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Played by: Alan Tudyk
Film(s): Tucker & Dale Vs Evil (2010)

The great Alan Tudyk is on godlike form as the more hapless half - the Ollie to Tyler Labine's Laurel, if you will - of the hillbillies mistaken for homicidal maniacs in Eli Craig's horror-com. Horredy? Comeror?

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Played by: Isabelle Fuhrman
Film(s): Orphan (2009)

It's daft, but the twist ending turns Isabelle Fuhrman's performance into something extraordinarily more than just your average bad seed. Her commitment, as a then-eleven year old, to some of the more outlandish scenes is fierce.

398 398 Father Delaney
Played by: Rod Steiger
Film(s): The Amityville Horror (1979)

Rod Steiger's determined priest knows that when you're confronted with a house where even the very fixtures and fittings are possessed, there's only one thing left to do: chew all the scenery you can find.

397 397 Clapet
Played by: Jean-Claude Dreyfus
Film(s): Delicatessen (1991)

In this post-apocalyptic world, Clapet cleverly combines his two careers as landlord and butcher by selling his tenants over his meat counter, so there's always food in the shop, and always a vacancy to rent.

396 396 Dust Devil
Played by: Robert Burke
Film(s): Dust Devil (1992)

A supernatural version of The Hitcher, Robert Burke stalks the highways of this South African grand-guignol police procedural spaghetti western. Ah, another one of those.

395 395 The Malay
Played by: Marne Maitland
Film(s): The Reptile (1966)

A sinister manservant from exotic far-away lands. For an important character in the film, it's odd that he doesn't even get a name.

394 394 Lord Courtley
Played by: Ralph Bates
Film(s): Taste The Blood Of Dracula (1970)

That suggestive name does indeed belong to rickish young aristocrat obsessed with the black arts. Unfortunately, he gets slightly more occult action than he intended when he brings Dracula back.

Played by: Eddie Redmayne
Film(s): Black Death (2010)

A bleak trajectory for this holy man, for whom witch-hunting becomes a very personal, all-encompassing obsession. It's almost Matthew Hopkins: The Early Years.

392 392 Satan
Played by: Rosalinda Celentano
Film(s): The Passion of the Christ (2004)

Eerie moonlit shenanigans bring a supernatural sheen to Gibson's Passion. This is the devil reimagined as Sinead O'Connor. As a general rule, however, nasally-applied maggots are not recommended.

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Mandy Lane
Played by: Amber Heard
Film(s): All the Boys Love Mandy Lane (2006)

When she was good, she was very, very good, but when she was bad, she was something akin to a hot Jason Voorhees.

390 390 Charlie Hewitt
Played by: R Lee Ermey
Film(s): The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)

It turns out that Full Metal Jacket's Sergeant Major retired to become a serial-killing cannibal masquerading as a backwoods sheriff. Appalling and amusing in about equal measure.

Played by: Kate Beckinsale
Film(s): Underworld (2003), Underworld: Awakening (2012), Underworld: Evolution (2006), Underworld: Rise of the Lycans (2009)

Yes, the films are tosh, but it's Kate Beckinsale, in PVC, in slow-motion. What's not to like?

388 388 Paul Mallen
Played by: Anton Walbrook
Film(s): Gaslight (1940)

He's a dastardly swine with a dastardly plan to make Diana Wynyard think she's going crazy.

387 387 Clear Rivers
Played by: Ali Larter
Film(s): Final Destination (2000), Final Destination 2 (2003)

In a franchise not exactly noted for character development, Ali Larter's diffident, withdrawn girl stands out, most notably for her reinvention as a death-dodging badass in the sequel. She remains the only Final Destination survivor - Tony Todd's Bludworth doesn't count - to appear in more than one film.

Count Vladimir Dracula
Played by: George Hamilton
Film(s): Love At First Bite (1979)

Oh, George Hamilton, you centuries-old smoothie. Like Roger Moore, George Hamilton's eyebrow was always his most talented body part, and he deploys it to great effect, along with a Bela Lugosi-accent, in this charming late-70s comedy in which Dracula comes to modern-day New York, and gets the hots for a model.

385 385 Glaeken Trismegestus
Played by: Scott Glenn
Film(s): The Keep (1983)

Scott Glenn is as impassive and immovable as the rock from which The Keep is hewn in Michael Mann's magnificently mental demon-vs-Nazis movie. Glenn, glowing eyes a-go-go, is an ancient traveller (with, arguably, the daftest name in horror movie history) who is charged with ending the hellish life of Molasar, the demon that resides in The Keep. But, this being the 80s, he stops off for a bit of softcore shagging first. Legend.

384 384 Lieutenant 'Lefty' Enright
Played by: Dennis Hopper
Film(s): The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986)

Blue Velvet and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 both came out in 1986 (the latter preceded the former by a mere month), and it's hard not to see plenty of Frank Booth's freeform insanity in Dennis Hopper's hilarious turn here as a vengeful sheriff who completely loses his marbles, bringing the fight to Leatherface and his family the only way he knows how: with a chainsaw in one hand and... a chainsaw in the other hand. "Bring it all down!" he yells. "It's the devil's playground!" Now it's dark, alright.

383 383 Van Helsing
Played by: Bruce Campbell
Film(s): Sundown: The Vampire In Retreat (1989)

The godlike Bruce Campbell makes another appearance on the list, again pulling comedy duty for director Anthony Hickox following Waxwork II. This time The Chin is covered up with a 'tache as a less-than-with-it descendant of the Van Helsing for this horror western in which vampires have moved to a bloodsucker-only settlement and decided to put the brakes on the whole killing people for food thing.

Played by: Reece Shearsmith
Film(s): A Field In England (2013)

By turns haughty, battered, noble and pathetic, Reece Shearsmith invests his conscientious objector (ahem) with real grace and humanity as the counterpoint to Michael Smiley's irredeemable O'Neill. When the worm finally turns, gorging on mushrooms with maniacal abandon, it's as close to a conventional hero moment as Ben Wheatley has ever allowed. And we can't let this entry go without mentioning that expression and that tent exit - hardly the best advert for Millets.

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