If you’re looking for a film that has a scary figure in it or just chilling, then you’re bound to get spooked by one of these terrifying characters. I must warn you, some of these figures in the movies might be so scary that they could give you nightmares for at least a few days. Others might just make the hair on the back of your neck stand up some. Watching these on TV might be fine if you’re watching them on a non-cut channel but, if you want to experience the full horror of the film you might want to consider renting it.

Disclaimer: Some of the pictures might be disturbing for young children. Only mature audiences should be viewing the material on this article.

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10. Pinhead in the Hellraiser film series
Pinhed first makes his appearance in the Hellraiser film series. This series was based on the novella called The Hellbound Heart by Clive Barker. The reason why he’s so horrifying is because his main goal for being here on earth is so that he can help to harvest some souls and take the souls back to his realm. Getting the souls back to his realm isn’t easy. He has to literally come in and tear your soul apart and then his job is done. Don’t forget this movie was released in 1987. His appearance was very unique compared to some of the other villains before him.

Hellraiser Pinhead


9. Regan MacNeil from the Exorcist
Regan MacNeil made her first appearance in The Exorcist. This was based on the horror book called The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty. Many found her shy, plus different. She often times did not behave very aggressively. She was very good towards her mother. However, her mother had a very hard work schedule and her parents ended up divorcing, which caused raged. It’s not until later that people see her scary side when she becomes possessed by the devil.



8. Candyman
Candyman first made his appearance in the 1992 horror film that was directed by Bernard Rose. It was based on “The Forbidden” which was a short story by Clive Barker. Later on, two sequels were spawned from Candyman. There was a lot of tragedy that surrounded his death. He was murdered and then later, he arose from the grave in order to have his revenge. Due to being around for many centuries, Candyman becomes immortal and doesn’t need food, water or anything in order to survive.



7. The Creeper from Jeepers Creepers
I don’t know about you but when I first saw this movie I was horrified of The Creeper. After watching this movie the song Jeepers Creepers would be stuck in my mind. The one thing that The Creeper does is that he uses fear and hunts down his victims by that fear. If you’re not afraid of him then don’t worry. He won’t do anything to you. However, if you’re very scared of him then you might just be his next victim.



6. The Joker from The Dark Knight
First let me say that The Joker has made a lot of appearances. The Joker has appeared in a variety of films, TV series and in many comics. One of the most scariest appearances of The Joker was in the film The Dark Knight which was released in 2008. The main goal of the Joker is that he creates chaos with murdering people and just causing complete mayhem. He knows that many people fear him except for possibly one.



5. Hannibal Lecter from The Silence of the Lambs
I am sure that most of you all might not be surprised to see him listed here. His first appearance was in the Silence of the Lambs which was released back in 1991. There are many reasons as to why Hannibal Lecter is terrifying. He is one of the most brilliant psychiatrists ever. However, he’s also a serial killer. He is known to eat his victims. If he doesn’t eat you, then the reason why is because you might be just like him. If you have never seen this movie then you should watch it.



4. Jack Torrance from The Shining
Jack Torrance from The Shining was a very terrifying villain and more so for the year 1980. The Shining is based on Stephen King’s book. Jack Torrance seems to be very innocent at first. He decides to become the caretaker with the Overlook Hotel. Soon insanity drives him to become a maniac murder. He does many horrifying things and just goes crazy.



3. Freddy Krueger from A Nightmare on Elm Street
In 1984, the horror masterpiece known as A Nightmare on Elm Street was a chilling hit. This is also where Freddy Krueger also made one his very first appearances. The neighborhood teens become haunted in their dreams. They become extremely scared as the dreams start to become more powerful and realistic to them. To this day, Freddy Krueger still scares me.



2. Michael Myers in Halloween
The first appearance from Michael Myers was in the movie Halloween which was released in 1978. He is just truly terrifying for a few reasons. He starts killing at a young age. Later on he moves from his home town but then returns and goes on a killing spree. This killing spree ends up lasting for a very long time.



1. Chucky
It was a hard decision for me between Michael Meyers and Chucky as to which one should be number one. However, there’s just something about Chucky that is terrifying. Chucky first appeared in the 1988 film the Child’s Play and still remains popular today. The toy appears to be very cute and you might want to play with him but be careful. He really is a serial killer. The reason why he’s a doll is because of the voodoo he used in order for his soul to be transferred inside of the doll.



Are we scared yet just even thinking of these scary villains? Sleep tight wherever you are tonight.