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Cherry Darling
Played by: Rose McGowan
Film(s): Planet Terror (2007)

Robert Rodriguez' melding of Carpenter and Romero riffs is messy and all over the shop, but its chief redeeming feature is Rose McGowan's stripper with a heart of gold and, after she fits a machine gun to her bloody stump, a leg of iron.

456 456 Warlock
Played by: Julian Sands
Film(s): Warlock (1989)

Time-travelling nastiness from Sands in this fun early script by David "Riddick" Twohy. Sands returned for the sequel, but was replaced by Bruce Glover for part 3.

455 455 She
Played by: Anna Falci
Film(s): Cemetery Man (1994)

Multiple roles for Anna Falci as the recurring femme fatale haunting Rupert Everett's gory cemetery nights as he puts down the undead that emerge each night from their graves.

454 454 Sal
Played by: Robert Loggia
Film(s): Innocent Blood (1992)

Robert Loggia's mob boss is an absolute bastard before he's inadvertently turned into a vampire in John Landis' other horror comedy. Afterwards, he makes Scarface look like Fredo Corleone. He even kills Don Rickles. DON RICKLES.

The Collector
Played by: Juan Fernández / Randall Archer
Film(s): The Collection (2012), The Collector (2009)

What does he collect? People - but he has standards, and kills the ones he doesn't want. His labour-intensive modus operandi is to booby-trap your entire house or, in the sequel, an entire nightclub.

452 452 Marta
Played by: Clara Calamai
Film(s): Deep Red (1975)

Marta is an insane mother who has walled up her husband and undertaken a hatchet-based killing spree. And you thought Norman Bates had mommy issues.

451 451 Casanova
Played by: Annabella Sciorra
Film(s): The Addiction (1995)

Truly brilliant casting from Abel Ferrara, who chose the previously wholesome Annabella Sciorra to play the fount of all evil. Mindblowing.

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Dr Storm
Played by: Michael Gough
Film(s): Horror Hospital - aka Computer Killers (1973)

The upright Michael Gough relishes this perverse turn. He's a doctor running a health farm as a front for his experiments lobotomising hippies and turning them into zombies. He also drives a Rolls with a special decapitation function, which does not come as standard.

Carmilla 449
Played by: Ingrid Pitt
Film(s): The Vampire Lovers (1970)

Hammer's saucepot phase began with Ingrid Pitt as Sheridan LeFanu's Carmilla. She could certainly teach James Corden a thing or two about lesbian vampires.

448 448 Reinhart
Played by: Ron Perlman
Film(s): Blade II (2002)

Guillermo del Toro's lucky charm Ron Perlman is hilarious as the shaven-headed vampire who has no intention of playing nice with Blade. Détente be damned, as far as he's concerned, but it turns out it's hard to win a pissing contest with a bomb stuck in your head.

Jack Crow
Played by: James Woods
Film(s): Vampires (1998)

Crow proves once and for all that employment by the Vatican doesn't preclude you from being a kick-ass badass. Hugh Jackman's Van Helsing, take note. James Woods has so much fun here, elevating yet another disappointing late Carpenter, that it's a shame he didn't feature in the sequels.

446 446 Billy the Puppet
Played by: n/a
Film(s): Saw (2004), Saw 3D (2010), Saw II (2005), Saw III (2006), Saw IV (2007), Saw V (2008), Saw VI (2009)

There's a reason why James Wan's Twitter handle is @creepypuppet. Even before Dead Silence, he was dabbling with terrifying dolls in Saw. In many ways, in fact, Billy is the face of the franchise. He doesn't do any killing, though: he's just the messenger.

445 445 Kayako
Played by: Aiko Horiuchi, Takako Fuji
Film(s): Ju-on (2002), Ju-on: The Curse (2000), Ju-on: The Curse 2 (2000), Ju-on: The Grudge 2 (2003), The Grudge (2004), The Grudge 2 (2006), The Grudge 3 (2009)

Unlike Sadako, Kayako is great both in original Japanese form AND an American remake. She's also differentiated from that other ghoul by the disgusting noise - a true death rattle - that pre-empts her appearance.

444 444 Chess Player
Played by: Brian Glover
Film(s): An American Werewolf In London (1981)

Altogether now, in as thick a Yorkshire accent as you can manage: "That's enough! That's enough." The great Brian Glover cackles wonderfully, and then turns on a sixpence, as a jovial joke-telling chess player who knows too much - far too much - about the grisly goings-on outside The Slaughtered Lamb.

Otis B Driftwood
Played by: Bill Moseley
Film(s): Devil's Rejects (2005), House of 1000 Corpses (2003)

Moseley's psycho, one of the Marx Brothers-inspired loons who people Rob Zombie's first two movies, is a man who takes his art seriously.

442 442 Sutter Cane
Played by: Jurgen Prochnow
Film(s): In The Mouth Of Madness (1994)

Prochnow is a demented horror novelist, hellbent on ending the world with his Lovecraftian creations. Any resemblance to Stephen King is purely coincidental, thank God.

Ichabod Crane
Played by: Johnny Depp
Film(s): Sleepy Hollow (1999)

Johnny Depp's detective - refreshingly prone to fainting and shrieking in the face of danger - rates an 8 on the Burton-Depp Quirkometer.

440 440 Kane
Played by: Julian Beck
Film(s): Poltergeist II: The Other Side (1986)

The scariest priest this side of Jerry Falwell, Kane is played with gentle sing-song menace by Julian Beck. In fact, Beck is so effective that when the Freelings travel to The Other Side and take him on in demon form, it's actually a relief. Beck's skeletal appearance in the movie has a tragic undertone - he was dying with cancer at the time, and passed away before completing all his scenes.

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Arnie Cunningham
Played by: Keith Gordon
Film(s): Christine (1983)

Increasingly waxen-faced, dead-eyed and in thrall to Christine's charms, Gordon is fantastic as the loveless teen who finds solace in a killer car. Bet he'd be a huge Top Gear fan.

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