Graveyard Shift The Greatest '80s Horror Villains  

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224 votes 32 voters 20 items

List Rules '80s villains only.

Lock the door, grab a friend, and turn on all the lights as we rank the greatest ‘80s horror villains. The 1980s saw a surge of horror movies thanks to the success of campy mid-to-late ‘70s fright fests like Halloween and Carrie.

The best ‘80s horror villains are the ones who leave a lasting impression, whether through their look, their dialogue, or their macabre backstory. It’s their truly terrifying nature that made audiences want to see more of them. In fact, some of these ‘80s villains proved so popular (and lucrative) that they found their way into the ‘90s, ‘00s, and even today through sequels, reboots, remakes, and even re-imaginings!

The fact that movie studios keep feeding us these characters almost 40 years later (and the fact that we keep wanting more) proves the indelible impact these villains have had. Seriously, how boring would some of our Halloween parties be if we didn’t have this ‘80s horror icons to dress up as?

Vote up your favorite ‘80s horror villains, and if your favorite fiend is missing, go ahead and add them to the list!

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13 1
Michael Myers is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest '80s 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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17 4
Freddy Krueger is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest '80s Horror Villains
Freddy's Nightmares, Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare, A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge

A Nightmare on Elm Street

Fred "Freddy" Krueger is the main antagonist of the A Nightmare on Elm Street film series. He first appeared in Wes Craven's A Nightmare on Elm Street as a burnt serial killer who uses ...more
3
14 3
Jason Voorhees is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest '80s Horror Villains
Friday the 13th: A New Beginning, Friday the 13th, Friday the 13th Part 2

Friday the 13th

Jason Voorhees is a fictional character from the Friday the 13th series. He first appeared in Friday the 13th as the young son of camp cook, Mrs. Voorhees, in which he was portrayed by Ari ...more
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12 3
Chucky viano is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest '80s Horror Villains
Child's Play, Seed of Chucky, Bride of Chucky
Charles Lee Ray is a fictional character, although he was modeled after the story of Robert the Doll, and the titular antagonist of the Child's Play series. Chucky is portrayed as a notorious ...more
5
10 3
Jack Torrance is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest '80s Horror Villains
Terror in the Aisles, The Shining
John Daniel "Jack" Torrance is a fictional character in the 1977 novel The Shining by Stephen King. He was portrayed by Jack Nicholson in the 1980 movie adaptation of the novel, and by ...more
6
12 6
Pinhead is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest '80s Horror Villains
Hellraiser: Hellseeker
Pinhead is a fictional character from Hellraiser 6: Hellseeker.
7
6 1
Stripe is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest '80s Horror Villains
Gremlins, Gremlins 2: The New Batch
Stripe is a fictional character from the 1984 horror comedy film Gremlins.
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6 1
Cujo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest '80s Horror Villains
Cujo
Cujo is a fictional character from the 1979 TV movie The Ordeal of Patty Hearst.
9
6 2
Pamela Voorhees is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest '80s Horror Villains
Friday the 13th Part 2 (3D), Freddy vs. Jason, Friday the 13th
Pamela Sue Voorhees is a fictional character in the Friday the 13th films, and the main antagonist of the original Friday the 13th film. She is a former camp-cook and the mother of Jason ...more
10
9 6
David is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest '80s Horror Villains
The Lost Boys
David is a fictional character from the 1987 film The Lost Boys and its 2010 sequel, The Lost Boys:The Thirst.
11
8 5
Jerry Dandridge is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest '80s Horror Villains
Fright Night, Fright Night
Jerry Dandridge is a fictional character in the 2011 horror film Fright Night.
12
5 2
John Ryder is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest '80s Horror Villains
The Hitcher
John Ryder is a fictional character from the 2007 film The Hitcher.
13
4 1
David Kessler is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest '80s Horror Villains
An American Werewolf in London
David Kessler is a fictional character from the 1981 film An American Werewolf.
14
6 4
Xenomorph is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest '80s 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
15
5 3
Gage Creed is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest '80s Horror Villains
Pet Sematary
Gage Creed is a fictional character from the 1989 film Pet Sematary.
16
8 7
Leatherface is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest '80s 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
17
5 5
Henrietta Knowby is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest '80s Horror Villains
Evil Dead II
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3 3
Severen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest '80s Horror Villains
Near Dark
19
3 3
Seth Brundle is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest '80s Horror Villains
The Fly
20
4 5
The Blob is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest '80s Horror Villains