Top 10 Greatest Horror Movie Killers

The Top Ten
1 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

Michael Myers is my all-time favorite horror movie slasher! He is iconic in the horror movie world, and I think he's the most terrifying. First off, he never runs after his victims. Instead, he just shows up out of nowhere, walks after them, and almost always catches them. His mask is so creepy.

The Halloween movies give me nightmares. What is also interesting about Michael Myers is that what he is and does in the beginning Halloween movies can actually happen. This is what makes the movie feel so real.

2 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).

Freddy Krueger - Life of the party and king of one-liners. The fact that he can twist your dreams to create your ultimate nightmare is scary enough.

Add in the spine-tingling rhyme and the sound of knives scraping over metal, and you've got yourself the ultimate horror villain. What's more? He does it all while still showing off his sharp wit.

Michael, Freddy, and Jason are all amazing! It's 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 go to sleep.

3 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 and Michael are very similar killing machines. Their appearances change from movie to movie, usually their size and mask. Neither talks, and they sneak up on people without making a sound. Their weapon of choice? Jason uses a machete and Michael a big kitchen knife, but they will both use whatever they can find lying around.

Did I mention that neither will die, no matter what they're shot or struck with? Both are way better than that loudmouth Freddy. I would love to see a movie where they team up to face Freddy and Pinhead. That would be the bomb!

4 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.

Michael Myers: Stabs people. Looks badass and is very strong. The 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. The movie was highly successful. Kills in victims' 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. The movie was... okay? 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. The puppet looks and sounds like it could jump out of the screen and gouge your eyes out. The 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 villain-ness.

RESULTS: Jigsaw is the winner!

5 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 overemphasize how evil they are to add to the escapist element of those films and to make them very scary. However, here it is 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 he and his family are.

While other villains may have a compassionate or humanizing side (like how Jigsaw is a dying cancer victim and 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. This is 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, and the infamous dinner scene.

Leatherface is a nasty piece of work and is a reason why The Texas Chainsaw Massacre may be a classic, but not one that is easily forgotten.

6 Ghostface (Scream)

Ghostface is one of the scariest horror killers. Now hear me out. Ghostface could be ANYONE - literally could be ANYONE, like your family, friends, relatives, ANYONE. And Scream could LITERALLY HAPPEN in real life.

While with characters like Jason, Michael, Freddy, etc., there are certain things that you can easily survive. For example, just don't go to Camp Crystal Lake. What happens to people who never go there? They're completely fine, right? I think you get what I'm saying.

7 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.

The thought that goes into creating this character clearly outdoes that of any old slasher. This character's horror is purely psychological and brilliant beyond belief. The creepiness and unique brand brought by Hannibal Lecter is unsurpassed not only by movie killers but by any movie character to date.

Hannibal is totally smooth and classy in the way he kills or renders his victims helpless. He performs cerebral eatery with the victim awake and participating in eating his own brains. What can be more spectacular? Totally number one on my list.

8 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 they shouldn't watch. It makes all talking dolls creepy as hell.

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 gave me nightmares as a child. I never liked dolls, but relatives gave me dolls as presents. I treated my dolls like royalty because of him.

But I've watched the 4th and 5th movies as a teen, and I realized how funny he is, yet still a psychotic killer.

9 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 fourth one and the others after that. 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 three, with 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!"

His appearance was not all that intimidating, but the chains and hooks he controlled were.

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

10 Pennywise the Dancing Clown (It)

He is extremely scary, especially if you met him in real life. I would be terrified if I ever saw him or if he entered my house. The balloon part was the nastiest scene I have seen. Blood gushing everywhere.

I am now scared of balloons.

I think the 1990 version is better than the 2017 version since Tim Curry is funnier than Bill. Bill doesn't seem like a clown, more like a killer in a clown costume. Bill is scarier than Tim, but Tim is a clown you just know, with his humor.

Of all the horror icons I know about, he's probably the scariest. The guy actually feeds on fear. Although the 1990 Pennywise isn't as scary by today's standards, the 2017 Pennywise is enough to keep anyone up at night.

And not to mention his powers. He can teleport, shapeshift, and manipulate people, just to name a few!

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11 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.

Are you kidding, #15? Out of all these killers, Norman, Jack Torrance, 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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12 The Creeper (Jeepers Creepers)

Dude, he feeds on people, has an underground cave that plays his own song, rips out people's 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 people, no matter how much you've hurt him!

Sounds creepy to me. For all I know, he could be stalking us all...

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 one.

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

I think "Here's Johnny" is funny. When I was 13, I watched that movie, and then I heard on the TV, "Here's Johnny!" I saw it was a TV host or something. It was really funny.

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.

14 Xenomorph (Alien) The Alien (also known as a Xenomorph XX121 or Internecivus raptus, or simply a xenomorph) is a fictional extraterrestrial species that serves as the title antagonist of the Alien film series.

Brilliant villain from one of my favorite films. The alien creature has a 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 it'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, a marine squad was unable to take down a swarm of these without significant loss of life and resources.

Add to that 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.

15 The 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.

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.

Predator is awesome. They only hunt people with guns, but with bad blood, they kill everything. Rips out the best warrior's skull, awesome weapons.

16 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.

Death kills in all sorts of horrible ways. I really never thought of such kinds of deaths.

What a movie! Truly fantastic! A movie full of thriller, action, and fun.

17 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.

The movie that proved telekinesis isn't the real threat. It's fanatics and high school cliques that are the true villains.

Come on, guys, what's scarier than a girl covered in blood brutally killing you with telekinesis?

18 Leprechaun (Leprechaun)

His movies may not be that great or that scary, but the Leprechaun can be scary to his victims. He usually only kills if you try to steal his gold or get in his way. Other than that, you should be okay.

He's magical, manipulative, devious, and can kill people in the worst ways imaginable.

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

19 Candyman (Candyman)

An underrated villain, Tony Todd's performance is just perfect. His movie was a great romantic horror. A sick design, an interesting backstory, along with creepy powers. Candyman deserves so much more recognition.

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

20 The Shark (Jaws)

I know that the shark from Jaws probably doesn't stand as tall as Samara or Jason, but I still think it deserves some recognition. It 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, unlike some others (like Sharknado). It also popularized the term "man-eating" for sharks. That takes skill. Great whites are famous because of this movie, and that's why I think the shark is so great!

I love sharks more than mammals, but I love dogs too. Okay, back to the shark. The shark is awesome. It's funny it killed the kid, but the poor dog. Its death is awesome, getting blown up.

21 Angela Baker (Sleepaway Camp)

Very underrated and forgotten, Angela Baker is a female horror movie killer. She's the queen.

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

22 Tom Hanniger (My Bloody Valentine)

You have to feel bad for him, since two other idiot coworkers went to the Valentine party and left him and a few other coworkers to die!

23 Boogeyman (Boogeyman)
24 Wishmaster (Wishmaster)
25 Cujo (Cujo)

Jason got a new dog. His name is... Cujo.

Cujo is one of Stephen King's most unforgettable, monstrous creations ever put on screen.

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