The Horror movie genre is chock-full of a vast and storied range of truly frightening characters that have kept us awake all night, made us afraid to turn off the lights or had us looking over your shoulder in fear for as long we can remember.
While there has not been a villain/killer/psycho to fully capture our imagination in recent years, we’ll always have the iconic horror heroes of the past to keep us entertained.
Now, this is by no means a definitive shortlist and I’m sure I’ve missed off someone’s favourites, but here we go; here are my top 3 iconic horror movie characters.
Freddy Krueger (A Nightmare on Elm Street)
The birth child of Wes Craven’s imagination and most notably portrayed by Robert Englund, we were first introduced to Freddy Krueger in 1984’s A Nightmare on Elm Street. Instantly recognisable with his burnt face, fedora hat, tatty sweater and gloved shears, Krueger has been tormenting the dreams of the innocent for eight instalments of the hugely successful Nightmare on Elm Street series, as well as a television version of the franchise, several video games and a 2010 reboot.
Jason Voorhees (Friday the 13th)
The man who made the hockey mask a staple of the Halloween costume, Jason Voorhees didn’t have an easy childhood. Horribly disfigured and relentlessly teased as a child, Voorhees seemingly drowned in a camp lake which prompted his mother to seek murderous revenge in the first Friday the 13th film. While Voorhees didn’t take centre stage initially, it wasn’t long until he was out and about carrying on his mother’s work with a machete in hand and teenagers his prey. Friday the 13th would run on for 11 more films, and like A Nightmare on Elm Street, it would also spawn a television show, as well as a crossover film involving Mr Krueger, Freddy vs. Jason in 2003.
Michael Myers (Halloween)
The child killer who grew up to be a full blown serial killer. First starring in 1978’s Halloween, Michael Myers has horrified us for eight further instalments of the Halloween franchise, including a 2007 remake and sequel. While this emotionless slasher might have been done to death what with all the sequels that followed, the sight of this masked mass murderer is still enough to conjure up enough fright to have you cowering behind the couch cushion in no time.
While these characters all carry a haunting presence on the screen, they also possess an unmistakable visual impact. If you’re looking to recreate these iconic looks for an upcoming party or the Halloween season, Horror-Shop.com are there to help.