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

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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
Leatherface
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Gunnar Hansen
First Appearance
1974

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Leatherface front, side, front (attack), front (raised)

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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
Regan MacNeil
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Linda Blair
First Appearance
1971 (Novel), 1973 (Film)

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Regan MacNeil front (wraps), front, side (spider crawl), side (levitating)

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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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Brad Dourif (Voice)
First Appearance
1988

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Chucky front, side (attack), front (bat), front (knife)

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Michael Myers
Pair of drawings of Michael Myers from the 'Halloween' horror franchise with height measurements

Michael Myers is the main antagonist of the slasher movie franchise, Halloween. In the first movie of the series, 6-year-old Michael murders his older sister, Judith Myers. After the murder, Michael Myers is admitted into a psychiatric hospital where he remains for 15 years until breaking out and returning to murder the rest of his family. Michael hunts his victims while wearing a Captain Kirk mask that has been painted white, which is the same mask originally used in the 1978 horror movie, The Devil’s Rain. Michael Myers character is portrayed as pure, unadulterated evil, with the eyes of the devil.

Michael Myers, recently portrayed by Tyler Mane in Halloween (2007), is depicted as 6 foot 7 inches (2.01 m) tall. Michael Myers was played originally by Nick Castle in Halloween (1978) at the height of 5 foot 10 inches (1.78 m).

Multiple drawings of Michael Myers from 'Halloween' in attacking postures
Michael Myers is the antagonist of the slasher movie franchise, Halloween. In the series, 6-year-old Michael murders his older sister and is admitted into a psychiatric hospital where he remains for 15 years until breaking out and returning to murder the rest of his family.

Michael Myers, recently portrayed by Tyler Mane in Halloween (2007), is depicted as 6 foot 7 inches (2.01 m) tall. Michael Myers was played originally by Nick Castle in Halloween (1978) at the height of 5 foot 10 inches (1.78 m).

Multiple drawings of Michael Myers from 'Halloween' in attacking postures
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Tyler Mane
First Appearance
1978

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Michael Myers front, back, front (attack), front (stare)

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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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