Who is the Greatest Horror Character Ever?


(from left to right) Hannibal Lecter, Michael Myers, Jason Voorhees and Alien
Photo: 20th Century Fox, Dimension Films, Paramount Pictures

In the comment section on a recent post regarding Rob Zombie’s Halloween 2, RopeofSilicon reader Chris C. said Michael Myers was, for him, “the greatest horror character ever created.” That got me to thinking, “Who is the Greatest Horror Character Ever?”

There certainly aren’t a lack of them depending on where you look and many of the all-time favs are coming back as we just saw the rebirth of Jason Voorhees in Friday the 13th, Michael returned in Zombie’s Halloween, Leatherface has already come back in two new Texas Chainsaw Massacre films and now Freddy Krueger is coming back with Jackie Earle Haley stepping into the sweater for an all-new A Nightmare on Elm Street.

Norman Bates saw his own Psycho remake, there were four Alien specific films and two Alien vs. Predator features, Jaws had three sequels, Chucky saw his share of multiple Child’s Play movies, Hannibal Lecter cooked Ray Liotta’s brain in Hannibal, Pinhead saw his share of Hellraisers, Jack Torrance had one hell of a debut in The Shining, Damien Thorn returned in a remake of The Omen and Jigsaw just won’t go away in the Saw series. And these were just the group I picked off the top of my head. I considered throwing Tangina (Poltergeist) on the list as well, but you have to stop somewhere to allow for you, the reader, to also add some names to the conversation since I am sure this list of 13 (ooh scary!) doesn’t include everyone’s favorite.

So, vote below and if I left your favorite out, or perhaps even a name you think should be part of the conversation, add it to the comments below.

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