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Okay so I'm going to do a top 10 list of the greatest horror villains and I would like to see your opinions and your top 10 favorites in the comment section and keep in mind that this top 10 list is not based on facts but my opinion of the greatest horror villains. 

We all love our slasher antagonists from the gore, to the blood and the suspense so let's get down to it. 

10. Leprechaun

Leprechaun, is the main antagonist of the comedy-horror movie franchise. He is a Leprechaun leprechaun who kills anyone who steals his gold.

Lubdan is a Leprechaun in Ireland at the time of King Sigtrygg Silkbeard in 994. The King grows ambitious for magic and power and summons all magical creatures to him. The Leprechaun comes and gives him magic, but demands the King's gold. The King gives him his gold and the Leprechaun treasures it. The Leprechaun gives the King various magic powers, then, when the King eventually dies, the Leprechaun and all the other fairies go back to the woods. The Leprechaun was one of the many hired by a king in the past to protect his gold and kill who ever touched it. While this mission was going on, a Knight tried to take the gold but was surrounded by the little Irish monsters and killed. When the king passed away, the Leprechauns were allowed to go back to their homes and be in peace again. But one did not go into hiding. Instead it kept its job protecting the gold from any life-form through time and space. The Leprechaun became obsessed with the pot of gold and would proudly kill to get it back. The Leprechaun's only weaknesses are the four leaf clover, wrought iron and destroying his gold.

Okay to me this horror series feels more like a comedy but it works because it's meant to be that way. Quite fun movie to watch.

A friend with weed is a friend indeed!

-Leprechaun

9. Tall Man from Phantasm

The Tall Man

Dr. Morgingside (formerly)
Lord of the Dead (self-proclaimed)
Death

Relatively little is known about the Tall Man. Once upon a time, he was a kind-hearted soul named Dr. Jebediah Morningside, an ordinary mortician who served as a medic for the Union Army during the American Civil War. Until he was experimenting with inter-dimensional travel and studying the connection between the world of the living and the realm of the dead. He does this to learn the mysteries of life and death, even to achieve immortality. After perfecting a machine that would allow him to travel between worlds, he stepped through the gateway. Upon his return he was no longer Jebediah, but the cold and evil being known to Mike Pearson and his friend Reggie as the Tall Man. It can only be speculated that while in a different dimension Jebediah's body was possessed by another intelligence, or that his physical likeness has been assumed by some otherworldly, evil entity while killing off the original man. It might also be that his experiences changed him radically.

The Tall Man is the main antagonist in the 5 Phantasm movies

Relatively little is known about the Tall Man. Once upon a time, he was a kind-hearted soul named Dr. Jebediah Morningside, an ordinary mortician who served as a medic for the Union Army during the American Civil War. Until he was experimenting with inter-dimensional travel and studying the connection between the world of the living and the realm of the dead. He does this to learn the mysteries of life and death, even to achieve immortality. After perfecting a machine that would allow him to travel between worlds, he stepped through the gateway. Upon his return he was no longer Jebediah, but the cold and evil being known to Mike Pearson and his friend Reggie as the Tall Man. It can only be speculated that while in a different dimension Jebediah's body was possessed by another intelligence, or that his physical likeness has been assumed by some otherworldly, evil entity while killing off the original man. It might also be that his experiences changed him radically.

The Tall Man's purpose is to become the Lord of the Dead. He moves from town to town, first becoming the undertaker of that town and secretly removing the corpses from the graveyards and mortuaries. However, he is not content to just steal the already dead, but will soon kill the town's living population to add their numbers to his collection. The dwarf-like creatures he creates from the bodies of the dead serve him in our world, and he also transports them back to his own dimension. It is possible that he uses them as slave labor for his own world, the same way he uses his two legion of other undead minions called the Gravers and the Demon Troopers. The dwarfs were revealed to be byproducts of the process by which the Tall Man creates the Sentinel Spheres, which involves compacting the body and placing the brain into a metal casing. The Sentinels are used in his assaults against the living. So far he has not revealed any grand schemes for world conquest, and he tends to plunder only small, out-of-the-way towns; he is never shown invading large cities. And the towns he does plunder always seem to have an explanation for why the town's population is missing, such as a toxic waste spill. The Tall Man is a cold psychopathic traveler who explores worlds and knows all that is unknown while he destroys lives and commands his legion of the undead.

This is a really good horror series  and matter of fact has a musical score almost as good and chilling as Halloween.

You play a good game boy, but the game is finished, now you die.

-The Tall Man 

8. Simon from The Ugly

The film takes place in an old, worn down insane asylum in Auckland, New Zealand, run by Dr. Marlowe (Roy Ward). Simon Cartwright (Paolo Rotondo), one of his patients, is seeking an appeal from a psychiatrist to get a reevaluation of his mental state. He wants to prove that he’s been cured; Simon is a serial killer who has killed over a dozen different people. He wants a psychiatrist from outside of the asylum to take his case, and he specifically asks for Dr. Karen Shumaker. Dr. Shumaker (Rebecca Hobbs) has recently gained some publicity from winning a case involving another serial killer.

Simon does not have a specific type of victim; this is not typical in a serial killer. His kills are random and Dr. Shumaker wants to know why. She asks if he feels any remorse or guilt, but he does not. All he says is that he simply had to kill them. As they talk through their session, the movie shifts to a number of flashbacks. First they delve into Simon's childhood, only to find out that he was bullied as a child and that his mother abused him. As an adolescent, the only person he had ever cared about, Julie (Vanessa Byrnes), was driven away by his mother (Jennifer Ward-Lealand). Simon found out that his father wanted custody of him so he could live a better life because of his wealth, but his horrible mother kept this information from him all this time. In response to this, Simon ends up slashing his mother's throat. He tries to make it look like a robbery took place and burns the house down, but the cops figure out what really happened. Simon is then locked away in an asylum for five years.

 

Once he is released, he starts killing again. He kills lots of different people; his victims range from men to women, old and young. It seems as though there is no pattern in the way he chooses his victims, that it’s all the same to him. However, we learn of an instance in which he spares the life of a thirteen-year-old deaf girl. He tells Dr. Shumaker that he did not kill the girl because she was different: she was like him. Although he does not have a specific type of victim, Simon does have a signature method of killing. He slashes people’s throats with a large straight razor. He says that it is "the ugly" that makes him kill; it will not leave him alone until he has satisfied its voice. He and Julie got together until one night he murdered her. As Dr. Shumaker delves deeper into his psyche, she discovers that Simon, who claims to be haunted by the voices of his victims telling him to kill, as well as a malignant alternate persona called "The Ugly," may not be so much crazy as he is tortured inside from years of physical and psychological abuse. Simon reveals to have psychic powers.

This is defiantly an underrated horror film and I think the movie is not only scary but depressingly sad. This is one of the only slashers I actually feel somewhat sympathy for and I think you should watch it. It is an extremely good movie. Part of me wanted to put this higher on the list.

They won't leave me alone until I've done it! Each time they make it harder and harder and harder not to! Until I have to die...

7. Norman Bates from Psycho 

Both the 1959 novel, its 1960 film adaptation and the 1990 film prequelexplain that Norman suffered severe emotional abuse as a child at the hands of his mother, Norma, who preached to him that sexual intercourse was sinful and that all women (except herself) were whores. The novel also suggests that their relationship may have been incestuous. After Norman's father, John Bates, died, Norman and his mother lived alone together "as if there was no one else in the world" until Norman reached adolescence, when his mother met Joe Considine (Chet Rudolph in Psycho IV: The Beginning) and planned to marry. Considine convinced Norma to open a motel. Driven over the edge with jealousy, Norman murdered both of them with strychnine. After committing the murders, Norman staged it like murder-suicide, making it look as if Norma had killed her fiancé and then herself. After a brief hospitalization for shock, he developed dissociative identity disorder, assuming his mother's personality to repress his awareness of her death and to escape the feelings of guilt for murdering her.[4] He inherited his mother's house—where he kept her corpse—and the family motel in the (fictional) small town of Fairvale, California.

Bloch sums up Norman's multiple personalities in his stylistic form of puns: "Norman", a child dependent on his mother; "Norma", a possessive mother who kills anyone who threatens the illusion of her existence; and "Normal", a functional adult who goes through the motions of day-to-day life. "Norma" dominates and belittles "Norman" much as she had when she was alive, forbidding him to have friends and flying into violent rages whenever he feels attracted to a woman. "Norma" and "Norman" carry on conversations through Norman talking to himself and to her corpse in his mother's voice, and Norman dresses in his mother's clothes whenever "Norma" takes hold completely.

What better way to add a slasher to this list who started it all? I love the original Psycho film and the Bates Motel TV show. I did not care for the remake though. 

A boys best friend is his mother.

We all go a little mad sometimes.

6. Freddy Krueger from A Nightmare On Elm Street

Name
Frederick Charles Krueger
 
Occupation
Power plant technician "BRT" 
Child murderer (when he was alive)
Serial killer
Dream demon
 
 
Name
Frederick Charles Krueger
 
 
Relationships
One of the Maniacs (Father, unknown) 

Amanda Krueger (Mother, deceased) 
Mr. Underwood (Adoptive Father, deceased) 
Loretta Krueger (Wife, deceased) 

Maggie Burroughs (Daughter)
 
 
Occupation
Power plant technician "BRT" 
Child murderer (when he was alive)
Serial killer
Dream demon
 
 
Appearances
Appears in all "A Nightmare on Elm Street" media as the main antagonist.
 
 
Portrayal
Robert Englund
Kane Hodder (in Jason Goes to Hell)
 
 

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 Demonthat 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 afterwards. He is the main antagonist of the Nightmare on Elm Street film series, predominantly portrayed by Robert Englund, and more recently, Jackie Earle Haley.

When I was a young kid the only horror villain that actually scared the hell out of me was Freddy Krueger in the first film. When he makes his first appearance before killing Tina in the dark with his arms extended out, now that was creepy... As for the other films I thought they were a joke in my opinion.

Whatever you do... Don't... Fall... Asleep!

5. Ghostface from Scream

Ghostface is the main villain of the Scream series.

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.

Unlike supernatural killers, such as Michael Myers or Freddy Krueger, Ghostface is human, but has several skills of a deadly killer. Ghostface is skilled in spying and stealth, allowing him to hide in unexpected places. Also, he exhibits extreme durability against physical harm and has high levels of physical strength.

Ghostface is sometimes a little bit of a klutz. Ghostface gets hit by doors and other objects like a refrigerator door while fighting with Tatum, and sometimes falls down to the floor while chasing Sidney.

I love the Scream series and it is one of the only horror series that has characters that I don't want  die and feel sympathetic for even can make you shed a tear or two. My favorite film in the series is the original one. 

 

Rules to succesfully survive a horror movie:

  • You may not survive the movie if you have sex.
  • You may not survive the movie if you drink or do drugs.
  • You may not survive the movie if you say "I'll be right back", "Hello?" or "Who's there?"

4. Leatherface from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

Year of birth
1947
Age
70
Status
Deceased (TCM2 timeline), Unknown (TCM3 timeline), Alive (The Next Generation & TC3D timeline)
 
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.
 

The original film never shows Leatherface without one of his human-flesh masks. He differs from most other movie killers, in that the films portray him not so much as sadistic or evil, but as simple minded. Most of the time he only does as instructed. Hansen has stated that Leatherface is "completely under the control of his family. He'll do whatever they tell him to do. He's a little bit afraid of them." In the documentary The Shocking Truth, Tobe Hooper portrays Leatherface as a "big baby" who kills in self-defense because he feels threatened, pointing out that in the first film Leatherface is actually frightened of all the new people entering his house.

Leatherface's family processes the people he kills into barbecued foods and chili, which his father, Drayton Sawyer, then sells at his restaurant/gas station, the "Last Chance".

I love Leatherface however I don't like all the sequels from the Original. The only Texas Chainsaw movies I like is Texas Chainsaw Massacre 1973, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2003, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre The Beginning and Texas Chainsaw 3D which alot of people didn't like the 2013 3D film however I enjoyed it despite the massive timeline plotholes they screwed up. I also think that the 2003 remake was one of the only horror remakes to top the original "In my opinion"

3. Chucky from The Child's Play Series

Sorry Jack.. Chucky's Back! 

Chucky is portrayed as a notorious serial killer whose spirit inhabits a "Good Guy" doll and continuously tries to transfer his soul from the doll to a human body. The character has become one of the most recognizable horror icons, often mentioned alongside Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, Ghostface, Leatherface, Pinhead and Michael Myers, and has been referenced numerous times in popular culture. In 1999, the Chucky character was nominated for the MTV Movie Award for Best Villain for the film Bride of Chucky. He was created by writer-director Don Mancini and is portrayed and voiced by Brad Dourif in both live-action and voice-over.

 

Full name Charles Lee Ray
Nickname(s) Chucky
The Lakeshore Strangler
Species Good Guy Doll
Human (first and seventh film)
Gender Male
Female (Alice's/Nica's bodies)
Spouse(s) Tiffany (wife)
Children Glen (son)
Glenda (daughter)
Nationality American
Classification Serial killer
Voodoo sorcerer
Power and ablities Voodoo

 

The chucky series is without a doubt one of my favorite horror series. I even enjoyed the films that many didn't like such as Bride/Seed of Chucky. I had a collection of Chucky dolls and even Good Guy replicas. Chucky has had 7 films and confirmed to have another within the next few years. 


Ade Due Damballa. Give me the power, I beg of you.
Leveau mercier du bois chaloitte.
Secoise entienne mais pois de morte.
Morteisma lieu de vocuier de mieu vochette.
Endelieu pour du boisette damballa
 

 

2. Jason Voorhees from Friday The 13th

Jason Voorhees was born in the small town of Crystal Lake on June 13th 1946 to Elias and Pamela Voorhees. Jason was afflicted with severe facial deformities, Hydrocephalus, an abnormally large head and mental disabilities. Raising Jason on her own, Pamela kept her son isolated from the community, not letting him attend school and educating him in their homeon the outskirts of Crystal Lake.

In the summer of 1957, Pamela, unable to get a babysitter for Jason, resorted to bringing him to Camp Crystal Lake where she worked as a cook.

While being bullied by the other campers, Jason attempted to escape from his tormentors, but the cruel children caught up to him on the dock and threw Jason into the lake where he drowned. The counselors were supposed to be watching the children, but instead were talking and having sex in the woods.

Though Jason's body was never found, the camp closed as a result, but reopened the next summer. It was closed again when Pamela, mad with grief, murdered Barry and Claudette, the counselors she blamed for Jason's drowning. Pamela was never suspected of the murders and all subsequent attempts to open the camp ended in failure, presumably due to sabotage on Pamela's part, resulting in the camp being nicknamed "Camp Blood" by the locals, who came to believe the area was cursed.

After being accidentally revived by Tommy, Jason now possesses a unique ability to regenerate any lost and damaged tissue at an accelerated rate. As a result, he can sustain bullet and knife wounds and be virtually unaffected. This ability allows him to recover from any fatal injuries. He has been incapacitated by being chained to the bottom of Crystal Lake or impaled through the head, but is almost always restored to "perfect" health, his constantly changing state of deformity can be attributed to his constant regeneration. This regeneration however is not perfect, as Jason still possesses an undead, desiccated appearance of exposed bones and deteriorating tissue. Technically being undead, his body is not affected by existing detrimental contaminants. He has complete immunity to all kinds of poison, virus, disease, bacteria, etc. However, he can still be sedated as proven when the possessed Freeburg was able to render him unconscious with two syringes, and at some point in the future Jason is kept imprisoned via a combination of restraints and some unknown sedative substance administered to him by an I.V.

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 the bathroom, and Vicki's boyfriend (which some of them are completely off screen) over the years.

Friday The 13th is one of my favorite Slasher series and let's be honest, Jason is a bad ass whom not only made his way into movies but comic books and even a few of his own games which of course we all know that if you are currently using this site.

There's a legend around here. A killer buried, but not dead. A curse on Crystal Lake, a death curse. Jason Voorhees' curse. They say he died as a boy, but he keeps coming back. Few have seen him and lived. Some have even tried to stop him... No one can. People forget he's down there, waiting...

1. Michael Myers from HALLOWEEN

Michael Audrey Myers is the titular character and main villain of the Halloween franchise. As a child, Michael was admitted into a psychiatric hospital for the murder of his older sister, Judith Myers. After 15 years of captivity, Myers broke out of the asylum and started his killing spree, with the intention to murder his remaining family relatives and anyone who would get in his way.

Abilities: 

Michael Myers seems to contain superhuman strength, having been able to lift a tombstone out of the ground (seen in Halloween) and also seemed to withstand critical injuries that would normally result in death, such as being shot, stabbed, electrocuted, or even burned. He also seems to be able to regenerate lost tissue, as in Halloween IILaurie shoots out his eyes, and in both the timelines that follow his vision is as good as ever.

Deaths

 

  1. Halloween: Michael is shot a few times and falls off of the second story balcony of a house. Viewers assume that he is mortally wounded, even though he disappears.
  2. Halloween II: Michael is shot several times and then caught within the explosion and ensuing fire set off within Haddonfield Memorial Hospital by Dr. Loomis. Viewers assume that Michael has burned to death.
  3. Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers: Michael is shot a numerous amount of times and he fell into a mine shaft. Police then throw a pack of dynamite in after him. Viewers assume that if he is not dead, then he is trapped and damaged, if not ripped apart, by the explosion.
  4. Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers: Michael is not depicted as dying in this film, however he does disappear in a barrage of bullets and explosions.
  5. Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers: Michael is injected with a corrosive chemical (it is shown that the chemical gushes from the eyeholes of his mask) and beaten senseless with a metal pipe. His mask ends up on the floor, and Dr. Loomis's scream at the ends implies that either Michael killed him, or Michael was nowhere to be found and that Loomis found the mask. The future of both characters is not revealed, though it is implied by Dr. Loomis in The Revenge of Michael Myers that he will eventually die from the evil inside him. However, going by the original producers cut (which has been leaked online) he was stopped when Tommy Doyle performed a Thorn spell, and then attacks Wynn, leaving the asylum in the clothes he swapped with Wynn.
  6. Halloween H20: Twenty Years Later: Michael gets crushed between a tree and an ambulance and then decapitated with an axe by Laurie Strode. It is retconned in Halloween: Resurrection that Michael dressed a paramedic in his clothes and stuffed the man into what was supposed to be Michael's body-bag, however, in the years between the movies, fans believed him dead as they were unaware of the switch.
  7. Halloween: Resurrection: Michael is electrocuted and left for dead, and when his eyes opened at the morgue, many assumed it was a sign he would return, though some thought it simply his bodies last ditch effort before passing (it is common for someone to seemingly be dead, only for their eyes to open or their body to spasm). However only audience can assume.
  8. Halloween (remake): Michael is shot a few times, knifed in the chest, falls off of a second story balcony, and then is shot in the face. Is revealed to have survived in the sequel.
  9. Halloween II (2009): Michael is presumed dead after being stabbed multiple times with a butcher knife in the chest and face. In the director's cut, Michael was gunned down by the police, and is still presumed dead.  

Kill Count: 81

Michael Myers is indeed my number one favorite slasher of all time.  What I love about the Halloween films especially the originals was the suspense and that you never know where Michael Myers is lurking and that there is an actual point to the story and characters are not just there to simply be killed. While Halloween may not be the first slasher film it is the film the inspired many horror films we have today in many ways. The first horror movie I watched as a child was the original Halloween and was the film that made me a horror fan. Every since then I have been collecting horror movies, masks, action figures, posters and now even games! Hopefully Myers gets his own game like Jason did because he defiantly deserves it.

I met him, fifteen years ago. I was told there was nothing left. No reason, no conscience, no understanding; even the most rudimentary sense of life or death, good or evil, right or wrong. I met this six year old child with this blank, pale, emotionless face, and the blackest eyes; the devil's eyes. I spent eight years trying to reach him, and then another seven trying to keep him locked up because I realized what was living behind that boy's eyes was purely and simply…evil.

- Sam Loomis

 

Well that wraps it  up guys! What did  think of the list? Do you agree or somewhat agree? What is your top 10 favorite horror icons? Leave comment below and let me know!

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Decent list. The problem with listing the Ugly is you could literally choose any other slasher film and come up with something as evil, even Dr. Giggles or the house owner on House on Sorority Row. You could have even used Djinn from Wishmaster or the dude in Toolbox Murders. Don't get me wrong, I agree it is underrated. Problem is it's nearly unrecognizable to make top 10.

Also, no Victor Crowley or Jigsaw? Would have chosen one of those over Leprechaun.

Pazuzu from Exorcist. Jack in the Shining. Pennywise from IT. Firefly family from House of 1000 Corpses and Devil's Rejects.

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There is a lack of more "classic" horror movie icons from this list. Also, where's the love for the Chapman brothers from Silent Night, Deadly Night?

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Hmm....i guess my favorite horror villains would be...

1. Jason from Friday The 13th as my favorite.

2. Freddy from Nightmare on Elm Street

3. Chucky from Child's Play

4. Dracula (Christopher Lee) in the movies he did.

5. Michael Myers from Halloween.

6. Pinhead from Hellraiser

7. Big Daddy(lead zombie) in George Romero's Land of the Dead

8. The Predator in the Predator movies

9. Pamela from Friday The 13th as well

10. Albert Wesker from the Resident Evil movies.

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Great read, thanks for sharing.

Are we talking the ten best, or our ten favourite? ... because those are two very different lists.  If its the ten best no way Chucky takes the third spot above so many other legends.

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10.  Chucky 

9. Frankenstein

8. Ghostface

7.  Dracula 

6. Leatherface

5. Ash Williams 

4.  Pinhead

3. Michael Myers

2. Freddy Krueger 

1. Jason Voorhees 

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7 hours ago, PurpleFloyd said:

Great read, thanks for sharing.

Are we talking the ten best, or our ten favourite? ... because those are two very different lists.  If its the ten best no way Chucky takes the third spot above so many other legends.

i posted my personal favorites.I don't think i would ever say that these are the greatest in history.Everyone is entitled to their own opinion after all,and that's fine with me.

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In an unbiased opinion I'd say Dracula is number one, followed by Jason, Freddy and the Shape. Frankenstein, Leatherface, Bruce from Jaws, Hannibal Lecter, The Xenomorph, and Probably Chucky round out the list. 

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1. Jason 

2. Michael Myers

3. Ghost Face

4. Hellraiser’s Pinhead

5. Leatherface

6. Freddy

7. Chucky

8. Ash

9. Dracula

10. Nosferatu

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On 1/28/2018 at 11:09 AM, TheHansonGoons said:

Decent list. The problem with listing the Ugly is you could literally choose any other slasher film and come up with something as evil, even Dr. Giggles or the house owner on House on Sorority Row. You could have even used Djinn from Wishmaster or the dude in Toolbox Murders. Don't get me wrong, I agree it is underrated. Problem is it's nearly unrecognizable to make top 10.

Also, no Victor Crowley or Jigsaw? Would have chosen one of those over Leprechaun.

Pazuzu from Exorcist. Jack in the Shining. Pennywise from IT. Firefly family from House of 1000 Corpses and Devil's Rejects.

Now that you mentioned Jigsaw I completely wish I put him in instead of Leprechaun. I don't care for Victor to much in my opinion and decided to list my favorite movies. I don't really like leprechaun movies I just like his humor. I listed Simon from the Ugly because I sadly knew someone who was a good person who lost their mind one day and I thought The Ugly is a depressing sad horror film. Not unnecessarily a boogeyman but you know what I mean.

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23 hours ago, PurpleFloyd said:

Great read, thanks for sharing.

Are we talking the ten best, or our ten favourite? ... because those are two very different lists.  If its the ten best no way Chucky takes the third spot above so many other legends.

This is my top 10 list but I want you to post your top 10 too. Because to me it's not a fact who the best slasher is it all simply remains on opinion. I would love for you to post your top 10 for others and myself to read because I just overviewed my top 10 and regret listing leprechaun. I just completely forgot about other horror icons I actually love. I have no idea how I made that mistake. I would put Jigsaw in my list and take leprechaun out.

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On 1/28/2018 at 11:23 AM, MRWood204 said:

There is a lack of more "classic" horror movie icons from this list. Also, where's the love for the Chapman brothers from Silent Night, Deadly Night?

I really didn't care for silent night to be honest and pretty much my entire list is listed with horror icons except for Simon and technically I wouldn't say Leprechaun is iconic but you'd be surprised how many leprechaun fans would disagree with me. I should have added Jigsaw from Saw.

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23 hours ago, JF13 said:

i posted my personal favorites.I don't think i would ever say that these are the greatest in history.Everyone is entitled to their own opinion after all,and that's fine with me.

That's fair enough ... if its personal taste it would have to be:

10. Jack Torrance

9. Candyman

8. The Thing

7. Dracula

6. Pinhead

5. Hannibal Lecter

4. Ghostface

3. Xenomorph (Alien)

2. Michael Myers

1. Jason / Mrs Vorhees

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10. Norman Bates (Psycho)

9. The Wolf Man (Universal Horror Series)

8. Jack Torreance (The Shining)

7. Samara Morgan (The Ring)

6. The Tall Man (Phantasm)

5. Hannibal Lecter (Silence of the Lambs)

4. Michael Myers (Halloween)

3. Ghostface (Scream)

2. Angela Baker (Sleepaway Camp)

1. Jason Voorhees (Friday the 13th)

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Ahh I forgot Angela! Replace Pinhead with Angela on my list, and replace Dracula with Jack Torrence. I also think I've decided that I would swap Frankenstein out for The Thing 

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10. Belial from BASKET CASE

9. Michael Myers from ROB ZOMBIE'S HALLOWEEN

8. Michael Myers from JOHN CARPENTER'S HALLOWEEN

7. Leatherface from TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE

6. Mike Taylor from WOLF CREEK

5. Creepers from JEEPERS CREEPERS

4. Freddy Kruger from NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET

3. Jason Vorhees from FRIDAY THE 13TH

2. Chucky from CHILD'S PLAY

1. Bruce from JAWS

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My favorite was the character of Death itself stalking you from the final destinations.

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I'm actually part of a horror costume group outside the board, and it always surprises me how characters are recognised that we do to the general public. If I had to do not a 'top ten' or 'ten best', but 'ten most recognised list', it would probably look something like this:

10) The Purge - The Purge masks still seem pretty recognisable and popular. Nowhere up to the current icons, but enough to deserve the 10th spot on this list.


9) Ash Williams - Evil Dead is MY favourite horror franchise, and I LOVE Ash. But he's not as well recognised as I'd of thought. Quite a few people have no idea who he is, and he even ends up getting called 'that Chainsaw Massacre guy' or even 'Leatherface' directly, despite having no mask! Guess people just see the chainsaw...


8) Ghostface - A fair few people recognise him as from Scream, but we find that any 'silent slasher movie character' (even though Ghostface wasn't silent) gets mistaken for either Michael, Jason or Leatherface a lot.

7) Jack Torrance - If we have somebody who looks enough like him to play the character, he's VERY widely recognised, despite the costume not being that iconic, and largely being called 'Johnny'.


6) Regan MacNeil - As a costume group, we don't get to bust out Regan very often, because the make-up for her takes SO long, but when we do, she seems really well recognised.


5) Pennywise - Either version. This one has moved massively up the scale since he's far more popular now thanks to the recent remake. (Although we don't have one in our group, we see them everywhere!).


4) Leatherface - Confusion between Leatherface/Michael/Jason reigns supreme to stop him getting any higher than 4), but most people seem to know who he is.


3) Michael Myers - He's my fav killer in my fav slasher franchise, and while he's pretty widely recognised, he's beaten by the next two icons.


2) Jason Voorhees - A brave thing to say on this forum, but I massively prefer the Halloween films and Michael Myers to Friday the 13th/Jason, but I can't deny... Jason is more recognisable. About 30 to 40% of people will identify Michael Myers or Leatherface as 'Jason' when they see them. Any big, silent stalking killer seems to default to being Jason.


1) Freddy Kreugar - I'm not actually a big Nightmare on Elm Street fan, but I can't argue that above all others, Freddy seems the most widely recognised as a horror icon. I think it's because he's actually quite unique, whereas there seems to be a far bit of confusion otherwise where people get characters confused. Particularly any of the 'silent stalker' types.

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@Veevleigh, that's certainly a unique take on the topic, and I find your insight interesting. In what context does your group appear? Obviously confusing various "silent" killers would be surprising at something like a horror or sci-fi convention, but I don't know, Ghostface getting confused with Jason or Michael Meters STILL surprises me outside of that context.

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9 minutes ago, NthnButAGoodTime said:

@Veevleigh, that's certainly a unique take on the topic, and I find your insight interesting. In what context does your group appear? Obviously confusing various "silent" killers would be surprising at something like a horror or sci-fi convention, but I don't know, Ghostface getting confused with Jason or Michael Meters STILL surprises me outside of that context.

We do various events, a lot of regular conventions, and horror walks. Regular conventions tend to attract a lot of regular punters/non-horror fans, so some confusion is understanding, but I was always a little surprised by, for example, how frequently Michael Myers gets mistaken for Jason (we've even had him with a watch speaker playing the Halloween theme as he walks around) or how completely unknown Ash is to a lot of people.

Horror walks too probably aren't great measures, because people go to be scared, but aren't, say, horror fans. We've never done a pure horror convention, but I suspect if we did, we could get away with a LOT more of our obscure characters being recognised. We're actually planning to go to one on Saturday if we can make it up there so it'll be interesting! I'm helping somebody finish a Roy costume for it, so it'll be interesting to see how recognised that is as not just 'Jason' at a horror con.

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10. Norman Bates

9.Death from Final Destination 

8. Chucky

7. Freddy Kruger

6. Leatherface 

5. Carrie White 

4. The Xenomorphs

3. Pennywise 

2. Michael Myers 

1. Jason Voorhees 

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