If horror movies have taught us anything, it is that we are all sick bastards. Sorry, we mean it tells us that all like to be scared out of our wits. That’s it. We take absolutely no sick pleasure from teenagers being eaten, cut to pieces or burnt alive – it’s all about the thrill of being frightened.
But, of course, the best horror villains don’t tend to be the ones we are afraid of. They are the ones we actually quite like. Unstoppable serial killers, frazzled up kiddie-fiddlers and maniacal dolls are just some of the anti-heroes idolised by horror fans the world over. We just can’t get enough of them, it seems.
Now, if you wanted to really get scared, we suggest you make movies about global warming, nuclear holocaust or John McCain.
28. The Reaper
Film: Jeepers Creepers
The eyes have it.
27. Dr. Carl Hill
Gave a new meaning to giving head.
Film: Puppetmaster series
This is what happens when good puppets go bad – a psychopathic leader of wooden tops with a knife instead of one hand and a hook for the other. You never had this kind of trouble from Pinocchio. Acting is a
little wooden though.
Films: Leprechaun series
Is there anything more scary than a psychopathic, Irish midget with a God complex? Just look at Bono. Our favourite is Leprechaun In The Hood. Seriously. That really happened. Jennifer Aniston has a lot to answer for.
19. Victor Crowley
Would have been higher but for his terrible name and the fact he is basically a Jason copy.
18. The Fisherman
Films: I Know What You Did Last Summer series
Remember to drive carefully – or you could kill someone and turn them into unstoppable serial killers. We think that is the moral of the tale anyway. Does that sound a bit fishy to you?
Films: Dead Man’s Shoes
There is nothing scarier than someone who is actually quite realistic. If you have never seen this movie, rent it out now!
16. The Candyman
Films: The Candyman series
There’s nothing sweet about The Candyman.
Films: Scream series
Worthy of a mention in that it breathed new life into the horror genre, but wouldn’t you just hang up on them?
14. Jack Torrance
Film: The Shining
Here’s Johnny! Nicholson is one scary son of a bitch when he wants to be.
Film: The Ringu series
Well, she gives us the creeps.
Films: Child’s Play series
A good reason why you should not play with dolls. Well, that and you’re over 30.
Films: Hellraiser series
Of course, not only is Pinhead a scary bastard, he’s also a warning to not mess around with acupuncture.
Film: Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Everyone’s favourite deformed, chainsaw-wielding cannibal.
2. Freddy Krueger
Films: A Nightmare on Elm Street series
The funniest child murderer in town.