ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

A countdown of five of the most unsettling movie characters of all time

Updated on April 24, 2015

As well as a love of writing and website design, I’m a BIG fan of horror movies (this is despite my still not being able to sleep in the dark despite being 29!). So I wanted to put together a rundown of some of the most memorable horror characters of all time.

Hannibal (Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal, Red Dragon, Hannibal Rising)

The legend that is Sir Anthony Hopkins shows actors how murderous, cannibalistic characters should be portrayed; for me, I think a contributing factor to the stellar performance that Hopkins puts in is that in this particular installment of the groundbreaking movie franchise is the fact that the most horrific scenes are based upon the entirely possible, such as the drug that would allow for a dinner of your own brains, or Hannibal’s all too graphic history lessons for the ill-fated Parisian policeman, Pazzi.

Famous quote: “I ate his liver with some Fava beans and a nice chianti, Psh Psh Psh” (this is at least meant to be the phonetic representation of Hannibal’s infamous all too freaky like smacking).


2. Chucky (the Child’s Play Series)

OK, so for most I’m suspecting that this may not make for one of the scariest movies of all time, at least not in today’s world of CGI, however for me who unwisely watched this as a child come my Birthday what should have been a pretty awesome present of a life size doll was nothing short of terrifying (and to this day I’ll swear it turned it’s head one night, hence the not sleeping in the dark and a case in point demonstration of why Film certifications should be strictly adhered to!)

Famous quote: “We're friends 'til the end, remember?”


3. Jack Nicholson - Jack Torrence (The Shining)

There’s not much to say about Jack Nicholson's’ performance in the Shining that isn’t adequately demonstrated by his own, now world renowned, performance that gave way to one of the most well know film quotes of all time.

Famous quote: “Here’s Johnny!”


4. Leatherface - Gunnar Hansen (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre I)

For the actor conquering a horrific character in every evil detail diction and delivery is everything, however for the character equipped with only a chainsaw for communication the challenges are somewhat switched up.

Famous quote: None, and the fact that Leatherface doesn't utter so much as a word through the entire series of six films demonstrates just how carefully crafted a terrifying character this guy was.


Maybe my choices are the things of mostly my nightmares.

Do the characters here creeep you out?

See results

5. Pennywise the Clown - Tim Curry (IT)

In another Stephen King addition to my list, and the last in the line of five, here there is the world’s scariest clown: Pennywise. Despite this clown technically hailing from a two-part TV series, rather than a film, this guy is undoubtedly to blame for the sufferings of Clownphobics the world over.

Famous quote: “Ohhhhh come on Bucko… don’t you want a balloon?”


Each of the above entrants feature in cinematic masterpieces of their horror genre, however, ultimately each of these characters are testament to the outstanding performances of their respective actors. I’d love to hear what you think about some of the appearances in this list, and who would make your very own list of the most unsettling film characters of all time.

Creating creepy horror creatures


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)