Tallahassee Played by: Woody Harrelson
Film(s): Zombieland (2009)
Woody Harrelson's natural born zombie killer is a cocky charmer whose knack for re-deading the undead in ever-inventive ways propels much of the comedy in Ruben Fleischer's flick. And all the guy really wants is a Twinkie.
228 Fats Played by: Anthony Hopkins (voice)
Film(s): Magic (1978)
The second ventriloquist's dummy to appear on the list, Fats - the antagonist of dear Dickie Attenborough's only venture into horror - is even more manipulative, controlling and just plain evil than Orville the Duck. Ge gants go gill geveryone goo gets gin gis gay.
Marc Stevens Played by: Laurent Lucas
Film(s): Calvaire- aka The Ordeal (2004)
Pity this poor, hapless cabaret magician who is forced to endure a Kafkaesque nightmare of mistaken identity, insane villagers and footballing dwarves.
Eleanor Played by: Julie Harris
Film(s): The Haunting (1963)
In her lifetime, Julie Harris was nominated for an Academy Award, three Emmys and a Grammy, as well as being nominated for ten Tony Awards (winning five), a record to this day. Yet when she passed away recently, most obituaries linked her first and foremost with her role as Eleanor, the (literally) haunted psychic who reacts more than anybody to the ghosts lurking within Hill House. And rightly so, for Harris's strained, distant performance is a tour de force.
Captain Klaus Woermann Played by: Jurgen Prochnow
Film(s): The Keep (1983)
'Allo 'Allo alone alone should have taught us this, but not all Nazis were pure evil, something demonstrated by Jurgen Prochnow's 'good' Captain in Michael Mann's movie. Yes, this may essentially be a land-locked retread of his Das Boot character, but Prochnow is still very affecting as the soldier who, weary of death and destruction, wants to see no more. But, swamped by the evil of Gabriel Byrne's SS officer and the demonic Molasar, he's not going to get that wish any time soon.
224 Marty Played by: Fran Kranz
Film(s): The Cabin In The Woods (2012)
This is a brilliant twist on the conventional portrayal of stoners in horror movies. Not only does Fran Kranz' panicky pothead not die first, but it's his addiction to Scooby snacks that keeps him levelheaded enough to figure out the plot. Of course, that directly leads to the end of the world, so maybe the moral of the story is, after all, don't do drugs, kids!
The Trucker Played by: Carey Loftin
Film(s): Duel (1971)
We toyed with making this the Truck itself, the Peterbilt 281 Tanker that dogs Dennis Weaver throughout Spielberg's relentless debut. But it's just a device; it's the mad bastard at the wheel who uses it as a glib weapon of destruction who's the real bad guy. As 'played' by Carey Loftin, he's the original and best road rager.
Dr. Schreck Played by: Peter Cushing
Film(s): Dr. Terror's House Of Horrors (1965)
That man Cushing again, and that anthology house Amicus again. The Nicest Man In Horror covers up his cheekbones, for once, with a beard as the sinister, tarot card wielding Dr. Schreck (there's that name again!), who boards a train with five other passengers and proceeds to tell them five spooky stories about their destinies. We won't reveal his ultimate identity, but let's just say that they won't need their return tickets. This was the inspiration for Dr. Terrible's House Of Horrible and, maybe, Dr. Horrible's Sing-a-long Blog, and that's reason enough to land on this list.
Pat Quid Played by: Stacy Keach
Film(s): Road Games (1981)
The great Stacy Keach in a little-known role as a cynical, whipsmart ladies man truck driver ("just because I drive a truck does not make me a truck driver") who goes head-to-head with a serial killer that has abducted pretty young hiker, Jamie Lee Curtis. Directed by Richard Franklin, the film takes place entirely in Australia, yet neither Keach nor Curtis - perhaps commendably - make the slightest attempt at an Aussie accent.
220 Hermit Played by: O.P. Heggie
Film(s): The Bride Of Frankenstein (1935)
O.P. Heggie makes the most of about five minutes of screentime as the kindly blind hermit who, unable to see that Boris Karloff's Monster is, well, a monster, takes him in and teaches him a few life lessons. Those life lessons, in short: how to drink alcohol, how to smoke cigars, how to eat bread (all those carbs) and how to burn down a hermit's hut. Perhaps, on reflection, he's a bit of a tit.
Patrick Bateman Played by: Christian Bale
Film(s): American Psycho (2000)
Christian Bale is on unforgettable form as the master of the universe who loves state-of-the-art business cards, Huey Lewis & The News, dropping chainsaws onto hookers from several stories up and feeding cats to ATMs. Let's be honest: this is what Bruce Wayne would be like in real life, a frenzied fruitloop on a killing spree.
Selena Played by: Naomie Harris
Film(s): 28 Days Later (2002)
As the machete-wielding survivor who takes Cillian Murphy's Jim under her wing in the land of the Infected, Naomie Harris made one hell of an impact, not least because Selena could have become just another tough, unfeeling Final Girl. But Harris never neglects the humanity inside, and makes Selena rounded and likeable, even if she is somewhat subjugated for the climax.
Mister Played by: Nick Damici
Film(s): Stake Land (2010)
Fed up of not getting primo roles, actor Nick Damici came up with a novel solution: he wrote one for himself. Mister, a grizzled vampire hunter in a world overrun by the toothy twats, is quite clearly intended to be part Charles Bronson and part Lee Marvin, but Damici throws in a few notes of his own to sympathetic effect as the ultimate loner who gradually becomes part of a surrogate family. We wouldn't mind meeting him again.
Grandmother Played by: Angela Lansbury
Film(s): The Company Of Wolves (1984)
Murder, She Spoke: Angela Lansbury's wise old biddy passes on a series of gory stories to her young granddaughter in Neil Jordan's stunning anthology film. "Never stray from the path, never eat a windfall apple and never trust a man whose eyebrows meet in the middle," she says, advice Empire has followed to this day. Of course, fat lot of good it does her in the end.
215 Beetlejuice Played by: Michael Keaton
Film(s): Beetlejuice (1988)
Michael Keaton's snarling, sarcastic ghost with the most is possibly the snazziest dresser on the other side. He must shop at Burton.
Professor Abronsius Played by: Jack MacGowran
Film(s): The Fearless Vampire Killers (1967)
Jack MacGowran's vampire-hunting professor looks like Einstein, with his shock of white hair and great big bushy 'tache. But when it comes to actually killing vampires, we suspect Einstein himself might do a better job. For 'fearless', read 'incompetent' and 'bumbling'.
Professor Van Helsing Played by: Anthony Hopkins
Film(s): Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992)
Hot off his triumph as Hannibal Lecter in The Silence Of The Lambs, Anthony Hopkins just couldn't stop sinking his teeth into things. Here, as one of cinema's few semi-authentically Dutch-accented Van Helsings, Hopkins is clearly having a whale of a time taking chunks out of props, sets and anything that isn't nailed down. Another interesting wrinkle: most Van Helsings are blandly good; Hopkins, instead, subtly infers that old Abraham is barking mad.
Richard Played by: Paddy Considine
Film(s): Dead Man's Shoes (2004)
Shane Meadows' ingenious twist on the unstoppable horror movie killer - seen from the killer's POV - saw Paddy Considine turn in a terrifying, yet heartbreaking, performance as the ex-soldier who returns home to wreak vengeance on behalf of his bullied younger brother.
Seth Brundle Played by: Jeff Goldblum
Film(s): The Fly (1986)
It's fascinating to watch Jeff Goldblum's show-off scientist, played initially with maximum Goldblum-osity, slowly mutate into the acid-spewing super-strong entity known as Brundlefly in David Cronenberg's icky, fun, body-horror flick. You will believe a man can (be a) fly and then rip off someone's arm.