10 Most Frightening Movie Characters

1. Jason Voorhees

Jason Voorhees, the villain from Friday the 13th slasher films, is most well-know for his signature hockey mask and machete.The trademark hockey mask did not appear until Friday the 13th Part 3. Since Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives, filmmakers have given Jason superhuman strength, and near invulnerability. He has been seen as a sympathetic character, albeit one whose motivation for killing has been cited as driven by the immoral actions of his victims.

2. Jack Torrance

Famously portrayed by Jack Nicholson in the 1980 film, The Shining, moves into the isolated and enormous, Overlook Hotel with his wife, and young, telepathic son, Danny to finish a play and rebuild his life after being fired from teaching. But things quickly go to hell in a handbasket when Jack succumbs to both cabin fever and alcoholism, and allows the hotel to convince him to hate his own wife and child. Eventually he chases his son to a hedge maze where he gets lost and freezes to death.

3. Norman Bates

Poor Norman, most famously portrayed Anthony Perkins in the 1960 film Psycho, had mommy issues. As little boy, he is dominated by his mother, and has to do what she told him. As “Norma” Bates, he dresses in her clothes, mimics her voice, and kills anyone who threatens to come between her and her “Norman,” especially attractive young women. As “Normal” Bates, he is a (barely) functioning adult who can run the motel and keep peace between the other two personalities. He is finally arrested after he murders a young woman named Mary Craneand Milton Arbogast, a private investigator sent to look for her. Bates is declared insane and sent to an institution, where the “mother” personality completely takes hold; he completely becomes his mother.

4. Freddie Kruger

Commonly identified by his burnt disfigured face, red and green striped sweater, brown fedora hat, and trademark metal-clawed leather glove, Freddy Krueger is the main fictional character from the A Nightmare on Elm Street series of films. Krueger is an undead serial killer[1] who can attack his victims supernaturally from within their own dreams when they are in a state of sleep.

5. Hannibal the cannibal Lecter

Fictional character in a series of novels by author Thomas Harris, the overly educated human-eating serial killer Lecter was made most famous when Anthony Hopkins portrayed him in Silence of Lambs.

6. Carrie

High school was definitely a drag for Carrie portrayed by Sissy Spacek in the 1976 film written by Stephen King. She only wants friends, but everyone only ridicules, harasses and berates this odd duck including her mother who’s bizarre and abusive mothering techniques only serves to continue pushing her over the edge. On her prom, the tormented Carrie finally gets pushed too far and covered with pig’s blood, uses her powers cause the death of the entire student body.

7. Frankenstein

Dr. Henry Frankenstein (Colin Clive) wants to build a man in his own image, using the body of a dead man. He and his assistent Fritz (Dwight Frye) dig up a freshly burried coffin and steal the body. When they realize the head and the brains of the body are severely damaged, they decide to steal a brain from Dr. Frankensteins former teacher Dr. Waldman (Edward van Sloan). When Fritz accidentely drops the glass jar with the label “good brain” on it on the floor, he decides to take the glass jar with the label “bad brain”. Using some kind of mysterious ray that Dr. Frankenstein discovered, the body is brought to life during a thunderstorm, and the monster of Frankenstein (Boris Karloff) is born.

8. Count Dracula

One of the most popular and oldest scary movie characters, Bram Stoker’s Dracula tells the story of Jonathan Harker who is sent to Transylvania, where he meets the vampire who has been “Un-Dead” for several hundred years and keeps his vitality by sucking blood from live victims. Dracula has appeared in more films than any other fictional character.

9. Annie Wilkes

In Misery, another flick directly from the demented mind of Stephen King, famous novelist, Paul Sheldon, is “rescued” by obsessive fan Annie Wilkes. Wilkes is the the “number one fan” of Paul’s heroine Misery Chastaine. He comes to realize Annie’s cheery demeanor is a front for a cunning, brutal and dangerously disturbed individual and Paul finds himself crippled, drugged and at her mercy.

10. Chucky

Young Andy Barclay sees a commercial for a ‘Good Guy’ doll on TV, and asks his mother for one for his birthday. At work, Andy’s mom and her friend discover a peddler selling one for a low price, and she buys it. What she doesn’t know is that the particular doll contains the spirit of Charles Lee Ray, aka ‘The Lakeshore Strangler’, who died at the hands of police the night before and had transferred his spirit to the doll by voodoo. That night, Andy’s babysitter is pushed from their 5th-floor window to her death, and only young Andy knows that ‘Chucky’ - the doll - is responsible for that a death and a series of murders that follow. Worse than that, the soul of Charles Lee Ray is trying to get out of the doll’s body - and take over Andy’s…

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