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Wes Craven's Best Horror Characters

Updated May 22, 2019 844 votes 67 voters22 items

List RulesVote 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!

  • Ghostface1
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    Ghostface

    Scream 3, Scream 4
    The Voice is a fictional character in the 1997 horror film Scream 2.

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  • Freddy Krueger2
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    Freddy Krueger

    A Nightmare on Elm Street Franchise
    Fred "Freddy" Krueger is the main antagonist of the A Nightmare on Elm Street film series. He... more on Wikipedia

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  • Dwight 'Dewey' Riley3
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    Dwight 'Dewey' Riley

    Scream 3, Scream 4
    Dwight "Dewey" Riley is the deputy sheriff in Woodsboro, the brother of Tatum Riley and friend...
  • Sidney Prescott4
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    8

    Sidney Prescott

    Scream 3, Scream 4
    Sidney Prescott is a fictional character and the primary protagonist of the Scream series. The... more on Wikipedia
  • Billy Loomis5
    42
    8
    Billy Loomis is a Woodsboro teenager, the boyfriend of Sidney Prescott and an avid fan of...
  • Ellie Myers6
    41
    11

    Ellie Myers

    Cursed
    Ellie Myers is a fictional character from the 2005 film Cursed.
  • Randy Meeks7
    39
    10

    Randy Meeks

    Scream 3, Scream 2
    Randy Meeks is a fictional character in the 1997 horror film Scream 2.
  • Jackson Rippner8
    38
    11
    Jackson Rippner is a fictional character from the 2005 film Red Eye.
  • Krug Stillo9
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    9

    Krug Stillo

    The Last House on the Left
    Krug Stillo, commonly referred to simply as Krug, is the main antagonist in the 1972 horror... more on Wikipedia
  • Stu Macher10
    27
    8

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  • Pluto11
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    11

    Pluto

    The Hills Have Eyes
    Pluto is one of the more imposing of the mutants, being extremely large in size and... more on Wikipedia
  • Papa Jupiter12
    24
    11

    Papa Jupiter

    The Hills Have Eyes
  • Fred 'Weasel' Podowski13
    20
    9

    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.
  • Gale Weathers14
    15
    4

    Gale Weathers

    Scream 3, Scream
    Gale Weathers is a fictional character in the 1997 horror film Scream 2.
  • Mickey Altieri15
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    11

    Mickey Altieri

    Scream 2
    Mickey Altieri is a fictional character in the 1997 horror film Scream 2.
  • Det. Rita Veder16
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    10

    Det. Rita Veder

    Vampire in Brooklyn
    Det. Rita Veder is a fictional character in the 1995 comedy horror romance film Vampire in...
  • Cotton Weary17
    16
    10

    Cotton Weary

    Scream 3, Scream
    Cotton Weary is the original suspect in the rape and murder of Maureen Prescott, the mother of...
  • Heather Langenkamp18
    14
    7

    Heather Langenkamp

    Wes Craven's New Nightmare
    Heather Langenkamp is a fictional character from the 1994 film Wes Craven's New Nightmare.
  • Maureen Evans19
    14
    9

    Maureen Evans

    Scream 2
    Maureen Evans and her boyfriend Phil Stevens are students at Windsor college. They attend a...
  • Jake Taylor20
    12
    8

    Jake Taylor

    Cursed
    Jake Taylor is a fictional character from the 2005 film Cursed.
  • The Ripper21
    12
    9

    The Ripper

    My Soul to Take
    The Ripper is a fictional character in the 2010 film My Soul to Take.
  • Jimmy Myers22
    8
    7

    Jimmy Myers

    Cursed
    Jimmy Myers is a fictional character from the 2005 film Cursed.