Count Dracula is one of the most classic horror movie villains, having been portrayed in — the most-portrayed literary character in film. How could he not induce terror, with that creepy cape and those pointed fangs just waiting to sink into your neck and suck out your blood?
From early movie creeps such as Dracula, Frankenstein, the Mummy, and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, all popular in the first half of the 20th century, Hollywood moved on to create terrifying characters such as Carrie, Freddy Krueger, Jigsaw and Hannibal Lecter. Some tortured or mutilated their victims. One famous villain ate his. Their signature attire — a hockey mask, a striped sweater, clown garb — might have caused you to forever shy away from someone so clad.
So why do we watch these flicks if they're so terrifying? For some of us, it's simple curiosity or the desire to conquer the fear of the unknown. You can also claim bragging rights if you make it through some of these films! Others like the rush of adrenaline that comes with being terrified, especially when it subsides as we realize we're perfectly safe.
One thing is clear. Horror movies aren't going away. They're cheap to make and , which means a great return on investment for producers. Now it's time to see how much you know about horror movie villains by taking this quiz.
He's an expert on the subject of torture and kills nearly 40 people in his movies.
Boris Karloff played Frankenstein's monster in the 1931 movie.
The battery-operated doll winds up talking … even though there are no batteries installed.
Chucky is a slasher with a warped sense of humor.
Candyman has a hook for a hand and an array of superpowers.
Jason Voorhees slays more than 300 people in the "Friday the 13th" movies.
He'll happily attack you with his bee army, overwhelming you with their stings.
His slobbery, filthy coat and huge head make him scary enough to make you question your decision to own a dog.
His hockey mask remains one of the creepiest symbols of horror movies.
He often leaves victims with agonizing choices that no sane person should have to make.
Freddy terrorizes Springwood, Ohio, for years using his razor-sharp gloves.
More specifically, the kind of neglect that happens to unfortunate children.
His name comes from the Groucho Marx musical, "Animal Crackers."
And with his red lips and white face, he makes for a horrifying character.
The incredibly violent movie was banned in numerous countries.
His specialty is attacking victims through their minds as they dream.
He's the psycho little green man from "Leprechaun."
He dons a human-skin mask and chases people with a chainsaw.
He ensnares victims and then tortures them in the worst possible ways.
The cursed video causes the demon to crawl right out of the TV screen.
He should be dead many times over, but high-voltage juice brings him back to life to terrorize people.
And he sticks around for 23 days, killing people and devouring their flesh.
If you see a man wearing that shirt with a black hat, run the other way.
His creepy behavior also leads him to spy on motel guests in "Psycho."
He starts off slow but the blood starts raining later in the series.
He was a very young child when he decided to kill his own sister.
He's is relentlessly clever and shows zero compassion for his victims.
"The Scream" is the name of the painting, and it has given rise to many nightmares.
His character made the Bates Motel a movie icon for the ages.
He's just a child, but he is relentless in his killing as he hones his skills for eventual world domination.