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Top 10 Scariest Halloween Movie Villains

Updated on September 12, 2014

The 'Best' Halloween Villains Of All Time

The 'best' movie villains of all time is an interesting contradiction, when you think about it. How can something that is so horrible be best?

Let me say first that horror movies are NOT my favourite movies but I know that if you are reading this, they are probably yours. I used to watch them all of the time but I stopped abruptly when I met Kathy Bates' character in Stephen King's Misery. I am not sure if time has worsened my memory of that movie or if it simply was horrifying. In any case, it is firmly stuck in my mind as awful and as the reason I stopped watching horror movies.

Anyway, after reading that statement, you are probably wondering WHY I created this page and I will admit that I did not. I adopted it from a friend who wrote this list of the BEST HALLOWEEN VILLAINS using favourites from when she was younger and villains that are simply memorable. Some are fairly new while others have been scaring people for generations. They will all be remembered for many more years to come.

I've left my friend's personal comments and added my own, where appropriate. I have rearranged the movies in alphabetical order so that the order will not influence your thoughts when you vote for your favourite horrible movie character at the end of the page. I've also chosen to feature some other excellent movie pages that discuss some of these characters and their films in more detail.

Norman Bates From Psycho
Norman Bates From Psycho | Source

Norman Bates From Psycho

Can you honestly tell me that you have never thought about the deadly bathroom scene when you were getting ready to take a shower at home?Norman Bates was a great villain because he was so unsuspecting. Creepy, yes, but he seemed harmless. I think those are the best kind of villains. The added element of him being schizophrenic and pretending to be his dead mother didn't hurt either.


Candyman From Candyman

From the movie of the same name.

Candyman was a villain that scared my friend as a child and I wonder what she was doing watching it as a child for it certainly is NOT a child-friendly movie. Anyway, the Candyman was wrongfully tortured in the 1800s and comes back to kill anyone who calls on him. All you have to do is say 'Candyman' five times. My friend had nightmares of Candyman coming after her with his hook (yes, he had a hook as a hand.) This movie is not for anyone who scares easily. Candyman, like most of the movies on this page, is rated R.

Donnie Darko
Donnie Darko

Frank The Rabbit From Donnie Darko

Frank is a villain that my friend recently discovered. He is a scary looking bunny in the nastiest rabbit costume you will ever see.Did we mention that Frank the rabbit predicts the end of the world and tells Donnie Darko to do horrible things in his sleep?Frank is ruthless and creepy...just like the movie. If you like movies with a twist ending, this is the one to see.

Nightmare on Elm Street
Nightmare on Elm Street

Freddy Krueger From Nightmare On Elm Street

You knew Freddy Krueger was going to be on the list...he's on every Halloween list. Why? Because Freddy is awesome. He never dies! He keeps coming back to terrorize the families of the people who killed him. Wouldn't you?Freddy was the first villain that kept my friend up at night and he still gives her (and the rest of us) the heebie jeebies.Thanks for all the nightmares, Freddy!

Jigsaw from Saw
Jigsaw from Saw

Jigsaw From Saw

Jigsaw is one of the most intelligent villains of our time. He is calculating and planned. Everything he does has a purpose...even the attempted murders of dozens of people. He claims to only want to help you, but if you can't repent and be willing to give of yourself, you will die. There's nothing scarier than a villain who doesn't actually kill you but rather, makes you kill yourself.Saw is a movie that there is absolutely, positively NO WAY I would watch. However, I know that Jigsaw has many, many fans.

Saw I-IV ( Exclusive)
Saw I-IV ( Exclusive)

There are an endless number of Saw movies that could be featured here. I've chosen to highlight the collection. However, if you want to buy just the first movie or if you want to see Amazon's complete collection, you can simply click right here.

Michael Myers Halloween
Michael Myers Halloween | Source

Michael Myers From Halloween

Michael Myers is the scariest villain that you will never truly understand. He murdered his older sister as a child and was committed to a Sanitarium. After 15 years, he escaped and went on a killing spree. Over the course of nine films, Michael has terrorized what is left of his family and their friends and keeps coming back after several 'attempts' on his life...if he even is alive.That's what makes Michael so scary. He is a soulless individual with no regard for human life and he also possesses an intelligent quality that makes him hard to outsmart. He is like the complete package when it comes to villains.

Damien Thorn From The Omen
Damien Thorn From The Omen

Damien Thorn From The Omen

Damien is the Antichrist...literally. He has the 666 birthmark to prove it. He is an orphaned child who ends up in the care of Mr. and Mrs. Thorn. What makes Damien so scary is that he is a child who has enough gumption to push his pregnant mother off a balcony with his tricycle, making her lose her unborn child. Any kid that would do that scares the *beep* out of me.

Jack Torrance From The Shining

In one of Jack Nicholson's iconic roles, Jack is a father who takes his family to a hotel for the winter. He is suffering from a bad case of writer's block and it's driving him crazy. He tries to murder his family thinking that it will cure him. That's scary and crazy. I guess it would give him something to write about but it's not very practical...or sane. "Here's Johnny!"

Friday the 13th
Friday the 13th

Jason Voorhees From Friday The 13th

I don't think there is a person in America who doesn't know who this masked figure is. Jason is the machete wielding killer who was immortalized as the boy who drowned at Camp Crystal Lake. Many people don't know that the film was actually created with Mrs. Voorhees, Jason's mother, being the killer and the film ending in her death. Before the filming was over, it was decided to have Jason 'come back' from the lake and continue to avenge his mother's death. How sweet. It wasn't until the third film that Jason took on the hockey mask look that we all recognize today. Jason is a villain icon and deserves to be on any Halloween list.

Friday the 13th: Killer Cut (Widescreen Edition)
Friday the 13th: Killer Cut (Widescreen Edition)

I've chosen to feature just the one Friday the 13th movie here because there are so many available. To see all of the Friday the 13th movies available on Amazon, just click right here.


Carrie White From Carrie

Carrie is the villain that we are all pulling for even though she just killed off her entire class. How could we not love her? She was picked on and tortured by the popular kids and her home life was less than savory. She just snapped. Who could blame her? She is on my list of scariest villains because a chick with telepathy who is mad is not someone I would want to be alone with.

So Who's The Scariest Halloween Villain? - You decide!

Who Is The Scariest Halloween Villain?

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© 2010 Treasures By Brenda

How did we do? Is this list of Halloween villains scary enough for you?

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      5 years ago

      These villains are scary for sure. The Hostel movies were scary when you put thought into " what if this was real". But that doesn't fall under the villains category. I was just wonering if those movies put fear into anybody else?

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      5 years ago

      You got Jigsaw on there, and he was the first to come to my mind.

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      5 years ago

      I love all the baddies on this list (my personal favorite is Michael Myers.... he has terrified me since I was 5!)

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      6 years ago

      Yeah - you can say what you want about all the others, but Jigsaw scares the living s*** out of me. and not on the list? Esther from Orphan. She seriously freaked me out.

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      gypsyman27 lm 

      7 years ago

      The best villains for Halloween are the children, witness Damien from the omen. What could be more horrifying than a child with evil intent? I enjoyed this lens as it took me back to some of my favorite horror movies. See you around the galaxy...

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      7 years ago

      This is a great lens. Having seen all these movies and their sequels I have to say my favorite is still the old school 1980s Freddy Krueger.This lens has been Blessed!

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      7 years ago

      Great list! Although, I kinda like Frank.

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      Dianne Loomos 

      7 years ago

      I've only seen a couple of these a long time ago. I know lots of people love horror movies but they are not my cup of tea. I'll stick with the Hallmark movies that you review!

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      7 years ago from Rhode Island

      wonderful lens great collection lens rolled

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      Treasures By Brenda 

      7 years ago from Canada

      @GetSillyProduct: He's definitely winning in the poll...

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      Susan Deppner 

      7 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I'm not into scary movies, though of course I did watch Psycho. I agree that the Norman Bates type villains have to be the worst - because they could live next door! Ha! Made you look (or maybe think a minute)!

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      7 years ago

      good list, Krueger is king!

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      8 years ago

      Jason is crazyyyyyyyy!

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 

      8 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Oh yes, great collection of Halloween villains here!


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