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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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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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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Skeet Ulrich
First Appearance
1996

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

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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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6’4” | 1.93 m
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Gunnar Hansen
First Appearance
1974

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

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Ash Williams
Measured height drawings of Ash Williams from The Evil Dead Series in various poses

Ash Williams is the protagonist of the Evil Dead franchise. Ash Williams becomes the destroyer of evil Deadites that are created by an demonic force that him and his friends released using the Necronomicon Ex-Mortis, or the Book of the Dead, while on a trip to a cabin. When Ash and his friends arrived at the cabin, they found the book and a tape recording from a professor, which when played back released the Kandarian Demon. This demon proceeded to possess all of Ash Williams’ friends, killing them one by one and attacking Ash. The franchise follows Ash Williams on his journey to destroy evil throughout a series of locations and time periods all while wielding a sawed-off shotgun and a chainsaw outfitted to replace his hand he self-amputated after it became possessed.

Ash Williams, portrayed by Bruce Campbell in The Evil Dead (1981), is 6 foot 1 inch (1.85 m) tall.

Illustrations of Ash Williams from the Evil Dead as seen from the front and back
Ash Williams is the chainsaw-arm wielding protagonist of the Evil Dead franchise. Ash Williams becomes the destroyer of evil Deadites that are created by an demonic force that him and his friends released using the Necronomicon Ex-Mortis, or the Book of the Dead, while on a trip to a cabin.

Ash Williams, portrayed by Bruce Campbell in The Evil Dead (1981), is 6 foot 1 inch (1.85 m) tall.

Illustrations of Ash Williams from the Evil Dead as seen from the front and back
Ash Williams
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Bruce Campbell
First Appearance
1981

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Ash Williams front (pose), front (chainsaw), back, side

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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
Michael Myers
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6’7” | 2.01 m
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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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