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Readers’ Poll: The 10 Best Horror Movie Villains

Leatherface, Michael Myers, Jack Torrence and your other favorite terrifying movie bad guys

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Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter in 'The Silence of the Lambs,'1991.

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Hollywood has been churning out horror movies for nearly 100 years, and all the way back to the silent film era some of the most popular recurring characters have been villains from horror flicks. In the early days it was Dracula and the Wolfman, and by the 1970s more demented creatures like Michael Myers and Leatherface came onto the scene. Today, audiences have to deal with stomach-churning monsters like Jigsaw from the Saw pictures. In honor of Halloween, we asked our readers to select their favorite horror movie villains. Here are the results. 


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. 

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