13: Mick Taylor (Wolf Creek series)
It takes a very special horror villain to terrify an entire nation. Mick Taylor is Australia’s answer to the horrendous horror villains that have been produced from the rest of the world. And he’s here to stay.
Mick is sadistic, maniacal and a bloody good shot with a rifle. But it’s not his presence on screen that haunts our dreams. It’s that dry, guttural laugh.
Would you want to meet him in the outback?
12: Victor Crowley (Hatchet series)
A Jason Voorhees wannabe or a standalone villain, Victor Crowley has his fair share of carnage littered about Honey Island Swamp. In three films he’s managed a pretty impressive body count and taken on some big names within the horror genre.
Could Crowley return for another couple of rounds? It’s a possibility. He does share similar characteristics as many horror villains prior. But the savagery of his attacks is the reason he makes this list.
11: The Outcasts (The Final)
Raise your hand if you were bullied in high school. This films sees victims of bullying taking revenge. This is one of those torture movies where you should feel sympathy for the outcasts, but instead you find yourself siding with the bullies.
This group of outcasts has finally had enough so they decided to lure the school bullies out to an old farm for a party. What ensures after that is carnage as the outcasts take revenge on the bullies in torturous methods that would make Jigsaw proud.
Not a group I would want to cross…
10: Chucky (Child’s Play series)
One of the first killer dolls, and certainly the most memorable, Chucky is a Good Guy Doll found by a peddler in a burnt out toy store. Unfortunately for Andy Barclay his new prized possession is actually possessed by the spirit of serial killer Charles Lee Ray.
Never has a doll been so terrifying. If you’re not turned off by his appearance, maybe it’s the singular line that will cause your skin to crawl. “Hi, I’m Chucky. Wanna play?”
9: Freddy Krueger (A Nightmare On Elm Street series)
A horribly burned man who stalks you in your dreams and does so with a spring in his step, a song in his heart and razor fingers on his right hand.
Freddy may have turned into the comic relief of the horror genre thanks to his many sequels, but there’s still something shocking about him. Maybe it’s the way he looks. Maybe it’s the way he just appears from the shadows. Maybe it’s his growl and guttural voice. Or maybe it’s those little girls who sing that song. Yeah, you know the one.
“One, two, Freddy’s coming for you….”
8: Ghostface (Scream series)
Test your horror movie knowledge against this guy and you might just survive. Assuming of course you can answer the questions correctly.
What sets Ghostface apart is the fact that his true identity changes with each movie. It’s not just one person under that mask. In fact, the first, second and fourth films had two killers donning the infamous costume. While the first lot of kills were about revenge (Billy pissed at Sidney’s mother for breaking up his family) the rest of the series saw a range of motives from revenge through to the acts of a pure psychopath.
Whatever the motive, one this is clear. Don’t answer the door, don’t leave the house, don’t answer the phone, but most of all, don’t SCREAM.
7: Jason Voorhees (Friday the 13th series)
A hockey mask has never been so scary. Jason has the highest body count in horror history and it’s been reported that more are on the way. So why does he only make it to number 7 on this list? Because he’s tiresome. Seriously, with twelve movies already under his belt, Jason is old news. Sure, he has his fans, but when push comes to shove, Jason just doesn’t do it in the way of scares any more.
But there is no disputing that he is a legend of the screen. While I’m not a fan of his personally, I do go see any installment of Friday the 13th that’s in the cinemas because I love seeing how he’s going to off his victims this time around.
Jason Voorhees is one hell of a juggernaut when it comes to the horror genre. I doubt anyone will reach his body count any time soon. But it’s not always the quantity that wins out. Quality does wonders too.
6: Ben Willis a.k.a The Fisherman (I Know What You Did Last Summer)
Sure to raise a few eyebrows for being this high on the list, but Ben Willis earns this spot by his methods of stalking his prey before unleashing a tirade of fury upon his victims.
The man is smart, toying with them from the beginning before upping the ante. His hair cutting skills could use some work, but in the end he delivers one hell of a line that still leaves goosebumps. “I know all about “accidents”, and let me give you some advice: When you leave a man for dead, make sure he’s REALLY dead!”
5: Patrick Bateman (American Psycho)
Patrick Bateman is one of those serial killers who can quite comfortably be placed in the bat-crap crazy category. On the surface he’s a well-dressed, extremely fit, well-educated and good looking businessman. But it’s what lurks beneath his flawless exterior that makes Ted Bundy look like a teddy bear.
I think the most disturbing thing of all about Bateman is how cold and calculating he is. After a savage murder, he strolls into his office as if nothing had happened while listening to “I’m Walking On Sunshine”.
The end to the film is rather ambiguous in that it leaves it open to interpretation about whether or not Bateman did actually kill. But if he did, this is one serial killer I do not want to cross.
4: Leatherface (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre series)
Another killer destroyed by many sequels, but at the same time is still able to strike fear into the hearts of his fans. Leatherface rarely acts alone, instead opting to team up with his psychotic family of cannibals to get the deed done.
What surprises me the most is that while his weapon of choice is chainsaw, he very rarely uses it to kill. It seems to be more of a scare tactic and it works. The screams that fill his house of horrors are almost inhuman.
So if you find yourself in Texas….. Keep driving.
3: Michael Myers (Halloween series)
Michael Myers. The name churns the stomach of every babysitter in Haddonfield. His reign of terror began on Halloween night 1978 and doesn’t look ready to stop any time soon.
Michael’s choice of weapon is a large kitchen knife. And truth be told, if that won’t do he’s willing to get his own hands dirty. Nicknamed The Shape, Michael will stop at nothing to get to his targeted victim. Why is he nicknamed The Shape? Because you won’t see him until he strikes….
2: John Kramer a.k.a Jigsaw (Saw series)
Considering this man didn’t kill anyone, it makes it interesting to have him this far up the list, but hear me out. While his hands aren’t bloody from the dismemberment of his victims, there is an awful lot of blood on them anyway.
John is the mastermind behind designer traps that causes the victims to decide. Do they proceed, and possibly lose a limb all in order to survive, or do they give up? The victims are all chosen for a reason; they aren’t always good people. But by the end, do they deserve to die?
Kramer makes this list because he reminds me closely of another well-known mastermind. Charles Manson. And let’s face it, old Charlie won’t be getting out of jail any time soon.
1: Norman Bates (Psycho series)
A mama’s boy if I ever did see one, Norman is a kind, caring, considerate son who will do anything Mother says. At least that’s on the surface.
When ‘Mother’ kills a stranger who comes to stay at the run down motel on the old highway, Norman realizes what she has done and, like a dutiful son, covers up all traces of the crime.
So what makes Norman so deadly that he tops this list? Look at him. Like Patrick Bateman, Norman can wander around in society without anyone second guessing him. He looks like your average Joe, but what’s lurking just under the surface is something truly terrifying.
If you encounter Norman, always remember this one thing; “A boy’s best friend is his mother.”