10 Iconic Horror Movie Villains
Monsters of the Silver Screen
We've seen a scary movie once or twice in our lives but if you're one of those who haven't, then what are you doing with your life? Throughout horror films some of the most iconic villains were created and I'll be sharing ten of them with you. Here are ten iconic horror movie villains:
10: The Creeper ('Jeepers Creepers')
If you hear "Jeepers Creepers" on the radio or someone whistling a tune similar to it, then you know you're in for the scare of your life. Making its first appearance in the film, Jeepers Creepers (spawning two sequels), the Creeper comes to a town every 23 years for 23 days to feed on humans and it uses their parts (such as organs) to replace old or damaged ones. The origins of the Creeper are unknown, but theories range from it being the alleged Mothman of Point Pleasant, WV to it being pazuzu from The Exorcist. He usually wears an old duster, wide-brimmed hat and tattered trousers to give him a human like appearance. He has a third nostril on top of his nose that smells fear in his prey, large wings hidden under his duster and a fringe of webbed, bug like appendages that lie flat against his head. The Creeper also uses an assortment of weapons to hunt down its prey such as daggers and throwing stars made from the flesh and bones of his victims. He also uses a battle axe which is seen in Jeepers Creepers 3: Cathedral.
9: Chucky aka Charles Lee Ray ('Child’s Play' Franchise)
Used to scare the living crap out of me as kid ... Before Chucky became the thing that haunted my dreams as a kid, he was a serial killer named Charles Lee Ray or the Lakeshore Strangler. His name actually came from the names of three infamous criminals who were Charles Manson, Lee Harvey Oswald and James Earl Ray. He was wounded and was chased into a toy store. On the verge of his death he used a voodoo spell to transfer his soul into a Good Guy Doll, so that his murder spree could continue. The doll was bought by a single mother (Karen Barclay) and she gave it to her son (Andy Barclay) as a birthday gift. Soon enough he starts killing again but he realizes that he’s becoming human again. He tries to transfer his soul into a human vessel, preferably Andy.
8: Pinhead ('Hellraiser' Franchise)
Making his first appearance in Clive Barker’s novella The Hellbound Heart, Pinhead is a leader of a group of inter-dimensional beings called cenobites. “Explorers in the further regions of experience. Demons to some, angels to others.” Clive Barker didn’t name his character Pinhead but it was actually a nickname given to Doug Bradley (who plays the titular character) while the makeup artists were applying the prosthetics. Pinhead including other cenobites (such as the Chatterer, Butterball and the female cenobite) can be summoned by solving a puzzle box called the lament configuration. This box is a gateway to dimensions of heaven and hell. Pinhead and the rest of his cenobites feed off the suffering of anyone who opens the box by torturing him.
7: John Kramer aka Jigsaw ('Saw' Franchise)
Diagnosed with cancer, John made a suicide attempt by crashing his car but survived and has a new lease on life. He dedicated the rest of his life to inspiring people how valuable a life is by creating deadly devices and traps. Testing their will to live and what they will do to survive. “Live or die, make your choice.” He came to be known as Jigsaw, why? He cuts a jigsaw piece out of his subjects believing they were missing something, a vital piece of the human puzzle, the survival instinct. One of his most famous traps which can be seen throughout most of the franchise is the infamous reverse bear trap. This device would be strapped to the subjects head and they would be given 60 seconds to take it off before it would permanently rip their mouth open. Another unique trait about Jigsaw is that he has a puppet named Billy who has red eyes, white face and red swirls on his cheeks. He can be seen a lot throughout the franchise being the person that appears on tape recordings before the victim would try to escape the trap they’re in.
6: Sam ('Trick ‘r Treat')
Sam (also known as Samhain, the Ghost of Halloween, and the Great Autumn Spirit) is a demonic trick or treater who enforces the rules of Halloween. Before appearing in one of my all time favorite anthology horrors, he was first introduced in a short film, Seasons Greetings. Sam is as old as Halloween itself which would mean he came to be when Celtic pagans started celebrating Samhain. These rules of Halloween have Celtic/pagan roots, these rules that Sam enforces are as follows, hand out treats, wear a costume, don’t blow out Jack ’ O Lanterns before midnight, check your candy (poison) and respect the dead. Sam comes to a different town every Halloween to make sure that people respect its traditions and whenever he’s around, you know you’re in for one hell of a time. Sam’s appearance is that of a small child, wearing orange footy pajamas, a burlap sack mask and under the mask, well I don’t want to spoil it for anyone who hasn’t seen it ... Let’s just say it’s not a pretty sight. Make sure to respect its traditions unless you want this guy at your doorstep.
5: Candyman ('Candyman' Trilogy)
In the trilogy, Candyman is a figure from urban legends, a boogeyman if you will. Legend says that Daniel Robitaille was a slave and he fell in love with the slave owner’s daughter. Finding out about this, the slave owner got together with a group of people and they hunted down Daniel. When they caught him, they tied him to a tree, cut off his hand, smeared honey all over his body and a swarm of bees stung him to death. It’s said that if you say “Candyman” five times in the mirror, he will appear and kill you with his rusty hook he has in place of his missing hand. A college student studying urban legends made the mistake of summoning him because she didn’t believe in the legend. Let’s just say it didn’t end well for her. “Be my victim.”
4: Ghostface ('Scream' Franchise)
“What’s your favorite scary movie?” Ghostface was played by two teenagers who took their love of horror movies way too far. They would talk to people on the phone before killing and broke the basic rules of horror films like don’t answer the phone, don’t say “I’ll be right back,” because you won’t be, don’t investigate weird noises and you can’t have sex. They thought of themselves being in a horror movie with them being the killer and their victims, well, being the victims. They constantly taunted Sidney Prescott throughout the franchise but in the end, she always kicked ass.
3: Michael Myers ('Halloween' Franchise)
What started out as a little indie film would become one of the most iconic movies. Horror would produce one of the most iconic slashers to ever appear on the silver screen. Michael was six-years-old, it was Halloween and that night, he just snapped. He grabbed a kitchen knife and stabbed his older sister to death. He was taken away to a mental hospital where he'd lie under the care of Dr. Loomis. 15 years later, he escaped and returned to his hometown of Haddonfield, Illinois to kill his other sister, Laurie Strode. Several of Laurie’s friends were killed on Halloween but before Michael could finish the job, Dr. Loomis shot him several times before he fell over the balcony. When he looked out, he was gone. Later on in the series Michael would come back for his sister several times including his niece, Jamie and other relatives of the Myers bloodline. “I met this six-year-old child, with this blank, pale, emotionless face and, the blackest eyes ... The devil’s eyes.”
2: Freddy Krueger ('A Nightmare On Elm Street' Franchise)
Before he became the clawed killer of dreams, Freddy Krueger use to be a child murderer. He would take children to the boiler room he worked at and torture them. He was on trial but he got away with it, so the parents took the law into their own hands and hunted him down. They finally cornered him in the boiler room and set the place on fire with him in it. Little did they know that it wasn’t over, he became something much worse—the stuff nightmares are made of—and he would come back to kill the children of the parents on Elm Street through their dreams. He wears a dirty hat, a red/green striped sweater and wears this glove with razors attached to the fingers. Freddy would appear in seven movies, a remake, a TV show and even a crossover with another famous horror icon. No one comes up with good one liners other than Freddy Krueger himself, “This it Jennifer, your big break in TV! Welcome to Primetime, bitch!”
1: Jason Voorhees ('Friday the 13th' Franchise)
Last and most certainly not least, coming in at number one on my list is the hockey mask wearing, machete wielding maniac himself, Jason Voorhees. When Jason was a little boy he was bullied by the other kids at Camp Crystal Lake. One day, the kids pushed him into the lake but Jason couldn’t swim. Unfortunately, the counselors were making out instead of watching the kids and Jason drowned. They closed the camp. Years later it was reopened and of course Pamela (Jason’s mother) didn’t take it too well. At the camp, counselors start going missing until one was lef. That one counselor (Alice) discovers that Pamela killed them because she blames them for the death of her son. Alice grabbed a machete and cut off Pamela’s head but Alice also discovers that Jason wasn’t dead and is still roaming the campgrounds. Being angry with what happened to his mother, he kills anyone who would set foot on Camp Crystal Lake. Jason Voorhees would make his appearance in ten films including a remake and a crossover with Freddy Krueger. Jason has the highest body count out in slasher history with 300+ kills.
I hope you guys enjoyed reading. If you haven’t watched any of these movies, then I’d recommend these movies. If you’re a huge horror fan like myself, then who is your favorite horror movie villain? Keep an eye out for new top tens I'll write about. Until then, “See you in your dreams. Oh and come back anytime, bring your friends.” 🤡