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Played by: Kiefer Sutherland
Film(s): The Lost Boys (1987)

"How do you like your maggots, Michael?" As the head vampire (well...) tasked with seducing Jason Patric's Michael into preying on the unsuspecting denizens of Santa Carla, Kiefer Sutherland is a blond bombshell of badness. He parties all night. Sleeps all day. He'll never grow old, and he'll never die. And hey, neither will David!

323 323 Louis Cyphre
Played by: Robert De Niro
Film(s): Angel Heart (1987)

Long of hair, longer of fingernails, Robert De Niro joins the ever-growing list of movie Satans as the calm, methodical, diabolical bastard slowly tightening the net around Mickey Rourke's Harry Angel. Here is a man so confident of ultimate victory that he doesn't even bother hiding his true identity. Louis Cyphre? Lou Cyphre? LUCIFER? Come on! Thankfully, Harry Angel is the world's worst private detective. And he'll have an eternity to try to figure out how he missed it.

322 322 Harry Roat
Played by: Alan Arkin
Film(s): Wait Until Dark (1967)

You're not afraid of the dark, are you? You shouldn't be - but you should be afraid of the things that lurk within it, like Alan Arkin's slithery small-time con artist/killer, stalking Audrey Hepburn's blind artist in the pitch-black environs of her New York apartment. Quentin Tarantino played the role in the Broadway revival - Quentin Tarantino!

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Played by: Jennifer Tilly
Film(s): Bride Of Chucky (1998)

Jennifer Tilly always seemed like she had the voice of a doll, so that makes her an apt fit for the psychotic Chucky groupie who, through a series of circumstances far too ridiculous to go into here, winds up as his wife in Ronny Yu's barking mad reboot of the Child's Play franchise. Tiffany is front and centre in the best sex scene between two inanimate objects this side of Team America: World Police. Or Body Of Evidence.

320 320 Cropsy
Played by: Lou David
Film(s): The Burning (1981)

One of the first of the wave of Voorhees-a-like camp-counsellor-culling slashers that came along in the wake of Friday The 13th's success. Notably, Cropsy uses shears, not a machete or butcher knife, as his weapon of choice. Good call - gotta stand out from the pack.

319 319 Claire
Played by: Sara Paxton
Film(s): The Innkeepers (2011)

Sara Paxton is excellent in Ti West's 2011 chiller as the amateur ghost-hunter who, in the last week of business at the haunted hotel where she works, finally comes face-to-face with the paranormal. What's that old saying about being careful what you wish for? Oh yeah, it's be careful what you wish for.

318 318 Carla Moran
Played by: Barbara Hershey
Film(s): The Entity (1982)

Barbara Hershey endures the unwanted attentions of a horny demon, repeatedly raped in a series of distressing, thrashing bedroom assaults. True story. Supposedly, at any rate.

317 317 Norma Bates
Played by: Virginia Gregg
Film(s): Psycho (1960)

Tricky one, this. Of course, Norma Bates appears on screen only once in Psycho, as a corpse at the very end of the movie. But she looms over the movie like a dank shroud, her 'presence' (disembodied voice provided by actress Virginia Gregg, pub quiz fans take note) constantly hectoring and harassing poor Norman, driving him into killing all those poor people. As for Norma herself? Why, she wouldn't hurt a fly...

The Monster
Played by: Peter Boyle
Film(s): Young Frankenstein (1974)

Note to mad scientists: when assembling a creature from the component parts of corpses, do make sure to include the funnybone. Peter Boyle's Monster has one, alright. It's huge. If you don't believe us, watch a) the scene with Gene Hackman's Blind Hermit or b) Putting On The Ritz. The funniest Frankenstein's Monster of all time, even more so than Bobby De Niro.

315 315 Randall Peltzer
Played by: Hoyt Axton
Film(s): Gremlins (1984)

All bless Hoyt Axton, so lovable as the man who not only invented the Smokeless Ashtray and The Bathroom Buddy, but who also unwittingly unleashed a Gremlin apocalypse upon the sleepy town of Kingston Falls. And all because he wanted to buy his son a Christmas present.

Played by: Kirsten Dunst
Film(s): Interview With The Vampire (1994)

Dunst's astonishing calling card as a young actress, she perfectly captures the many ages of child vampire Claudia: precocious and playful at first, ferocious in her hunting, strident and embittered as she realises she's trapped in that body forever.

313 313 David Mann
Played by: Dennis Weaver
Film(s): Duel (1971)

Dennis Weaver's harassed everyman (or EveryMann) is the reason why we all crap ourselves in fear when we overtake an eighteen-wheeler on the motorway.

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Oberst Herzog
Played by: A˜rjan Gamst
Film(s): Dead Snow (2009)

Ein! Zwei! Die! indeed. An unstoppable Nazi zombie even more terrifying than his namesake Werner, Herzog is a neat riff on Blake from The Fog; a primal scourge motivated only by the recovery of his treasure. He's still around at the end of Tommy Wirkola's blood-drenched Gorewegian flick, so perhaps the sequel will shed some light on how Herzog became a zombie in the first place.

311 311 Max Renn
Played by: James Woods
Film(s): Videodrome (1983)

The head of a scuzzbucket cable TV station who stumbles upon a new show that could literally transform the way America consumes home entertainment (or, more to the point, the way it consumes us), Max Renn (James Woods, being very James Woodsy) is in many ways the ultimate Cronenberg protagonist: an empty vessel, ripe for change.

310 310 Carl Bugenhagen
Played by: Leo McKern
Film(s): Damien: The Omen II (1978), The Omen (1976)

Leo McKern's ruddy-faced archaeologist is both the Basil Exposition of The Omen and its Argos, dispensing the daggers of Megiddo required to kill the Antichrist. Although the instructions to do so are so complicated that he might actually be closer to being its Ikea.

309 309 Stephen
Played by: David Emge
Film(s): Dawn of the Dead (1978)

David Emge's 'Flyboy' is headstrong and, when you boil it down to brass tacks, slightly rubbish, putting his fellow survivors in danger at almost every turn. But there's something likeable about him regardless and, when Stephen is turned at the end, Emge gives us a zombie like no other, fuelled by fresh instinct and obvious rage. He's dead, and he's pissed off about it.

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Valentine McKee
Played by: Kevin Bacon
Film(s): Tremors (1990)

Kevin Bacon thought at the time that Ron Underwood's enormously entertaining underground hit was a career low. How wrong he was; now Bacon's happy to reference the film in those EE ads that are actually his career low. Back to Tremors, though: as the dunderheaded but charming handyman who (along with best mate Fred Ward) comes up with a unique way to get rid of worms, Bacon is at his most laidback and charismatic.

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Played by: Heather Donahue
Film(s): The Blair Witch Project (1999)

A performance undermined by a thousand dimwitted parodies, Heather Donahue's snot-summoning turn as, um, Heather Donahue is a masterclass in the display of pure, unparalleled fear.

Gale Weathers
Played by: Courteney Cox
Film(s): Scream (1996), Scream 2 (1997), Scream 3 (2000), Scream 4 (2011)

How Courteney Cox - then a huge star best-known for her role as the squeaky-clean Monica from Friends - must have jumped at the chance to play the amoral, even bitchy, newshound who digs her nose into Ghostface's affairs. That aspect of Gale was toned down over the following three sequels, perhaps as a result of Cox's innate likeability, and the decision to focus on her unexpectedly sweet romance with David Arquette's Dewey.

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