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The Scariest Masked Killers In Horror Movies 

Jason Bancroft
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List Rules Vote 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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Michael Myers is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Scariest Masked Killers In Horror Movies

Movie: Halloween franchise

2
Jason Voorhees is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Scariest Masked Killers In Horror Movies

Movie: Friday the 13th franchise

3
Leatherface is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Scariest Masked Killers In Horror Movies

Movie: Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise

4
The Strangers is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Scariest Masked Killers In Horror Movies
The Strangers

Movie: The Strangers, The Strangers Prey at Night

5
Hannibal Lecter is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Scariest Masked Killers In Horror Movies

Movie: Hannibal Lecter franchise

6
Predator is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Scariest Masked Killers In Horror Movies

Movie: Predator franchise

7
Sam is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Scariest Masked Killers In Horror Movies
Sam

Movie: Trick 'r Treat

8
Tomás is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Scariest Masked Killers In Horror Movies
Tomás

Movie: The Orphanage

9
Purge Participants is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Scariest Masked Killers In Horror Movies
Purge Participants

Movie: The Purge franchise

10
Ghostface is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Scariest Masked Killers In Horror Movies

Movie: Scream franchise

11
Frank The Bunny is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Scariest Masked Killers In Horror Movies
Frank The Bunny

Movie: Donnie Darko

12
Smiley is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Scariest Masked Killers In Horror Movies
Smiley

Movie: Smiley

13
Dr. Decker is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Scariest Masked Killers In Horror Movies
Dr. Decker

Movie: Nightbreed

14
Jigsaw's Pig Mask is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Scariest Masked Killers In Horror Movies
Jigsaw's Pig Mask

Movie: Saw franchise

15
The Collector is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Scariest Masked Killers In Horror Movies

Movie: The Collector

16
The Phantom Killer is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Scariest Masked Killers In Horror Movies
The Phantom Killer

Movie: The Town That Dreaded Sundown

17
Pluto (The Tethered) is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Scariest Masked Killers In Horror Movies
Pluto (The Tethered)

Movie: Us

18
Satan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Scariest Masked Killers In Horror Movies
Satan

Movie: Satan's Little Helper

19
Harry Warden is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Scariest Masked Killers In Horror Movies

Movie: My Bloody Valentine

20
Leslie Vernon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Scariest Masked Killers In Horror Movies

Movie: Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon

21
Baby Face is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Scariest Masked Killers In Horror Movies
Baby Face

Movie: Happy Death Day, Happy Death Day 2U

22
Animal Masks is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Scariest Masked Killers In Horror Movies
Animal Masks

Movie: You're Next

23
Alice is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Scariest Masked Killers In Horror Movies
Alice

Movie: Sweet Alice

24
Cupid is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Scariest Masked Killers In Horror Movies
Cupid

Movie: Valentine

25
Francis Dolarhyde (The T... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Scariest Masked Killers In Horror Movies
Francis Dolarhyde (The Tooth Fairy)

Movie: Red Dragon