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.

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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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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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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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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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Jack Torrance
Measured front elevation drawings of Jack Torrance from Stephen King's The Shining with height labeled

Jack Torrance is the main villain of the novel by Stephan King, The Shining, as while as the movie by the same name, and the television miniseries, Dr. Sleep. Jack Torrance is the caretaker of the Overlook Hotel in Colorado, but goes insane due to spirits inhabiting the hotel. It is due to these spirits that Jack goes insane and attempts to murder his family. However, his son, Danny, has psychic abilities known as “the shining” and uses them to foil his father’s plans and protect his mother. It is from this movie that one of the most iconic lines in film history hails: “here’s Johnny,” as yelled by Jack Torrance as he attempts to attack his wife who is hiding behind a door.

Jack Torrance, portrayed by Jack Nicholson in The Shining (1980), is 5 foot 10 inches (1.78 m) tall.

Pair of illustrations of the front and back of Jack Torrance from The Shining
Jack Torrance is the main villain of the novel by Stephan King, The Shining. Jack Torrance is the caretaker of the Overlook Hotel in Colorado, but goes insane due to spirits inhabiting the hotel. It is due to these spirits that Jack goes insane and attempts to murder his family.

Jack Torrance, portrayed by Jack Nicholson in The Shining (1980), is 5 foot 10 inches (1.78 m) tall.

Pair of illustrations of the front and back of Jack Torrance from The Shining
Jack Torrance
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Jack Nicholson
First Appearance
1977 (Novel), 1980 (Film)

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Jack Torrance side, front (walking), front, back

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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
Hannibal Lecter
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Anthony Hopkins
First Appearance
1981 (Novel), 1986 (Film)

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Hannibal Lecter front (restrained), front (standing), front (attack), front (straight jacket)

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