Santi Played by: Junio Valverde
Film(s): The Devil's Backbone (2001)
The ghost of a drowned boy haunting an orphanage, Santi is both heartbreaking and heebie-jeebie-inducing in Guillermo del Toro's beautiful slice of Gothic.
Dr. Logan Played by: Richard Liberty
Film(s): Day Of The Dead (1985)
Richard Liberty is amazing as the mad scientist so utterly detached from reality that even his own colleagues call him Frankenstein. From the minute we meet him, smock covered in blood and surrounded by zombies he's trying to 'domesticate', Logan is clearly insane. But Romero's masterstroke is making sure that he's still the smartest, most eloquent man in the room, while there's genuine pathos in his relationship with his star pupil, Bub. It's only later that the full chilling extent of Logan's depravity becomes clear.
208 Marsha Quist Played by: Elisabeth Brooks
Film(s): The Howling (1981)
Move over, Ilsa, She-Wolf Of The SS! Make way, Stirba - Werewolf Bitch! Elisabeth Brooks gets our vote as the big screen's sexiest lady werewolf. As Marsha (presumably the sister of Robert Picardo's loco Eddie Quist), she smoulders for a living, seducing Dee Wallace's husband (Christopher Stone, who would later become Dee Wallace's husband) in memorable fashion on the beach.
Gabriel Played by: Christopher Walken
Film(s): The Prophecy (1995)
A twinkle-eyed Walken is both dryly amusing and thoroughly evil here as the fallen angel Gabriel. Never volunteer to be his assistant. And remember kiddies, study your math.
Marie Played by: Cecile de France
Film(s): Haute Tension - aka Switchblade Romance (2003)
She's a put-upon victim turned not-to-be-fucked-with nutbag (or so it seems...) Handy with a circular saw.
Edward Kendall Sheridan Lionheart Played by: Vincent Price
Film(s): Theatre of Blood (1973)
Another of Vincent Price's larger-than-life killers, Lionheart is a terrible actor who takes revenge on his critics by killing them in ways loosely inspired by Shakespeare plays, from death by tramps on March 15 (the Ides of March, in Julius Caesar) to force-feeding one poor soul his dogs in a pie (think Titus Andronicus). Thankfully, critic-killing hasn't caught on. Yet.
Miriam Played by: Catherine Deneuve
Film(s): The Hunger (1983)
She is an ageless but lonely evil, promising her lovers immortality but keen not to get into the specifics of how that is going to work out for them. The collection of living husks in the attic want to renegotiate.
Passenger Played by: Dan Aykroyd
Film(s): Twilight Zone The Movie (1983)
"Wanna see something really scary?" asks Dan Aykroyd's driver of his friend, Albert Brooks, in this John Landis-directed anthology opener. And then he obliges. Do not adjust your pants.
202 John Baxter Played by: Donald Sutherland
Film(s): Don't Look Now (1973)
Donald Sutherland's grieving father has the bulk of the action in Nic Roeg's haunting masterpiece, as he pursues the 'ghost', or memory, of his dead daughter down eerie Venice streets and alleys. He's also on the wrong end of one of cinema's greatest reveals.
The Creeper Played by: Jonathan Breck
Film(s): Jeepers Creepers (2001)
The mythology surrounding Victor Salva's stab at a modern movie monster may be torturous (he's a savage, near invulnerable creature who awakens every 27 years and goes on a feeding frenzy), but The Creeper deserves more than the two outings he's had so far. Played with sly wit and menace by Jonathan Breck, The Creeper can regenerate missing body parts, smell fear, and can fly. Show-off. He's equally effective whether hunting down a brother and sister or stalking a busload of teens.
200 Dr. Jekyll / Mr Hyde Played by: Frederic March
Film(s): Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (1931)
So many actors, from Spencer Tracy to Jimmy Nesbitt, John Malkovich to Jason Flemyng, have given Robert Louis Stevenson's dual role a go (or goes) over the years. Fredric March, however, remains arguably the best (and certainly the only one to garner an Oscar) for his groundbreaking turn in the 1931 Universal production. His Jekyll is a brilliantly observed study in Victorian repression; his Hyde a seething cauldron of all those repressed feelings - lust, desire, rage, hate - unleashed at once. The transformation scene, bound by the limitations of special effects in 1931, remains possibly the most inventive of them all.
Nola Carveth Played by: Samantha Eggars
Film(s): The Brood (1979)
As Jeff Goldblum says in The Lost World: Jurassic Park, "Mommy's very angry". Samantha Eggars is superb as Nola, a mother whose psychological stress boils over in the middle of a divorce and while undergoing psychoplasmics, a groundbreaking treatment by Oliver Reed's Dr. Raglan. The result? All her anger and all her hate is funnelled into a batch of bloodthirsty brats, produced asexually. Most chillingly of all, Nola loves her brood as only a mother can.
Kharis Played by: Lon Chaney Jr., Tom Tyler
Film(s): The Mummy's Hand (1940)
When The Amazing Spider-Man came out just ten years after Sam Raimi's original Spider-Man, fanboys were up in arms: a reboot just ten years after the original? Outrageous! That would never have happened in the olden days! Except, of course, it did. In 1940, eight years after Universal had a go at unwrapping The Mummy with Boris Karloff as Imhotep, they essentially started from scratch, with Tom Tyler and then Lon Chaney Jr. (over the three sequels that followed) as Kharis, an immortal Egyptian high priest entombed, then unentombed, then entombed again, then unentombed again, and so on and so forth. In many ways, the classic image of The Mummy as a bandaged creature stumbling around was taken from Chaney Jr's iteration.
197 Harry Angel Played by: Mickey Rourke
Film(s): Angel Heart (1987)
Mickey Rourke - sweaty, perpetually addled and iconic in a crumpled white suit - is the New Orleans private eye who gets deeper and deeper into murky voodoo business in Alan Parker's brilliant slice of American Gothic.
196 Benjamin Franklin Fischer Played by: Roddy McDowall
Film(s): The Legend of Hell House (1973)
The great Roddy McDowall shines in this creepy 70s gem, scripted by the great Richard Matheson, as a psychic who reluctantly returns to the world’s most haunted house after a previous brush with death and who finds that he must man up and do battle with the malevolent and frankly marbles-free ghost that’s doing a bit more than just rattling chains and going ooooooooh.
Wally Campbell Played by: Bob Hope
Film(s): The Cat And The Canary (1939)
Bob Hope on a list of the greatest horror movie characters of all time? Why, yes. The Cat And The Canary is a splendidly creepy horror comedy classic, even if Hope is, as usual, essentially playing himself. His Wally Campbell - an actor caught up in spooky shenanigans in an old house filled with secret passages and a masked killer - is a hoot. "I'm so scared, even my goose pimples have goose pimples." See?
Ygor Played by: Bela Lugosi
Film(s): Son of Frankenstein (1939)
Later the stuff of a million "Yes, master" hunchback stereotypes, the original Ygor is both insidiously creepy and an utter bastard in the classic Bela Lugosi style. Can't wait to see the spin Daniel Radcliffe puts on his Igor in Paul McGuigan's Frankenstein.
Vidal Played by: Sergi López
Film(s): Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
As is so often the case for Guillermo del Toro, humans are much worse than monsters. Sergi Lopez's torturing Nazi is far and away Pan's Labyrinth's most horrible creation.
Julia Played by: Clare Higgins
Film(s): Hellraiser (1987)
Clare Higgins' conniving, scheming Julia is the true villain of Hellraiser, to the extent that the sequel was written around her. It's only later that the series became obsessed with Pinhead.