Best Horror Movie Characters


The Top Ten

1 Jason Voorhees (Friday the 13th) Jason Voorhees (Friday the 13th) Jason Voorhees is a character from the Friday the 13th series. He first appeared in Friday the 13th as the young son of camp cook-turned-murderer, Mrs. Voorhees.

Michael would destroy Jason in a fight Jason kills for revenge width means he still has feelings like fear Michael was born a killer Jason would be afraid of Michael because Michael isn't afraid of him Jason would just start crying

My all-time scariest figure. Ruthless, Cruelest, Toughest.
Just looking at his face (mask? ) can make someone's heart stop.

Yeah, he looks very scary!

He is not that cruel,but I agree with ruthless and toughest.

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2 Michael Myers (Halloween) Michael Myers (Halloween) Michael Myers is a character from the Halloween series of slasher films. He first appears in John Carpenter's Halloween as a young boy who murders his older sister, then fifteen years later returns home to murder more teenagers. more.


Reasons Michael is the best Horror villain: 1) He hasn't been killed (unlike Jason or Freddy), 2) It didn't take a traumatic event or even a misguided emotional state for him to start killing. One day he just started killing (unlike Jason, Hannibal or Norman Bates). 3) He stalks and kills people like a sociopath, totally disconnected from emotion and almost playful and curious like each murder is a sort of experiment. 4) He spent most of his childhood staring at a wall and yet somehow learned to drive a car. 5) Strength, stealth, intelligence and fear. He is simply the total package. 6) It's a William Shatner mask!

Stupid ass, he's been killed before, yet like the rest, he comes back to life

He is the best horror icon out there he could easily defeat jason or freddy or anything you throw at him

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3 Freddy Krueger (Nightmare on Elm Street) Freddy Krueger (Nightmare on Elm Street) Fred "Freddy" Krueger is the main antagonist of the A Nightmare on Elm Street film series. He first appeared in Wes Craven's A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984).

The thing I really loved about Nightmare on Elm Street was the fact it was an original concept of what would happen if your dreams could somehow become real! Imagine this homicidal maniac trying to kill you in those dreams!

He can come back to life in peoples nightmares and has very very sharp claws

Fred Krueger is truly evil. Both Michael and Jason has shown weakness as to where Freddy has never. Freddy simply just does not care, he killed his wife, attempted to kill has daughter and had a dire hatred for his mother. Michael showed weakness for his niece in Halloween 5 when he took of his mask for her and even shed a tear. Jason is just a big mama's boy and is scared of water lol. Chucky the doll is harder than Jason.

I believe he is the best. And Robert Englund is the only Freddy. And I love them both, or I could just say I love Robert. So confusing. But he is the greatest because he is a joker and a really scary killer and will get you in your dreams-- something unavoidable as I have said/

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4 Jigsaw (Saw) Jigsaw (Saw) Jigsaw is a character from the Saw series. He first appears in Saw as a man whose wife passed away. After that, he did lots of tests on people.

I can't call him a killer or psychopath...he just builds all sorts of devices to teach bad people a lesson. I think he's a good guy. I hated watching the part he gets punched and kicked around by the violent and stupid police man! I felt so sad when I continued watching and hearing his story, now I hate crackheads more than ever. But don't worry, I won't go around kidnapping people and put them in torture chambers and let them do dumb choices and get their limbs get sliced off, or burn from acid - Oldia

Jigsaw/John Kramer is creative, however he never actually kills any of his victims. He is really original and finds twisted ways to his victims to kill themselves. Unlike Michael Myers he and Jason kill people for vengeance and not because they are bored. However I think that he is more original than Jason because there isn't a horror movie character that punishes people like Jigsaw

Jigsaw is creative. Unlike most horror movie characters, does not use a machete or claws to kill people, he uses his wits, and simliar to Jason Voorhees, he generally kills people who do bad things.

He's the only horror movie killer who hasn't killed anyone. He's intelligent and says really meaningful things and in most horror movies, when the killer dies, it's over. Not in Saw. The games have only just begun. - Catlover2004

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5 Chucky (Child's Play) Chucky (Child's Play) Charles Lee Ray is a fictional character and the titular antagonist of the Child's Play horror film series.

I haven't seen any of the child's play films but the fact the I found out a real life serial killer put his soul into chucky the "good guy" doll actually makes what I know about it less scary.

To be honest, he started off with great potential but (While I really don't mind this) his arc turned into a child vs doll thing. I really loved him in Child's Play 1 where he acted creepy and horrific. I loved him in Curse of Chucky where he reverted back to his creepy, sadistic ways. - Daviddv0601

I saw the box for this movie once when I was 4 and hid all my dolls downstairs - Queen-aholic

He's a doll that was possessed by a man who murders, and being a doll sure makes it easier. He gives you the chills, and won't ever leave you alone until you get rid of him for "good good".

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6 Hannibal Lecter (Silence of the Lambs) Hannibal Lecter (Silence of the Lambs) Dr. Hannibal Lecter is a character in a series of suspense novels by Thomas Harris. Lecter was introduced in the 1981 thriller novel Red Dragon as a forensic psychiatrist and cannibalistic serial killer.

Remind me not to cross his path. - PandaMan

"I'm going to have a friend for dinner." Ya dont say. - fireinside96

He is the only one in the list who is possible in real life, so my vote goes to hl

He is very intelligent and easily capable of manipulating anyone to do his bidding. I thought he was still an anti-hero, but he still plays off as a horror villain as he brutally beats a security officer and eats the younger guy. Then he comes off with a major twist that I refuse to spoil because it is just so shocking, I wouldn't ant to ruin the experience for your reaction. And the ending, "I'm going to have an old friend for dinner." O_O - Daviddv0601

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7 Pennywise the Clown (Stephen King's It) Pennywise the Clown (Stephen King's It) It (sometimes capitalized as IT), more commonly known as Pennywise the Dancing Clown, is the titular main antagonist of the novel, its 2017 film adaptation and the 1990 TV adaptation. It was portrayed to be a shapeshifting and malevolent entity millions (possibly billions) of years old, and with no more.

I just watched the 2017 version of "It" and let me tell you: It. Was. AWESOME! Pennywise is scary and creepy and he seems really unique. He has this way of making you wish he never gets defeated because he is so cool and charismatic. He is also SUPER weird and has a really unsettling voice. He is my favorite Horror movie villian.

Tim Curry is amazing - dotexe

Eats children parents call security. Sewers worst place to go

HE IS TERRIFYING AND AMAZING! He turns into children's worst fears. Come on, he is OBVIOUSLY the best!

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8 Leatherface (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre) Leatherface (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre) Leatherface is a character in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre horror-film series and its spin-offs. He wears masks made of human skin and engages in murder and cannibalism, alongside his inbred family.

leatherface freaks the hell out of me! he still is the best with a chainsaw - 990055njsmith

It's not just Leatherface, it's his entire cannibal family that's scary! Leatherface is just the butcher. Still though, he is one of my favourite horror villains! - Daviddv0601

He was based off a real life serial killer named Ed Gein who did wear a mask out of leather and a belt out of people's nipples.

He is actually real and scary unlike Michael Meyers Jason Voorhees and Freddy Kruger - jflan51

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9 The Alien (Alien) The Alien (Alien)

Alien is the best horror icon out there in my opinion.
That second mouth really does a number in the first movie!

Very cool design - blackflower

Alien is definitely one of the scariest films ever made. Maybe even the scariest. Alien creature made many shocking things with humans - Irina2932

By far, the coolest and most elegantly designed horror character

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10 Jaws (Jaws) Jaws (Jaws)

Jaws was scary for me as a kid but now I know that the time that the first jaws movie had the timeline set when sharks first started killing it was a shocker to the world when shark attack humans so it kinda scary still.

Jaws isn't bad I don't know what is wrong with all you.

Jaws is terrifying

Boring. It wasn't scary at all.

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The Contenders

11 The Predator (Predator) The Predator (Predator)

I don't think it should be freddy vs Jason it should be PREDATOR vs Jason

The best the strongest the sexiest 💞

O-O scared me to death

Predator is U.F.O. creatura, werry good speed and power, Predator is half to flying and infiltrace of force. He go in the mask. The is pradator look mask, the of course creature.

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12 Ghost Face (Scream) Ghost Face (Scream)

Love this fave lol

He is top 5.He is funny in Scream 1 and Scream 3

If we would be a villain in a horror movie we would be ghost face he watches so many scary movies and is funny and stupid and kinda clumsy worst villain but best plus started horror movies

He or she guts his/ her victims. He/she can disappear without a trace. Lastly it is a new person every time so you don't know who the killer is

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13 Candyman (Candyman) Candyman (Candyman)

Why is candyman not top 10 its because he's black man

Don't know because he should be number one since he's a lot more serious and captivating as well as being frightening and deadly. The character has a much more enthralling story and is more intriguing than any of the ones in the top ten right now. - PrinceZarbon

14 Pinhead (Hellraiser) Pinhead (Hellraiser) Pinhead is the main antagonist of the Hellraiser film series. He is the Hell Priest of a sinister realm called the Labyrinth, and is the leader of the order of the gash, an order of demons known as Cenobites who collect the souls of victims who open the lament confirmation.

Not only is he charismatic and intelligent, but he is a cold and calculating sadist that kills the spirit while forcing the mind and body to endure untold unimaginable suffering. Whereas other movie villains kill indiscriminately and without any remorse, he finds joy on an almost sexually gratifying manner of making you wish he was a ruthless killer.

pinhead is idestructible and immortal as well as jason but he could destroy jason any day of the week and 4 times on sunday

I'm a girl and I practically want to dress up as him for Halloween

Who you callin, Pinhead"

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15 Regan MacNeil (The Exorcist) Regan MacNeil (The Exorcist) Regan Teresa MacNeil is a fictional character from William Peter Blatty's horror novel and film adaptation The Exorcist as a supporting character and its first sequel, Exorcist II: The Heretic and the sequel television series, The Exorcist, as one of the main protagonists in season one. In both films, more.

My mom said she watched the exorcist like a couple of years ago AND SHe LOVES SCARY and I asked her about it she said she was still scared

The poor girl must have been scared too. That is if she was aware of what was happening while she was posessed. - blackflower

Whats more scary than a girl being possessed by a ghost, then having a deep voice while the bed rocks back and fourth. Shes screaming in real life! That's not acting! Plus, 9 people died on the set of this movie. It is seriously the scariest movie ever!

If you don't rank her in the top five then you don't know scary. I would put her up against any I mean any characters created today and she would and is the scariest character ever created.

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16 The Thing (The Thing)

The thing could become ANYONE in this list! The film is spectacular and the atmosphere makes the thing much more menacing!

It's INCREDIBLE that's all I have to say

John Carpenter is awesome

Hecking disturbing creature that looks terrifying.

17 Buffalo Bill (Silence of the Lambs) Buffalo Bill (Silence of the Lambs)

It PUTS the LOTION in the BASKET! - Daviddv0601

18 Ash (Evil Dead Trilogy)

He's an ASH hole!

Ash is no good or bad he is the guy with the gun.

Hail to the King, baby.

He is the only iconic horror character who is good and he certainly is the one wh could put up with all the others.

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19 Norman Bates (Psycho) Norman Bates (Psycho) Norman Bates is a character created by writer Robert Bloch as the main character in his novel Psycho, and portrayed by Anthony Perkins as the primary antagonist of the 1960 film of the same name directed by Alfred Hitchcock and its sequels.

Such a complex character. You'd rarely see another character like Bates in a horror film.

Great twist

The key word here is "character." While Jason Freddy and Michal are all great villains, they are for the most part one-dimensional. Norman however is one of the most interesting and complex villains of all time, due to how easily people in real life could become him.

Norman bates is one hell of a psycho killer I don't get why he isn't in the top 10 honestly

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20 Esther (Orphan) Esther (Orphan)

Love her

21 Annabelle (The Conjuring)

They sell rep,Iva’s of it you know - blackflower

Ok this thing is horrifying end of story

22 Ben Willis (I Know What You Did Last Summer Trilogy) Ben Willis (I Know What You Did Last Summer Trilogy)
23 Annie Wilkes (Misery) Annie Wilkes (Misery) Anne Marie Wilkes Dugan, usually known as Annie Wilkes, is a character in the 1987 novel Misery, by Stephen King.

Her character is perfect as she seems perfectly stable at first but you can still notice a weird stigma that is unproveable up until a point where there's evidence

The hobbling scene.., need I say more? - blackflower

She is every celebrities worst nightmare.

I love her!

24 Carrie White (Carrie) Carrie White (Carrie)

If only she had a friend. Then the tragedy could have been avoided - blackflower

Teacher should show this movie in class so that bullies would better think twice before doing something horribly, horribly wrong.

You go Carrie you show those bullies whose boss.

Onethey all have super strength two jason has already fought a psychic

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25 Wishmaster (Wishmaster) Wishmaster (Wishmaster)
26 Death (Final Destination Series)

There is no way out of death

If death wants you, he's got you and there's no escape.enough said

Besides Jason from Friday the 13th, you can't get any better then this.

27 The Creeper (Jeepers Creepers) The Creeper (Jeepers Creepers)

An ancient demon who arises every 23rd spring for twenty three days. Shows absolutely no mercy, pity, remorse for his victims. Can't die has extremely high strength able to swoop down and pick anybody (can fly) makes his weapons threw bones out of victims which are really sharp. Very intelligent in human technology able to fix and operate old trucks and cars and make them reach high speeds over 100mph. Can break solid metal with his bare hands can decapitate a person without any trouble. I believe he can Mach up against any of the characters on this list could take Michael Myers, Jason and Freddy at the same time without breaking a sweat. The creepers stomps. He's been around since the time of Jesus Christ. Nothing could kill a beast that has lived for over 3500 years and still living.

28 Asami Yamazaki (Audition)

Oh yes. The bag man was so horrifying. - blackflower

29 Dr. Phillip Channard / Channard Cenobite (Hellbound: Hellraiser II) Dr. Phillip Channard / Channard Cenobite (Hellbound: Hellraiser II)
30 Critters (Critters)
31 Bartel (Calvaire)
32 Beth (Hostel 2)

Personally, I'm not a very big fan of the Hostel series but Beth is like Lena, Sally, Pia and Yasmina.

33 Dr. Philip K. Decker (Nightbreed) Dr. Philip K. Decker (Nightbreed)
34 Vincent Sinclair (House of Wax) Vincent Sinclair (House of Wax)
35 Katie (Paranormal Activity)


36 Celine (Cannibal Diner)
37 Diana (Lights Out)
38 Three Finger (Wrong Turn) Three Finger (Wrong Turn)
39 Nosferatu (Nosferatu)

Because he is just the perfect vampire character absurd really cool

40 Kayako Saeki (The Grudge) Kayako Saeki (The Grudge)

She’s pretty creative with her kills - blackflower

Why is she 33 really what! - DENISAE

41 Dracula (Jack Palance)

How could anyone forget Count Von Dracula! ! So creepy!

42 Samara (The Ring) Samara (The Ring)

One of my favorites - blackflower

Incredibly scary. - Userguy44

Samara scared the hell out of me. I couldn't watch the movie because I was afraid of watching her go out of screen.

This is probably my favorite horror movie ever.

43 Jack Torrance (The Shining) Jack Torrance (The Shining) John Daniel Edward "Jack" Torrance is the main antagonist of Stephen King's horror novel The Shining.

The fact that I had to put him on this list is so depressing. You people don't know good horror movies.

He is in the best horror movie ever

He is pretty creepy in a good way

Here's Johnny! - Daviddv0601

44 Leprechaun (Leprechaun)
45 Charlie Brewster (Fright Night Series Both Originals and Remakes)
46 Cheung Lei-Sheung (Dream Home)
47 Pazuzu (The Exorcist)

Scary but I honestly think the gemini killer from the Exorcist 3 is scarier than Pazuzu

48 Valak (The Conjuring 2)

She gave me ligma

49 The Phantom (The Phantom of the Opera) The Phantom (The Phantom of the Opera)

The Phantom is mysterious and is willing to kill Raoul to be with christine. He goes around trying to hang people or put them in a trance. Pretty good stuff

50 Frankenstein's Monster (Frankenstein)

The greatest monster creation of all time! The rest are pretenders.

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