Spooky season is upon us and with the upcoming release of Halloween Ends, the Bitesize crew has put their brains together to compile Bitesize Breakdown's consensus Top Five Horror Villains.
Each writer ranks his or her top 15 characters in the category. Those lists are then weighted on a reverse point system. After all the points are tallied up, the entries with the most total points make up the Bitesize Top Five.
5. SAM (TRICK 'R TREAT)
Sam has become an iconic character for Halloween as Trick 'r Treat is one of the biggest cult films of the season. The comeuppance he delivers to those who break the rules of Halloween is carried out with his own brand of violence, which is all the more unsettling because of his childlike appearance... at least until he removes his mask. Let's hope the long rumoured sequel comes to fruition because we definitely need more Sam. - Nick
4. THE THING
The Thing is director John Carpenter’s creature feature masterpiece, and the reason The Thing is so terrifying as a character is its mystery. The suspense and terror this horrifying alien parasite presents while watching is rooted in little more than paranoia. At first, you’re not even sure who or what The Thing is, but when it reveals itself in its frightening forms, you’re in for an unsettling ride. I’d advise getting your wits and flamethrowers ready because the unforgettable creature design crafted by Rob Bottin is bloody petrifying! - Paige
3. CHUCKY (CHILD'S PLAY)
Chucky has been active for more than 30 years and gone through multiple redesigns, but at the end of the day, he’s always been the vessel for serial killer Charles Lee Ray. A killer whose motivations have evolved with every new piece of lore, he remains one of the most interesting and multifaceted horror icons out there while still being a sadistic and truly evil character. He’s got the iconic look, laugh, and family, making him the most underrated horror killer by far. - Joseph
2. MICHAEL MYERS (HALLOWEEN)
Michael Myers is the epitome of pure evil. While it’s not totally clear if Myers borders on the supernatural, by all accounts, he is just a human being…a human who kills for the sake of killing. No rhyme or reason to his murder sprees, he has haunted the town of Haddonfield through 25 years of Halloween films, properly freaking us out with his iconic look and sheer brutality. He’s a silent killer you’d be foolish not to be freaked out by. - Adriano
1. FREDDY KRUEGER (A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET)
Through seven original franchise movies, a television show, a pseudo-spinoff, and a reboot, Freddy Krueger, in both his most horrific and humorously sadistic forms, has always been, quite literally, the stuff nightmares are made of. “The Son of 100 Maniacs” turned child predator is nearly inescapable because everyone falls asleep eventually, and he blurs the line between dreams and reality until it’s too late. With his incredibly dark backstory, iconic glove, tattered sweater, and wide-brimmed hat, he is an inevitable death for the children of Springwood. One, two, Freddy’s coming for you? …goddamn right he is. - Quentin
Photo Credits: Photo 1 - Legendary Pictures; Photo 2 , 4 - Universal Pictures; Photo 3 - Syfy; Photo 5 - New Line Cinema