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- 1+ 1,248- 437Michael 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."
- 2+ 1,095- 442Jason 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!"
- 3+ 709- 671Chucky 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?"
- 4+ 1,358- 419Freddy 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."
- 5+ 1,204- 519Pennywise 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."
- 6+ 523- 536Ghostface 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!"
- 7+ 740- 490Jack 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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LeatherfaceLeatherface 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."