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WORDS: CHRIS HEWITT, OWEN WILLIAMS, SIMON CROOK  •  ILLUSTRATIONS: OLLY GIBBS

The 666 Greatest Horror Characters

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1 Right choice for #1
Posted on Friday June 13, 2014, 19:50 by AnthonyF53
Ash is by far one of the top ten leading characters of all cinema, and definitely the shining hero of horror! Read More

2 For F***s sake!
Posted on Friday June 13, 2014, 19:33 by dumdumboy
No more pointless lists. Get off your sorry back sides (aching from so much sitting, concocting these totally pointless lists) and get back to being a relevant movie magazine. Your crown has slipped with every '14 week anniversary of XXX' issue', with every 'ooh 23 minutes sonce we discussed XXX issue' you secrete into the newsagents. You meant something once. Mean something again. Read More

3 PDF?!?!?!
Posted on Sunday May 4, 2014, 16:02 by GoldTimer
Was the PDF version ever made??? Read More

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Posted on Wednesday January 29, 2014, 02:48 by istudiodre
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Posted on Friday December 27, 2013, 09:15 by rfreddricemer
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10 Oh it was worth the wait!
Posted on Saturday November 16, 2013, 00:25 by robthebruce
Was scrolling through the final top 20 hoping he'd be acknowledged somewhere high and delighted to find Ash at the top of the list. What a classic Raimi and Cambell created! Worthy winner! Read More

11 Halloween
Posted on Wednesday November 13, 2013, 22:45 by ShimmeringWaters
The atmosphere of that film had me riveted to my seat. It is pure addiction. I'm glad Michael Myers is in the top ten. I didn't want him to take off his mask. Read More

12 RE: It isn't funny - just unnecessary
Posted on Monday November 11, 2013, 08:03 by Abips 2013
Apart from that....enjoyed the article! Read More

13 It isn't funny - just unnecessary
Posted on Monday November 11, 2013, 07:59 by Abips 2013
'Bela Lugosi made an impact that few actors have equalled before or since as the scheming, fiendish Transvylanian c(o)unt in Tod Browning's 1931 version' Was the manipulation of the word count really necessary? No, just vulgar. Read More

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Posted on Sunday November 10, 2013, 05:53 by rfreddricemer
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17 Freddy Krueger
Posted on Tuesday November 5, 2013, 14:44 by ShimmeringWaters
I knew it! How could a homicidal dream-stalker not sound terrifyingly original? Even I'm hooked. On a side note, really enjoying Patrick Bateman's addition to the list. Read More

18 Hail To The King Baby!!
Posted on Tuesday November 5, 2013, 13:07 by Stevenski Chan
He could have stayed & become king, but in his own way he is king! Read More

19 Huh???
Posted on Friday November 1, 2013, 12:15 by dee123
Why is Jigsaw so high? Completely overrated. Read More

20 Sweeney Todd??
Posted on Thursday October 31, 2013, 18:42 by rjl3810
Where is the singing, throat slitting barber from Tim Burton and Johnny Depp's finest Collaberation Read More

21 No John Doe (Se7en)?
Posted on Thursday October 31, 2013, 18:08 by Jim Bob
Fuck sake Empire, what the hell is wrong with you. Read More

22 thanks
Posted on Wednesday October 30, 2013, 05:26 by simonwalk104
Thanks empire - made my last 2 night shifts a little more bearable and will be revisiting some movies i had forgotton about! - Totally agree with the inclusion of the child catcher from chitty bang bang - terrified me as a child!! Read More

23 When I was younger...
Posted on Tuesday October 29, 2013, 22:24 by magnicmac
The boy vampire tapping at his brother's bedroom window in Salem's Lot was scary. Didn't like that at all. My favourite horror films are the ones with ghosts. I loved the recent "The Woman in Black", mostly because of the time it was set in. Like the good old days of Hammer. Read More

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Posted on Tuesday October 29, 2013, 18:13 by nostrebornod
#661 - "a souped-up Begbie". LOL, I loved it! Read More

25 Mistake: The Creeper..........
Posted on Tuesday October 29, 2013, 07:06 by Beaulieu
......wakes every 23 Years and eats for 23 Days not 27................. Read More

26 Brilliant
Posted on Monday October 28, 2013, 19:59 by Battan9000
I said my number one would be Ash - and so is Empire's Read More

27 It's 665
Posted on Monday October 28, 2013, 14:37 by chris wootton
Donald Sutherland is there twice for Don't Look Now! Read More

28 RE: 246
Posted on Monday October 28, 2013, 00:59 by balkaster
Vampyr is not a silent film. Read More

29 RE: 250
Posted on Monday October 28, 2013, 00:58 by balkaster
Levinson and Link could hardly have ripped off Kinderman for Columbo when Columbo predates Kinderman. Columbo first appeared in the early 1960s, first on TV and later in a play; the TV series with Peter Falk debuted in '68. The Exorcist wasn't published until 1971. Read More

30 RE: 575
Posted on Sunday October 27, 2013, 23:09 by balkaster
Thea was neither buried alive nor did she rise again to "kebab her tormentors". The character you're describing was Mrs. St. Aubans (played by Katherine Emery). The Mrs. suffers bouts of narcolepsy, one of which is mistaken for death by the plague. She goes mad when she revives in the tomb and runs about the island with the trident pricking all and sundry. Thea (Ellen Drew) was St. Auban's Gypsy nurse/assistant, who is unjustly persecuted by Gen'l. Pharides when he decides she is a vorvolaka. Read More

31 Otis: Portrait of a potential libel suit
Posted on Saturday October 26, 2013, 22:48 by BetsyChevron
Worth noting that entry 278 is based on Ottis Toole, the associate of Henry Lee Lucas. Otis Lee Crenshaw is a character created by Rich Hall, who, whilst troubled, doesn't have multiple murders or a history as a rent boy in his backstory... as far as I know. Read More

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Posted on Saturday October 26, 2013, 14:17 by frankie
Who is Kevin Slate? (#565) Is he like the Flintstones version of Kevin Smith? Read More

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Posted on Saturday October 26, 2013, 12:50 by Whistler
Quite surprised by how low Jason is. Perhaps he lacks the complexity and intrigue of other killers who torment and toy with their victims, but his stone-cold, slaughter everyone in sight MO bears its own brand of creepiness. He just gets the job done. Read More

34 Fantastic list!
Posted on Saturday October 26, 2013, 09:26 by matthewj.white1234
Can't say I agree with every placement (it would be quite hard too with 666 entries), but I agree wholeheartedly with no. 1, and I am slightly proud of myself that I guessed it beforehand. I have to commend all the people involved with this. It was a huge undertaking, and this reader, speaking as one of many, is very grateful for your efforts! Read More

35 Amazing list.
Posted on Saturday October 26, 2013, 06:08 by HulkySmashSmash
It's always bittersweet watching Poltergeist. Heather O'Rourke was truly amazing in those films. Read More

36 Glaring Omissions
Posted on Friday October 25, 2013, 22:51 by McNeelRM
As a stand-in for the filming of Pet Sematary, we appreciate your mention of Gage and Zelda, but omitting Fred Gwynne's Jud Crandall is a true head scratcher. Other ones you missed: José Mojica Marins' Coffin Joe in "At Midnight I'll Take Your Soul" and "This Night I'll Possess Your Corpse," Mildred Clinton's Mrs. Tredoni in "Alice Sweet Alice," Ray Sager's Montag the Magnificent in "Wizard of Gore," John Astin's The Judge in "The Frighteners," Nancy Parson's Ida Smith in "Motel Hell," Udo Kier's Dracula in "Blood for Dracula," and Murray Matheson (voice) and Norman Stuart (body) for "Arnold." Read More

37
Posted on Friday October 25, 2013, 14:28 by Chris Hewitt
Billy Zane, I feel your pain. The Collector wasn't happy about it either. If it makes you happy, imagine him 400 places higher. Luccewada, if we put this in the mag, it would BE the mag. This is the beauty of having an amazing website, that we can do things like this. We may release a PDF version soon, which should make it easier for those who don't like to read websites on a screen. Read More

38 Billy Zane
Posted on Friday October 25, 2013, 13:23 by spacemonkey187
You people are mental. How can the Collector from Demon Knight be so low in this list? Read More

39 PDF
Posted on Friday October 25, 2013, 13:05 by Chow Yun Slim
I seem to remember there talk of a PDF of this??? Anyone know how/where?? Read More

40 I simply don't have time to read this
Posted on Friday October 25, 2013, 12:43 by luccewada
Why don't you print this kind of thing in the mag so you can A: MAKE MONEY FROM IT and B: we can read it without having to stare at a screen? Read More

41 brilliant
Posted on Friday October 25, 2013, 12:24 by mkw83
This is brilliant. Thank you thank you for the 'orror recognition. Read More

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