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The Most Utterly Terrifying Figures in Horror Films 

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Updated March 22, 2020 166k votes 11.3k voters 803k views 74 items

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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 others you just love to peek through your fingers at while shrieking in glee - or maybe even dress up as for Halloween. 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 - or makes you immediately break out into a sprint. Which is the scariest? Which one is the one you would LEAST like to EVER meet? Vote for your favorite horror movie villains, killers, and otherwise freaky figures and add any you see missing. Be sure to rank your own version if you really want to impact this list!

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Leatherface is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Utterly Terrifying Figures in Horror Films
Photo: Texas Chainsaw Massacre via Bryanston Pictures

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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Michael Myers is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Utterly Terrifying Figures in Horror Films
Photo:  Halloween

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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Freddy Krueger is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Utterly Terrifying Figures in Horror Films
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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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Pennywise the Dancing Cl... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Utterly Terrifying Figures in Horror Films
Photo:  It

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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