Horror Movie Characters

There are many many many terrifying horror movie characters. They come in all forms, like monsters or clowns or creatures, but are often just people but who have had a disturbing past. The horror villain wants to scare and do scary and often violent things to other people.  An example of an extremely creepy horror movie character is the clown, Pennywise, from IT. This clown is hidden away in the sewage system and isn’t at clown at all, but actually an evil entity that is in the form of a clown so he can get closer to children. To then murder them.

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Regan MacNeil
Dimensioned drawings of Regan MacNeil from the Exorcist measuring height

Regan MacNeil is the main character of The Exorcist novel, its film adaptation, television series, and radio adaptation. Regan is a shy little girl stuck in the middle of her parent’s divorce. When she starts to act aggressively, which is out of character for her, her mother, Chris, seeks medical advice, eventually being advised to seek a priest because they think Regan has been possessed. It turns out, Regan has been possessed by a demonic spirit, Pazuzu, and an exorcism is performed by two priests. Once relived of her demon, Regan has no recollection of the past events or her actions and returns to normal.

Regan MacNeil, portrayed by Linda Blair in The Exorcist (1973), is 4 foot 11 inches (1.50 m) tall.

Illustrations of The Exorcist's Regan MacNeil spider crawling and levitating
Regan MacNeil is the main character of The Exorcist. Regan is a shy little girl stuck in the middle of her parent’s divorce. When she starts to act aggressively, her mother, Chris, seeks medical advice, eventually being advised to seek a priest because they think Regan has been possessed.

Regan MacNeil, portrayed by Linda Blair in The Exorcist (1973), is 4 foot 11 inches (1.50 m) tall.

Illustrations of The Exorcist's Regan MacNeil spider crawling and levitating
Leatherface
Pair of dimensioned drawings of Leatherface from the Texas Chainsaw Massacre horror film

Leatherface is the main antagonist of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, even though he commits his murders alongside his family. Leatherface wears a mask made of human skin, which is where he gets his name from. Leatherface was reportedly based off of Wisconsin killer Ed Gein, who also wore a mask made from skin. In the movies, Leatherface’s main weapons are a chainsaw and a sledgehammer and, as well as murdering his victims, Leatherface was a cannibal and would eat them too. Director Tobe Hooper has noted that Leatherface kills out of fear, rather than malice.

Leatherface, portrayed by Gunnar Hansen in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974), is 6 foot 4 inches (1.93 m) tall.

Illustrations of Leatherface from the Texas Chainsaw Massacre seen from the front with a chainsaw
Leatherface is the main antagonist of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, even though he kills alongside his family. Leatherface wears a mask made of human skin, which is where he gets his name from. Leatherface was reportedly based off of Wisconsin killer Ed Gein, who also wore a mask made from skin.

Leatherface, portrayed by Gunnar Hansen in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974), is 6 foot 4 inches (1.93 m) tall.

Illustrations of Leatherface from the Texas Chainsaw Massacre seen from the front with a chainsaw
Hannibal Lecter
Dimensioned height diagram of Hannibal Lecter illustrated in restrained and standing postures

Hannibal Lecter is the main character in a series of books and movies, the best-known being Silence of the Lambs. Hannibal Lecter is a forensic psychiatrist in Baltimore, as well as, a cannibalistic serial killer. In the first two books, Red Dragon and Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal Lecter is the villain, but in the last two he is the protagonist and antihero. After being captured by the FBI, he assists them in capturing other serial killers. The books have been adapted into films, some by the same names, some not, as well as, a TV series Hannibal.

Hannibal Lecter, portrayed by Anthony Hopkins in The Silence of the Lambs (1991), is 5 foot 8 inches (1.73 m) tall.

Pair of drawings of Hannibal Lecter restrained in a straight jacket and attacking using a club
Hannibal Lecter is the main character in a series of books and movies, the best-known being Silence of the Lambs. Hannibal Lecter is a forensic psychiatrist in Baltimore, as well as, a cannibalistic serial killer. Hannibal Lecter is a villain that later becomes the protagonist and antihero.

Hannibal Lecter, portrayed by Anthony Hopkins in The Silence of the Lambs (1991), is 5 foot 8 inches (1.73 m) tall.

Pair of drawings of Hannibal Lecter restrained in a straight jacket and attacking using a club
Pennywise the Dancing Clown
Pair of dimensioned drawings of Pennywise the Dancing Clown from Stephen King's 'It' series

Pennywise the Dancing Clown is the preferred form of the shape-shifting, cosmic evil creature, It, as invented by the best-selling author, Stephan King. Pennywise is capable of shape-shifting into any person, animal, or object and uses these powers to fool and trap his victims into their deaths. Pennywise enjoys to feast on the flesh of his victims, who are frequently children. The idea for Pennywise the Dancing Clown came to Stephan King when thinking about what scared children the most and decided on a clown mixed with the troll that lives under a bridge; thus It lurks in the sewers under Derry, Maine waiting to lure his next snack to their grave.

Pennywise, portrayed by Bill Skarsgård in It (2017), is 6 foot 3.5 inches (1.92 m) tall.

Illustrations of Pennywise from Stephen King's 'It' drawn from the side with a balloon and from the front as a monster
Pennywise the Dancing Clown is the preferred form of the shape-shifting, cosmic evil creature, It, as invented by the best-selling author, Stephan King. Pennywise is capable of shape-shifting into any person, animal, or object and uses these powers to fool and trap his victims into their deaths.

Pennywise, portrayed by Bill Skarsgård in It (2017), is 6 foot 3.5 inches (1.92 m) tall.

Illustrations of Pennywise from Stephen King's 'It' drawn from the side with a balloon and from the front as a monster
Pinhead
Dimensioned height drawing of Pinhead from the Hellraiser horror series as seen from the front and side views

Pinhead, also known as Hell Priest, is the main character in the Hellraiser series. Pinhead is the lead Cenobite, a group of formerly human creatures who reside in Hell and travel to Earth through Lament Configuration, which is a puzzle box. When the box is opened, Pinhead and his crew greet the solver and either rip their soul apart, or make them into a cenobite themselves. Pinhead receives his name from the pins nailed into his whole skull. Pinhead’s pins are believed to be the source of his power and his crowing adornment that makes him the Priest of Hell.

Pinhead, portrayed by Doug Bradley in Hellraiser (1987), is 6 foot 5 inches (1.96 m) tall.

Pair of front and back drawings of Pinhead from the Hellraiser series
Pinhead is the main villain in the Hellraiser series. Pinhead is the lead Cenobite, a group of formerly human creatures who reside in Hell and travel to Earth through a puzzle box. When the box is opened, Pinhead greets the solver and either rips their soul apart, or makes them into a cenobite.

Pinhead, portrayed by Doug Bradley in Hellraiser (1987), is 6 foot 5 inches (1.96 m) tall.

Pair of front and back drawings of Pinhead from the Hellraiser series
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