Graveyard Shift The Best Characters In Slasher Movies  

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List Rules Vote up the greatest characters in slasher films.

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!

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67 12
Michael Myers is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Characters In Slasher Movies
Halloween Series
2
63 13
Jason Voorhees is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Characters In Slasher Movies
Friday the 13th: A New Beginning, Friday the 13th, Friday the 13th Part 2
3
56 12
Freddy Krueger is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Characters In Slasher Movies
Freddy's Nightmares, Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare, A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge
4
49 15
Laurie Strode is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Characters In Slasher Movies
Halloween, Halloween III, Halloween II
5
41 11
Ghostface is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Characters In Slasher Movies
Scream 3, Scream 4, Scream
6
44 14
Leatherface is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Characters In Slasher Movies
Boogeymen: The Killer Compilation, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning
7
37 15
Chucky viano is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Characters In Slasher Movies
Child's Play, Seed of Chucky, Bride of Chucky
8
36 15
Norman Bates is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Characters In Slasher Movies
Bates Motel, Psycho, Psycho
9
36 16
Jigsaw is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Characters In Slasher Movies
Saw, Saw VII, Saw II
10
24 8
Sidney Prescott is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Characters In Slasher Movies
Scream 3, Scream 4, Scream
11
27 11
Nancy Thompson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Characters In Slasher Movies
A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, A Nightmare on Elm Street
12
28 14
Pinhead is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Characters In Slasher Movies
Boogeymen: The Killer Compilation, Hellraiser: Inferno, Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth
13
28 14
Tommy Jarvis is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Characters In Slasher Movies
Friday the 13th: A New Beginning, Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives, Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter
14
21 8
Gale Weathers is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Characters In Slasher Movies
Scream 3, Scream, Scream 2
15
21 11
Billy Loomis is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Characters In Slasher Movies
Scream
16
21 12
Marion Crane is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Characters In Slasher Movies
Psycho, Psycho
17
22 13
Buffalo Bill is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Characters In Slasher Movies
The Silence of the Lambs, Silence! The Musical
18
22 15
Count Dracula is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Characters In Slasher Movies
Dracula, Dracula Has Risen from the Grave, Dracula
19
14 8
Andy Barclay is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Characters In Slasher Movies
Child's Play 3, Curse of Chucky, Child's Play
20
16 16
Harry Warden is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Characters In Slasher Movies
My Bloody Valentine
21
13 16
Sally Hardesty is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Characters In Slasher Movies
Boogeymen: The Killer Compilation, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
22
13 16
Patrick Bateman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Characters In Slasher Movies
American Psycho 2, American Psycho
23
9 13
Amanda Young is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Characters In Slasher Movies
Saw VI, Saw IV, Saw III
24
8 16
The Tall Man is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Characters In Slasher Movies
Phantasm, Phantasm II, Phantasm IV: Oblivion
25
5 18
Suzy Bannion is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Characters In Slasher Movies
Suzy Bannion Suspiria