See if you agree with our countdown through these embodiments of terror!
Film: The Plague of the Zombies
Played by: John Carson
Top 10 because: He’s a voodoo-practicing squire in charge of a horde of zombies and a pack of decidedly rape-y fox hunters. What more do you need?
Film: The Mummy
Played by: George Pastell
Top 10 because: While Kharis (The Mummy itself) is terrifying, he doesn’t qualify as a villain in the traditional sense. Mehemet Bay is the truly evil force at work here, and he gets our No.9 spot for his trouble.
Film: Countess Dracula
Played by: Ingrid Pitt
Top 10 because: Some people use Olay to help keep their youthful looks; Báthory decided instead to bathe in the blood of innocent young women. Hence No.8!
Film: Let Me In
Played by: Chloë Grace Moretz
Top 10 because: What other knee-high chicklet can brutally kill adults without breaking a sweat… apart from Hit Girl?
Film: The Witches
Played by: Kay Walsh
Top 10 because: Voodoo priestess AND a ladies’ mag journalist? There’s simply nothing more evil.
Film: The Nanny
Played by: Bette Davis
Top 10 because: What a poor old lady! What a terrible young boy! Classic problem-child domestic drama, eh? But wait… What’s she doing with that pillow?!
Film: The Woman in Black, The Woman in Black: Angel of Death
Played by: Liz White, Leanne Best
Top 10 because: Arson, lye poisoning, and assisted suicide from a bedroom window. And the Woman did it all to kids!
Films: The Curse of Frankenstein, The Revenge of Frankenstein, The Evil of Frankenstein, Frankenstein Created Woman, Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed, The Horror of Frankenstein, Frankenstein and the Monster From Hell
Played by: Peter Cushing, Ralph Bates (The Horror of Frankenstein)
Top 10 because: Like many real life villains, Frankenstein believes himself to be the hero. And that is truly chilling.
Film: The Devil Rides Out
Played by: Charles Gray
Top 10 because: A satanic cult leader with the ability to telekinetically possess his victims and summon the angel of death, Mocata was almost in danger of being a bit run-of-the-mill. Add to that Gray’s cold, gentlemanly presence and THOSE eyes: the result is sheer terror.
Films: Dracula, Dracula: Prince of Darkness, Dracula Has Risen from the Grave, Taste the Blood of Dracula, Scars of Dracula, Dracula AD 1972, The Satanic Rites of Dracula, The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires
Played by: Christopher Lee, John Forbes-Robertson
Number 1 because: Who else? Dracula IS Hammer.