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Dr. James Xavier
Played by: Ray Milland
Film(s): X: The Man With The X-Ray Eyes (1963)

The second most successful Xavier to appear for the first time in 1963 (you don't need to be a telepath to guess the other one), Oscar-winner Ray Milland - giving not a single sign that he's slumming it - is brilliant as the well-intentioned scientist whose special eyedrops improve his sight no end, leading to a descent into murder, madness and self-mutilation. He should've gone to Specsavers.

513 513 Mary Lou Maloney
Played by: Lisa Schrage
Film(s): Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II (1987)

The tenuously titled Prom Night 'sequel' (it has no connection to the rather rote Jamie Lee Curtis slasher movie original) introduces a spectral stalker who returns from the dead, thirty years after she was burned alive at her high school prom. Understandably pissed, she possesses a student and goes on an inventive killing spree (death by school locker; death by computer) that briefly threatened to turn Mary Lou into a female Freddy. However, she only appeared in one further sequel.

512 512 Cholo
Played by: John Leguizamo
Film(s): Land Of The Dead (2005)

The only character from the second, sadly less successful, half of George A. Romero's Dead sextet to make it onto the list, John Leguizamo is on fine wisecracking form as the seen-it-all, took-the-T-shirt-off-a-dead-zombie bounty hunter roaming the land with his buddy Simon Baker. Not only does Cholo get the only thing resembling an arc in Land Of The Dead, but he also takes being bitten remarkably well. "I've always wanted to see how the other half live," he quips, commendably deciding not to bite a bullet.

Grand High Witch
Played by: Anjelica Huston
Film(s): The Witches (1990)

She's the witchiest witch of them all, even out-witching The Wicked Witch Of The West, which is saying something. Spindly-thin and splendidly sinister, Anjelica Huston is a hoot as the Grand High Witch (who works for the RSPCC, a job that even Alanis would have to recognise is ironic) in Nic Roeg's riotous adaptation of the Roald Dahl novel.

510 510 Upson Pratt
Played by: E.G. Marshall
Film(s): Creepshow (1982)

The clue's in the name. The great E.G. Marshall is agreeably disagreeable in the final instalment of Romero and King's anthology as the nasty old bastard whose pathological commitment to cleanliness is undone by an invasion of homicidal cockroaches.

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Cotton Marcus
Played by: Patrick Fabian
Film(s): The Last Exorcism (2010)

The most interesting aspect of Daniel Stamm and Eli Roth's found footage flick isn't the exorcism of the title, or the apparently possessed girl (Ashley Bell) who's being exorcised, but the internal struggle going on in Fabian's disillusioned preacher, Cotton Marcus, a man who's long since ceased to believe in anything until his faith is jolted back into him. Naturally, being the most interesting character (the film was, for a long time, called Cotton), he didn't return for the sequel, which focused on Nell instead for a ho-hum tale of demonic possession.

508 508 Gustav Weil
Played by: Peter Cushing
Film(s): Twins of Evil (1971)

Peter Cushing rarely ventured over to the dark side of the force. Grand Moff Tarkin remains his most memorable villain, but here Cushing's sunken cheekbones seem more sallow than usual as he plays a torch-bearing, witch-burning puritan git of the highest order.

507 507 Christina
Played by: Susan Denberg
Film(s): Frankenstein Created Woman (1967)

Beauty and the beast in one neat package. The trick is that the beast is on the inside.

Played by: Melissa George
Film(s): Triangle (2009)

Melissa George runs an impressive gauntlet of emotions, moving from victim to slasher in Chris Smith's brilliantly twisty boat-bound Triangle. What would Home & Away's Angel think?

505 505 Darlene
Played by: Mackenzie Firgens
Film(s): The Hamiltons (2006), The Thompsons (2012)

Banish any echoes of Roseanne that the name may have stirred up. This Darlene is a vampire whose sexual appetites cross genders, allow multiple partners at once, and don't stop at incest. Liberal.

504 504 The Killbots
Played by: n/a
Film(s): Chopping Mall (1986)

Part Dalek, part Terminator, mostly toaster. This trio of homicidal security droids - aka the Killbots (the film's original title) or the Protector 101 series - are tough on crime, tough on the causes of crime in Jim Wynorski's enjoyably daft mall-based massacre.

503 503 Harold Pelham
Played by: Roger Moore
Film(s): The Man Who Haunted Himself (1970)

Roger Moore has long maintained that he's not much cop at acting. But if you press him on it, he'll admit that he has a soft spot for his turn as a suave businessman who comes back from the dead and comes apart at the seams after suspecting that a doppelganger is trying to take his place. For a man who never had a hair out of place during his time as Bond, Moore gives great frazzled here.

502 502 Elondra Sharack
Played by: Carole Goldman
Film(s): Superstition (1982)

That James Roberson's undervalued and gore-soaked schlocker is also known as The Witch should tell you all you need to know about Carole Goldman's antagonist. But just in case you want more, here you go: she's a daughter of Satan, burnt at the stake in 1682 and resurrected in the modern day. There, she stalks around her old house, bumping off its new residents in a series of Omen-style accidents. She's not all bad, though: her ever-present evil cackle suggests that she has, at the very least, a GSOH.

501 501 Street Schizo
Played by: Alice Cooper
Film(s): Prince of Darkness (1987)

Alice Cooper explained that this wordless cameo as a street ghoul murderously wielding a bicycle frame was "right up my alley." He's right!

500 500 Sheriff Wydell
Played by: William Forsythe
Film(s): The Devil's Rejects (2005)

Forget your average upstanding lawman. This is a somewhat aggressive sheriff who doesn't let the law stand in the way of a personal vendetta.

499 499 Bartel
Played by: Jackie Berroyer
Film(s): Calvaire (2004)

Berroyer's barking mad landlord decides his stranded (male) guest for the night is his long-departed ex-wife. Bizarrely, none of his fellow villagers (who include Philippe Nahon) seem to disagree.

Played by: Bill Nighy
Film(s): Underworld (2003)

A fruitily avuncular vampire overlord, played with obvious relish and amusement by Nighy. What's this ruckus?

497 497 Baron Wolf von Frankenstein
Played by: Basil Rathbone
Film(s): Son of Frankenstein (1939)

Frankenstein Jr. decides to restore his family's honour by... building another monster. The clot! Basil Rathbone, as so often, gives this more gravitas than it probably deserves.

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Horace Femm
Played by: Ernest Thesiger
Film(s): The Old Dark House (1932)

A hilarious, creepy, hangdog turn from the incomparable Thesiger. Never has the phrase "Have a potato" been so sinister.

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