Best Horror Movie Actors

This list looks at the talent behind the disfigured faces.

The Top Ten

1 Robert Englund Robert Englund

Of course the people who played the biggest a-hole ever (Jason) are above the greatest actor of all time. Robert has a way of making Freddy seem a little unreal yet real, and he's got a walk, a stance, and of course he's just got style! I also did some research... The only editing they do to make Freddy's voice is that they slow it down a bit. That is Robert's voice (not his norm voice, his Freddy voice)!

He talks, he can be funny and a real madman at the same time, and he can really act. All the silent killers don't need good actors. They are being paid to walk around. Freddy in the movie was amazing, Robert Englund did a terrific job being Freddy (NOT FREDDIE, PEOPLE), and the new Nightmare movie, ugh, it sucked without Robert as Freddy!... One more thing... Is it just me, or but when Freddy's memories happen in 'Freddy's Dead', don't he look like John Deacon a little bit? Please, I am serious. At one point.

Robert Englund is by far the best actor of all time. The fact remains his talent hasn't even been approached, plus all you have to do is get a really big guy and ta-the you got Jason, no one ever can replace Robert Englund, Anyone can replace Jason.

Should be 1st

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2 Kane Hodder Kane Hodder

The most amazing horror actor I have ever seen in my life... The first time I saw "Friday The 13th Part 7" with my friend, I loved it. After The Movie Was Over I looked over to my friend Taylor and said "I HAVE to find out who plays as Jason in this movie! Whoever played as him was amazing! " Eventually I found out it was Kane Hodder and still love his acting to this day!

Kane Hodder is so much more than a stunt man in a mask. Even in non speaking roles (Jason, Victor Crowley) he brings emotion and real character to the role with his body language. I would drink the man's bath water. No contest, Kane Hodder is the BEST horror movie actor period. - undeadplatypus

Not just an awesome actor, but an awesome Paranormal Investigator! Id say the best horror actor in the history of horror actors. He has the quality of an actual actor. Still scares me in the movies, even though I've watched them 20 times.

This is one of those actors who really enters inside the character...
Who am I kidding? This guy IS Jason Voorhees.

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3 Vincent Price Vincent Price Vincent Leonard Price, Jr. was an American actor, well known for his distinctive voice and performances in horror films.

Its Vincent Price and he should be number 1 - BettyBoopFan58

He is the one and only King of Horror with the greatest voice

4 Donald Pleasance Donald Pleasance

He basically told the story of Halloween, through his pursuit of Michael Myers. Pleasance put his heart and soul into his 5 appearances.

5 Boris Karloff Boris Karloff William Henry Pratt (23 November 1887 – 2 February 1969), better known by his stage name Boris Karloff, was an English actor who was primarily known for his roles in horror films. He portrayed Frankenstein's monster in Frankenstein (1931), Bride of Frankenstein (1935), and Son of Frankenstein (1939). more.

He did good on playing Frankenstein

6 Richard Brooker Richard Brooker

Yeah I really liked Richard's Jason, he was really good and made one of the best Jasons ever. His movement was great, ilove the scenes in the barn. He was very scary and menacing and some of the best kills imho were in part 3 ie Chucks death, Veras Death and Ricks Death. I think my favorite Jasona are Kand Hodder, Richard brooker, Ted White and CJ Grahm.

Richard created what we know as Jason. To be talented enough to scare us to death without saying a word... is truly the sign of an incredible actor than does not have to speak to be able to express his emotion. Sorry guys but I have followed him for years and think he is an awesome actors. Whis he would come back and do more. Richard we miss you...

Richard is the best of the Jasons. Not only was he the FIRST Jason to wear the mask, he created several of Jason's mannerisms that were seen in the later films. He was the first big man to play the role and served as the prototype that defined the character. - jason3chick

Just here to say R.I.P. richard. - BKAllmighty

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7 Doug Bradley Doug Bradley

Doug Bradley's portrayal of Clive Barker's Lead Cenobite Pinhead was both monstrous and disturbing. Combined with Clive Barker's sadomasochistic flair, the movie came to life painted on a backdrop of lust, torture, and above all else: Superb Acting. Bradley's performance reached out and took your hand, only to immediately yank it off and beat you across the face with it. A truly iconic master of his character who, armed with a sharp wit and a sharper filleting knife can really make you cringe in fear.

The great thing with Pinhead is that he didn't even have to harm you... he psyches you out just from his appearance and voice. He also had that Lovecraftian sense about him.

He really should be higher... at least he spoke and was disturbing rather than a mongoloid buffoon in a mask like two others.

8 Tony Todd Tony Todd
9 Linda Blair Linda Blair

Linda Blair deserves the number one spot. Has anyone here ever seen the exorcist

10 Christopher Lee Christopher Lee Sir Christopher Frank Carandini Lee (1922-2015) was an English actor, singer, and author. He was best known for his villainous roles in films such as Dracula in the Hammer Horror films, Francisco Scaramanga in the James Bond film The Man with the Golden Gun, Saruman in the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit more.

Most iconic horror actor of all time

Lee, along with Karloff, Cushing and Price are in a class of their own.

The Contenders

11 Bela Lugosi Bela Lugosi Béla Ferenc Dezső Blaskó (20 October 1882 – 16 August 1956), better known as Bela Lugosi, was a Hungarian-American actor, famous for portraying Count Dracula in the 1931 film and for his roles in various other horror films.

This man should be in the top ten! He was the best Dracula that I ever saw!

I think that he was a good movie actor and best at playing dracula.

His chilling tones are unforgettable! I vant to drink your blood!

He's a legend horror actor �"�

12 Kathy Bates Kathy Bates Kathleen Doyle "Kathy" Bates is an American actress. She began her career on the stage, and was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Lead Actress in a Play in 1983 for her performance in 'night, Mother.

I think. She was great. In misery

13 Bruce Campbell Bruce Campbell Bruce Lorne Campbell is an American actor, voice artist, director, writer, producer, comedian and author of Scottish descent. V 1 Comment
14 Derek Mears Derek Mears Derek Mears is an American actor and stuntman, best known for his role as Jason Voorhees in the reboot of Friday the 13th and Hawes in Hatchet III.
15 Jeffrey Combs Jeffrey Combs
16 Jamie Lee Curtis Jamie Lee Curtis Jamie Lee Curtis, Lady Haden-Guest is an American actress and author. She made her film debut in 1978 by starring as Laurie Strode in John Carpenter's Halloween.

Best actor and screamer!

17 Nick Castle Nick Castle
18 Gunnar Hansen Gunnar Hansen
19 Kevin Peter Hall Kevin Peter Hall
20 Tobin Bell
21 Tyler Mane Tyler Mane
22 Peter Cushing
23 Douglas Tait
24 Lon Chaney, Jr.

The Wolfman, Frankenstein's Monster, Son of Dracula, the Mummy, you name it!

25 Stewart Townsend

he's so awesome in queen of the dammed best movie ever - KORN95

26 Andrew Bryniarski
27 Bill Moseley
28 Edward Furlong Edward Furlong Edward Walter Furlong is an American actor and musician. A former teen idol, Furlong won Saturn and MTV Movie Awards for his breakthrough performance as John Connor in Terminator 2: Judgment Day.

He appeared in Pet Sematary Two.

29 Jeffrey Dean Morgan Jeffrey Dean Morgan

He appeared in The Possession before The Walking Dead and 4 years after Supernatural.

30 Anthony Perkins Anthony Perkins Anthony Perkins (April 4, 1932 – September 12, 1992) was an American actor and singer. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his second film, Friendly Persuasion but is best known for playing Norman Bates in Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho and its three sequels. more.
31 Ken Kerzinger
32 John Carradine
33 Lance Henriksen
34 C. J. Graham
35 Leigh Whannel
36 Patrick Wilson
37 David Arquette David Arquette David Arquette is an American actor, film director, producer, screenwriter, fashion designer, and former professional wrestler.
38 Zach Galligan

His preforming in the Gremlins movies was awesome.

39 Max Schreck
40 Thom Mathews
41 Jack Nicholson Jack Nicholson John Joseph Nicholson (born April 22, 1937) is an American actor and filmmaker, who has performed for over 60 years. Nicholson is known for playing a wide range of starring or supporting roles, including satirical comedy, romance and dark portrayals of antiheroes and psychopathic characters. In many more.
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Top Remixes

1. Vincent Price
2. Robert Englund
3. Boris Karloff
1. Robert Englund
2. Donald Pleasance
3. Vincent Price


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