A few months back, our own Michael Klug published a list of the best & baddest villains to ever walk the dank corridors of the horror genre. The article’s popularity proved that genre fans never tire of defending and exalting their favorite movie fiends; it also proved that, while most horror heavyweights hail from the 20th Century, there are some modern up-and-comers looking to breakthrough into upper echelons of bona fide icons.
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Regular readers of Horror Freak News know were huge fans of the video essays and Top 10 Lists produced by our friends at WatchMojo, and we just couldn’t ignore their latest offering: Top 10 Scariest Horror Movie Villains! This video isn’t what it seems, however: It’s a 6-year-old video in dire need of an update—and they need your help!
The folks at WatchMojo want you to give their old vid a spin, then suggest newbies for an updated Top 10 List! It’s a chance to have your voices heard while potentially contributing to one of the most popular film channels on YouTube. All you have to do is watch the video below, then post suggestions for a redux list on the Comment page, HERE.
Give it a spin and let them know who should be included on an updated list!
If you can’t stream, the current Top 10 Scariest Horror Movie Villains are listed below the video, along with official wiki bios. Enjoy!
Official Synopsis: Six years ago we published this video in which we ranked the Top 10 Most Terrifying Villains from Horror Films, and now that list needs an update, and we need your help! WatchMojo presents our old list so that you can head on over to the suggest page and vote for what you think should take the number one spot!
Ghostface (The Scream Franchise)
Bio: Ghostface was named after a rubber Halloween mask inspired by the Edvard Munch painting The Scream. He has also been called the Woodsboro Killer, after the town where the Ghostface costume was first used to commit murders. Ghostface often called his victims on the phone, taunting or threatening them before stabbing them to death with an eight-inch hunting knife. He occasionally asked his victims horror movie trivia, and stalked them in a manner reminiscent of said films. (Source)
Angela Baker (The Sleepaway Camp Franchise)
Bio: Angela-Peter Baker was the survivor of a horrible boating accident which claimed the lives of her father and twin sibling – a horrific incident that scarred her family and left her in the care of her domineering, mentally-unstable aunt. It was under her care that Angela was truly “born,” as before this, she was a boy. Raised as a girl, deeply confused about her sexuality, Angela was eventually sent away to Camp Arawak at age 14 in an attempt to help her integrate into youth culture. The act proved fatal, as young Angela suffered a complete psychological breakdown and began murdering her fellow campers and counselors and the camp owner but most of them was out of revenge for picking on her and Ricky, so she has some sanity. After years of therapy and surgery, Angela was “cured.” She made another attempt at camp life but her mental state dissolved once again and she committed a series of murders. One year later, Angela tried again to fit in at camp, with the same outcome. The 3 sequels and Return to Sleepaway Camp both take place after the 1st movie but they are in different dates because Return to Sleepaway Camp ignores the events of the 3 sequels. Angela escaped a mental institution and committed a murder spree at Camp Manabe. After the events of the 1st film, she gets a sex change and is female in the rest of the movies. (Source)
Jigsaw and Billy The Puppet (Played by Tobin Bell in the Saw Franchise)
Bio: John Kramer was a successful civil engineer and the founder of the Urban Renewal Group, a foundation dedicated to property development for needy people under the motto “Four walls build a home.” The group was supported by his friend, partner and lawyer, Art Blank. His first building was the Gideon Meatpacking Plant at 11235 Blake Drive. John was married to Jill Tuck and encouraged her to open the Homeward Bound Clinic, a recovery clinic for drug addicts under the motto, “Cherish your life.” During a party for the clinic, which was sponsored by William Easton, manager of the Umbrella Health insurance company, John and William got to know each other and got into a conversation about their work. Thereby, William explained the basic concept of his insurance formula to him, which he used to decide whose requests for coverage were permitted and which were denied. While he was visibly proud of it, John questioned the formula, stating that William decided about life and death of his clients. William tried to defend himself. John elaborated on his criticism and told William that he forgot to take the survival instinct of his clients into consideration, which was the most important human element of all, according to him. However, despite their disagreements, John eventually became a client of Umbrella Health himself. (Saw IV, VI) (Source)
Chucky (Voiced by Brad Dourif in the Child’s Play Franchise)
Bio: On November 9th, 1988, Charles Lee Ray is chased down after a failed robbery, by detective Mike Norris. After he is fatally shot, his partner in crime Eddie decides to bail and drives away in the get-away van, despite Charles’ pleas. Stumbling into a toy store, Charles desperately uses his voodoo amulet, the Heart of Damballa, to transfer his soul into a Good Guy doll. The chant causes lightning to burst through the store skylight and cause an explosion. Although Norris finds Charles’ dead body, his soul successfully transferred into the doll, which is found by a peddler. (Source)
IT/Pennywise the Clown from Stephen King’s IT (Played by Tim Curry in 1990)
Bio: It (sometimes capitalized as IT), more commonly known as Pennywise the Dancing Clown, is the titular main antagonist of the novel, its 2017 film adaptation and the 1990 TV adaptation. It was portrayed to be a shapeshifting and malevolent entity millions (possibly billions) of years old, and with no exact gender or solid identity; thus why it is called “IT”. It was a mysterious evil being from an unknown realm/dimension outside the regions of space. When It came to planet Earth to feed, It’s favorite disguise was that of a colorful and wisecracking circus clown named “Pennywise”. It could also morph into any other being or thing it please’s, generally based on its target’s loved ones or friends to lure them into Different traps. Or It just simply appear’s to them as their very worst fears and nightmares. (Source)
The Firefly Family (From Rob Zombie’s House of 1000 Corpses and The Devil’s Rejects)
Bio: The Firefly family is a clan of loosely-related individuals who existed as brutal violent serial killers in the town of Ruggsville, Texas throughout the 1970s. Their actual surnames are unknown. They began using the “Firefly” alias at the suggestion of a man who called himself Otis B. Driftwood. All of the family members, including Otis, adopted aliases based upon film characters originally portrayed by comedian Groucho Marx. The Firefly name came from a character named Rufus T. Firefly from the 1933 film Duck Soup. (Source)
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Michael Myers (The Halloween Franchise)
Bio: Michael Audrey Myers is the central character and the main antagonist of the Halloween franchise. As a six-year-old child, Michael was admitted into a psychiatric hospital for the murder of his older sister, Judith Myers. After nearly 15 years of captivity, Myers broke out of the asylum and, for 23 years, hunts down the rest of his family to kill them. Although the 4-6 Timeline and the H20 Timeline both follow the events of Halloween I and II, these killings occur at completely different dates. The 2007 remake reboots the series continuity altogether, starting the timeline afresh. For the corresponding incarnation of Michael, see the “2007 Remake Timeline” above. (Source)
Jason Voorhees (The Friday the 13th Franchise)
Bio: Jason Voorhees is the main antagonist of the Friday the 13th franchise and one of the two main antagonists of the crossover film Freddy vs. Jason, along with Freddy Krueger. He was a silent, undead and unstoppable killing machine. Jason was an iconic madman who haunts Camp Crystal Lake and the surrounding area, driven to slaughter anyone he encounters by a burning need to avenge the death of his beloved mother, Pamela Voorhees. Jason Voorhees has killed (at least) 152 people. This counts Andy’s and Debbie’s unborn child, twenty of the people he killed during his body possession spree, Creighton Duke’s girlfriend, and, in two deleted scenes, an unnamed man in bathroom, and Vicki’s boyfriend (which some of them are completely off screen) over the years. (Source)
Leatherface (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Franchise)
Bio: Leatherface (real name: Jedidiah Sawyer) is a fictional character and the main antagonist in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre horror film series. He is usually portrayed as mentally handicapped or disturbed. He wears a mask made out of human skin, which leads to his eventual name – Leatherface. The character is loosely based on the real-life serial killer Ed Gein, who is remembered as one of the most brutal serial killers in American history, whom also happened to skin his victims alive and wear clothes made out of their skin. Leatherface is usually depicted with his iconic chainsaw, but he is also known for using a large sledgehammer to attack his victims. (Source)
Freddy Krueger (The Nightmare on Elm Street Franchise)
Bio: Frederick Charles “Freddy” Krueger is a serial killer and the main antagonist of the Nightmare on Elm Street series. A family man on the surface, Krueger was actually the serial killer known as the “Springwood Slasher”. When he was caught and subsequently released on a technicality, the parents of his victims chased him to a shack out back of the power plant he once worked at and burned him alive. Rather than succumb to death, Krueger was offered the chance to continue his killing spree after death, becoming a Dream Demon that could enter his victims’ dreams and kill them in the dream world, which would thus cause their death in the real world and absorb their souls afterward. He is the main antagonist of the Nightmare on Elm Street film series, predominantly portrayed by Robert Englund, and more recently, Jackie Earle Haley. (Source)
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