October is a month dedicated to all things spooky and ghoulish. Television stations air horror movie marathons and the silver screen is bound to feature at least one scary movie throughout the month. October is the one time of the year the horror genre gets the most recognition, so I felt it necessary to highlight some of the most iconic horror movie villains of all time. Freddy, Jason, and Michael are a few of the names that come to mind when thinking about the supreme horror villains featured in some of the best films for scaring the hell out of yourself, but there are a few others that deserve a mention as well. Down below you’ll find a list of the top horror movie villains ranked in order based on originality and style.
Ch-Ch-Ch-Ah-Ah-Ah. Friday the 13th spawned the silent, stalking, hockey mask wearing Jason Voorhees. He quietly roamed Camp Crystal Lake killing teenagers with reckless abandon. His weapon of choice was a machete, but when he didn’t have one on him he was quite resourceful, kind of like MacGyver. Going to camp or swimming in a lake will never be the same thanks to Mr. Voorhees.
In 2003 Freddy vs. Jason was released and horror fans were ecstatic about the crossover. It pitted these two icons against each other for the first time, which led to an all out brawl to finally find out who was better killer. There still isn’t a definitive answer because at the very end of the movie Freddy is still alive, so fans of the two franchises will still be debating about the merits of each for years to come.
4. Michael Myers
Michael Myers is next on the list thanks to John Carpenter’s mastery of the horror genre. Halloween is the movie that kicked off the slasher trend back in 1978. Carpenter’s film made William Shatner’s face mask famous, and solidified the character of Myers as a bonified horror villain. Halloween tells the story of a little boy, Michael Myers, that murders his older sister on Halloween, and then goes on to become a mask wearing mass murderer. Watching him systematically take down his older sisters friends and leaving her for last caused angst and fear to creep into the hearts and minds of anyone watching Halloween.
Myers and the franchise appeared a few more times in a bunch of sequels, and he even get remained in Rob Zombie’s 2007 remake. No matter the decade, Myers and his mask will forever haunt the dreams of those who have watched him in action.
My Buddy, my buddy, my buddy and me! Chucky from Child’s Play takes the number three spot thanks to his ability to make children across the world deathly afraid of the My Buddy doll. The thought of a talking doll terrorizing people is as scary as they come. At the beginning of Child’s Play a serial killer named Charles Lee Ray transfers his soul into an adorable doll, and all hell breaks loose from there. When a single mother buys the doll for her son no one had an inkling as to what was about to happen. Little Andy confided in Chucky, but he soon realized that his new friend wasn’t what he seemed to be. He tried to warn his mother, but she didn’t listen. Once they realized just how evil Chucky was, it was too late. Dolls are not fun and this movie is proof that they are pure evil.
2. Freddy Krueger
At the number two spot is Freddy Krueger and his horribly burned face and clawed gloves. Horror genius Wes Craven wrote and directed the 1984 classic that went on to spawn multiple sequels. The movie is about a child murderer named Freddy Krueger that gets burned alive by the towns people retaliating against his crimes. After many years of suffering Krueger returns to seek revenge on the people that killed him by killing their children through their dreams.
Craven did more than just put out another slasher movie. He broke the mold and gave us one of the most iconic faces of the genre, Freddy Krueger. Falling asleep was the worst thing that anyone could do, which made the thought of going to bed after watching a Freddy movie extremely frightening. Freddy took what you loved or feared the most and used it against you in your dreams. The death scenes got more creative with the release of each film, and nearly anyone you ask will know the tune, “One, two Freddy’s coming for you. Three, four better lock your door.”
“What’s your pleasure, sir?” Pinhead takes the number one spot thanks to his menacing appearance and eery demeanor. Clive Barker wrote and directed the 1987 classic Hellraiser that first introduced Pinhead to the masses. Pinhead and his fellow cenobites get released into the world thanks to the opening of a tiny little puzzle box, but they brought some larger than life pain. Their main mission was to bring you pleasure and unbearable pain. Barker created a film that was before its time in 1987 thanks to Pinhead’s penchant for sadomasochism. Remember, if you come across a puzzle box, just leave it alone, because no good can come from opening it. Just ask the unfortunate souls from the Hellraiser films.
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