
What's scary about this poor girl is that she can kill you in MANY ways. Hitting you with a table, impaling you, stopping your heart, crushing you, etc. Her telekinesis is the thing that makes everyone fear her. Also have you seen her eyes during the prom scene in the 1976 version? And her sadistic smiles in the 2013 version? Creepy as hell.
Come on Guys what's scarier then a girl covered in blood brutally killing you with telekinesis?
She is the most recognizable female in horror then Regan than Tiffany

18Tom Hanniger (My Bloody Valentine)

19Pyramid Head (Silent Hill)

20The Shark (Jaws)
I know that this probably doesn't stand as tall as say Samara, or Jason. But I still think that this shark deserves some recognition. I mean he made people (including myself) afraid to go back into the water. You have to be scary to do that. He's the reason I love sharks. Also the movie Jaws is actually one of the good shark movies, you know which ones aren't. ( Sharknado) He also made the shark's name as "Man-eating". That takes skill. Great whites are famous because of him, and that's why I think he's so great!
Just as soon as I saw the shark jump out of the water, I jumped out of my seat, but not all the way.
Really scary stuff man.

21Samara Morgan (The Ring)
Seriously? 17? She comes out of your T.V. and mutilates your face, not to mention that she has killed a lot more people than almost everyone above her on this list. Just because they weren't on screen doesn't mean that it wasn't obvious that it didn't happen. Secondly, she doesn't die. You know that there is a third movie or remake waiting to come out at the right time. I'd like to see Jason and Freddy and Michael act cool when she comes out of there T.V. while they're watching modern family.
What can I say I feel sorry for her and besides shes only getting even with the world BUT SHE STILL SCARES ME
The little girl was the killer in this one you had to watch a specific tape the phone would ring after you finish the tape the voice would say you have 7days to live.
[Newest]Simple ugly as hell girl comes out of there T.V. stab her in the face or block it with there couch

22The Predator (Predator)
The predator is good for being silent but deadly, you'll never see him and he is one ugly mother...
Predator, werry big monster in out world, in grey mask and, yellow body, and down to mask have big teeth and creature face.
Best movie of all time


23Xenomorph Alien (Alien)

24Candyman (Candyman)
Try it, look into the mirror and say candyman 10x. It will come out
Whatever you do don't say his name three times
5 times. You guys got it all wrong -_-

25The Collector (The Collector)
Just watch this movie. You'll forget about overrated as hell Jigsaw. This guy doesn't need any partners. His traps are inventive and creepy


He is scary because he kind of gets a charge out of killing people, he also enters houses with a purpose which is cool.
He is amazing totally off the chain he is smart and incredible sick minded a guy I would not like to meet

26Angela Baker (Sleepaway Camp)
Very underrated and forgotten female horror movie killer. She's the queen.

27La Femme (Inside)

28Boogeyman (Boogeyman)
More like boogerman ugh
Nuh this pose to be first

29Regan MacNeil (The Exorcist)
Regan should be number 1 because she can move objects


Seriously, that girl was awesome.
Her face is hot! It's also great in the scary maze game. Face is guarented to scare you!

30Bagul (Sinister)
You need to see the movie to get it! He has many names like Mr. Boogey or the Bagul or just siniser. He has a pale face, long black wet hair, google it and you will see it for yourself. Then if you are like me you will want to see the movie and then you will not sleep
He looks like Mick Thomson.

31Mary Shaw (Dead Silence)

32Three Finger (Wrong Turn)

33The Director (The Cabin in the Woods)

34The Thing (The Thing)

35John Doe (se7en)

36Bufflo Bill (The Silence of the Lambs)
Bill is inteligent merder, the Bill is look dead man and woman the butterfly larva. Is variation to doing stope and pick up his power.

37Tiff (Bride of Chucky)

38The Strangers (The Strangers)
I am a horror movie freak and this movie scared the hell out honestly one of the best horror movies I have seen in quiet a while this is the kind of horror movie I look for whenever I want to see a movie
"Because you were home" This was the best horror move of it's decade.

39Damien Thorn (The Omen)
Damienís mother was a jackal and his daddy was the devil. Sounds like an awesome paternity suit in the making. As a kid, the angel-faced five-year-old is an unholy terror on a tricycle.

40Esther (Orphan)
You have no idea how much Esther scared me.
Esther wasnt that brutal but deserves to be up higher

41Babyface (The Hills Run Red)
Babyface is very underrated. Now I do LOVE the famous horror killers, however baby face is one of the better ones because not only does he look scary, but he is also VERY smart and he doesn't walk slowly which is ridiculous that most horror killers does.

42Demon (Insidious)

43Ben Willis (I Know What You Did Last Summer)
Ben Willis is super creepy and very deadly
This ain't no fisherman friend.

44Carl Stargher (The Cell)

45Keyser Soze (Usual Suspects)
I'm sorry but Usual Suspects is a crime thriller. It's not a horror movie!

46Victor Crowley (Hatchet)
He should be at least at top 5. He can rip you in half with his bare hands
Come on you people he is on of the best
He should act least by number for 4 bause he can a man in half

47Patrick Bateman (American Psycho)
Seems like a normal person,

48Daniel Skene (Wrong Turn)

49Mark Hoffman (Saw V)

50The Tall Man (Phantasm)
A horror icon! Belongs in the Top 15 if not the Top 10.

51Otis B. Driftwood (The Devil's Rejects)
Wears his victim's skin as a costume

52Blade (Puppet Master)
Scary silent eyes of stone cold none emotion what else do you need jason got nothing on him

53Torch (Puppet Master)
Torch is number 4 ONLY AND I MEAN ONLY because he has a short appearance
Puppet master for the win!

54Cropsy (The Burning)
Based on a true story and killer

55Tamara Riley (Tamara)

56The Blob (The Blob)
More funny than creepy, but still deserves to be on the list.
The movie was based on a true story.

57Jerry Blake (The Stepfather)
One nutty guy. Terry o'quinns performance is superb. His idealistic family visions are as disturbing as his penchant for slaughtering his loved ones.

58Pumpkinhead (Pumpkinhead)

59Killjoy (Killjoy)

60Dr. Satan (House of 1000 Corpses)
Leader of a family of messed up killers. Using visitors to their museum for deranged experiments.

61Kevin (Sin City)
Sin city is not a horror movie.

62Harry Warden (My Bloody Valentine)
1st real horror movie I watched

63Horny the Clown (Drive Thru)
Seriously, Horny the Clown? Does this sound like a horror movie killer, I think you should remove him and take him to the COMEDY-HORROR section!
He just mad cause no one will have sex with him

64Gage Creed (Pet Sematary)

65Captain Spaulding (House of 1000 Corpses)

66Glen (Seed of Chucky)

67Mortis (Shadow)
Amazing Hey Federico Zampaglione make a sequel to Shadow set in 2011 and have the characters return but as Shadowhunters (immortal half-Angel half-human warriors) and have Lisa Arch star as one of the main killers along with the Atwood's from the Graves

68Peter and Paul (Funny Games)

69The Girl (Neighbor)
She rocks and America Olivo is so beautiful and talented it's true

70Killer Klowns (Killer Klowns From Outer Space)
One of my favorite movie ons
They're clowns and campy

71Dr. Heiter (The Human Centipede)
He is pretty good-looking though.

72Cujo (Cujo)
Actually the subtext is "ELM STREET has a new pooch". ELM STREET. you might as well say freddy.


Jason got a new dog his name is... cujo
He's a scary dog!

73Roman Bridger (Scream 3)

74Patua (Phenomena/Creepers)

75Abyzou (The Possession)

76The House (Amityville Horror)

77The Fog (The Fog)

78Kristi (Paranormal Activity 3)

79Ash Williams (The Evil Dead)
I like this guy he has a chainsaw as a hand

80ChromeSkull (Laid to Rest)

81Sheriff George Fraser (The Prowler)

82The Hospital (Grave Encounters)
Its the most terrifying house ever. (his real name is Greystone psychatric hospital)

83Old Woman (Insidious)

84The Vampire (The Night Flier)

85Kurt Barlow ('Salem's Lot)

86The Tall Man (The Tall Man)

87Killer Tomatoes (Attack of the Killer Tomatoes)

88Gurdy the Clown (100 Tears)

89Moonface (Masters of Horror: Incident On And Off a Mountain Road)

90Pluto (The Hills Have Eyes)
He's so scary definitely him!

91The Von Geisler Clan (Frontier(s))
These guys are just unique and amazing killers they're just as likeable as the protagnists of the film. LONG LIVE FRONTIER (S)

92Farmer Vincent (Motel Hell)

93The Atwood Clan (The Graves)
To all the directors of Frontier (s), Shadow, High Tension, Calvaire, We are the night, Inside, Martyrs, High Tension, Stag Night, High Lane, Open House and the Graves create a huge sequel and make the characters immortal and magical and have the Atwood's return with a lot of new characters. You'd be doing everyone a favor.

94David and Lila (Open House)
Love the film they're just like the protagnists unique and likeable.

95Louise, Charlotte and Nora (We are the Night)
Vampires but they're not really evil since they do have good sides to them. Amazing movie

96Brett, Jimmy and Poppy (Storm Warning)
Amazing add them into the sequel you guys should do about the Atwood clan.

97Joseph (Sheitan)
Hilarious and scary at the same time

98Kane (See No Evil)

99Kyung-chul (I Saw the Devil)

100Valentine (The Killer)

Comments About This List

Featured Lists
Popular Lists
New Lists

Top Remixes of This List






see more...

Posts About This List

List Info

This list was created 4 years, 4 days ago and has been voted on over 2,000 times. This top ten list contains 111 items, has been remixed 49 times and has been blogged about 1 times.

Updated Sunday, April 26, 2015

List Error Reporting

See an item on this list that's misspelled, duplicated, or doesn't belong? Let us know. Click here to report the error.