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.

What makes a good horror villain?

Villains in horror movies are the heroes of the movies. Good horror film villains should be a multi-dimensional character, but the audience should never feel sorry them. The audience should always hate the villain. The villain should be terrifying, fascinating, have reasoning and depth, and question audiences. Good horror movie villains have very human like qualities that the audience is able to relate to, adding to the terrifying aspect of the villain.

Why do horror movie characters go out at night?

Horror movie characters tend go out at night even though it’s been proven that these characters always fall victim to their killers. These characters don’t realize that the villain is in the dark space with them. Audience always yell at these characters because it is obvious that they’re putting themselves in danger when they go out at night, but the characters don’t realize they are in a dangerous situation and act as they normally would.

Who is the strongest horror movie villain?

The strongest and deadliest horror movie villain is Jason Voorhees who is the villain from the horror movie, Friday the 13th. He killed 160 people and then went on to become the antagonist for the following nine sequels. Jason does not have a specific weapon, but has used knives, axes, machetes, meat cleavers, spear guns, bows, arrows, pitchforks, fireplace pokers, hacksaws, broken bottles, sauna rocks, and his bare hands.

Horror Characters Guides
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6’1” | 1.85 m
1981
Ash Williams
185.000
1981.00
22000
3D
Ash Williams
5’3” | 1.60 m
1974 (Novel), 1976 (Film)
Carrie White
160.000
1974.00
6600
3D
Carrie White
Chucky
120000
29” | .74 m
1988
Chucky
74.000
1988.00
120000
3D
Chucky
5’9.5” | 1.77 m
1984
Freddy Krueger
177.000
1984.00
173000
3D
Freddy Krueger
5’10” | 1.78 m
1996
Ghostface
178.000
1996.00
22000
3D
Ghostface
5’8” | 1.73 m
1981 (Novel), 1986 (Film)
Hannibal Lecter
173.000
1981.00
100000
3D
Hannibal Lecter
5’10” | 1.78 m
1977 (Novel), 1980 (Film)
Jack Torrance
178.000
1977.00
13000
3D
Jack Torrance
6’5” | 1.96 m
1980
Jason Voorhees
196.000
1980.00
136000
3D
Jason Voorhees
6’4” | 1.93 m
1974
Leatherface
193.000
1974.00
110000
3D
Leatherface
6’7” | 2.01 m
1978
Michael Myers
201.000
1978.00
190000
3D
Michael Myers
6’1” | 1.85 m
1960
Norman Bates
185.000
1960.00
60000
3D
Norman Bates
Pennywise
358000
6’3.5” | 1.92 m
1986 (Novel), 1990 (TV)
Pennywise
192.000
1986.00
358000
3D
Pennywise
Pinhead
57000
6’5” | 1.95 m
1986 (Novella), 1987 (Film)
Pinhead
195.000
1986.00
57000
3D
Pinhead
4’11” | 1.50 m
1971 (Novel), 1973 (Film)
Regan MacNeil
150.000
1971.00
3600
3D
Regan MacNeil
4’4” | 1.32 m
1998 (Japan), 2002 (US)
Samara Morgan
132.000
1998.00
6600
3D
Samara Morgan
Ghostface
Dimensioned pair of illustrations of Ghostface from the Scream series with height

Ghostface is the primary villain of the Scream series of movies and television. However, Ghostface is not one person. While the costume remains the same, a white rubber mask stylized after Edvard Munch’s painting The Scream, a long black cloak with jagged edges, and a bloody eight inch hunting knife, the people using it to commit murder changes. Ghostface frequently calls his victims, sometimes using a voice changer to hide their identity, to taunt them and threaten them before murdering them. Ghostface is a human under the disguise, and yet, he displays supernatural abilities such as extreme durability to harm, superhuman strength, and an uncanny level of stealth.

Ghostface, portrayed by Skeet Ulrich in Scream (1996), is 5 foot 10 inches (1.78 m) tall.

Front elevation drawings of Ghostface from the Scream horror film series
Ghostface is the villain of the Scream series of movies, however, Ghostface is not one person. Ghostface is a human under a cloaked disguise and mask, and frequently calls his victims using a voice changer to hide their identity, to taunt them and threaten them before murdering them.

Ghostface, portrayed by Skeet Ulrich in Scream (1996), is 5 foot 10 inches (1.78 m) tall.

Front elevation drawings of Ghostface from the Scream horror film series
Ghostface
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5’10” | 1.78 m
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Skeet Ulrich
First Appearance
1996

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Ghostface front, front (crouching), front (attack)

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Samara Morgan
Dimensioned drawings of Samara Morgan from The Ring measuring overall height

Samara Morgan is antagonist of The Ring, a western series of movies based off of a Japanese novel series, Ring by Koji Suzuki. Samara Morgan possessed the supernatural ability of nensha, or the ability to burn images onto surfaces, minds, and skins. Samara Morgan was trapped in a well by her adoptive mother. After trying to escape for 7 days, Samara drowned on the 7th day. In the future, a cabin in built on top of the well and Samara’s spirit, through her nensha powers, creates a VCR tape that when played will release her spirit on the 7th day to kill whoever viewed it.

Samara Morgan, portrayed by Daveigh Chase in The Ring (2002), is 4 foot 4 inches (1.32 m) tall.

Pair of drawings of Samara Morgan from The Ring (2002) in various crawling positions
Samara Morgan is antagonist of The Ring, a western series of movies based on the Japanese series, Ring by Koji Suzuki. Samara Morgan possessed the supernatural ability of nensha, or the ability to burn images onto surfaces, minds, and skin. Samara Morgan was trapped in a well by her adoptive mother.

Samara Morgan, portrayed by Daveigh Chase in The Ring (2002), is 4 foot 4 inches (1.32 m) tall.

Pair of drawings of Samara Morgan from The Ring (2002) in various crawling positions
Samara Morgan
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4’4” | 1.32 m
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Daveigh Chase
First Appearance
1998 (Japan), 2002 (US)

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Samara Morgan front (standing), front (sitting), front (crawling), side (crawling)

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Freddy Krueger

Freddy Kreuger is the main antagonist and serial killer of the franchise A Nightmare on Elm Street. Freddy Kreuger has also appeared in a crossover movie, Freddy vs. Jason, with Jason Voorhees, another iconic horror villain. Freddy Kreuger is recognizable by his signature razor blade adorned glove worn on his right hand, dirty green and red sweater, brown fedora, and disfigured face. Freddy Kreuger’s face became distorted when he was burned alive in a boiler room by the parents of his victims after being released from custody on a technicality. In his previous reality, Freddy was the “Springwood Slasher,” but once burned alive he became a dream demon who returned to hunt down the children of those who burned him alive. Freddy Kreuger kills his victims in their dreams which subsequently causes their deaths in reality.

Freddy Krueger, portrayed by Robert Englund in A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), is 5 foot 9.5 inches (1.77 m) tall.

Freddy Kreuger is the antagonist and serial killer of the franchise A Nightmare on Elm Street. Freddy Kreuger is recognizable by his signature razor blade adorned glove worn on his right hand, dirty green and red sweater, brown fedora, and disfigured face and kills his victims in their dreams.

Freddy Krueger, portrayed by Robert Englund in A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), is 5 foot 9.5 inches (1.77 m) tall.

Freddy Krueger
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Robert Englund
First Appearance
1984

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Freddy Krueger front, front (arm pose), side (point), side

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Jason Voorhees
Dimensioned pair of illustrations of Jason Voorhees from the 'Friday the 13th' horror film franchise

Jason Voorhees is the main villain of the slasher movie series Friday the 13th. Jason Voorhees was the son of Pamela Voorhees who worked at Camp Crystal Lake in the movies. Jason Voorhees had physical deformities and mental disabilities and was homeschooled by his mother, developing an intense admiration and attachment for her. When she could not find a babysitter for Jason, she brought him to camp where he was bullied, pushed into the lake, and drowned. However, it only appeared Jason had died while he continued to live in the woods. His mother then killed multiple people to avenge his death, but then was decapitated. Jason found his mother’s severed head in the forest and began his killing streaks in retaliation for her death.

Jason Voorhees, portrayed by Derek Mears in Friday the 13th (1980), is 6 foot 5 inches (1.96 m) tall.

Multiple drawings of Jason Voorhees from the 'Friday the 13th' horror series depicting various attacking poses
Jason Voorhees is the villain of the slasher movie series Friday the 13th. Jason Voorhees had physical and mental disabilities and was homeschooled by his mother, developing an intense admiration and attachment for her. Jason found his mother’s severed head in the forest and began his retaliation.

Jason Voorhees, portrayed by Derek Mears in Friday the 13th (1980), is 6 foot 5 inches (1.96 m) tall.

Multiple drawings of Jason Voorhees from the 'Friday the 13th' horror series depicting various attacking poses
Jason Voorhees
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6’5” | 1.96 m
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Derek Mears
First Appearance
1980

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Jason Voorhees front, side, front (attack), back

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Chucky
Illustrated height drawings of Chucky from the 'Child's Play' horror series as seen from the front and side with a knife

Chucky is the main villain of the Child’s Play movie franchise. Chucky is a “Good Guys” doll who is possessed by the soul of Charles Lee Ray, a criminal that was fatally shot by the cops after committing a robbery. Charles Lee Ray, as he was dying, used voodoo to transfer his soul to the doll which was given to Andy by his mother for his birthday. The first murder Chucky committed was Andy’s aunt, Maggie, but after being told that he needed to transfer his soul into Andy’s body to survive, his main goal becomes hunting down Andy and taking out anyone who gets in his way.

Chucky is 29 inches (.74 m) tall in Child's Play (1988).

Pair of drawings of Chucky from 'Child's Play' holding various weapons
Chucky is the main villain of the Child’s Play movie franchise. Chucky is a “Good Guys” doll who is possessed by the soul of Charles Lee Ray, a criminal that was fatally shot by the cops after committing a robbery. Charles Lee Ray, as he was dying, used voodoo to transfer his soul to the doll.

Chucky is 29 inches (.74 m) tall in Child's Play (1988).

Pair of drawings of Chucky from 'Child's Play' holding various weapons
Chucky
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29” | .74 m
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Brad Dourif (Voice)
First Appearance
1988

Drawings include:
Chucky front, side (attack), front (bat), front (knife)

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