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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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Ghostface first appeared in the 1996 film Scream, but his iconic mask has been worn by many copy-cat killers in the film's sequels.
Why he's utterly terrifying: Anyone who sees the blacks of Ghostface's eyes, typically ends up with a butcher knife in their guts.
"Movies don't create psychos. Movies make psychos more creative!"
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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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Jack Torrance appears in the 1980 film The Shining, based on Stephen King's book of the same name.
Why he's utterly terrifying: Jack Torrance starts the film innocently enough, taking the job as caretaker at the Overlook hotel, but he soon becomes an axe-wielding maniac driven to murder by insanity.
"All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy."
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Hannibal Lecter appeared in the 1991 film The Silence of the Lambs, which was based on Thomas Harris' novel of the same name.
Why he's utterly terrifying: Hannibal Lecter is a brilliant psychiatrist and serial killer who as been known to eat his victims.
"A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti."
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Bruce the shark appeared in the 1975 film Jaws directed by Steven Spielberg.
Why its utterly terrifying: Lurking below the water, Bruce attacks unsuspecting swimmers by tearing them to pieces with his knife-like teeth.
"Well, this is not a boat accident! And it wasn't any propeller; and it wasn't any coral reef; and it wasn't Jack the Ripper! It was a shark."
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Samara Morgan appears in the 2002 film The Ring, which was based on the character Sadako Yamamura from Koji Suzuki's Ring Trilogy novels.
Why she's utterly terrifying: In life, Samara possessed the power to infiltrate minds with insanity. In death, she kills people who have been cursed after watching a horrifying video.
"I think before you die, you see the ring..."
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The Thing has appeared as the title character in several films, most notably John Carpenter's 1982 thriller.
Why it's utterly terrifying: The thing has the ability to metamorphose into any living being, including people, to infiltrate earth.
"I dunno what the hell's in there, but it's weird and pissed off, whatever it is."
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The Joker has appeared in several comics, TV series and films, but he was the most terrifying in the 2008 film The Dark Knight.
Why he's utterly terrifying: The Joker loves to create chaos through murder and mayhem and he will stop at nothing to reek havoc on the city of Gotham.
"Let's put a smile on that face!"
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The Jigsaw Killer first appeared in the film Saw in 2004.
Why he's utterly terrifying: Using twisted tests and gruesome games, Jigsaw puts his victims through unique forms of torture that lead to death if a person fails to complete their challenge.
"Congratulations. You are still alive. Most people are so ungrateful to be alive. But not you. Not anymore."
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Sadako Yamamura appeared in the 1998 Japanese Film Ringu, which was based on the novel Ring by Kôji Suzuki.
Why she's utterly terrifying: Sadako will do anything to get revenge on those who wronged her in life, including returning from the dead to haunt and horrify her tormentors.
"It's not of this world. It's Sadako's fury. And she's put a curse on us."