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Gage Creed 267
Gage Creed
Played by: Miko Hughes
Film(s): Pet Sematary (1989)

Most toddlers are ankle-biters. Gage Creed (Miko Hughes) is more of an ankle-slicer. But then again, he is a zombie toddler, recently back from the dead, so that's understandable. Or he could just be going through a phase.

266 266 Dr Freudstein
Played by: Giovanni de Nava
Film(s): The House by the Cemetery (1981)

Another Lucio Fulci villain, this one is admittedly more scary as a pair of glowing eyes in the dark than when fully revealed as a lumbering zomboid.

265 265 Jesse
Played by: Lance Henriksen
Film(s): Near Dark (1987)

The charismatic leader of a vampire clan, Jesse walks the line from hero Caleb's saviour to nemesis. He's kind of like Fagin, but with sharper teeth.

264 264 Beggar
Played by: Richard Wordsworth
Film(s): The Curse Of The Werewolf (1961)

Teased, bullied, imprisoned and forgotten for decades, it's no wonder he turns into a psycho nutcase. Still, there's no excuse for him raping a prisoner and, in this case, that leads to a werewolf child.

Dr Ravna
Played by: Noel Willman
Film(s): The Kiss Of The Vampire (1963)

He's the leader of a vampire cult who likes messing with people's heads as well as drinking their blood. Twisted. Try to ensure your car is in good order before driving anywhere near his territory.

262 262 Squire Hamilton
Played by: John Carson
Film(s): The Plague Of The Zombies (1966)

Newly returned from his holidays in Tahiti, Squire Hamilton starts zombifying Cornish locals as cheap labour for his tin mine. No, really. We're pretty sure Health & Safety would have some issues with that.

261 261 Elizabeth Bathory
Played by: Delphine Seyrig
Film(s): Daughters Of Darkness (1971)

Take note, Jess Franco: this is what a real vampyros lesbos looks like. Delphine Seyrig is alluring and alien as the ageing vamp (that surname is not an accident; it's implied that she's the Countess Bathory of legend, bathing in the blood of virgins) who checks into a deserted Belgian hotel with her personal assistant/lover, and immediately starts making goo-goo eyes at the young, virile couple who are the hotel's only other residents. Room service, anyone?

Played by: Ian Holm
Film(s): Alien (1979)

As the Nostromo's science officer, Ian Holm is so chilling and detached that it makes perfect sense when he's revealed as an android, murderously - and perhaps malfunctionally - intent on keeping the xenomorph alive at any cost. Hey, he's just following orders, right?

Molasar 259
Played by: Michael Carter
Film(s): The Keep (1983)

Forget the fact that his face is basically an immovable mask with a red lightbulb in the middle, Molasar - the chief nemesis of Michael Mann's war-is-literally-hell film - is an imposing and ruthless addition to the pantheon of screen demons. At first, a demon picking off Nazis almost seems like someone you can root for, but by the time the climax rolls around, wreathed in dry ice, it's clear that Molasar is here to show these human devils what real evil looks like. "I came from you," he tells Gabriel Byrne's SS officer... shortly before melting his face.

258 258 Reggie
Played by: Reggie Bannister
Film(s): Phantasm (1978), Phantasm II (1988), Phantasm III: Lord of the Dead (1993), Phantasm IV: Oblivion (1998)

Reggie Bannister is a hoot as the balding ice cream vendor who graduates from comic relief to full-blown action hero through the four Phantasm films. He starts off dabbling in ice cream cones; he finishes off battling undead inter-dimensional beasts with the aid of chainsaws and four-barrelled shotguns. We like how he rolls.

Played by: Various
Film(s): Scream (1996), Scream 2 (1997), Scream 3 (2000), Scream 4 (2011)

OK, so there's more than one Ghostface (often at the same time), but Scream's stabber is more charismatic and wittier than Voorhees, Myers or Leatherface, and is pleasingly vulnerable for a seemingly invulnerable killer. Also, he'd be great to have on your team in a pub quiz because he (or she) is a horror expert.

256 256 Delores Salk
Played by: Zane Buzby
Film(s): National Lampoon's Class Reunion (1982)

Class Reunion was squeezed out between Animal House and Vacation. A strange not-sure-what-it-wants-to-be hybrid of horror movie spoof and high school comedy, it revolves around a high school reunion that's gatecrashed by a serial killer (played by Anthony Kiedis' dad, fact fans), and is largely crass, puerile and forgettable. Yet it has its moments, and some fun characters. Zane Buzby's Exorcist-spoofing possessed girl, spewing fire and filthy one-liners at old classmates, levitates above the rest.

255 255 Greg Stillson
Played by: Martin Sheen
Film(s): The Dead Zone (1983)

There's a sumptuous irony in watching Martin Sheen - President Bartlet himself - play an insane right-wing politician who believes he's been put on Earth by God for one reason: to annihilate unbelievers. There is, also, a feeling of relief in the knowledge that nobody like Stillson could ever become President in real life. Right?

254 254 Frank
Played by: Tom Noonan
Film(s): The Monster Squad (1987)

Remember what we said waaaaaaaaay back in entry 664 about Tom Noonan only playing maniacs? Not so. As Frankenstein's Monster in The Monster Squad, Noonan does a bang-up job of capturing the creature's ungainly awkwardness and inner goodness as he turns against his master, Dracula. Good boy, Frank. Good boy.

253 253 Killer Bob
Played by: Frank Silva
Film(s): Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (1992)

The other answer to the question, 'Who killed Laura Palmer?', Bob is a Black Lodge-employed demonic entity who feeds on the fear and pleasure he elicits from murder and rape. Famously, Frank Silva - the actor who plays Bob - was working as a set dresser on Twin Peaks when David Lynch decided to use him. Our nightmares thank you, David.

The Creature
Played by: Christopher Lee
Film(s): The Curse Of Frankenstein (1957)

A year before he redefined Dracula, Christopher Lee did much the same for Victor Frankenstein's creation. Gone is the noble dignity of a creature that desperately wants to fit in and be human; instead, Lee's Creature is a blunt tool, an instrument of destruction that, in many ways, predates Michael Myers and his ilk by several decades.

251 251 Colin
Played by: Alastair Kirton
Film(s): Colin (2008)

Marc Price's Poundshop-budget horror might be as rough as a sandpaper sandwich, but at its core is a subversive conceit: a zombiepocalypse seen through the eyes of the undead Colin, earning sympathy for the flesheater and hate for his human adversaries. He still eats his sister though.

250 250 Lieutenant Kinderman
Played by: George C. Scott, Lee J. Cobb
Film(s): The Exorcist (1973), The Exorcist III (1990)

William Peter Blatty is convinced that the producers of Columbo ripped off Kinderman for their own eccentric, overcoat-wearing cop. Whether that's true or not, Kinderman stands on his own as the most atypical of movie rozzers: he's dogged and committed to his work, but there's a warmth and humanity to the man (note his conversations with Father Dyer across both The Exorcist and The Exorcist III) that acts as an anchor, a neat counterpoint to all the spiritual tumult that rages around him, particularly in The Exorcist III. George C. Scott plays him in that movie, where he's the lead, replacing the late Lee J. Cobb, so effective in a supporting role in the original.

249 249 Helen Lyle
Played by: Virginia Madsen
Film(s): Candyman (1992)

Virginia Madsen is excellent as a thesis student whose investigation into urban legends brings her into a twisted relationship with one of those very myths, Tony Todd's hook-handed monster. As she's framed for murder, Helen is more akin to one of Hitchcock's Wrong Men than a Final Girl.

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