Graveyard Shift The Greatest '90s Horror Villains  

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List Rules '90s villains only.

The 1990s were an interesting time for horror films.  It was a time when most of our beloved horror icons were starting to wear a little thin but still hanging around - sometimes perhaps a bit too long. The cynical and despondent Gen Xers had grown tired of campy one-liners and promiscuous campers getting killed off. They were craving something more in their horror villains. Luckily, that change began to occur in the late ‘90s thanks to director Wes Craven, writer Kevin Williamson, and their film Scream.

It was during the 1990s when viewers began to see horror villains in a new light. Now that characters knew not to go back inside the house or to open that door, it made horror films more realistic and thus scarier to a jaded audience. Even some of our favorite horror villains knew to change with the times, just look at Wes Craven’s New Nightmare, which predates Scream by two years. So, while it may be tougher to be a great ‘90s horror villain, there are no doubt many memorable ones. Which villain is your favorite?

Be sure to vote up the best ‘90s horror villains. And if you think a character is missing, add them to the list!

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Freddy Krueger is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest '90s Horror Villains
Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare, Wes Craven's New Nightmare
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
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23 6
Annie Wilkes is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest '90s Horror Villains
Misery
Anne Marie Wilkes Dugan, usually known as Annie Wilkes, is a character in the 1987 novel Misery, by Stephen King. In the 1990 film adaptation of the novel, Annie Wilkes was portrayed by Kathy ...more
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24 7
Pennywise the Dancing Clown is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest '90s Horror Villains
It
Pennywise the Dancing Clown is a fictional character from the 1990 film and TV series It.
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25 9
Hannibal Lecter is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest '90s Horror Villains
The Silence of the Lambs
Dr. Hannibal Lecter is a character in a series of suspense novels by Thomas Harris. Lecter was introduced in the 1981 thriller novel Red Dragon as a forensic psychiatrist.
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21 8
Candyman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest '90s Horror Villains
Candyman
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16 4
Michael Myers is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest '90s Horror Villains
Halloween H2O
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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23 11
Ghostface is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest '90s Horror Villains
Scream Franchise
The Voice is a fictional character in the 1997 horror film Scream 2.
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17 7
Count Dracula is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest '90s Horror Villains
Bram Stoker's Dracula
Count Dracula is the title character of Bram Stoker's 1897 gothic horror novel Dracula. Some aspects of the character are believed to have been inspired by the 15th-century Wallachian Prince ...more
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20 12
Lestat de Lioncourt is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest '90s Horror Villains
Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles, Queen of the Damned, Lestat
Lestat de Lioncourt is a fictional character appearing in several novels by Anne Rice, including The Vampire Lestat. He is a vampire who was the narrator and an antihero in the majority of The ...more
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12 6
Pinhead is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest '90s Horror Villains
Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth
Pinhead is a fictional character from Hellraiser 6: Hellseeker.
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15 9
Max Cady is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest '90s Horror Villains
Cape Fear, Cape Fear
Max Cady is a fictional character and the primary antagonist of the John D. MacDonald novel The Executioners. He was portrayed by Robert Mitchum in Cape Fear and Robert De Niro in Martin ...more
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15 9
Charles Lee Ray is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest '90s Horror Villains
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
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16 10
Nancy Downs is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest '90s Horror Villains
The Craft
Nancy Downs is a fictional character from the 1996 film The Craft.
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10 7
Nurse Brenda Bates is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest '90s Horror Villains
Urban Legend
Nurse Brenda Bates is a fictional character from the 2000 film Urban Legends: Final Cut.
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10 8
Xenomorph is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest '90s Horror Villains
Alien Resurrection
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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9 7
John Doe is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest '90s Horror Villains
Seven
John Doe is a fictional character from the 1995 film Seven.
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9 9
Asami Yamazaki is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest '90s Horror Villains
Audition
Asami Yamazaki is a fictional character from the 1999 film Audition.
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8 14
The Leprechaun is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest '90s Horror Villains
Leprechaun
The Leprechaun is a fictional character from the Leprechaun film series.
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4 10
Dr. William Weir is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest '90s Horror Villains
Dr. William Weir Event Horizon
Dr. William Weir is a fictional character from the 1997 film Event Horizon.
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5 14
Tiffany is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest '90s Horror Villains
Bride of Chucky, Seed of Chucky, Curse of Chucky
Tiffany Ray is a murderous doll and the secondary antagonist featured in fourth, fifth, and sixth films in the Child's Play series of horror films, famous for featuring the iconic killer doll ...more
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6 18
Benjamin Willis is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest '90s Horror Villains
I Still Know What You Did Last Summer, I Know What You Did Last Summer
I Know What You Did Last Summer is a 1997 American slasher film based on the 1973 novel of the same name by Lois Duncan. The film changes many aspects of the book, which was not a slasher novel. ...more