Top Ten Most Chilling Acting Performances

The Top Ten

1 Jack Nicholson - The Shining
2 Anthony Hopkins - The Silence Of The Lambs Sir Philip Anthony Hopkins CBE is a Welsh actor, director, and producer. He was born on December 31, 1937 in Margam, Wales. He is known for winning the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1992, and was nominated three additional times. Hopkins has also won three BAFTAs, two Emmys, and the Cecil B. DeMille ...read more.
3 Kathy Bates - Misery 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.
4 Linda Blair - The Exorcist
5 Kevin Spacey - Seven Kevin Spacey Fowler is an American actor, producer and singer. He began his career as a stage actor during the 1980s before obtaining supporting roles in film and television.
6 Anthony Perkins - Psycho
7 Heath Ledger - The Dark Knight
8 Malcolm McDowell - A Clockwork Orange

McDowell was badly miscast to begin with, and his performance was not so much chilling as snooze-inducing. Although I don't think even Jack Nicholson could have saved this dog.

9 Tim Curry - It

I honestly thought his performance was more hilarious than scary. But that's just me.

10 Tobin Bell - Saw

The Contenders

11 Donald Shanks - Halloween
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