We all (occasionally) enjoy watching people being murdered in horror films, but we seldom think of the villain's overall kill counts. If you had to guess, which horror movie monster would you say has killed the most people in their movies? Is it Freddy? Jason? Myers? Luckily for you we've listed your favorite horror characters from the most kills to the least, with kill compilation videos to back up the numbers.
Count down the scariest horror movie villains as we chronicle their every hack, slash, stab, and more. Check out other great lists on Ranker as well, like the Best Horror Movies of All Time, or the Creepiest Kids in Horror Movies.
We're gonna need a bigger boat. Jaws has the fewest kills on this list, but probably had the biggest impact on people who saw the film. I mean, who wasn't scared of swimming in the ocean after seeing Jaws for the first time? Freddy Krueger will never really kill us in our dreams, but sharks are real, dammit.
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Series: Texas Chainsaw Massacre
What is it about the sound of a chainsaw revving that is so terrifying? If you've ever seen any of the Texas Chiainsaw Massacre movies, the sound of that rattling chain will trigger you every time you hear it in real life. Leatherface earned his last 5 kills in the most recent movie in the series, Texas Chainsaw 3D. Although the film was an abomination, there were at least a few satisfying chainsaw murders.
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If you're a 90s kid, Scream is probably the series that defined your childhood horror experience. Ghostface is actually a pretty plain killer - he's not from Hell, he doesn't have special abilities, and he doesn't kill people with chainsaws. However, what he lacks in style, he makes up for with persistence. I know 34 people who can attest to that.
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Series: Child's Play
Chucky may not be big in size, but he still knows how to get the job done. He is more of a mischievous killer, as he does things like poison and electrocute his victims. In Child's Play 3, he even replaces paint ammo with real ammunition, causing cadets to kill each other during their annual war games. Although Chucky likes to get creative, it doesn't mean he doesn't also enjoy slashing victims to death with his knife.
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Leader of the Cenobites, a group of former human creatures who harvest other people's souls, Pinhead is definitely the most unique looking movie monster on this list. He and his Cenobites kill people in various ways, including chopping them to death, impaling them by using mental levitation abilities, and more. Pinhead also gets credit for being one of the more well-spoken horror movie monsters as he has a deep boisterous voice and an extensive vocabulary.
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Leprechaun is a laughable, hokey, ridiculous character, and somehow he is still really creepy. He doesn't stand the test of time as well as other monsters on this list (watch Leprechaun in Space if you want a good laugh,) but he was definitely frightening in the 80s. He dons a stereotypical Irish vest and top hat, and he usually prefers killing victims with his bare hands. There are tougher villains on this list, but 42 kills is no small potatoes.
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Series: Final Destination
Under normal circumstances Death wouldn't qualify for a list like this, but in the Final Destination series, Death seems to be its own entity. It causes characters to die in horrible ways, including them accidentally hanging themselves, being blown up, and so much more. Death in Final Destination might not have the most kills, but it certainly gets points for its creativity. After all, what other series will give you two girls burning to death when they get trapped in a tanning booth?
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Series: A Nightmare On Elm Street
I wonder how many people tried not to go to sleep after A Nightmare on Elm Street debuted in 1984. Freddy's gimmick is that he kills you while you're sleeping, turning your dreams into deadly nightmares. He is known for having claws for fingertips, which he uses to slash through the flesh of his victims.
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