The second edition of “Top 10” is going to list the Top 10 Horror Movie Killers of all time!
Last week, I wrote about the top 10 iPhone Games for 2012, and this week I am going to write about the most effective and creative horror movie killers.
#10 – PennyWise (from the movie ‘IT’)
The fierce murderer from Stephen King’s “IT” shows it’s ugly clown face in this top 10 list. Portrayed by Tim Curry, Pennywise (also known as ‘It’ and ‘Bob Gray’) attracts children and other vicims with his clown makeup and kills them. He has a variety of special powers, which include shape-shifting, partial invisibility and quick-regeneration. Pennywise takes on many different forms throughout the movie (and novel), the most common being Pennywise the Dancing Clown. I don’t know about you, but personally, I find clowns quite intimidating, so even looking at the picture kind of scares me.
#9 – Bruce (from the movie ‘Jaws’)
Who doesn’t remember the killer shark from the classic 1975 film, Jaws? He went on to make sequels which scared crowds all the same. Jaws is known as the first ever “blockbuster”, as people lined up around the block to see this movie. The main enemy in the movie ‘Jaws’ is a Great White Shark nicknamed ‘Bruce’. He wreaks havoc upon the small town on Amity Island. Throughout the film, the main character (and chief police officer), Brody, tries to keep the town safe from the killer shark by abandoning his daily duties and travelling out on an epic journey to kill the shark. Jaws also has one of the best movie scores of all time (which might make it to a future Top 10). Personally, Jaws did not scare me too much, but there were certainly some scenes that might give some of you wimps a fright!
#8 – PinHead (from ‘Hellraiser’)
Pinhead is a fictional character from the Hellraiser series. Created by Clive Barker and portrayed by Doug Bradley, Pinhead is a prominent figure in the series, mostly featured as the main antagonist. Pinhead is the leader of the Cenobites, formerly human creatures from an extra-dimensional realm who travel to Earth through the Lament Configuration, and harvest human souls. Depicted as intelligent and articulate, the character was deliberately presented as a departure from the mute or wise-cracking 1980s horror movie villains who preceded him, being based more on Count Dracula.
#7 – Chucky (from ‘Child’s Play’)
A child’s toy turning on them and a murderous killer – what an excellent idea for a horror movie. That is what ‘Child’s Play’ is about. Chucky was given life by a voodoo practitioner and found by a homeless person. The doll was sold to a family and given to a boy for his birthday present. The doll brutally kills many people throughout the series. The ‘legend’ of Chucky has gone on to make many sequels, including another one coming in 2013 – ‘Curse of Chucky’.
#6 – JigSaw (from ‘Saw’)
Jigsaw is the mysterious people who kidnaps and kills people – for their own good? After John Kramer is diagnosed with colon cancer, he attempts to commit suicide, but fails – surviving the attack. He then begins his work to kill people who waste their lives, literally “saving them from themselves”. According to the trailer, JigSaw is not an official murderer, he finds ways for his victims to kill themselves, trapping them in traumatising situations. Personally, I found Saw extremely scary, and recommend you watch it.
#5 – Ghost-face (from ‘Scream’)
The ghostface costume is a costume worn by the main antagonists of the film ‘Scream’. Ghostface's first cinematic appearance was in Scream, where the identity was used by a killer stalking the fictional town of Woodsboro. After the killing spree begins, Sidney Prescott begins receiving taunting and threatening phone calls from Ghostface who claims knowledge of her mother Maureen Prescott's brutal rape and murder, one year prior to the events of the film; a murder that was blamed on Cotton Weary. The Ghostface disguise allows suspicion to fall on many people, including Sidney's boyfriend, Billy Loomis; her father, Neil Prescott; her friend, Randy Meeks; and her schoolmate, Stu Macher.
#4 – LeatherFace (from ‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre’)
LeatherFace is the main antagonist from the film ‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ and all its sequels. He wears a mask made of human skin, hence his name ‘LeatherFace’. He engages in murder and cannibalism with his close family/relatives. By many, he is considered to be the first villain in a slasher film. Apparently, LeatherFace is completely under the control of his family – he will do whatever they want when they want it. To some, he is a “big baby”, as he kills because he is scared – for self-defense.
#3 – Jason Voorhees (from ‘Friday the 13th’)
Jason Voorhees was an antagonist in the film ‘Friday the 13th’. His mother was known as Mrs. Voorhees in the film. This film was so good that it a sequel was made which included Freddie Krueger (from Nightmare on Elm Street). The film’s name was ‘Freddie vs. Jason’. The character has primarily been an antagonist in the films, whether by stalking and killing the characters, or acting as a psychological threat to the lead character, as is the case in Friday the 13th: A New Beginning. Since Lehman's portrayal, the character has been represented by numerous actors and stuntmen, sometimes by more than one at a time; this has caused some controversy as to who should receive credit for the portrayal.
#2 – Michael Myers (from ‘Halloween’)
Michael Myers was the fictional antagonist from the movie ‘Halloween’. At the age of six, Michael killed his sister on Halloween. Many years later, he returns home to murder more teenagers, firstly targeting a teenage babysitter on Halloween, while his psychiatrist looks for him. Towards the end, his psychiatrist shoots Michael numerous times in the chest, and he appears to fall off the second-floor balcony. But when they go to search for his body, they cannot find it. It turns out that the babysitter is Michael’s younger sister, who has been transported to hospital after her ordeal. Michael’s psychiatrist sets off an explosion in the operating theatre, which kills him and Michael, but lets the Michael’s sister escape.
#1 – Freddie Krueger (from ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’)
Freddie Krueger – the ‘dream-killer’. Don’t fall asleep, or Freddie will get you! In this horrifying film, the antagonist Freddie Krueger chases the teenagers who live on Elm Street, after he finds that their parents killed him. Freddie takes his revenge out on their kids. When their kids lie asleep, dreaming peacefully, Freddie appears into their dreams. When Freddie kills them in their dreams, they are killed in real life as well. This is an extremely scary horror movie, and it has gone on to inspire many sequels. I forget how many sometimes, is it nine? Anyway, nothing can beat Freddie Krueger – the ‘dream-killer’.