Faun Played by: Doug Jones
Film(s): Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
Jones gives a twitchy, unnerving performance as the ingratiating Pan: like a Svankmejer puppet animated from within. This is no Mr Tumnus.
Dr Pretorious Played by: Ernest Thesiger
Film(s): Bride Of Frankenstein (1935)
A scientist who makes Dr Frankenstein look sane, Pretorious keeps tiny people in jars, and takes gleeful interest in the development of Karloff's monster.
Matt Cordell Played by: Robert Z'Dar
Film(s): Maniac Cop (1988)
When you name a film Maniac Cop, you'd better hope it delivers on the maniac cop front. And, in Robert Z'Dar's scarred psycho killer, Maniac Cop delivers a character who, surprisingly, sustained only three films. For his penchant for bumping off nominal leads and the ever-so-nifty truncheon-that's-actually-a-sword, we'd have given him at least two more sequels.
Professor Bernard Quatermass Played by: Andrew Keir
Film(s): Quatermass And The Pit (1967)
The third big screen iteration of Nigel Kneale's razor-smart boffin, and the best, as Andrew Keir's ever-questing, ever-questioning scientist takes on aliens that may just be the Devil.
339 Queen Tera Played by: Valerie Leon
Film(s): Blood From The Mummy's Tomb (1971)
Breaking with the Mummy-as-lumbering-slasher tradition, here we get a reanimated Egyptian princess. In a word, phwooar.
Peina Played by: Christopher Walken
Film(s): The Addiction (1995)
Christopher Walken makes a memorable cameo in Abel Ferrara's flick as a weary vampire who's gradually learned to re-humanise himself. He even has working bowels. What Edward Cullen wouldn't give to have working bowels.
Jessica Played by: Zohra Lampert
Film(s): Let's Scare Jessica To Death (1971)
One of the great what-the-fuck-is-happening films, Jessica is recovering from a spate of mental illness on a quiet holiday, when the supernatural apparently starts to encroach... It's a perfect performance by Lampert as the fragile Jessica.
Richard Vickers Played by: Leslie Nielsen
Film(s): Creepshow (1982)
Leslie Nielsen on a list of the greatest horror characters ever? Surely we can't be serious! But we are serious... and don't call us surely. Or something. In the same year when he first became Frank Drebin on Police Squad!, Nielsen was suitably slimy as the cuckolded husband who drowns his wife and her lover, only for them to come back from the watery grave! Note: the wife and lover are played by Dawn of the Dead's Gaylen Ross and one Mr. Ted Danson, who had just started a run on a little show called Cheers.
In a last-ditch attempt by Hammer to launch an exciting new franchise, Kronos is a travelling vampire slayer. In some ways he anticipates Blade, but in ye olde England. Awesome threads, awesome hair, awesome sword. Remake, please.
334 Nick and Lily Laemle Played by: Randy Quaid, Mary Beth Hurt
Film(s): Parents (1989)
Pastel, picket-fence '50s wholesomeness hides something rotten in the state of New England. That something is Randy Quaid and Mary Beth Hurt as the cannibalistic parents of the title - far, far worse than the Star Whackers.
Cole Sear Played by: Haley Joel Osment
Film(s): The Sixth Sense (1999)
Haley Joel Osment shot to the top of every Great Child Actor Performance list (and, sadly, every Where Are They Now? list) with his soulful turn as the young psychic child tortured by a gift he didn't ask for, and can't return because he doesn't have the receipt. The Sixth Sense got people talking because of its twist, but here was the real twist: the film wouldn't have had half its emotional impact without Osment, who was rightly Oscar nominated.
Detective Sergeant Sidney Bung Played by: Harry H. Corbett
Film(s): Carry On Screaming! (1966)
Harry H. Corbett is hilarious as the bungling Bung, bringing some of his Steptoe-honed world-weariness to the so-bad-they're-good Carry On puns. An injection of fresh blood, if you will, into a series that was becoming a pain in the neck. Pity it was his only Carry On.
Dale Played by: Tyler Labine
Film(s): Tucker & Dale Vs Evil (2010)
Tucker's been on the list, and now here's the sweeter half of the hillbilly duo: the shy, sensitive, socially awkward Dale (Tyler Labine), who even winds up getting the girl. And not, as per usual for horror movie hillbillies, with a chainsaw to the face, but an arrow to the heart. And that arrow is metaphorical. Phew.
Milton Dammers Played by: Jeffrey Combs
Film(s): The Frighteners (1996)
A fairly straight character on paper, somewhere in Jeffrey Combs' mix this eyebrow-free FBI agent became a mental collection of tics, mannerisms and black contact lenses. He gets all the fruity cases...
329 Buffalo Bill Played by: Ted Levine
Film(s): The Silence Of The Lambs (1991)
In a film featuring Hannibal Lecter, you really have to go some to stand out as a serial killer of repute. Thank the Lord, then, for Ted Levine as Jame Gumb, tucking his tadger between his legs and generally going off the deep end as a nutso who likes to wear his victims' skins. Properly moisturised skins, of course.
Alan Played by: Alan Ormsby
Film(s): Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things (1973)
Alan Ormsby, who also wrote this and would go on to write Cat People, plays the world's most egomaniacal film director, and forces his friends to take part in a dead-resurrection ritual for a lark. Except it's not a lark after all.
The Medeiros Girl Played by: Javier Botet
Film(s): REC (2007)
Less a girl, more an emaciated, droopy-armed, hammer-swinging demon, the lovely Ms Medeiros (played by Botet, also Mama's Mama) is the reason Rec turns most people into, well, a wreck. Not related to Glenn.
Winslow Leach Played by: William Finley
Film(s): Phantom Of The Paradise (1974)
The 'hero' of Brian De Palma's truly, truly, truly bonkers musical - essentially, The Phantom Of The Rock Opera - is a masked madman who talks through an electronic voicebox and is extremely possessive of his music... murderously so. As Winslow Leach (singing voice provided by Paul Williams, who also wrote the soundtrack), William Finley is a hoot. Edgar Wright is such a fan of this movie that it wouldn't surprise us if Ant-Man's helmet winds up bearing a noticeable similarity to Winslow's. Can't say the same for the soft rock numbers, mind.
Mr. Kreeg Played by: Brian Cox
Film(s): Trick'r'Treat (2007)
Michael Dougherty's anthology movie, based around Halloween, was treated like a mouldy pumpkin by Warner Bros but is actually a lot of fun. Brian Cox rocks as Mr. Kreeg, a cantankerous, Halloween-hating bastard who has a Scrooge-like change of heart - sort of - after doing battle with his very own Ghost Of Halloween Present, the pumpkin-headed mini-maniac, Sam.