With Halloween coming up, we thought now would be a great time to celebrate those icons of horror: the ones that routinely have us rushing to the toilet in terror. In tribute to all films that are just morally wrong, we present this: our list of the top five scariest Halloween characters in history.
Pennywise the Clown
Aaaaah, people just love clowns, don’t they? Well, some don’t. Clowns can be freaky as hell, and the king of all the circus weirdo’s is the mighty Pennywise from Stephen King’s IT. Portrayed by Tim Curry (who, given Rocky Horror, apparently likes playing people with serious personal issues) this clown is violent, scary and loves murdering children and laughing about dead turtles. Which is pretty messed up, we’re sure you’ll agree.
Topping the list of ‘chaps you’re unlikely to forget in a hurry’ Pinhead is one of main beasts from Clive Barker’s cracking horror Hellraiser. Things you need to know about Pinhead:
- In his human days, he was a soldier with a serious penchant for violent sexual deviance.
- He now spends most of his time in hell, only coming up for air to torture, maim and murder the hell out of people.
- He’s bizarrely charming and intelligent for such a psychopathic nutjob.
- He probably gets a bit cranky if you go too near to him with a magnet. (We’re just guessing).
Pinhead remains a corking character to dress up as, though it’s very important not to take the DIY approach, unless you fancy a swift visit to casualty.
Whilst we’re on ‘charming, sophisticated and seriously messed up’, it makes sense to mention everybody’s favourite dinner party host, Dr Hannibal Lecter. The Silence of the Lambs remains a masterclass in tension, character development and – occasionally – horrific violence. Dr Lecter is perhaps the most renowned character in the history of scary films, and what’s more, he’s always willing to put on a brave face. If it’ll help him escape.
Perhaps as pure an embodiment of evil as you’ll find anywhere, Michael Myers is merciless, savage and doesn’t care about anything but causing suffering. One of the scariest things about Myers is the mystery: Why does he kill people? Why can’t he be stopped? Why, given his lack of humanity, doesn’t he run for Parliament or work in banking? Alas, it seems we will never know…
FREDDIE’S HERE!! Freddie Krueger was always going to be part of this list. He is, to be honest, just a bit horrible. He’s got a face that resembles a pizza, massive claws on one hand and he loves to kill children in their sleep. Not a good CV, it has to be said. Probably the most recognisable face in the Halloween world, congratulations to the big FK: this horrific title is yours. Get help.