All of the best slasher movies understand one simple rule: it's the characters that make a film great. No matter how many chases through a cornfield with a chainsaw, skinny dipping sessions with attractive lovers, or scenes where people decide to inexplicably "split up," a slasher movie rarely hits its mark if the characters don't resonate with the audience.
Slasher movies have been around in their current form since the '80s, and they really haven't changed much since. But as their legacies have come and gone, what's remained is the iconic characters that they've left behind - whether they're the ones doing the slashing or the ones getting slashed.
These slasher characters are more than the screaming blonde teenagers or the mindless knife-wielding maniacs that the worst slasher movies have in spades. It's the great characters that are equal parts stupid, funny, fearless, maniacal, and cowardly. Whether you're a Voorhees or a Myers fan, there's no denying that it's the characters in slasher movies that keep us all coming back for more.
So slap on a bathing suit, ignore the no swimming past dark signs, and vote up the best slasher characters. And if your personal favorite character(s) is missing, add them to the list!
Appears In: Halloween Series
Played By: Chase Wright Vanek, George P. Wilbur, Tyler Mane, Don Shanks, Brad Loree, + more
Appears In: Friday the 13th: A New Beginning, Friday the 13th, Friday the 13th Part 2, Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood, Friday the 13th Part 3: 3D, + more
Played By: Derek Mears, Ken Kirzinger, Ari Lehman, Kane Hodder
Appears In: Freddy's Nightmares, Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare, A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge, Freddy vs. Jason, A Nightmare on Elm Street, + more
Played By: Robert Englund, Robert Englund, Tobe Sexton, Jackie Earle Haley, Chason Schirmer
Appears In: Boogeymen: The Killer Compilation, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Texas Chainsaw 3D
Played By: Gunnar Hansen, Dan Yeager, Andrew Bryniarski