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The Greatest '70s Horror Villains  

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332 votes 44 voters 19 items

List Rules '70s villains only.

Close the curtains and lock the doors as we rank the greatest horror villains of the ‘70s. The 1970s was an interesting time for the horror genre. Films like Halloween and Alien broke the mold for the slasher and sci-fi genres, and monster movies like Jaws proved that horror films can also be blockbusters. It was a time of change, and those changes brought with them some of the most iconic horror villains of all time. Which of these terrifying villains is your favorite?

The ‘70s allowed horror to become more accessible and with that allowed a lot of auteurs to take horror to new heights. While crude and sometimes unsettling, it’s these ‘70s horror films and their villains (along with the evolution of home video) that helped pave the way for the horror boom of the 1980s. Without characters like Michael Myers or Leatherface, we wouldn’t have been given icons like Freddy Kruger, Jason Voorhees, or even Chucky.

Vote up the best ‘70s horror villains, and if someone’s missing, add them to the list!

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Michael Myers is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest '70s Horror Villains
Halloween II, Halloween II, Halloween
Michael Myers is a fictional character from the Halloween series of slasher films. He first appears in John Carpenter's Halloween as a young boy who goes takes his older sister's life, then ...more
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Leatherface is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest '70s Horror Villains
Boogeymen: The Killer Compilation, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning
Leatherface is a character in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre horror-film series and its spin-offs. He wears masks made of human skin and engages in murder and cannibalism, alongside his inbred ...more
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Jaws is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest '70s Horror Villains
Jaws
Jaws is a fictional great white shark that appears in Steven Spielberg's 1975 thriller film "Jaws," based on Peter Benchley's 1974 novel of the same name. The shark terrorizes ...more
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Xenomorph is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest '70s Horror Villains
Alien, Alien vs. Predator, AVPR: Aliens vs Predator - Requiem
The "Alien" is a fictional endoparasitoid extraterrestrial species that is the eponymous antagonist of the Alien film series. The species made its debut in the film Alien, and ...more
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Margaret White is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest '70s Horror Villains
Carrie
Margaret White is a fictional character created by Stephen King in his first published novel, Carrie, where she is the main antagonist. She is the domineering, abusive, insane and fanatically ...more
6
Damien Thorn is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest '70s Horror Villains
The Omen, The Omen, Omen III: The Final Conflict
Damien Thorn is a fictional character and the primary antagonist of The Omen series. He is the Antichrist and the son of the Devil. The character has been portrayed by Harvey Spencer Stephens, ...more
7
Regan MacNeil is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest '70s Horror Villains
Exorcist II: The Heretic, The Exorcist
Regan Theresa MacNeil is a fictional character from William Peter Blatty's horror novel and film The Exorcist and its first sequel, Exorcist II: The Heretic. In both films, she was portrayed by ...more
8
The Tall Man is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest '70s Horror Villains
Phantasm, Phantasm II, Phantasm IV: Oblivion
The Tall Man is a fictional character from the 1979 film Phantasm and its sequels.
9
Chris Hargensen is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest '70s Horror Villains
Carrie, Carrie, Carrie
Chris Hargensen was the meanest of the mean girls who schemed to make Carrie White's prom "a night to remember" by arranging with her cronies to pour pig's blood on Carrie after being ...more
10
Lord Summerisle is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest '70s Horror Villains
The Wicker Man
Lord Summerisle is a fictional character from the movie The Wicker Man.
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Ash is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest '70s Horror Villains
Alien
Ash is a character in the movie Alien, who was portrayed by actor Ian Holm, who, although known in the U.K. as a stage actor, was at the time unknown to American audiences. Ash serves as the ...more
12
Pluto is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest '70s Horror Villains
The Hills Have Eyes
Pluto is one of the more imposing of the mutants, being extremely large in size and exceptionally strong, shown to be capable of lifting and throwing a fully grown adult with one arm.
13
Magenta - A Domestic is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest '70s Horror Villains
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Magenta is a fictional character from the 1975 film The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
14
Mrs. Tredoni is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest '70s Horror Villains
Alice Sweet Alice
15
Krug Stillo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest '70s Horror Villains
Krug Stillo The Last House on the Left
Krug Stillo, commonly referred to simply as Krug, is the main antagonist in the 1972 horror film "The Last House On The Left" and the 2009 remake.
16
Billy Lenz is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest '70s Horror Villains
Black Christmas
Billy Lenz is a fictional character from the 2006 film Black Christmas.
17
Fats is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest '70s Horror Villains
Magic
18
Blacula is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest '70s Horror Villains
Blacula Scream Blacula Scream, Blacula
Blacula is a fictional character from the 1972 film Blacula and 1973 sequel Scream Blacula Scream.
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Dr. Anton Phibes is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest '70s Horror Villains
Abominable Dr. Phibes , Dr. Phibes Rises Again