Best Horror Movie Villains

What are the top best horror movie villains, that make the silver screen red with blood?

The Top Ten

1 Freddy Krueger Freddy Krueger 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).

This is the guy who made us all scared of doing something we need to do to survive. It's like how sausage party made us scared of eating. He's also the scariest cause he can use your fear and is basically omnipotent in his realm. He's got the best story and was the first villain to make it to mortal Kombat. My favorite horror slasher ever

Freddy Krueger is like the best actor and he is more scary then any one else on this list he is also scared of nothing and never crys unlike michal and Jason is scared of water lol plus freddy can kill you in your dreams and everyone has to sleep.

Any of you who put Jason, let's say this. Freddy talks, wants to kill you and scares you by being scary-funny, while Jason walks around with a machete and is so depressed he glues a hockey mask to his face (that says a lot). And Jason doesn't talk. Jason = fail. To me, anyway.

Freddy is the scariest, since he can murder you where you are the most vulnerable: your dreams. He's also cool, since he has the best one-liners and talks as you're being killed by him. And he's a shape-shifter, can manipulate himself, and has the razor gloves!

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2 Michael Myers Michael Myers 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.

Most horror movie killers are either suffering through some psychological issues or just out for revenge.
Michael Myers,on the other hand,is the embodiment of pure evil.

Freddy is scary but he’s also entertaining which diminishes is scare factor. Michael Myers is pure evil no expression, no funny quips, no evil laugh just plain, unexplained evil.

Michael myres one of the best

He is awesome

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3 Jason Voorhees Jason Voorhees 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.

Agreed - TheRingFangirl7

Better than Michael Myers. - MrReally

He's the awesomest. I couldn't go to camp a month after I watched him.

Chu chu chu ha ha ha

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4 Pennywise

This clown scared me half to death.Every time I walk past a sewer I look into it and make sure pennywise isn't in there

He is impossible to kill what more can I say

Even more terrifying in the book. - blackflower

He is so creepy and he has no human emotions

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5 Jigsaw Jigsaw 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.

The only horror movie who doesn't think of himself as a villain. In fact, his assistant was the real villain since she cheats. At least Jigsaw gives his victims a chance to escape, no matter how brutal the deathtraps are. - Daviddv0601

Personally, the COOLEST horror movie character!

6 Hannibal Lecter Hannibal Lecter 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.

Hannibal the Cannibal is one of the scariest creeps in any movie. His voice, his eyes, and his impression on us all should make him number one.

A tie... these two both deserve to tie with Leatherface.

Not in top 3? If you've seen silence of the lambs then you have to put this guy up there. A cencus taker once tried to test him. He ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chanti. Tss

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

Who’d even let that thing near their kid! - blackflower

Come on, people, face the facts; he's so creepy!

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

Amazing yet more effective in the novel

More effective in the book - blackflower

Here's Johnny! - Daviddv0601

9 Norman Bates Norman Bates 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.

While he may not be the most dangerous or scariest, he is the most interesting and developed character.

Every time he was on camera, he was the center of attention. Anthony Perkins was great in this role.

He should be number 4#

This psychotic man is the icon of horror the shower scene will be remembered through out history the man with psychosis and some form of multiple personality disorder he should be higher oh...and one more long will you be staying? jk but he also has an amazing troubling childhood he killed his father for abusing his mother and later on killed his mother.The twisted turn of events are amazing

10 Leatherface Leatherface 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.

While Leatherface is undoubtedly the scariest and creepiest of the bunch, it is not just him. It is his entire family that is corrupted who are cannibals. - Daviddv0601

Ed gein was never represented as somebody scarier than this skin wearer.

The Newcomers

? The Tethered (Us)

The Contenders

11 Candyman
12 Ghostface

He is the most realistic killer on this list

I think many people dismiss him because it's always a different killer instead of just one, but that's what's so great about him/her! While we got all those typical slashers, this one is a mystery! You're lead to believe one person is the killer, until it's revealed to be someone you least expected to be! I find them to be pretty underrated. - Daviddv0601

Ghostface has become grossly underrated over the years. He is one of the best horror villains to date for his wit, realistic depictions, and those haunting phone calls.

Smart, Insane and strong.

13 Pinhead Pinhead 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.

The voice alone is terrifying. - blackflower

I was going to vote for Chucky, because I thought he was rated too low... But then I saw where Pinhead ranked.

What? He's #12? He should be #2! (Freddy Krueger is #1)

14 The Blind Man (Don't Breathe)

He is smart,deadly and so frightening that when I saw him in the trailer for the movie I freaked - cadespencer

*Stop quaking bitch*

15 Leprechaun
16 Alien
17 Damien Thorn (The Omen) Damien Thorn (The Omen)

The most evil child in the world. - asantalo

Even as a non Christian he’s disturbing - blackflower

18 Firefly Family

Very creepy. I'm not sure they belong in fourth, more fifth though.

19 Krampus (Krampus)
20 Predator (Predator) Predator (Predator) The Predator is a fictional extraterrestrial species featured in the Predator science-fiction franchise, characterized by its trophy hunting of other species for sport.
21 Horny the Clown
22 Pamela Voorhees

The dangerous mother of Jason Voorhees.

23 Carrie White Carrie White

She didn't deserve the torment she got. Not one bit of it.

One of the movies on my top five movies that make me mad it made me happy that her dream came true and when it was crushed I snapped like her and ooh you have no idea how evil I felt when she killed the people that bullied her >

This movie made me so mad that I loved the part where she kill's them

If she just had one friend things could’ve been different - blackflower

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24 Stripe (Gremlins)
25 Mark Hoffman

Amazing - The8Bit

He's a straight badass, killed over a 20 people with just his hands, a knife, and a hot coffee, he had the second longest living streak of any character in the series, and plus, he's basically a human terminator - TundraTopTenners

26 The Thing (The Thing 1982)
27 Angela Baker

VERY close ties. I mean very.

28 The Tall Man

The villain from Phantasm and a direct influence on Slender Man.

29 The Fisherman

Yet another painfully underrated villain on the list. While it is a little understandable that I Know What You Did Last Summer is almost a ripoff of Scream, and therefore, the Ghostface Killer overshadows him, I still find him to be pretty good. He is everywhere and is very cunning. He is out for revenge on teens who literally almost got away with murder. Then there's the whole lore behind this guy - Was he always a killer? - Daviddv0601

30 Annabelle

She's great and scay. Total a new horror icon

31 The Bride In Black (Insidious)
32 Samara Morgan Samara Morgan

To me her story was so sad, her mother tried to kill her when she was a baby, she was adopted by a family who killed her, she was just a little girl who was given an unfair life for no reason.

Put Samara in the top 10. - TheRingFangirl7

It wasn’t even her fault. If she knew how to control her powers she wouldn’t have been killed. - blackflower

33 Dracula Dracula

In most versions he’s also alluring - blackflower

34 Esther

Flat out awesome. - blackflower

35 The Miner
36 Frankenstein's Monster Frankenstein's Monster

One of the most iconic horror movie villains.

37 Nosferatu
38 Pyramid Head Pyramid Head

Not seeing the face makes it extremely unsettling. - blackflower

Just the ominous sound of that blade scraping the ground...

39 It

I have to read the book to understand the movie because it seemed silly Average

40 Deadites Deadites

Deadites should at least be at number 3 - AnimeFan2000

41 Annie Wilkes Annie Wilkes Anne Marie Wilkes Dugan, usually known as Annie Wilkes, is a character in the 1987 novel Misery, by Stephen King.
42 Kayako Saeki

An innocent victim at first, but then the curse came into play. - blackflower

I think I am the only one who voted for Kayako. I don't know what it is, but whatever the Japanese find scary in this film, I do too. My god, do I love the Grudge; I don't know what else to say other than I guess she doesn't beat around the bush and gets the job done with efficiency.

43 HAL 9000 HAL 9000 HAL 9000 is a fictional character in Arthur C. Clarke's Space Odyssey series. First appearing in 2001: A Space Odyssey, HAL is a sentient computer that controls the systems of the Discovery One spacecraft and interacts with the ship's astronaut crew.

As said by the Nostalgia Critic, he/it makes us feel we have no one to blame but us. He is our best accomplishment and our worst screw-up.

He's not a horror villain because space odyssey is not a horror movie - cadespencer

44 Babyface
45 Jack-O
46 Gunther Twibunt
47 Gurdy the Clown
48 Stuntman Mike
49 Three Finger
50 Bagul
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Top Remixes (12)

1. Dracula
2. Freddy Krueger
3. Hannibal Lecter
1. Chucky
2. Candyman
3. Horny the Clown
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