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
Browse through our curated Horror Characters Guides for additional categorizations, tips, details, variations, styles, and histories of Horror Characters. Guides provide additional insights into the unique properties and shared relationships between elements.
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6’1” | 1.85 m
1981
Ash Williams
185.000
1981.00
22000
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Ash Williams
5’3” | 1.60 m
1974 (Novel), 1976 (Film)
Carrie White
160.000
1974.00
6600
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3D
Carrie White
Chucky
120000
29” | .74 m
1988
Chucky
74.000
1988.00
120000
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Chucky
5’8” | 1.73 m
January 19, 1809
Edgar Allan Poe
173.000
1809.00
134000
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Edgar Allan Poe
5’9.5” | 1.77 m
1984
Freddy Krueger
177.000
1984.00
173000
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Freddy Krueger
5’10” | 1.78 m
1996
Ghostface
178.000
1996.00
22000
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3D
Ghostface
5’8” | 1.73 m
1981 (Novel), 1986 (Film)
Hannibal Lecter
173.000
1981.00
100000
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Hannibal Lecter
5’10” | 1.78 m
1977 (Novel), 1980 (Film)
Jack Torrance
178.000
1977.00
13000
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3D
Jack Torrance
6’5” | 1.96 m
1980
Jason Voorhees
196.000
1980.00
136000
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Jason Voorhees
6’4” | 1.93 m
1974
Leatherface
193.000
1974.00
110000
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3D
Leatherface
6’7” | 2.01 m
1978
Michael Myers
201.000
1978.00
190000
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3D
Michael Myers
6’1” | 1.85 m
1960
Norman Bates
185.000
1960.00
60000
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Norman Bates
Pennywise
358000
6’3.5” | 1.92 m
1986 (Novel), 1990 (TV)
Pennywise
192.000
1986.00
358000
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Pennywise
Pinhead
57000
6’5” | 1.95 m
1986 (Novella), 1987 (Film)
Pinhead
195.000
1986.00
57000
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Pinhead
4’11” | 1.50 m
1971 (Novel), 1973 (Film)
Regan MacNeil
150.000
1971.00
3600
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Regan MacNeil
4’4” | 1.32 m
1998 (Japan), 2002 (US)
Samara Morgan
132.000
1998.00
6600
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Samara Morgan
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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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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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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6’1” | 1.85 m
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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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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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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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4’11” | 1.50 m
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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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