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.

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

Michael has the longest movie so far that know of right now and he kills fast too.


V 121 Comments
2 Freddy Kruger (A Nightmare on Elm Street)

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

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

Movie killers with personality can't be scary? Think again. Freddy is a relentless, mysterious, and confident force that makes you honestly believe there's no way out. Even the comical version of him that started showing up in sequels manages to be creepy and effective.

He is my favorite killer and I can play him only on dead by daylight.

V 76 Comments
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.

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.

It's always a competition between freddy, jason and Michael. All three are great and always try and compete for the top spot. I likeall three of them. A nightmare on elm street was the highest rated of the three franchises and the best one received by critics. The longest was the halloween sereis. The best finacially was friday the 13th. All three are tied so I don't want to rate them but, Michael is the most leathel, freddy is the smartest and jason is the most powerful. All three are great and no other franchise or killer has comes this far and close to popularity. All three for the win

Jason has been stabbed, shot, hung, drowned. And impaled by his own machete but he always come back to slaughter anyone who enters camp crystal lake. JASON RULES!

Awesome weapon.

V 117 Comments
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.

Are you kidding me? How is jigsaw not number 1? He some how takes you without you knowing. You wake up in an abandon building with some device on you or around you and you have a certain amount of time to do anything he wants to make you do otherwise you die? The devices could kill you quickly or slowly whatever he wants Michael myers stabs you, freddy should be number 2 because he can get in your dreams and kill you but jason uses a machete so yeah jigsaw is definitely number 1

Jigsaw I think should be #1, he may not kill, he may not chase you down, but he is way smarter than any killer on this list, yes even Hannibal Lector, Jigsaw will push you to the limit. And tests your will to live, he gives you a chance and if you don't take that chance no matter how painful, you will die an even worse death, he is a architect, an engineer, and a genius of horror, in my opinion he is the best on the list and there is absolutely nobody better than him, Tobin Bell is the best portrayal of a mastermind killer, John Kramer! He needs to be #1! Vote Jigsaw people! - Saw_333

Jigsaw it is not a psychopat. He is the only person that have really good intentions in the saw franchise. In the film, he is representing God, that send for us bad things to teach us how to live and love, that's why he is always one steep a head of everyone, always predicting what will happen next.

Imagine waking up in a room, not knowing why you are there or who put you there. After fighting for your life in the most horrific ways possible, you find out that the person doing this... is a man dying of cancer? To imagine that someone could do all that to you with out you knowing, and when he is ill himself, is petrifying. - kaisietoo

V 37 Comments
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.

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

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

In my view, I think Jason, Ghostface and especially Freddy Krueger are highly overrated as scary horror icons. A large man with a chainsaw over his head, with the pleasance to wear a mask made out of human flesh definitely hits the radar of the creep factor, if anything, more so than Jason or Freddy.

This cannibalistic, chainsaw-wielding, psychopathic, skin-face-mask wearing brute just gives me more than the creeps. Better than Freddy Krueger, Michael Myers or the overrated Jason Voorhees. Bubba Sawyer A.K.A Leatherface rules them all!

V 34 Comments
6 Hannibal Lecter (The Silence of the Lambs) Hannibal Lecter (The Silence of the Lambs)

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.

What can I say? I've just watched the Hannibal quadrilogy and I'm pretty sure that he deserves to be called the scariest horror movie killer. He didn't need to use anything, by speaking he scares people. He's a genius! "His genius undeniable his evil unspeakable"

The best

V 26 Comments
7 Ghostface (Scream)

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)

Ghostface, who doesn't love ghostface? You never know until the very end who is hidden behind the mask. The scream movies are the best. You never know your always shocked who it is in the end that's what makes it so good its just really great to watch!

I love these movies the plots are awesome but the cheesy catch phrases ruin some moments like the classic "not in my movie" and ghost face is awesome my second favorite I have to admit Michael myers is best but ghost face is at least second

I come here for ghostface. ❤❤❤

V 33 Comments
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.

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.

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

The first time I saw chucky it was when seed came all I could remember is that stitched face and that laugh it gave me nightmares I couldn't even say his name I had to say the C word I was 14 when I saw my frist chucky film and I fell in love with him chucky will always be my #1 killer

So scary.

V 38 Comments
9 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.

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

Pinhead's a badass. I didn't expect him to win, but he should be way higher that this.

Deserves a higher place than 10th place.. scarier than chucky all day long.

V 7 Comments
10 The Creeper (Jeepers Creepers)

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".

My favorite horror movie franchise, I just love how it is, one it chooses you your screwed unless you can last until he goes to hibernate, but these movies are just the best

V 13 Comments

The Contenders

11 Pennywise the Dancing Clown (It) Pennywise the Dancing Clown (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.

Take everything that should be fun and pleasant for kids and turn it into something sick and phobia causing. Even balloons became scary after this movie!

Extremely the most scariest clown if you meant him in real life. I would crap my pants if I ever saw him or if he enters my house. The balloon part was the nastiest scene I have seen. Blood gushing every where. I am now scared of balloons.

He'- I'm sorry, IT is terrifying. Watch the new 2017 version of It, and you'll want IT (haha, didn't mess up this time! ) to be in the top 5 of this list. - PeeledBanana

Should be number one started the whole clown prank thing Michael myers didn't start crap

V 20 Comments
12 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.

Do you like Huey Lewis and The News? Their early work was a little too new wave for my tastes, but when Sports came out in '83, I think they really came into their own, commercially and artistically. The whole album has a clear, crisp sound, and a new sheen of consummate professionalism that really gives the songs a big boost

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

V 13 Comments
13 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 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.

Are we serious? Best performance ever! Jack was Jack and he was all evil and smile. I can accept a JT vs. Michael Mayer, but no one else!

Here's johnny! - PlayStationSolar

V 7 Comments
14 Leprechaun (Leprechaun)

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

Hey in my head he is better then pin head

It was this or JAWS

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

15 Carrie (Carrie)

What's scary about this poor girl is that she can kill you in MANY ways. Hitting you with a table, impaling you, stopping your heart, crushing you, etc. Her telekinesis is the thing that makes everyone fear her. Also have you seen her eyes during the prom scene in the 1976 version? And her sadistic smiles in the 2013 version? Creepy as hell.

Come on Guys what's scarier then a girl covered in blood brutally killing you with telekinesis?

She's not really the villain, right? - NjakDjak

I like watching her movies

V 4 Comments
16 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

V 7 Comments
17 Candyman (Candyman)

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.

"We dare you say his name 5 times"!

V 1 Comment
18 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

19 The Shark (Jaws)

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.

Did you know the director of this movie just wanted to show the nature of sharks and when he heared the results he was shocked

V 6 Comments
20 Kayako Saeki (The Grudge)

The horror movie villain I fear the most. I encountered her while watching a play through of the video game a few years back, and she still terrifies me. That awful croaking sound she makes and her scary presence still haunts me to this day. And while I know this sounds utterly pathetic, I still am slightly paranoid when getting to sleep, worried she is under my sheets. Truly scary indeed. - Mrveteran

Scary as hell... Even like 4-5 years after watching this movie, I still can't get that creepy "*uh*" out of my head and that scene where she pops around the corner... UGH THAT FACE! No other movie character has made me paranoid about closets and young Japanese girls...

Kayak should be #1 Because she can kill you anytime she wants. Plus you cannot fight her because of her appearance bloody and broken bones. Thus once you've been killed by her. The place where you have been killed will be infected by her curse, that will spread like a virus.

I find that Kayako Sakei is the creepiest character I saw all three grudges when I was a kid I can never get the uh or the part where she is under the sheets out of my head it is a underrated because of the classics and the classics are still good but this is a great movie two it deserves a higher spot.

V 10 Comments
PSearch List

Recommended Lists

Related Lists

Top Ten Unlikely People to Appear As a Killer In a Horror Movie Top 10 Non-Horror Movie Killers Top Ten Coolest Horror Movie Killers Top 10 Most Underrated Horror Movie Killers Horror Movies With the Toughest Killers to Escape From

List Stats

3,000 votes
131 listings
6 years, 306 days old

Top Remixes (65)

1. Michael Myers (Halloween)
2. La Femme (Inside)
3. Leatherface (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre)
1. Michael Myers (Halloween)
2. Freddy Kruger (A Nightmare on Elm Street)
3. Jason Voorhees (Friday the 13th)
1. Michael Myers (Halloween)
2. Leatherface (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre)
3. Ghostface (Scream)

View All 65


Add Post

Error Reporting

See a factual error in these listings? Report it here.