25 Ghastly Characters You Wouldn’t Want To Meet In Real Life

Posted by , Updated on November 7, 2022

Aside from their hair-raising story lines, among the many things that make horror movies interesting to watch is their characters. Some of the scariest characters in the history of horror films were so unforgettably bloodcurdling that they even haunted people in their sleep. The good news is that these characters are made up. But can you image if they weren’t? Here is a list of 25 Ghastly Characters You Wouldn’t Want To Meet In Real Life.


Sadako Yamamura

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Sadako Yamamura, more commonly known as Sadako, was the antagonist in the 1998 hit Japanese horror movie entitled The Ring. She also appeared as the antagonist in other horror movies such as Rasen. The character also starred in the movie Ring 0: Birthday. In the original movie, Sadako was portrayed as a quasi-oceanic demigod who was the daughter of some oceanic based entity.


Grand High Witch

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The Grand High Witch first appeared in the movie The Witches and was introduced as the leader of all the witches on Planet Earth. She was the main antagonist in Roald Dahl’s The Witches and was described as a merciless witch who traveled around the world to proclaim the ultimate mission of witches: to destroy children.


Freddy Krueger

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Frederick Charles Krueger, more commonly known as Freddy, was the main antagonist in the movie series A Nightmare on Elm Street. His character was a disfigured serial killer who killed his victims in their dreams by making use of his glove armed with razors. A powerful force, Freddy was totally invulnerable to damage from conventional weapons.


The Child Catcher

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The Child Catcher was first introduced in the movie Chitty Chitty Bang Bang in 1968. He was the supporting antagonist in the movie and in the stage musical adaptation of the film. Created by Roald Dahl, his character was employed by the Bomburst couple to snatch and imprison children in Vulgaria.




In the Hellraiser movie series, Pinhead was the main antagonist who was also the leader of the Cenobites, a group of former human creatures from an extra-dimensional realm who traveled to planet Earth to harvest human souls. His character was depicted as intelligent and articulate. Critics of the movie likened him to Count Dracula because his character was presented as a departure from wise-cracking horror movie villains.


Michael Myers

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From the movie series Halloween; Michael Myers first appeared in 1978 in the movie directed by John Carpenter, where he was portrayed as a young boy who murdered his older sister then returned home fifteen years later to kill more teenagers in his town.




The main villain in the movie Child’s Play, Charless Lee Ray or Chucky first appeared in the movie as “The Lakeshore Strangler.” He was portrayed as a notorious serial killer whose spirit inhabited a doll and persistently tried to transfer his soul from the Good Guy Doll to the body of a boy named Andy Barclay.




In the movie series Alien, Xenomorph was a fictional endo-parasitoid extraterrestrial creature who was vaguely bipedal in form and adopted a hunched, quadrupedal stance when walking or running. This character made its debut in 1979 and reappeared in the 1986, 1992 and 1997 sequels of the movie Aliens.




Leatherface was the main antagonist in the film series Texas Chainsaw Massacre and its spin-offs. In the movie, his character wore a mask made of human skin and engaged in murder and cannibalism. It is believed that the inspiration for the character was serial killer Ed Gein of Wisconsin, who also wore a mask made of human skin.




Also known as The Jigsaw Killer, Jigsaw was the main villain in the Saw franchise and was portrayed by American actor Tobin Bell. His character was a former dying man with an inoperable frontal lobe tumor who forced other people to appreciate their own lives by testing their will to live through self-sacrifice.


Max Cady

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In the film Cape Fear, Max Cady was portrayed by American actor Robert Mitchum and served as the primary antagonist in the movie. He was portrayed as a criminal who had an obsessive grudge against the lawyer who sent him to prison for rape.


Pennywise the Clown

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In the movie “It”, Pennywise the Clown was a mysterious entity who preyed on the children of Derry every three decades. It had many supernatural powers, including the power to shape shift into a form that induced fear while killing his victims. He normally took the form of a fanged clown and called himself ‘Pennywise the Dancing Clown.”


Hannibal Lecter

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Hannibal Lecter was first introduced in 1981 as the main antagonist in the movie The Silence of the Lambs. Played by actor Anthony Hopkins, Hannibal Lecter was a brilliant psychiatrist and a cannibalistic serial killer. In the third installation of the movie, he was portrayed as an antihero who later became a protagonist.


Jason Voorhees

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Jason Voorhees first appeared in the Friday the 13th movie and was portrayed as the young son of camp cook and murderer, Mrs. Voorhees. He was the main antagonist in the film who either stalked and killed characters in the movie or acted as a psychological threat to the lead character.


Damien Thorn

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The main character and antagonist in the movie Omen, Damien Thorn was portrayed as the Anarchist and Son of the Devil. In the movie, he was born at 6:00 AM in Vatican City on June 6 with the 666 mark on his body. In the novelization of the first movie, it was told that his character had no fingerprints and that he was unaware that he was the Son of the Devil.


Norman Bates

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A character created by writer Robert Block, Norman Bates was the primary antagonist of the movie Norman Bate and was a character inspired by serial killer Ed Gein. In the movie, he killed his mother and lover because of jealousy, developed dissociative identity disorder to repress his guilt, and kept the corpse of his mother in his home.


Count Orlok

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Portrayed by Max Schreck in the horror movie Nosferatu, Nosferatu or Count Orlok was a vampire from Transylvania who appeared to be the haunt of several nightmarish creatures such as werewolves. His character was a living corpse who feasted upon the blood of living humans and was also called “The Bird of Death.”


Jack Torrance

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In the movie The Shining, Jack Torrance was portrayed as a writer and teacher who tried to rebuild his life but failed because of alcoholism and insanity. In the story, he was psychologically tortured by the ghosts in the hotel where he and his family dwelled.


Regan MacNeil

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In the movie The Exorcist, Regan Teresa MacNeil was portrayed as a shy 12-year old girl who showed bizarre changes in her character as she began to behave aggressively. Having an atheist mother, she never knew about God and eventually was possessed by a demon.


Captain Spaulding

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In the movie The House of 1000 Corpses, Captain Spaulding was portrayed as a vulgar clown who was the proprietor of a gas station that doubled as a museum/ haunted house ride with focus on serial killers, madmen and freaks of nature. His motivation in the film was to redirect a group of young adults who were looking for the legend of Dr. Satan to the tree where he was hanged and killed.




In the movie Scream, Ghostface was an identity used by teenagers Billy Loomis and Stu Macher in their killing spree in the town of Woodsboro. Created by Wes Craven and Kevin Williamson, the character was portrayed as a masked killer who used a voice changer to hide his true identity.


The Creeper

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The Creeper was the main antagonist in the horror movie Jeepers Creepers. He was portrayed as an ancient immortal monster who hunted every 23rd spring for 23 days to feast on human body parts which would then become part of his body.


Count Dracula

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Count Dracula is the primary antagonist in the Gothic horror movie Dracula. An archetypal vampire and sorcerer, he was very passionate about his warrior heritage and always flew into fits of rage when somebody interfered with his plans.


Frankenstein’s Monster

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Also called “The Monster” or “Frankenstein’s Creature,” Frankenstein’s monster first appeared in the novel Frankenstein and was portrayed as a sensitive, emotional creature whose only aim was to share his life with another sentient being like himself. He swore revenge on all mankind after failure to find true love and acceptance.




In the movie Candyman, Candyman was portrayed as a creature who kills those who summon his name five times in front of a mirror by using his hook hand.

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