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153 153 Edward Malus
Played by: Nicolas Cage
Film(s): The Wicker Man (2006)

Yes, it's a dreadful, dreadful film, but how could we resist? Neil LaBute's The Wicker Man is like a SNL parody of Nicolas Cage's most histrionic excesses stretched out to feature length. Only it stars Nicolas Cage as Nicolas Cage, running around in a bear suit, punching evil pagan women and, of course, having his face covered with bees. Not the bees. Cage has implied since that he wasn't taking this seriously. We hope to God he was; just imagine if he were in on the joke.

152 152 Mo Rutherford
Played by: Michael Moriarty
Film(s): The Stuff (1985)

Larry Cohen's very peculiar muse, Michael Moriarty (check out his blog for some, ahem, interesting political views) is a delight as the sardonic investigator called to find out just what The Stuff (a tasty alien substance that essentially melts the insides of addicts and turns them into zombies) is really made of. We love that his name isn't even Mo (it's actually David), but he's still our favourite Mo this side of Mr. Farah

Lipstick-Face Demon
Played by: Joseph Bishara
Film(s): Insidious (2010)

Insidious' main villain, this is the founder and treasurer of the Further branch of The Darth Maul Fanclub. He's behind you. He's always behind you. He's probably behind you right now.

150 150 Severen
Played by: Bill Paxton
Film(s): Near Dark (1987)

How do you like your Bill Paxton? Sarky? Dangerous? Psychotic? Chargrilled? In Kathryn Bigelow's seminal vampire flick, you get all four for the price of one as Paxo goes full-cold-blooded.

149 149 Blake
Played by: Rob Bottin
Film(s): The Fog (1980)

A zombie leper from beyond the (watery) grave, the captain of the Elizabeth Dane has been wronged, robbed, violated and now he's back to shiver your timbers, glowing red eyes piercing through the gloom. Fun Blake fact: he was played by FX genius Rob Bottin.

148 148 Miles Bennell
Played by: Kevin McCarthy
Film(s): Invasion Of The Bodysnatchers (1956)

"They're here already! You're next! You're next! You're next!" The great Kevin McCarthy is indelible as a rational man who slowly gives into paranoia and the horrible realisation that his paranoia is well-founded in Don Siegel's classic alien invasion movie.

147 147 Bernard Phillips
Played by: Richard Lynch
Film(s): God Told Me To (1976)

Larry Cohen's daring thriller sees disparate people around the Big Apple commit murders, explaining themselves with four little words: 'God told me to'. 'God', in this case, is Richard Lynch's Bernard Phillips, a cult leader who turns out to be of extra-terrestrial origin. Cohen's beautifully crafted cult movies usually tackle big themes, but introducing the notion that Jesus Christ, or God, may be an alien is the biggest of them all.

Played by: Choi Min-sik
Film(s): I Saw The Devil (2010)

The great Choi Min-sik in utterly contemptible form as a vile serial killer who preys on women, only to fall victim to a cop (Byung-hun Lee) who hunts him down and tortures him, over and over again. The genius of Choi's performance is that he manages to make you feel something approaching sympathy for this slug by the movie's end.

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Kurt Barlow
Played by: Reggie Nalder
Film(s): Salem's Lot (1979)

Reggie Nalder, as the very Nosferatu-like being who's the source of all of Jerusalem's Lot's vampiric woes, only appears in Tobe Hooper's converted mini-series on a couple of occasions, but the first - a sudden jump scare in a gloomy prison cell, yellow eyes burning with inhuman hunger - is more than enough to win him a place on this list.

Irena 144
Played by: Simone Simon
Film(s): Cat People (1942)

The elegant Simone Simon glides through a thoroughly feline performance, as a Yugloslavian girl in New York troubled by a possible curse from the old country.

Rasputin 143
Played by: Christopher Lee
Film(s): Rasputin: The Mad Monk (1966)

A thundering, boisterous performance by Lee that shows a different side to his usual reserved sophistication. It's all historically dodgy, but bloody good fun.

Played by: Neil Maskell
Film(s): Kill List (2011)

If it's not hard enough being a washed-up ex-soldier hit-man psychopath, Jay then has to deal with being the figurehead of a pain/death cult. Hate when that happens.

141 141 Toshio
Played by: Yuya Ozeki
Film(s): Ju-On: The Grudge (2002), Ju-On: The Grudge 2 (2003), The Grudge (2004), The Grudge2 (2006)

A ghost kid, Toshio is creepy for his passive silence and inactivity: it's his mother Kayako that does all the heavy lifting.

140 140 Renfield
Played by: Dwight Frye
Film(s): Dracula (1931)

Hands down the best scare in Tod Browning's Dracula is the reveal of the lately-insane Renfield, chortling below decks on the Demeter. There have been other Renfields since, but Dwight Frye set the template, never bettered. Not even by Peter MacNicol in Dracula: Dead And Loving It.

139 139 Wilbur Grey
Played by: Lou Costello
Film(s): Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)

Boo's on first? The inimitable Lou Costello (always preferable to the Bud Abbott's straight man schtick) turns himself into a human jelly time and again in this wonderful mash-up of comedy duo and the classic Universal Monsters (Dracula, Frankenstein's Monster and The Wolf Man).

138 138 Carol Anne
Played by: Heather O'Rourke
Film(s): Poltergeist (1982)

Heather O'Rourke died when she was just 12 years old. But her wonderful performance in Poltergeist as the Freelings' youngest child, the precocious psychic child whose bond with malovelent spirits kicks the whole thing off, is a permanent testament to a stunning talent taken far too soon.

137 137 Christine
Played by: n/a
Film(s): Christine (1983)

You try telling this 1958 Plymouth Fury that she's not the most beautiful car in movie history.

136 136 Dewey
Played by: David Arquette
Film(s): Scream (1996), Scream 2 (1997), Scream 3 (2000), Scream 4 (2011)

Where Scream stands apart from many other slashers is the depth of its characterisations. Its victims aren't mere ciphers waiting to get picked off. Through deft writing and performing, we actually like most of the poor suckers, particularly David Arquette's bumbling, boyish Deputy Dewey Riley. His love story with Gale Weathers is that rare thing in a horror: a relationship about which we actually give a damn.

David Kessler
Played by: David Naughton
Film(s): An American Werewolf In London (1981)

The kudos at the time went to Rick Baker for that transformation scene, but David Naughton's American tourist, cursed by fate to rip Londoners apart with his great big pointy teeth, is one of cinema's finest werewolves: attractive, likeable, and tortured without ever becoming boring.

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