In order to pull you in to the atmosphere of any kind of horror, there has to be a villain of some kind. This week at brutal gamer, we will reveal to you some of our most frightening villains of all time.
When the word villain pops up, alot of people think super hero, and their arch-enemy counter-paths, but the truth is anyone or thing could be a villain in the right setting. And what better setting than Halloween to crack out the scary movies and shudder at what terrifies you the most. Here at Brutal Gamer we are not afraid to embrace our fears. This week I have personally, with the help of a few fellow BG’ers, rallied the best (or should I say worst) of the scariest, creepiest villains from horror movies old and new, to bring you the top ten most terrifying horror villains.
At number Ten, is Jason Voorhees, of Friday the 13th. Jason is known for his hockey mask, huge stature, and of course, that giant machete. His strong silences got the atmosphere up for everybody watching from behind their hands.
Number 9 is Ghost Face from Scream, his true identity varied through each film, but that mask still holds terror for many horror fans. And of course that epic line, ‘What’s your favourite scary movie…’
8 on the list is The Firefly Family, if you haven’t seen House of 1000 corpses, you may not of heard of these guys (and girls). But Capitan Spaulding and his motley crew leave little to be desired in the gore ratio of their films.
At 7 is the infamous Michael Myers, Halloween antagonist. With his huge size and silent non-ending brutality, he makes for one heck of a serial killer.
6 is Leatherface, from the Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Based loosely on the real-life Ed Gain murders, Leatherface’s mask and chainsaw are his trademarks that remain unmistakeable to this day.
Coming in at number 5, Samara from The Ring is based on a classic Japenese horror called Ringu. The terrifying story of a video tape that kills you, actually has a tragic murdering little girl behind it.
Number 4 is that notorious clown Pennywise, of the Stephen King classic IT. His big red hair and snarly Teeth leave nothing to the imagination.
At 3, the infamous Freddy Kruger. Here is what Nadia had to say about the knife wielding, burnt out, psychopath.
Nadia – US Staff Writer:
The most scariest villain that I have ever seen in a movie would have to be Freddy Kruger. He really frightens me even to this day. Because of this I have not watched a movie with him in it as an adult, I still don’t have the guts to watch one, and I don’t think that will ever change.
Number 2 goes to the entire cast of the Sam Raimi original Evil Dead. This is what Editor in chief Jason thinks of the cast.
Jason – Editor-in-Chief :
I’m not much for horror movies, never have been. I don’t know why, because I like supernatural themed stuff and comics in particular (BPRD FTW), but I’ve never been what could be described as a horror ‘fan’. All the same though, I’ve seen more than a few horror movies here and there that sat crooked in my mind and ate away at me for a while after viewing them. Most of them though, don’t have a central ‘villain’ that I could name. Event Horizon freaked me out seriously in every way, as did the original Alien (there’s a singular baddie there, I guess), and several lesser known flicks here and there that you’d probably make tons of fun of me over actually being creeped out by. None though, have spooked me as much as the original Evil Dead. Not that there’s any one character that I could name in that movie you understand, but the straight up original Evil Dead from Sam Raimi and it’s demonic deadites was something that I found to be profoundly disturbing. It was definitely over the top and bordered on goofy at times with the levels of gore, but it made me cringe almost all the way through. To this day, I can watch the sequel and Army of Darkness (one of my favourite films of all time) over and over again, but that original… *shudder* …And don’t get me started on the remake.
And in at the top spot is a personal ‘favourite‘ of mine. Number 1 is Ju-on from Ju-On The Grudge.
Kiri – UK staff writer:
Never have I seen a horror film that had me breaking out in a sweat just checking all the rooms before bed than The Grudge, permanently banned from our home, Ju-on will always have that special place in the back of my nightmares. To be fair, it isn’t just her. The little boy from the film, who I have come to name Cat Boy, has also made his appearance once or twice. I think the nature of their presence is what really gets you. That facial expression as they claw at you, or creep at you down the stairs, or hang from the rafters… the unnaturalness of it all is really quite terrifying. It could even just be that awful way her eyes glare right into you, or the way she slinks down the staircase. Either way, I can no longer stand to watch anything with Ju-on type antagonists, the scare factor is just too much.
And there you have it, the top ten as Brutal Gamer brings it to you. We do have a few honourable mentions below that you may agree with (or may not), but either way, leave us a comment and let us know who really gets to you. Who do you imagine creeping up your stairwell at night, and who makes you hide under the covers and wait for daybreak?
Honourable mentions: Norman bates of Psycho, Hannibal Lector of Silence of the Lambs, Stay Puft Marshmallow Man from Ghostbusters.