Top Horror Movie Killers

The Top Ten

1 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. ...read more.

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

He is one of the most popular slasher movie villains in film history - ElSherlock

He tryed killing his sister and family but that moive can scare the freak out you frfr

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2 Freddy Krueger (A Nightmare on Elm Street) Freddy Krueger (A 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).

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. - heather

His design is appropriately creepy and creative - ElSherlock

Finger knives and dreams mix so well! - Ashes

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

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3 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.

Jason is one of only killer that I know of who is a walking corpse and he won't stay dead need I say more

He is my friend

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.

He is amazing. He can kill the right way.

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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.

His traps are great - ElSherlock

This creator of "games" is by far the best KILLER I've ever seen.Got the guts to beat him traps? Maybe.

1) Jigsaw -SAW-
2) Freddy Krueger -Nightmare on Elm-
3) PyramidHead -Silent Hill-

That's how I sense my killers in order

Michael Myers: Stabs people... Looks badass and is very strong... Movie was one of the best of all time... Kills in sleep, awake, or anywhere... Death result: Not so graphic. 7/10 for good villain-ness

Freddy Krueger: Practically anything he can think of can kill... Looks both threatening and comical... Movie was highly successful... Kills in victim's dreams... Death result: Anything, from off screen stabs to EXTREME GORE... 9/10 for good villain-ness.

Jason Voorhees: Stabs and slashes... Looks very threatening and strong... Movie was... Ok?... Kills anywhere in any way he can with his machete... Death result: Gory... 6/10 for good villain-ness...

Jigsaw: Like Freddy, kills in whatever way his expanded mind can create... Puppet looks and sounds like it could jump out of the screen and gouge your eyes out... Movie was good... Captures victims, and places them in a contraption that they can escape... Or can't... Death result: EXTREME GORE. 10/10 for good ...more

Instead of chasing around people with a weapon, walking slowly for scare factor, etc Jigsaw instead is a man trying to have people pay for their sins in an extremist way by having them go through traps, losing limbs, mentally torturing and physically torturing devices. Altogether he is a mastermind, therefore, making him easily terrifying unlike for example Jaws who is just a shark who came across some humans when he was hungry. The funniest part about that is that sharks do not go after people almost all the time so that movie, in general, is invalid. Anyways, Jigsaw is easily someone to be terrified of.

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5 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.

He is based on the real life serial killer Ed Gein - ElSherlock

With many other horror baddies (most of whom are on the list), the filmmakers tend to overemphasise how evil they are to add to the escapist element of those films and to make them very scary. Here however, it is very different. Leatherface (keeping in line with the film he came from) is an anomaly simply on the grounds that he feels more real than most villains due to how nasty both him and his family are. While other villains may have a compassionate or humanising side (like how Jigsaw is a dying cancer victim & Kayako is living in eternal sorrow over her death), Leatherface and his family have no redeeming quality whatsoever. They just want to kill you. This in turn makes them very menacing villains as there is no leeway to how low they'll go to kill or weaken their victims, mainly encapsulated in the scenes where one of the killers knocks a weapon out of their victim's hand with a broom while taunting her, where the characters try to get the grandpa to kill a victim with a hammer ...more - Mrveteran

Kick are

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

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6 Hannibal Lecter (The Silence of the Lambs) Hannibal Lecter (The 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.

He is an intimidating and interesting prisoner - ElSherlock

Because why not

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.

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7 Ghostface (Scream) Ghostface (Scream)

His costume is effectively creepy - ElSherlock

The fact that he’s not supernatural makes him seem all the more plausible, and there fore much more frightening

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)

I love the mask of it but I was still can't decide which mask is my favorite jason or ghostface?

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8 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.

His actor does an awesome job as him and his human form - ElSherlock

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 a classic awesome killer doll that deserved to be at least top 5.

He scared the crap out of me and still kinda does he always will remain number 1

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9 Pennywise the Dancing Clown (It) Pennywise the Dancing Clown (It)

2017 is way better

I think they 1990 version is better then the 2017 version sense Tim Curry is funnier then Bill, Bill doesn't seem like a clown more like a killer in a clown costume Bill is scarier then Tim but Tim is a clown you just now but his humor.

Should be way higher
And bill skarsgaurd was way better
So much more scary

2017 it for life

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10 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.

People don't seem to get the difference between a movie monster and a killer... Norman Bates deserves number 1, but if anything he should be in the top 10 if only for the reason that Pennywise, Pinhead, and the Creeper shouldn't be on the list to begin with - dubsinthetubs

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.

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Holy #%@$ Norman bates is the best, he was emotionally troubled and mentally ill and a total psycho, he made the most infamous movie scenes EVER... the shower scene

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The Newcomers

? Bingo - The Banana Splits Movie
? The Killer - Satan's Little Helper

The Contenders

11 The Creeper (Jeepers Creepers) The Creeper (Jeepers Creepers)

No one knows what the Creeper's origin is - ElSherlock

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- - Me7676

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".

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12 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.

His killings are brutal - ElSherlock

Original and badass - blackflower

The movie screwed him up in the 4th one and the others after, then Hellraiser: Revelations came, and screwed the whole franchise up, with shocking ratings and salty reviews, the franchise was officially done! He was a badass in the first 3, memorable quotes such as "We'll tear your soul apart! " And "The box... You opened it... We came..." And also "We have such sights to show you! "

Only here cause it's a low budget movie and not many people like him so meh what the hell

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13 The Death (Final Destination)

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. - dontmesswidme

I love this because death kills them disgustingly amazing

Roller coasters could actually be scary because of him

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14 Carrie (Carrie) Carrie (Carrie)

The facial expression she makes during the prom disaster is pure nightmare fuel - ElSherlock

I would have been her friend - TheRingFangirl7

You can't really be scared of the victim of the story, Carrie wasn't scary, Carrie's Mom though hella scary - germshep24

I feel so sorry for her - blackflower

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15 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.

His character development is amazing - ElSherlock

Yjr book was more subtle, and in my opinion that made the rampage more scary - blackflower

The movie is really awesome and I think Jack needs to be a little higher than this.

Jack was just downright frightening in a weird way.

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16 Candyman (Candyman) Candyman (Candyman)

The bees are what really got me - blackflower

Try it, look into the mirror and say candyman 10x. It will come out

Whatever you do don't say his name three times

He appears when his name is said 5 times in a mirror. Then he guts you to death.

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17 The Predator (Predator)

Predator is beautiful

The Predator is just awesome an honourable killer just come one Predator=10/10

Predator is also an iconic monster - ElSherlock

Great villain. For me, only the original film has managed to convey the sense of menace it has. The sequels essentially made it cannon fodder, but in the original it was downright invincible. Wiping out Arnie's whole squad and then Arnie just barely defeating him gives the creature a sense of threat few others have. Meanwhile, the mythos surrounding the creature gives it a lot of character. Great all around. - Mrveteran

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18 Xenomorph Alien (Alien) Xenomorph Alien (Alien)

Probably the hardest of all the horror movie villains to kill just because if you stab him, he can kill you with his acid blood.

Xenomorph is an iconic movie monster - ElSherlock

Brilliant villain from one of my favourite films. The alien creature has an unique and very iconic design, but on top of that is an extremely hard force to fend off. Much of the tension in the original Alien comes from not knowing when he'll strike next, which leads to a lot of edge of your seat moments that few have replicated successfully since. Meanwhile, the Alien itself is very hard to kill. While many of the other villains are human and very vulnerable, this bad boy doesn't go down without a fight, as seen in the film Aliens where a marine squad were unable to take down a swarm of these without a significant loss of life and resource. Add to the fact that the mythos is very compelling, and you have a unique villain that many have tried to copy but none as successfully as the original. - Mrveteran

So awesome. - blackflower

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19 Angela Baker (Sleepaway Camp)

The reveal of her being male is one of the most unexpected horror film twists in cinema history - ElSherlock

I’d go crazy too if I was put through that - blackflower

Very underrated and forgotten female horror movie killer. She's the queen.

She is a boy. AND THAT IS MESSED UP. - lolfmn13

20 Bufflo Bill (The Silence of the Lambs)

How is he this low like come on

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.

21 Leprechaun (Leprechaun) Leprechaun (Leprechaun)

11? At least put him in the top 5! He kills in the most awful ways.

It was this or JAWS

Hey in my head he is better then pin head

Hahaa! Leprechaun is hilarious, although he is quite pervy. - kaisietoo

22 The Shark (Jaws) The Shark (Jaws)

This shark is a classic - ElSherlock

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!

That big shark scared a lot of people away from the ocean, when it first come out. I think Jaws should be higher on the list.

The shark makes everybody watched the film want to stay out of the water. I think that he should be number 1.

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23 Wishmaster (Wishmaster)
24 Cujo (Cujo)

Cujo is one of Stephen King’s most unforgettable, monstrous creations to ever be put on screen - ElSherlock

As a dog lover, it was very effective - blackflower

Actually the subtext is "ELM STREET has a new pooch". ELM STREET. you might as well say freddy. - lolfmn13

Jason got a new dog his name is... cujo

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25 John Doe (se7en)

Brilliant villain. While for me a lot of Seven is a little too slow for my liking, the parts with Doe (mainly the fantastic twist at the end) sell it for me. An unnerving performance by Kevin Spacey creates a truly remarkable villain whose punishments for the characters are utterly twisted, especially if you remember what's in the box. - Mrveteran

One of the most psychologically terrifying killers. The scariest thing about him is his ability to bend and manipulate a person.

The most twisted m effective ever seen - Spencer-67

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26 Annabelle (Annabelle)

I couldn't sleep for a month after seeing even one image of her - TheRingFangirl7

So cool that I want a replica - blackflower

This movie just sends a chill down my spine just it being based on a true story is so unoriginal only a couple of other horror movies do this

The movies are not scary

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27 Boogeyman (Boogeyman)

Seems scary maybe not

More like boogerman ugh

Nuh this pose to be first

28 Tom Hanniger (My Bloody Valentine)

It is not very bad I love it not really scary

He killed a woman and ripped out her heart and drew a heart in blood on the mirrior

You have to feel bad for him since 2 other idiot co workers went to the valentine party and left him and a few other co workers to die!

This movie was the best

29 Keyser Soze (Usual Suspects)

For kevin, spacey for ever

I'm sorry but Usual Suspects is a crime thriller. It's not a horror movie!

Great villain, but The Usual Suspects isn't a horror movie. - Mrveteran

Best horror movie killer EVER!

30 La Femme (Inside)

its good

31 The Director (The Cabin in the Woods)
32 The Thing (The Thing) The Thing (The Thing)

This should be in the top ten

We'd all be screwed if this alien assimilated at least one of the top 10 killers on this list.

33 Billy Loomis (Scream)

Yes he was like one of the best killers in all of the scream movies he is my best and favorite killer of ghostface

34 Samara Morgan (The Ring) Samara Morgan (The Ring)

She is a very dark, yet sympathetic spirit - ElSherlock

Now this is a horror girl. - Userguy44

I want to adopt samara - TheRingFangirl7

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.

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35 Kate (Paranormal Activity)

The girl next door turns out to be in fact the obsession of a particularly nasty demon. This all spells disaster for her uber positive boyfriend mika. The final scenes are horrific and confirm sweet little Kate has a dark side.

36 Carl Stargher (The Cell)

Sicker than this man you will never find! - SerialSinner

37 Bill (Dead Silence)
38 Drooper the Lion (The Banana Splits Movie)

He is so awesome! - drooper

39 Pyramid Head (Silent Hill) Pyramid Head (Silent Hill)

Completely terrifying - blackflower

REALLY! PYRAMID HEAD IS THE COOLEST MURDERER EVER! I don't think he should be 17.

MAN FORGET JASON THIS GUY SHOULD BE AT NUMBER 1 HE IS A MANIFESTATION OF ONES SINS AND KNOWS THERE WEAKNESSES HE IS THE BEST KILLER OF ALL TIME HE DESERVES NUMBER 1 NOT 18

40 Damien Thorn (The Omen) Damien Thorn (The Omen)

Damien�s 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.

41 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, ...read more.

Deserves a top 10 spot. - Userguy44

She only kills like 1 person doesent she - jamieadric

She is scary - ElSherlock

Awesome movie.
deserves to be higher

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42 Fleegle the Beagle (The Banana Splits Movie)
43 Bagul (Sinister)

One of the reasons why Sinister is scary as hell. - Userguy44

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.

I love Slipknot and I love horror so sinister was great for me.

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44 Luke Lerner (Better Watch Out)
45 Tiff (Bride of Chucky) Tiff (Bride of Chucky)

Love her in Chucky!

He was screwed up to begin with - blackflower

46 Ronald Jones Jr. (Silent Night (2012))
47 Esther (Orphan)

Her whole act was so convincinf - blackflower

You have no idea how much Esther scared me.

Esther wasnt that brutal but deserves to be up higher

48 The Collector (The Collector)

No one knows about this one - ElSherlock

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 - Alexandr

Other killers kill one or two person each time, he kills a party of people each time. You see the difference? How is he not in the top 3?

I guess people don't know him because they never watch this movie. But if you do, you will think all other killer sucks - AAHTM

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49 Sam - Trick 'R Treat Sam - Trick 'R Treat
50 Harry Warden (My Bloody Valentine) Harry Warden (My Bloody Valentine)

I loved that film. Especially the plot twist

1st real horror movie I watched

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