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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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