Sure, Halloween means candy and costumes, but at its core, the holiday is all about scaring yourself silly. And to celebrate the day, we’re looking at the 10 scariest horror film villains of all time, from psychotic talking dolls to hockey mask-wearing killers.
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Charles Lee Ray a.k.a. Chucky: A serial killer inhabits the body of a toy doll and tries his darnedest to transfer his soul to the body of a human, namely a young boy named Andy. As silly as the premise may sound, after getting to know Chucky through his many films–Child’s Play, Curse of Chucky, Bride of Chucky and Seed of Chucky to name a few–we could never look at our dolls the same way again.
Hannibal Lecter: You’ve got to be pretty scary if you’re able to freak us out even while you’re locked up in jail. But that’s the power of Anthony Hopkins’ Lecter, who simultaneously helps and terrorizes FBI Agent Clarice Starling. Fava beans, anyone?
Villains from Scream, Saw, Psycho and more after the jump!
Michael Myers: Michael Myers was the hockey mask-wearing, teenager-killing maniac in the Halloween series, which some consider the ultimate horror classic. A boogeyman of sorts, Myers doesn’t talk much, but his menacing presence is enough to scare the bejesus out of us.
Ghostface: He had us (scared out of our minds) from the moment he slaughtered an innocent Drew Barrymore in Scream. We find out who the masked killer was at the end of the first film, but we still have a little anxiety whenever we see that Ghostface mask in stores.
Freddy Krueger: He haunts his victims in what was supposed to be the safest of all places–their dreams. And while villains like Michael Myers and Ghostface never spoke, what makes Krueger extra frightening is his maniacal wit.
Pinhead: With dozens of pins inserted into his head, the Hellraiser villain is a little hard to miss. He comes from hell to take you down with him and is summoned when a certain puzzle is played.
Dracula: Before vampires became trendy, they were downright terrifying. From the classic Nosferatu to the adaptation of Bram Stoker’s gothic (and freaky!) 1897 novel, there have been plenty of different interpretations, but one thing’s for sure, these blood-sucking vamps do more than just sparkle.
Norman Bates: Another throwback entry, Bates was the deranged keeper of the Bates Motel in Alfred Hitchcock’s classic, Psycho. What’s scary about him isn’t a weapons or a garish costume; it’s that he actually looks like a fairly normal guy.
Jigsaw: Thanks to that unforgettably creepy face, the Saw killer could’ve been knitting a scarf, and we’d still think he was one of the scariest villains of all time.
Jason Voorhees: Looking a bit like Halloween‘s Michael Myers, the Friday the 13th villain inflicted his homicidal mania on innocent summer campers. Machete + mask = We’re closing our eyes now.
Who’s your pick for the scariest villain of all-time?
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