Top 13 Best Horror Slasher Villains

These villains will haunt your nightmares!

Why 13? Because it’s Halloween season! Slasher movies are one of my favourite sub-genres and today we are counting down my top 13 slasher villains. They are going to be rated on the creativity of their kills, their scares and how many good films there are in their franchises. Here is my list:

13. Art the clown

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A very new slasher on the list: Art the Clown is the villain in All Hallows Eve and Terrifier. I did enjoy Terrifier, but neither of the films are that great. In my opinion, his character is an instant classic. The way he moves and his facial expressions are comically evil and his love for violence is quite scary. I hope that the next film he is part of is a classic slasher so that he gets the film he deserves.

Best Kill:

Sawing a body in half.

Scare factor:

9/10

Best Films in the franchise:

Terrifier

12. Look see man

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The Look See Man is the most famous slasher from Crypt TV on Youtube. I don’t actually find him or the shorts that scary, but his influence cannot be denied. His design is very cool and memorable. If the story was a bit easier to follow, and the shorts were directed more to my liking, I may have put him slightly higher; but for now, he sits comfortably at number 12.

Best Kill:

The bathroom stall.

Scare Factor:

8/10

Best episodes in the franchise:

Episode 1.

11. Ghostface

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Ghostface is one of the most popular Halloween costumes there is. The killer is not higher on this list because it is never the same killer, and the killers are always just normal people. This is not to say that I don’t like the Scream films; I love the first film, and the second too. Compared to the others higher on this list though, he is not as scary.

Best Kill:

The garage door kill from Scream 1.

Scare Factor:

6/10

Best Films in the franchise:

Scream, Scream 2, Scream 4.

10. The Candyman

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Candyman, Candyman, Candyman, Candyman, Cand… I’m not finishing that… he is a horrifying demon that you would never want to come across. Brilliantly portrayed by horror veteran – Tony Todd, The Candyman is a brilliant horror villain. The reason he is not higher on the list is that he is not as iconic as the others.

Best Kill:

The first time we see the bees!

Scare Factor:

9/10

Best films in the franchise:

The Candyman

9. The Creeper

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‘Jeepers Creepers where’d you get those peepers?’ The Creeper is probably the scariest looking villain on this list. The film introduces his powers slowly until we finally see his full body. Although the films and character were created by a controversial director (to say the least) there’s no denying that The Creeper is a great slasher villain.

Best Kill:

His final kill at the end of the first film.

Scare Factor:

8/10

Best films in the franchise:

Jeepers Creepers

8. Jigsaw

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Jigsaw is not really a killer per se. He captures people that are not appreciating their life and just wants to help them appreciate it. The reason he is such a good villain is: the horrible traps and rooms he creates for his victims. The look of his puppet is instantly recognisable and definitely deserves to be in the top ten.

Best Kill:

The angel trap from Saw 3.

Scare Factor: 7/10

Best films in the franchise:

Saw, Saw 2.

7. Pennywise the Clown

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‘We all float down here!’ Pennywise the Dancing Clown has been portrayed by two people now: both bringing superb performances to the character in different ways. My favourite is Tim Curry’s portrayal (even though the remake is the better film). Pennywise has a sick sense of humour, and the fact he feeds on little kids is gruesome.

Best kill:

Georgie’s death from IT 2017.

Scare Factor: 8/10

Best films in the franchise:

IT 1990 (first part), IT 2017

6. Chucky

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Chucky is perhaps a little less threatening in comparison to the others for the fact he is a small doll. However, Chucky’s destructive nature has enabled him to prove himself. Chucky may look sweet, but he has a sick mind and enjoys the act of killing others. This slasher villain just misses a top five spot, as he doesn’t have the scare factor the others have.

Best kill:

Maggie’s death from Child’s Play.

Scare factor:

6/10

Best films in the franchise:

Childs Play, Childs Play 2, Bride of Chucky, Cult of Chucky.

5. Pinhead

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Pinhead is perhaps the scariest of all slasher villains and would be higher on the list if it weren’t for the sequels. Hellraiser is one of my favourite horror films of all time, the second one was okay, but the rest of the films are awful. This is what holds Pinhead back from being higher on this list because he only really has one great film in his franchise and his character just worsens with each sequel.

Best kill:

Frank’s death.

Scare factor:

10/10

Best films of the franchise:

Hellraiser, Hellraiser 2: Hellbound

4. Leatherface

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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is up there as one of the most influential movies of all time. It was one of the first horror films which had a realistic grittiness to it, and it terrified audiences. Even to this day, the movie inspires films and video games such as House of 1000 Corpses and Resident Evil 7. Leatherface is absolutely terrifying in the majority of the movies and he is featured in quite a few decent films in the franchise.

Best kill:

Kirk’s death from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

Scare factor:

9/10

Best films of the franchise:

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003), Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning.

3. Michael Myers

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We all knew who was going to be in the top three… but what order was I going to put them in? My number three is Michael Myers; the embodiment of evil. He has a lot of good films under his belt, some good kills and a very imposing look. The reason he isn’t higher is that I don’t believe his kills are as creative as numbers two or one and he got beaten up by Busta Rhymes…

Best Kill:

Stabbed and stuck to the door from Halloween.

Scare factor:

8/10

Best films if the franchise:

Halloween, Halloween 2, Halloween 4, Halloween H20, Halloween 2018.

2. Jason Voorhees

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Jason by far is the most recognisable slasher villain there is. You see hockey masks everywhere for Halloween and everyone knows who he is without even seeing one of the Friday the 13th films. Jason has the most kills out of any slasher villain and a lot of those kills were very creative: the sleeping bag kill being one of my favourites. In my opinion, Jason has a lot of good sequels in his franchise with the first four actually getting progressively better than the other.

Best Kill:

The sleeping bag kill.

Scare Factor: 9/10

Best films of the franchise:

Friday the 13th, Friday the 13th Part 3, Friday the 13th part 4: the final chapter, Friday the 13th part 6, Freddy vs. Jason.

1. Freddy Krueger

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‘One, two Freddy’s coming for you!’ Freddy Krueger is the best slasher villain of all time. His look is as scary as it is iconic and out of all the villains on this list, he easily has the best kills. Although Freddy has had a lot of bad sequels, the majority of them still have insane kills and the three good films in his franchise are much better than most of these other films’ sequels.

Best kill:

Creating a human marionette from number 3.

Scare factor:

10/10

Best films of the franchise:

Nightmare on elm street, Nightmare on elm street 3: dream warriors, Wes Craven’s: New Nightmare, Freddy vs. Jason.

There’s my list of my favourite slasher villains! It’s still early in the month of October and I still have a lot of different posts to do for Halloween! Let me know who your favourites are in the comments and follow The 12th-Dimension for more horrifying posts this month of Halloween!

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