Halloween is just around the corner. To get you in the mood, here’s a reminder of some of the scariest villains ever to stalk the big screen.
5. Hannibal Lecter
Memorably played by Anthony Hopkins in 1991’s The Silence Of The Lambs, this cannibalistic serial killer is chilling because he seems so cool, calm and collected. “A census taker once tried to test me,” he tells Jodie Foster’s FBI trainee Clarice Starling. “I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti.”
4. Ghost Face
Everyone knows what the Scream franchise’s villain looks like: after all, his distinctive mask is based on Edvard Munch’s famous painting The Scream. But he remains terrifying with each new instalment because we’re never quite sure which character is hiding behind that mask.
This diminutive but deadly baddie is the star of the Child’s Play franchise, which has been making us scream since 1998. Chucky is actually the spirit of a notorious serial killer trapped inside a ‘Good Guy’ doll, but as hapless victims have found out, he’s always looking for another human body to inhabit.
2. Freddie Krueger
Created by Wes Craven for 1984’s A Nightmare On Elm Street, this iconic horror movie villain is known for his distinctive burnt face and lethal razor-fingered glove. Krueger is a special menace because he attacks victims by invading their dreams, a place from which they cannot escape.
1. Michael Myers
Introduced in 1978’s Halloween, Michael Myers is a six-year-old boy who murders his older sister, then returns to his hometown 15 years later for a killing spree. He’s so enduringly terrifying that he’s now starred in no fewer than nine horror movies.