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Played by: Angela Bettis
Film(s): May (2002)

When she was a lonely, awkward child, May's mother gave her a doll and advised her, "If you can't find a friend, make one." In adulthood, May takes this rather literally.

475 475 Dr Philip K. Decker
Played by: David Cronenberg
Film(s): Nightbreed (1990)

Decker is a serial-slashing psychiatrist in a mask that must be quite difficult to see out of. Maybe he can smell fear. Clive Barker cast David Cronenberg because, "He wasn't acting; he just played himself." Remind us never to visit the set of a Cronenberg film.

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Uncle Red
Played by: Gary Busey
Film(s): Silver Bullet (1985)

Through sheer force of personality, Gary Busey makes his way onto the list. Silver Bullet, a 1985 adaptation of the Stephen King werewolf novella, is pretty risible fare, with a monster that looks more like Howl-A-Lot Bear than an actual bite-yer-legs werewolf. But Busey, ad libbing for all he's worth as the rambunctious Red, uncle to Corey Haim's paralysed hero, lights up every scene he's in.

473 473 Gordon Fleming
Played by: Peter Mullan
Film(s): Session 9 (2001)

Peter Mullan's tortured schizo, driven increasingly mad by working in a mental asylum in Brad Anderson's dread-soaked psychodrama, winds up lobotomizing his workmates with a drill. We're pretty sure that invalidates the warranty.

472 472 Rusty Nail
Played by: Ted Levine
Film(s): JoyRide (2001) (2001)

Voiced brilliantly and with sleazy menace by Ted Levine (old Buffalo Bill hisself), Rusty Nail is the best unstoppable truck driver this side of Duel. He takes things one step further than the Duel devil, taunting his prey - Steve Zahn, Paul Walker and Leelee Sobieski - with a series of insidious CB messages.

471 471 Thom
Played by: Michael Greer
Film(s): Messiah Of Evil (1973) (1973)

Years before they unleashed Howard The Duck upon the world, Willard Huyck and Gloria Katz dabbled in real horror with this little-known 1973 apocalyptic vampire-zombie horror, set in a creepy small town where the residents are awaiting the return of the eponymous evildoer. As Thom, a rich sort who swans about in a glorious three-piece suit and delivers his lines as if he's auditioning for King Lear, Michael Greer has most fun.

Dad Meiks
Played by: Bill Paxton
Film(s): Frailty (2001)

In his directorial debut, Bill Paxton's Bible-bashing dad dispatches demons with great vengeance and furious anger. What a cracking role model for his kids! One of them becomes a possessed serial killer, the other an axe-wielding chip off the old block.

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The Frog Brothers
Played by: Corey Feldman, Jamison Newlander
Film(s): The Lost Boys (1987)

Most comic book owners, you sense, fancy that they could handle themselves in a battle against ghosts and ghouls. The Frog Brothers, played with bravado by Feldman and Newlander, prove that the opposite is true, bagging themselves vampires more through luck than judgement.

George Stark
Played by: Timothy Hutton
Film(s): The Dark Half (1993)

The sparrows are flying again. Timothy Hutton plays it straight for most of George A. Romero's flawed Stephen King adaptation as Thad Beaumont, but the fun really starts when the straight razor comes out as Thad's evil twin, George Stark, a spectral pseudonym that just won't die. Like Pinocchio, all he wants to do is be a real boy. Unlike Pinocchio, he wants to do that by killing as many people as he can. Remember: when you're fucking with him, you're fucking with the best.

467 467 Graboids
Played by: n/a
Film(s): Tremors (1990)

Giant underground bastards that track your movements via subtle vibrations and then stop your movements with great big pointy teeth? Yeah. We'll take the overground, thanks.

466 466 Orin Scrivello
Played by: Steve Martin
Film(s): Little Shop Of Horrors (1986)

Move over, Corbin Bernsen, because the only dentist on the list is Steve Martin's dark-haired devil from Frank Oz's musical; a snarling sadist with a "talent for causing people pain". Outwardly, we laugh. Inwardly, we know that all dentists are secretly like this.

465 465 Jack Taggart Sr.
Played by: Ray Wise
Film(s): Jeepers Creepers 2 (2003)

A very modern Ahab, Ray Wise shines in Victor Salva's sequel as a vengeful farmer hellbent on harpooning The Creeper as payback for the death of his son. In a movie studded with one-dimensional jocks, Wise and his death tractor stick out a mile.

Han River Monster
Played by: n/a
Film(s): The Host (2006)

Modelled by WETA, made in Korea, this is the most original monster of the past 10 years. It's a bilious 10ft tadpole that swings like a monkey, rams like a rhino, licks like slug and, in an especially charming moment, vomits up a chunder of human skulls. The US remake still on the cards...

463 463 Paul Serone
Played by: Jon Voight
Film(s): Anaconda (1997)

Never mind the giant bastard snake: it's Jon Voight who has the biggest fangs in this gloriously daft B-movie, chewing every bit of scenery he can find as a Paraguayan snake hunter, proud possessor of the most terrifying accent in movie history. The best bit is his knowing wink after being swallowed, then regurgitated, by the snake.

Played by: Marilyn Chambers
Film(s): Rabid (1977)

David Cronenberg initially wanted Sissy Spacek to play the lead in his second wide-release film, but eventually turned to former porn star Marilyn Chambers to play an innocent woman who begins to infect an entire apartment block with a virulent disease that's spread through a penile appendage housed in her armpit. Why he thought of a porn star for the role is quite beyond us...

461 461 Cujo
Played by: n/a
Film(s): Cujo (1983)

Down, boy. Good dog. Now roll over. Don't drool. Don't foam. Don't bite. No, Cujo, no! DOW... AAAAAAARGH!

460 460 Gozer The Gozerian
Played by: Slavitza Jovan
Film(s): Ghostbusters (1984)

The end of the world can take many forms: a plague of locusts, devastating earthquakes, explosive super-volcanoes, nuclear holocaust. But we like this form more than most: a 7 foot tall, red-eyed, white-skinned Yugoslav model. Sure, the voice might grate after a while, and housetraining her dogs would be hellish, but we're willing to give it a Gozer.

Played by: Cillian Murphy
Film(s): 28 Days Later (2002)

Dazed and confused, stumbling around a deserted London in a bloodied hospital gown with a Hoxton hairdo and a plastic bag, Cillian Murphy made one hell of an impact. His Jim, one of the few survivors of the Rage apocalypse, is so likeable that you can absolutely see why Danny Boyle reshot the ending to keep him alive.

458 458 He
Played by: Willem Dafoe
Film(s): Antichrist (2009)

Willem Dafoe's second appearance on the list is by far his most painful. First, emotionally, because he plays a grieving father struggling to cope with the loss of a child and the knowledge that his wife - She - may be going insane. And secondly, physically, because said wife drops a breezeblock on his penis, and then masturbates him to a bloody orgasm. Let's hope he has some peas in the freezer.

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