Halloween: The Scariest Movie Characters of All Time! Ever!

While you prep for Halloween, grab a bucket of popcorn and leave the lights on as you meet the most terrifying characters ever committed to celluloid.

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Carrie White from "Carrie" (1976). Do not mess with Carrie on Prom Night. Do not! Just look at her. You want to slow dance with that?
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While you prep for Halloween, say hello to the most terrifying characters ever committed to celluloid. Some of them like to wear masks made out of human flesh, chop up their victims, or even eat them (with fava beans and a nice Chianti). And no one is scarier than the brilliantly evil Dr. Hannibal Lecter. Right, Clarice?
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What screams I hate unicorns more than large horns and fiery red skin? Actor Tim Curry cemented himself as nightmare inducing image in 1986's "Legend." Curry played the Lord of Darkness in this fantasy film. His biggest beef with the world? The existence of unicorns. Scary for all of us.
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If you weren't afraid of clowns after watching this movie you will be. Pennywise the dancing clown was the supernatural monster behind Stephen King's "It." The clown has haunted our dreams since.
Norman Bates from "Psycho" (1960). The knife-wielding murderer with major mommy issues was really not very cool to Janet Leigh, who just wanted a good night sleep at the Bates Motel. Rude!
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The Grady Twins from "The Shining" (1980). Never before or since has a tricycle ride seemed so terrifying. That's because of the ghosts of the Grady Twins, out there in the Overlook Hotel's hallway. And they aren't the only pint-sized fear-mongers around ...
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Chucky from "Child's Play" (1988). This other pint-sized fear-monger is actually a Satanic doll on a killing spree. Like a Cabbage Patch Kid who's had a bad day. A really, really bad day.
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Who can forget the menacing Freddy Krueger from 1984's "A Nightmare on Elm Street?" Those metal claws are classic.
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Leatherface from "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre" (1974). They call him Leatherface because he wears a mask made from a human face. Does it get any more pants-soilingly scary than that? Oh, and he likes to chop people up with a chain saw, too.
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Pinhead from "Hellraiser" (1987). They call him Pinhead because he has pins. In his head. He is also a zombie-demon lover who is rather annoyed with his unfaithful former wife.
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Harry Powell from "The Night of the Hunter" (1955). Robert Mitchum menacingly played the drifter with attitude. Don't let the LOVE tattooed on his right hand fool you -- the left one reads: HATE.
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The Demon from "The Exorcist" (1973). Most people remember a young Linda Blair's 360-degree projectile vomiting. That's just gross; this guy's truly spooky!
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The Creature from "Creature from the Black Lagoon" (1954). The Creature is sort of like King Kong, in that he is essentially an overgrown fish with a big crush on a human woman, but he's scarier than Kong because he comes from a Black Lagoon. And Black Lagoons are always scary.
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Max Cady from "Cape Fear" (1991). Mitchum also played Cady in the original version of this flick, but De Niro nails the off-his-rocker ex-con in the remake. Punishing workouts and real-looking jailhouse tats helped transform a ripped Bobby D into a freaky misfit.
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Jack Torrance from "The Shining" (1980). Here's Johnny! Stanley Kubrick's claustrophobic masterpiece gets another nod here. Yes, it's that scary!
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Samara from "The Ring" (2002). This is what happens to you if you are killed and thrown to the bottom of a well, have your spirit live on a mysterious videotape that can kill people and don't wash your hair.
The Alien from "Alien" (1979). Face-clamping tentacles? Check. Ribcage-bursting strength? Yep. Slobbery jaws that can mash your bones as if they are made of brie? You got it. This sucker is a terrible triple threat.
Although she made only a few but very horrific appearances in "The Conjuring," the possessed doll made people jump out of their seats so badly that she got another gig. Anabelle is starring in her self titled prequel to "The Conjuring" this year.
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The Shark from "Jaws" (1975). Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider and some other guy battle the great white that's been chewing on swimmers offshore of the beach community of Amity. Be warned: watch this flick and you may never visit an aquarium again.
The Zombies from "Night of the Living Dead" (1968). You might think that any monster lumbering so slowly can't be that bad. But would you still think that when the monster in question is slurping down your brain? Okay, then.
Torok the Troll from "Troll" (1986). In childrens' fairy tales trolls tend to be a bit ornery but also sort of cute and not that scary. In this movie, the troll wants to inhabit human bodies and then turn them into plant pods.
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Too bad for the bus full of high school kids. To their unfortunate luck they were running around being chased after Creeper, the flesh-eating creature who has a 23 day feeding frenzy every 23 years.
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Nosferatu from "Nosferatu" (1922). This sparkly domed fella is based on Dracula and brings with him a mysterious plague that kills coastal dwellers along the Black Sea. And those are his good qualities.
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Damien Thorn from "The Omen" (1976). He might look like a charming little chap in his right jaunty cap but young Damien is actually, quite literally, the Antichrist. So scary he spawned several sequels.
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Annie Wilkes from "Misery" (1990). She said she was the "Number 1 fan" of writer Paul Sheldon (played squirmingly by James Caan). Then she bashed his ankles with a sledgehammer. With fans like that ...
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Jason Voorhees from "Friday the 13th" (1980). This is the movie that taught a nation never to open a summer camp in the same place where a child once drowned. Because then some dude in a hockey mask with a very sharp machete will come and hack everyone up when all they wanted to do was make s'mores and go on panty raids.
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Dr. Carl Hill from "Re-Animator" (1985). You could make the case that Herbert West, a medical student at Miskatonic University with a taste for bringing back the dead, deserves to be here, instead. But did Herbie ever try to strangle someone while headless, like the school's Dean, Dr. Hill? No, no he did not.
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Erik, The Phantom from "The Phantom of the Opera" (1925). Long before Andrew Lloyd Webber charmed Broadway with his version of this story, Lon Chaney terrified audiences with a more sinister take on the role.
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John Doe from "Se7en" (1995). "What's in the box!!?" Brad Pitt memorably sobbed at the end of this brutally tense thriller. For those who have not seen the movie: You don't want to know. Kevin Spacey in his oddest, most sordid role.
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Michael Myers from "Halloween" (1978). A psychotic killer escapes from a mental institution and returns to his hometown in order to go on a bloody rampage. Happy Halloween!
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