This is the stuff nightmares are made of, baby. There are monsters and then there are monsters. These freaks have lurked in the darkest of the creepy places, the very deepest shadows–lying in wait until the time is right to perpetrate their murderous deeds. Lucky for us, we only know these villainous bad boys from watching them commit murder and mayhem while up on the silver screen. Their reputations are infamous, however and their sickening deeds are indelibly imprinted on our minds. When it comes to horror flicks, these are the characters that will remain in our imaginations, lit by the macabre limelight of depraved evil forevermore.
15. Norman Bates (Psycho, 1960)-The truly heinous part about Norman Bates is how completely unthreatening he seems at first glance. A seemingly unassuming, quiet and reclusive man, this notorious proprietor of the Bates Motel turns out to be indeed, pretty darn psycho. Norman made the simple act of taking a shower something absolutely chilling.
14. Ghostface (Scream, 1996)-The contorted mask worn by Scream’s Ghostface is the hallmark of this notorious murderer who loves to taunt and tease his victims before he takes them out. Whoever wears the Ghostface mask becomes the next scream villain, picking up the killing right where the prior murderers left off.
13. Chucky (Child’s Play, 1988)-He just wanted to play with you–he’s just a doll, after all. That doll, however, was possessed with some kind of weird voodoo hex, infused with the ability to come to life and commit savage murders.
12. Jack Torrance (The Shining, 1980)-Jack Torrance is every man and that is exactly what makes what happens to Jack so truly frightening. Whether it’s a bad case of cabin fever or just too much time hanging out in the likely haunted Overlook Hotel, Jack completely loses his mind, subsequently going on a murderous rampage, savagely lashing out at his very own family.
11. Pennywise The Clown (IT, 1990)-Pennywise is the heinous embodiment of every clown-a-phobic out there. Conjured up in the great mind of Stephen King, this heavily painted clown with a mouth full of spiky teeth probably shouldn’t be invited to your kid’s birthday party.
10. Leatherface (Texas Chainsaw Massacre, 1974)-What in the world could be worse than a crazed Texan dude hell bent on ripping you apart with his chainsaw? How about one that is going to wear your face as a mask when he’s finished?
9. The Monster of Frankenstein (Frankenstein, 1931)-In Frankenstein, Boris Karloff infamously brought to life author Mary Shelley’s well-known monster figure. The monster itself is often referred to as Frankenstein but Dr. Frankenstein is actually the mad scientist who created the monstrous being who itself actually has no known name. This monster has long been considered to be one of the more classic horror/Halloween villains.
8. Jigsaw (Saw, 2004)-Jigsaw is different from most maniacal killers in that somewhere in the midst of his hideous agenda, is some sort of a twisted moral code that he adheres to. Those who failed the Jigsaw-induced ordeals had their flesh cut into puzzle pieces, thus his memorable nickname, “Jigsaw”.
7. Pinhead (Hellraiser, 1987)-Pinhead is the leader of a group of hedonistic, pain-embracing sadomasochists’ known as Cenobites that mysteriously appear when a puzzle box is solved. Murder and torture on his mind, Pinhead is probably the last guy on earth you’d want to spend any amount of time with. His piercings alone are enough to send a cold shiver down your spine.
6. Zombies (Night of The Living Dead, 1968)-Definitely the “monster du jour” these days, the zombie is popping up everywhere with a few common denominators. The zombie infection spreads like wildfire through the bite of an infected being. Zombies also relentlessly crave human flesh and will stop at nothing to feed their incessant craving. The zombie was probably most notably introduced in George Romero’s “Night of the Living Dead” and these lumbering corpses continue to be rebooted both in film and in television.
5. Hannibal Lecter (Silence of the Lambs, 1986)-Hannibal Lecter is about as intelligent and charming as one could possibly be considering his grisly penchant for killing and then eating his victims.
4. Michael Myers (Halloween, 1978)-Michael Myers is the original bogeyman made famous by the Halloween series of slasher films. After killing his sister when he was young, Michael Myers was then locked away in a mental institution for the criminally insane. Remorseless and as cold-blooded as a killer could get, Michael Myers returns fifteen years later to kill more teenagers.
3. Count Dracula (Dracula, 1931)-Many various morphings of the Dracula character have come to pass, both before Universal’s 1931 adaptation and of course, afterward. It is Bela Lugosi’s simmering Dracula version that truly infused charm and terror into this beloved time-honored vampire, however, as this classic character has not only stood the test of time, but has proven to have set the bar by which all other blood sucking vampires will forever be measured.
2. Jason Voorhees (Friday the 13th, 1980)-Hiding his deformed face behind an infamous hockey mask, Jason Voorhees is the revenge-driven killer who seems literally unstoppable when it comes to his bloodlust. No matter how permanently he has been seemingly killed off, he still somehow manages to reincarnate himself as he returns to his murderous rampage; hell bent on keeping Camp Crystal Lake forever closed.
1. Freddy Krueger (Nightmare on Elm Street, 1984)-When it comes to scary freaks and geeks, there is nothing quite like Mr. Krueger. His hideously scarred face and razor-sharp shears just add to his completely malevolent persona. Freddy, notorious for doing his evil bidding while his victims are dreaming, takes our top honor for the scariest of the horror villains because of his unique ability to tap into the supernatural dream world when it comes to perpetuating his evil agenda. In any case, Freddy is obviously not someone you’d want to encounter in your waking hours either.