Last week, we brought you word that our friends at WatchMojo were updating their video list of Top 10 Horror Villains! It had been over 6 years since they produced their first classic offering and, hey, times change. But rather than knocking skulls amongst themselves for a redux, they asked their fans and subscribers to make their voices heard by suggesting new inductees. Late last night, the updated list arrived!
(To see WatchMojo’s previous list, follow the link below.)
Have a watch and let us know what you think in the Comments section! Do you agree with their choices for the Top 10 scariest horror villains of all time? Did your favorite fiend make the list? Who are some other horror villains libel to gives these folks a run for their money? Let the debates begin!
If you can’t stream, the Top 10 Scariest Horror Villains, updated for 2017, are listed below the video, along with their wiki bios. Enjoy!
Official Synopsis: Thanks to all those who voted, we took your votes into careful consideration when we updated our list of terrifying monsters and killers from horror movies! WatchMojo presents our new and improved Top 10 Scariest Horror Movie Villains! And with all the amazing new characters to have come out, who will be taking the top spot on this list? Will it be Jason Voorhees, Michael Myers, or Pennywise the clown? Watch to find out!
#10. The Entity in “It Follows” (2014)
Bio: Little is known about the creature or where it came from, but it is the result of a curse that was created through unknown means. A person who possesses the curse will be stalked endlessly by the entity until it kills him or her. The curse can be passed onto someone else by having sexual intercourse with the person, but if that individual is killed, the entity will revert back to stalking the previous target of the curse. The entity will always follow the latest victim to the curse and work its way backwards through the chain of victims in consecutive order. Only those who have been affected by the curse can see the entity even after having passed the curse on to a new victim. (Source)
#9. Chucky in “Child’s Play” franchise (1988-)
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)
#8. Regan MacNeil [aka Pazuzu] in “The Exorcist” franchise (1973-)
Bio: Regan Teresa MacNeil is a character from the novel The Exorcist, its film adaptations, and The Exorcist television series. In the 2014 BBC Radio 4 adaptation of the novel, she was played by Lydia Wilson. Regan is the daughter of famous actress Chris MacNeil, a shy, creative young girl who is taken by the demon Pazuzu and gradually assumes a strange, aggressive and completely different behaviour which worries and scares her mother, forcing Chris to consult an exorcist. Regan became an icon of horror films and a primary influence for subsequent films depicting demonic possession. The character has been spoofed in many parodies (in one occasion by Linda Blair herself), such as the Scary Movie series. (Source)
#7. Candyman in “Candyman” franchise (1992-)
Bio: The Candyman was the titular main antagonist of the 1992 slasher horror movie of the same name and its sequels, based of off the short story “The Forbidden” form the anthology book Books of Blood, written by Clive Barker. Although a brutal killer and a vengeful spirit, Candyman has an especially tragic past compared to most horror icons, which arguably made him more sympathetic – though he was nevertheless just as dangerous and deadly as any other slasher movie antagonist. (Source)
#6. Pinhead in the “Hellraiser” franchise (1987-)
Bio: Pinhead’s role has varied with each Hellraiser installment. In the script for the original film, Barker describes Pinhead and the other cenobites as “demons” in his notes; the character himself, however, upon capturing Kirsty Cotton, identifies himself as neither explicitly angelic or demonic, stating that he and his fellow entourage are “Explorers in the further regions of experience. Demons to some. Angels to others.” The second film expounds on the idea of the Cenobites as demons by depicting them as denizens of a realm called Hell, a maze-like dimension ruled over by an entity known as Leviathan, where they subject their quarry to emotional and psychological torture. The third film radically altered the original concept, making Pinhead into a purely evil demon of chaos, explained by Pinhead losing the human, ‘orderly’, part of himself during the previous film. In the fourth film he is presented as a megalomaniac bent on world domination, and by the fifth he acts as a judge, punishing those who open the box for their sins by making them face their personal demons. In this film, he goes by the title of “Engineer”, a name derived from the lead cenobite in Clive Barker’s original novella. The seventh film reverts closer to the original film, with the Cenobites responsible for pleasure and pain, but the characters seem more demonic as in later installments. (Source)
#5. Leatherface in “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” franchise (1974-)
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)
#4. Freddy Krueger in “A Nightmare on Elm Street” franchise (1984-)
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)
#3. IT (aka Pennywise the Dancing Clown) in “IT” (2017)
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)
#2. Jason Voorhees in “Friday the 13th” franchise (1980-)
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)
#1 Michael Myers in “Halloween” franchise (1978-)
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)
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