1. Michael Myers
Before Jason Voorhees and Freddy Krueger, there was Michael Myers. He first appeared in 1978's Halloween, where he stalked his sister in a white William Shatner mask. The original Halloween holds up remarkably well, and it paves the way for every slasher film that followed. He seemingly died for good at the end of Halloween 2 and didn't appear in third flick, but when that one failed at the box office he re-appeared in the fourth movie and has been around ever since. Rob Zombie successfully re-booted the franchise in 2007 and he returned for the inevitable sequel two years later.