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The Most Utterly Terrifying Figures in Film

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This is a list of the most chillingly terrifying figures in film, as ranked and voted on by horror fans. There are a lot of scary movies out there, some that stick with you in your nightmares and other you just love to peek through your fingers at while shrieking in glee. But then there are the ones that have a particular figure in them, a monster or a man or a pale child... that really makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. Which is the scariest? Which one is the one you would LEAST like to EVER meet? Vote for your favorites, add any you see missing... and make sure to rank your own version if you really want to impact this list!

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    Michael Myers first appeared in John Carpenter's film Halloween in 1978.

    Why he's utterly terrifying: After murdering his sister on Halloween night when he was just six years old, Michael Myers returns to the town of Haddonfield, Illinois and starts a killing spree that will last decades.

    "Death has come to your little town, sheriff."

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    Jason Voorhees first appeared in the film Friday the 13th in 1980.

    Why he's utterly terrifying: Seeking revenge for his mother's death, Jason returns to Camp Crystal Lake to slaughter the counselors one by one.
    "You're doomed! You're all doomed!"

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    Freddy Krueger first appeared in the Wes Craven's horror masterpiece A Nightmare on Elm Street in 1984.

    Why he's utterly terrifying: Krueger haunts the dreams of neighborhood teenagers, growing more powerful the more frightened they become.

    "Whatever you do... don't fall asleep."

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    Chucky first appeared in the film Child's Play in 1988.

    Why he's utterly terrifying: Though he appears to be a cute toy, Chucky is actually a serial killer who used voodoo to transfer his soul into a doll.

    "Hi, I'm Chucky. Wanna play?"

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    Pennywise the Dancing Clown haunted the children in the town of Derry, Maine in the 1990 film It, which is based on Stephen King's book of the same name.

    Why he's utterly terrifying: He baits children into the sewers with tricks and toys only to drive them into insanity, or worse, kill them.

    "They ALL float down here. When you're down here with us, you'll float too."

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    Leatherface first appeared in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre in 1974.

    Why he's utterly terrifying: Inspired by the real-life killer Ed Gein, Leatherface hunts down his victims and wears their skin as a mask.

    "That's the last goddamn hitchhiker I ever pick up."

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