There are plenty of arguments about which horror villain is the best of all-time. Thankfully, The Ringer has made this list explaining why these nine are at the top of the list. Here they are:
- The Overlook Hotel (The Shining, 1980). The thing that makes the Overlook Hotel so scary is that it’s the home for evil.
- Samara (The Ring, 2002). She’s the triple threat of horror: She’s a child, she’s basically unstoppable and she tells you exactly what she’s going to do to you.
- The Babadook (The Babadook, 2014). This monster is basically a greatest-hits collection of iconic bogeymen.
- The Alien (Alien, 1979). The Alien is an ultra-adaptive triumph of evolution, which may make it more unnerving than any other supernatural being.
- Hannibal Lecter (The Silence of the Lambs, 1991). The scariest thing about Lecter is that he’s not some strange alien from another planet that you can distance yourself from after the movie ends.
- The It (It Follows, 2015). We do not know what “It” looks like, only that it takes the form of bone-chilling elderly women and extremely terrifying giants.
- The Devil (Various films). The devil’s presence permeates every corner of society. Nothing is scarier than that.
- The Thing (The Thing, 1982). The Thing ends with two surviving characters stranded, while the identity of the creature, is left ambiguous. The unknown is terrifying.
- Michael Myers (Halloween, 1978). You didn’t have to believe in anything beyond evil for Myers to be effective. Evil is obviously real. Which means that Michael is obviously real.