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The Scariest Masked Killers In Horror Movies

Updated December 5, 2019 3.7k votes 291 voters 5.0k views30 items

List RulesVote up your all-time favorite masked villains.

Masked killers have always been a cornerstone of horror movies. From Michael Myers to Ghostface, some of the scariest horror villains are known for hiding behind their equally eerie masks. But while masked villains definitely saw their stock rise in the mid-to-late ‘80s with terrifying franchises like Friday the 13th and Halloween, sometimes the scariest masked killers don't look scary at all - at least not at first glance.

Do you think the baby mask from Happy Death Day is particularly scary? Creepy, sure, but probably not outright terrifying. But that’s the trick - by juxtaposing seemingly ordinary masks with the villain's nefarious deeds, the character becomes infinitely more terrifying. Those bright blue eyes become instantly scarier once you realize the evil that lurks behind them.

Which masked killer do you think is the scariest? Be sure to vote up your favorite masked villain so readers can see who is the most terrifying of all. And if your favorite horror movie masked villain is missing, add them below.

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    Jason Voorhees

    Movie: Friday the 13th franchise

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  • 2
    Michael Myers

    Movie: Halloween franchise

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  • 3
    Leatherface

    Movie: Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise

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  • 4
    The Strangers
    144
    68

    The Strangers

    Movie: The Strangers, The Strangers Prey at Night

  • 5
    Jigsaw's Pig Mask
    94
    52

    Jigsaw's Pig Mask

    Movie: Saw franchise

  • 6
    Hannibal Lecter

    Movie: Hannibal Lecter franchise

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  • 7
    Ghostface

    Movie: Scream franchise

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  • 8
    Tomás
    68
    42

    Tomás

    Movie: The Orphanage

  • 9
    Smiley
    74
    50

    Smiley

    Movie: Smiley

  • 10
    Purge Participants
    88
    67

    Purge Participants

    Movie: The Purge franchise

  • 11
    Sam
    74
    54

    Sam

    Movie: Trick 'r Treat

  • 12
    Predator

    Movie: Predator franchise

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  • 13
    Frank The Bunny
    70
    57

    Frank The Bunny

    Movie: Donnie Darko

  • 14
    The Collector

    Movie: The Collector

  • 15
    Dr. Decker
    51
    41

    Dr. Decker

    Movie: Nightbreed

  • 16
    Pluto (The Tethered)
    48
    55

    Pluto (The Tethered)

    Movie: Us

  • 17
    The Miner

    Movie: My Bloody Valentine

  • 18
    Animal Masks
    47
    57

    Animal Masks

    Movie: You're Next

  • 19
    The Phantom Killer
    44
    55

    The Phantom Killer

    Movie: The Town That Dreaded Sundown

  • 20
    Leslie Vernon

    Movie: Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon

  • 21
    Baby Face
    47
    68

    Baby Face

    Movie: Happy Death Day, Happy Death Day 2U

  • 22
    Satan
    31
    52

    Satan

    Movie: Satan's Little Helper

  • 23
    Sam
    25
    48

    Sam

    Movie: You Might Be the Killer

  • 24
    Alice
    24
    47

    Alice

    Movie: Sweet Alice

  • 25
    Francis Dolarhyde (The Tooth Fairy)
    28
    62

    Francis Dolarhyde (The Tooth Fairy)

    Movie: Red Dragon