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The Most Famous Horror Villain From Every State 

Christopher Shultz
February 25, 2020 63.3k views 50 items

Who is the most popular horror villain of all time? The anser to that question is subjective and thus difficult to answer, but we can perhaps definitevely say which horror icons best represent the states from which they hail. There are the heavy hitters, of course: Freddy Krueger, who terrorized the fictional town of Springwood, Ohio; Jason Voorhees, who hails from the watery depths of Camp Crystal Lake in New Jersey; Michael Myers, the terror of Haddonfield, Illinois; and of course, Leatherface, the premier slasher of Texas. Then there are the lesser-known figures, like those seen in the chilling sci-fi/horror film Idaho Transfer, the insidious Catharine from Black Widow, or the vicious Lou Ford from the 1976 version of The Killer Inside Me. Whatever U.S. state you call home, there's a violent murderer, supernatural beast, or undead ghoul waiting to put an end to your life.

Alabama - The Pod People From 'Body Snatchers'
Body Snatchers is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Famous Horror Villain From Every State
Photo: Warner Bros.

Body Snatchers is a 1993 American science fiction horror film loosely based on the 1955 novel The Body Snatchers by Jack Finney. The film was directed by Abel Ferrara, starring Gabrielle Anwar, Billy Wirth, Terry Kinney, Meg Tilly, Christine Elise, R. Lee Ermey and Forest Whitaker. Body Snatchers is the third film adaptation of Finney's novel, the first adaptation being Invasion of the Body Snatchers in 1956, followed by a remake of the same name in 1978. The plot revolves around the discovery that people working at a military base in Alabama are being replaced by perfect physical imitations grown from plant-like pods. The duplicates are indistinguishable from normal people except for their ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Forest Whitaker, Gabrielle Anwar, R. Lee Ermey, Meg Tilly, Marty Lyons, + more

Released: 1993

Directed by: Abel Ferrara

30 Days of Night is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Famous Horror Villain From Every State
Photo: Columbia Pictures

For centuries, vampires have stayed in the dark, forced to hide each morning or else be destroyed by the burning power of the sun. But in Columbia Pictures' 30 Days of Night, based on the groundbreaking graphic novel, that's all about to change. Not your parents' vampires, these are eating machines, built for one purpose -- to devour human beings -- and only daylight can stop them... which is why they target the remote, isolated town of Barrow, Alaska, which each winter is plunged into a state of complete darkness that lasts 30 days. The cunning, bloodthirsty vampires, relishing in a month of free rein, are set to take advantage, feeding on the helpless residents. ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Josh Hartnett, Melissa George, Ben Foster, Manu Bennett, Danny Huston, + more

Released: 2007

Directed by: David Slade

Psycho is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Famous Horror Villain From Every State
Photo: Paramount Pictures

Psycho is a 1960 American horror film directed by Alfred Hitchcock. The film centers on an encounter between a secretary, Marion Crane, who ends up at a secluded motel after taking money from her employer, and the motel's owner-manager, Norman Bates, and its aftermath. ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Alfred Hitchcock, Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins, Vera Miles, Martin Balsam, + more

Released: 1960

Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock

The Legend of Boggy Cree... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Famous Horror Villain From Every State
Photo: Howco International Pictures

The Legend of Boggy Creek is a 1972 horror docudrama about the "Fouke Monster," a Bigfoot-type creature that has been seen in and around Fouke, Arkansas since the 1950s. The film mixes staged interviews with some local residents who claim to have encountered the creature, along with fictitious reenactments of said encounters. Charles B. Pierce, an advertising salesman from Texarkana on the Arkansas/Texas border, borrowed over $100,000 from a local trucking company, used an old 35mm movie camera and hired locals to help make the 90-minute film. The film has generated approximately $20 million in box office revenue and is available on DVD. ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Jeff Crabtree, Willie E. Smith

Released: 1972

Directed by: Charles B. Pierce