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The Most Terrifying Figures In Horror With The Lowest Kill Counts

Updated June 14, 2021 661 votes 84 voters 1.9k views16 items

List RulesVote up the villains who should have tried harder.

Horror movie villains like Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees are often remembered for their high body counts in addition to being utterly terrifying. That said, some of the most infamous villains in the horror genre have surprisingly low kill counts to their credit. A few don't even commit murder but still manage to keep everyone up at night. If you judge villains based solely on their body count, does that mean Samara from The Ring is scarier than Frankenstein's monster? Hmm.

This list features infamous villains in horror movie history who happen to have the lowest body counts. The numbers might surprise you, but that doesn't make these characters any less formidable. Vote up the ones you think could have tried just a little harder at their job.

  • Photo: Alien / 20th Century Fox

    Movie: Alien

    Body Count: 5

    Xenomorph manages to wipe out nearly the entire crew of the Nostromo before being slain by Ripley (Sigourney Weaver), who narrowly escapes termination herself. Xenomorph doesn't get its last kill in, but you probably have the image of it bursting through Kane's (John Hurt) chest permanently burned into your memories. At least it wasn't able to take out Jones the cat.

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  • Photo: Frankenstein / Universal Pictures

    Movie: Frankenstein (1931)

    Body Count: 1

    Although he makes for a frightening figure, Frankenstein's Monster is a mostly docile creature who escapes from Dr. Frankenstein's castle after being scared by fire. The Monster befriends a young girl whom he kills - not on purpose, but because he thinks she will float when he hurls her into the water using his superhuman strength. Everyone hates the Monster, but no one ever seems to blame Dr. Frankenstein for making him.

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  • Photo: The Mummy / Universal Pictures

    Movie: The Mummy (1932)

    Body Count: 1

    Imhotep the mummy terrified audiences when he first appeared on the silver screen, but his body count before being turned to dust comes in at just one. Imhotep masquerading as Ardeth Bay uses his mystical powers to murder Sir Joseph when he attempts to burn the Scroll of Thoth. Imhotep does try his best to murder Helen so he can make her immortal, but the gods are not on his side.

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  • Photo: Creature from the Black Lagoon / Universal Pictures

    Movie: Creature from the Black Lagoon

    Body Count: 5

    Even though he has no facial expression, Gill-man nevertheless horrified 1950s moviegoers in stunning 3D. Gill-man uses his massive webbed claws to maul five members of an expedition team as he attempts to kidnap the film's hero, Kay Lawrence. He is seemingly defeated at the end of the movie after being fired at multiple times, but any horror buff knows that this would be far from the monster's last appearance on the big screen.

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