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Wes Craven's Best Horror Characters 

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Updated May 22, 2019 535 votes 55 voters 22 items

List Rules Vote up Craven's most memorable and original horror movie characters.

Get ready for a scream as we rank Wes Craven’s all-time best characters. We're not lying when we say Craven was the undisputed master of horror for decades. He had a knack for focusing on the victims who were in the most trouble when they should have felt their safest. Think about it: Freddy Kruger attacked you in your dreams, Ghostface always turned out to be a trusted person of Sydney Prescott, and the mutants in The Hills Have Eyes went after a family on vacation.

The protagonists should be leading normal, happy lives, but these gruesome villains seem to ruin those lives pretty much right as the movies start. Which character do you think made the biggest impact in horror? Vote up your top picks for Wes Craven’s best horror characters, and feel free to add any character you feel is missing from the list!

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Ghostface is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Wes Craven's Best Horror Characters
Scream 3, Scream 4, Scream
The Voice is a fictional character in the 1997 horror film Scream 2.

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Freddy Krueger is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Wes Craven's Best Horror Characters
A Nightmare on Elm Street Franchise
Fred "Freddy" Krueger is the main antagonist of the A Nightmare on Elm Street film series. He first appeared in Wes Craven's A Nightmare on Elm Street as a burnt serial killer who uses ...more

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Dwight 'Dewey' Riley is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Wes Craven's Best Horror Characters
Dwight 'Dewey' Riley Scream 3, Scream 4, Scream
Dwight "Dewey" Riley is the deputy sheriff in Woodsboro, the brother of Tatum Riley and friend of Sidney Prescott. After a series of murders occur he helps lead the investigation while ...more
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Ellie Myers is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Wes Craven's Best Horror Characters
Ellie Myers Cursed
Ellie Myers is a fictional character from the 2005 film Cursed.
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Randy Meeks is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Wes Craven's Best Horror Characters
Scream 3, Scream 2, Scream
Randy Meeks is a fictional character in the 1997 horror film Scream 2.
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Sidney Prescott is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Wes Craven's Best Horror Characters
Scream 3, Scream 4, Scream
Sidney Prescott is a fictional character and the primary protagonist of the Scream series. The character was created by Kevin Williamson and Wes Craven and is portrayed by Canadian actress Neve ...more

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Billy Loomis is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Wes Craven's Best Horror Characters
Scream
Billy Loomis is a Woodsboro teenager, the boyfriend of Sidney Prescott and an avid fan of horror films. When a series of murders occur, Billy becomes a suspect after he is found at Sidney's ...more
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Jackson Rippner is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Wes Craven's Best Horror Characters
Red Eye
Jackson Rippner is a fictional character from the 2005 film Red Eye.
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Krug Stillo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Wes Craven's Best Horror Characters
The Last House on the Left
Krug Stillo, commonly referred to simply as Krug, is the main antagonist in the 1972 horror film "The Last House On The Left" and the 2009 remake.
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Stu Macher is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Wes Craven's Best Horror Characters
Scream
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Pluto is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Wes Craven's Best Horror Characters
The Hills Have Eyes
Pluto is one of the more imposing of the mutants, being extremely large in size and exceptionally strong, shown to be capable of lifting and throwing a fully grown adult with one arm.
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Papa Jupiter is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Wes Craven's Best Horror Characters
The Hills Have Eyes
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Cotton Weary is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Wes Craven's Best Horror Characters
Scream 3, Scream, Scream 2
Cotton Weary is the original suspect in the rape and murder of Maureen Prescott, the mother of Sidney Prescott. He was identified by Sidney who saw someone she believed to be Cotton leaving her ...more
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Mickey Altieri is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Wes Craven's Best Horror Characters
Mickey Altieri Scream 2
Mickey Altieri is a fictional character in the 1997 horror film Scream 2.
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Fred 'Weasel' Podowski ... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Wes Craven's Best Horror Characters
Fred 'Weasel' Podowski The Last House on the Left
Fred 'Weasel' Podowski is a fictional character in the 1972 film The Last House on the Left.
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Det. Rita Veder is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Wes Craven's Best Horror Characters
Det. Rita Veder Vampire in Brooklyn
Det. Rita Veder is a fictional character in the 1995 comedy horror romance film Vampire in Brooklyn.
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Gale Weathers is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Wes Craven's Best Horror Characters
Scream 3, Scream, Scream 2
Gale Weathers is a fictional character in the 1997 horror film Scream 2.
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Jake Taylor is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Wes Craven's Best Horror Characters
Jake Taylor Cursed
Jake Taylor is a fictional character from the 2005 film Cursed.
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Heather Langenkamp is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Wes Craven's Best Horror Characters
Heather Langenkamp Wes Craven's New Nightmare
Heather Langenkamp is a fictional character from the 1994 film Wes Craven's New Nightmare.
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Maureen Evans is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Wes Craven's Best Horror Characters
Maureen Evans Scream 2
Maureen Evans and her boyfriend Phil Stevens are students at Windsor college. They attend a sneak preview of the film "Stab", during which Phil goes to the bathroom and hears strange ...more
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The Ripper is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Wes Craven's Best Horror Characters
The Ripper My Soul to Take
The Ripper is a fictional character in the 2010 film My Soul to Take.
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Jimmy Myers is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Wes Craven's Best Horror Characters
Jimmy Myers Cursed
Jimmy Myers is a fictional character from the 2005 film Cursed.