Which masks in horror cinema are the most memorable?

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Since the start of the pandemic, wearing masks has become the new normal, which was already part of the orderly routine of some of our favorite horror villains. While non-medical face masks are helping the world to slow the spread of COVID-19, we’re pretty certain that none of these face coverings are as spooktacular and memorable as those in horror cinema. Read below to find out how three of the most cherished masked villains got their claws on their emblematic facial coverings.   

Jason Voorhees’ hockey mask

Before Jason acquired his iconic goaltender’s mask, the first installment (1980) and Part II (1982) he wore a burlap sack over his head that possessed a single eyehole. However, having lost his battle in Part III (1982), and his “mask”, after his struggle against victims Paul Holt and Ginny Field, Jason was forced to upgrade to a new look to cover his mauled face. He stole a Detroit Red Wings hockey mask which possessed a red arrowhead triangle between the eye holes and two red triangles on either side of the nose, pointing upwards diagonally towards the eyes. Later, that same mask would gain a diagonal crack above the left eye hole from the brunt force of an ax thrown by Chris Higgins. 

Another interpretation surfaced in the reboot version of Friday the 13th (2009), showing that the Camp Crystal Lake mass murderer acquired his hockey mask from the character Donnie, who tore off Jason’s burlap sack. The enraged sociopath killed him and shortly after, found a Detroit Red Wings hockey mask inside a nearby crate, tried it on, and looked into the mirror. It mimicked the exact mask from Part III, although it was dingier with dirt and appeared to be more worn-out and faded than the original

Whether you’re an admirer of the Friday the 13th franchise or simply a diehard fan of the sport of hockey, there’s no denying that Jason’s iconic mask is among the most memorable and often purchased by the supporters who buy horror masks online!  

Michael Myers’ white mask

Halloween franchise buffs know that Michael Myers murders his teenage sister Judith on Halloween night in 1963. However, many forget that his iconic white mask isn’t used until he escapes Smith’s Grove Sanitarium 15-years-later. While his first slaying was orchestrated behind a funny clown mask with greenish-blue eyeshadow and a bright red nose, cheeks, and chin, his future massacres would be conducted using the time-honored expressionless, featureless, white mask

In the original film of the series (1978), Michael escapes the mental institution to return to his hometown of Haddonfield, Illinois. Upon his breakout, Michael stole some Halloween masks, some rope, and a knife from Nichol’s Hardware Store, the same shop where his mom had purchased his clown costume all those years ago. 

While Michael continues to wear the same style of mask throughout the franchise, each film has a slightly different version to fit the actor wearing it. 

The hauntingly blank mask mimics Captain Kirk’s death mask from Star Trek, although, slightly altered to create an ominous look for the killer. Those who buy horror masks online have the choice between which “The Shape” mask they order, dependent upon their collection and personal taste towards the cherished movie. 

Ghostfaces’ scream mask 

While the identity of Ghostface varies between the eight sociopaths within the franchise, the mask is a symbol for the town of Woodsboro, and horror fans everywhere. 

The earliest film of the Scream franchise was released in 1996, 5 years after the “Ghostface”  or “The Peanut-Eyed Ghost” costume first gained popularity among consumers as a Halloween ensemble. Consisting of a rubber white mask with black eyes, nose, and mouth, and a black, cloth-like material that is used as a hooded-robe with faux-tatters to drape over the arms and trim of the outfit, the novelty costume was easily purchasable and super common, creating the possibility for anyone to be the killer during the Woodsboro slayings. 

Since Ghostface is rarely depicted as speaking, the personality and physical attributes are universal among killers who wear the costume, such as the ritualistic cleaning of the knife after each kill, the slashing of the throat of victims, the almost superhuman strength, and the rare grunt and groans when he/she is injured. 

How about you? Have you ever concealed your identity behind the mask of this taunting villain? 

Which of the above three masks has been most memorable for you? Drop a comment below to share with our other readers. 

What horror fans can do while stuck at home

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Sitting around the house not knowing what to do is not only unproductive, but boring. So, instead of aimlessly staring into the abyss of your bedroom ceiling, how about combating boredom, horror style? That’s right! Just because you can’t attend trivia night at the pub, doesn’t mean you can’t effectively make use of your extra time. 

Re-organize your horror collectibles

If you’re one of the many people hunkering down at home, chances are that you’ve probably already started some form of home organization to pass the time. So, while decluttering and cleaning is a great way for you to tune out the outside world, it’s also handy in maximizing your at-home efficiency, giving you ample time that’s needed to disinfect surfaces and find better means of showing off your keepsake collection. While horror collectibles are durable, many action figures, dolls, and masks possess small, removable pieces or minuscule nooks and crannies that build up with dust and debris over time. This means that as a collector, it’s your job to ensure that your memorabilia is properly taken care of, regardless of whether your items are in storage or on display. Take the time to bring all of your horror collectibles down from the shelves, give them a good wipe, and consider rearranging their position to give other relics a chance for prominence. Re-organizing can be fun and chances are you’ll free up more room for future horror collectible purchases

Re-watch your favorite classic films

Whether you prefer science fiction horror, slashers, or paranormal encounters, you can start living the pop-culture dream by binge-watching a few of your most beloved movie installments. Not only does this give you something to look forward to, but it also allows you to revisit why you love this film genre in the first place! Guts, gore, and ghouls are bound to spark some grisly excitement during these difficult times. Don’t own any time-honored installments? Shop our wide selection of VHS, DVD, and blu rays and discover some flicks you didn’t even know existed. 

Write your own horror movie or comic 

One of the most beneficial things about having extra time is the ability to dedicate those minutes towards creative projects that you’ve pushed aside in the past. Now is your opportunity to let those juices flow! While writing a horror movie or creating a spooktacular comic may present a challenge, you’ve likely watched and read enough to know plots, characters, and influences that chill the spine and grind the teeth. We recommend reading some horror movie scripts or even your favorite hair-raising paperbacks to dig for added, grueling inspiration. 

Compare front-running with your friends

While you shouldn’t rush to attend gatherings with your peers, there are other ways that you can safely keep in touch. After all, social distancing rules do encourage talking over the phone or through various video chat apps as an easy, reliable platform to boost conversation during the pandemic. So, if you’re running out of things to touch base on, why not enliven a debate by deliberating over the most bloodcurdling foes? Pennywise, Jason Voorhees, Michael Myers, and more! Every horror fan has their reasons for loving these devilish anti-heroes. 

How are you spending your time at home? Drop a comment below if you have suggestions that will pass the time. 

 

Hot, new products that are trending on nightmaretoys.com

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Discover the best horror collectibles, action figures and more when you check out the best-sellers section of our devilish website. With carefully crafted keepsakes that closely replicate all of your favorite, fearsome foes, you’ll be forced to come to terms with temptation and grab hold of as many iconic items as you can with these demonically chilling prices!

Michael Myers is gruesome and popular 

Add to your ever-growing horror action figures collection by selecting memorabilia that accurately portrays the sculpted features of your favorite boogeyman. While The Shape comes in many forms, diehard fans often peruse the best-selling section of nightmaretoys.com in search of his iconic visage. After all, there’s never enough Michael Myers to go around, especially when you’re redecorating the corners of your mysterious crypt. So, whether you’re the type of shopper who’s drawn to home decor items like as pillow covers or a spooktacular, scare freshener, or you prefer a horror action figure of Michael Myers that can prominently go on display, there are always some chilling goodies to pay homage to the time-honored villain. 

Everyone wants their own Seed of Chucky Doll 

Officially licensed collectibles are not for the faint of heart and when Trick or Treat Studios created the ultimate friend-to-the-end, collectors everywhere rejoiced at owning their very own Seed of Chucky Doll! Packaged into a sturdy, die-cut window box, the grisly, horror action figure was inspired by the on-screen sociopath and is sure to become the focal point of your ghoulish collection! Pre-order the regular version or the kickstarter version with additional features. 

Grab hold of classic and contemporary Pennywise 

Many horror lovers possess indifferent opinions about Pennywise and regardless of whether they worship the original film or have adapted to his new, spine-chilling look, we can all agree that his existence is creepy beyond belief! While his vibrant, red hair and ghost-white face have intertwined with the times, other elements of his appearance have changed over the decades. So, appeal to his shadowy specter of delight and love IT all in terms of horror collectibles Mezco Toys’ Pennywise Living Dead Doll and a unique, horror Christmas stocking.

Have you ever shopped the best-sellers section of our website? What type of horror collectibles are you most drawn too?

You Can Visit These 4 Filming Locations from Your Favorite Horror Movies

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While many new-age films heavily rely on special effects and computer-generated monsters, there are still some longstanding horror movies who stepped up their efforts to scare aplenty! So, if you’re ready for a road trip or if you’ll simply be in the area, why not tease your horror-loving heart by paying a visit to a filming location from some of the most devilishly chilling classics? Yes, they do really exist! 

A Nightmare on Elm Street: Elm Street house

Where: 1428 N Genesee Ave, Los Angeles, California 90046

Are there any Freddy Krueger fans out there? Well, you’ll be alarmed to learn that the house first introduced as Nancy Thompson’s family home in the ‘84 original film, which continued its use in the seven installments that followed, is a real place that’s located in Los Angeles, California. While its current condition isn’t something out of one of your nightmares, this vibrant filming location looks identical from the street view, featuring the iconic blood-red door and green roof shingles. While you may be disheartened by the fact that the 1428 residence doesn’t reside on Elm Street, you will shriek with excitement when you catch a glimpse at the home where Freddy started his murderous rampage. 

Halloween: Michael Myers’ house 

Where: North of 1000 Mission St, South Pasadena, California, on the east side of Meridian Ave

Your horror movie props and Michael Myers’ memorabilia could have a fun photo shooting opportunity outside of this haunting movie location. Just a short drive away from the Elm Street house resides the residence where your favorite boogeyman committed his first act of murder. As one of the most recognizable locations in the franchise, the Myers’ house is a Chiropractic Center and unless you’re seeking adjustments from one of the doctors, dedicated fans will have to sneak a peek of the building from across the street. 

The Shining: Overlook Hotel

Where: 27500 E Timberline Road, Government Camp, Oregon, 97028

Unlike the two above filming locations, The Timberline Lodge in Northern Oregon is open to the public and since its distinct architecture was used as the exterior image for the infamous Overlook Hotel, it’s worth a pilgrimage up Mt. Hood to have a look and snap a shot! Horror aficionados flock to the lodge to set their sights on this Stephen King masterpiece, in fact, this vibrant ski resort has become quite the pop culture phenomenon, with staff welcoming fans to enjoy the full “Shining” experience. So, bring your horror movie props and plan your visit around one of the hotel’s Shining-themed parties, where the Grady Twins can be seen roaming the halls! 

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The gas station 

Where: 1073 TX-304, Bastrop, Texas 78602 

Another popular spot that embraces the hype of being a horror movie filming location is the gas-station-barbecue-joint that was featured in the cult classic, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. “We Slaughter Barbecue” was once an abandoned, road-side gas station and after the hit film grossed over 30 million, entrepreneurs purchased the property and turned it into a horror-themed restaurant full of Leatherface memorabilia and other horror movie props. Those looking for the ultimate frightful experience can even stay in some spooktacular cabins out behind the station! So, come for the food and stay for the horror-ific experience.

Will you be making a trip to visit any of the above horror movie filming locations? Drop a comment below to let us know which ones you will be visiting. 

3 spooky gift ideas for your bloody Valentine

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Whether you’d kill to be his boo or you’ve got your eyes peeled on her, chances are that your Valentine’s Day will be a zombie love story — loving up all the brain, maybe some of the body. So, if you’re hoping to spark that flame and spend this February 14th watching all the dumb people get murdered in the best horror flicks, you’ll need to get your claws on a grim gift that will eat their heart out. Well, maybe not literally! That being said, if you’re absolutely bewitched by a special someone and if they’re a connoisseur of all thing’s horror like yourself, give them adding to their compiled collection that’s both exclusive and uncommon. 

Frightening Funko POP!s are full of surprises 

Although Funko POP! vinyl figures are small, they’re also mighty and even better, they depict all your favorite licensed characters from the most gruesome horror franchises. Recognizable for their over-sized heads and piercing eyes, these creep-tastic impersonators will extend your fandom to a whole new level and if you choose to gift them to your bloody valentine this year, they will likely make their head spin with excitement. Choose from front-running foes like Pinhead, Beetlejuice, and Michael Myers or admire heroes like Jack Skellington, Daryl Dixon or Coraline with her cat buddy. So, which frightening Funko POP! would your beloved devour? 

Gift tees that please!

Some horror lovers are all about practicality which means that instead of buying your valentine a prop that’s bound to sit on a shelf, you can present them with a horrifying tee allowing them to cape themselves in the comfort of some heart-throbbing characters. So, since what we wear is a reflection of our personalities, allow your ghoul friend to embellish The Terrifier, The Shape or Godzilla in their everyday attire. After all, they would kill to look this great! 

Awe them with a Chucky Good Guy Doll

If you often say, “you’re a doll”, to your treasured valentine, then the perfect present may exist and since the love you possess for your significant other cuts deep, give them something extra special on February 14th. When it comes to horror collectibles, none are more popular than the officially licensed, one-to-one scale Child’s Play 2, Chucky Good Guy Doll! Featuring an eerie-sistably accurate portrayal of the killer villain, this amazing product is a gift that’s on track to get you the ultimate boo-ty call. So, since he or she brings out the devil in you, ensure that they have a vile Valentine’s Day.  

Also, check out this chilling link to find the perfect horror V-day card.

We’re crazy about you too, so please leave a comment and let us know what your favorite horror-themed item was above! 

A new year means more installments to the horror genre

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As we creep into a new decade it’s important to know that there will be no shortage of spooktacular films! In fact, there will be some original horror treats, scary sequels, and classic reboots that aim to generate some buzz among horror fans everywhere. So, it’s time for you to start adding some chills and thrills to your must-watch list. 

The Grudge (January 3, 2020) 

Whether you’re a fan of films where vengeful spirits are cutthroat killers or you simply enjoy the jump scares and underexposure of the original’s mysterious scene capturing, one of the most anticipated flicks of 2020 is the reimagining of Ju-On: The Grudge. So, since it’s been 16 years since the first installment, and a mere 10 years since the third was released, let’s recap what happens when the supernatural curse is reborn? For those horror lovers who don’t remember, The Grudge is two words that are used to describe a curse that’s born when someone dies under extreme rage or sorrow, leaving behind an entity that manifests where the person died. So, essentially any living thing that disturbs that resting place will encounter this supernatural force and will be violently slaughtered by it, therefore passing the curse from victim to victim in an endless chain of death and horror. So, if you’re excited to see a revamp of this genre favorite, hit up the theatres asap and check it out! 

Underwater (January 10, 2020) 

This nautical action-horror flick has been three years in the making, hitting a few roadblocks only to further sink into an apprehensive 2020 movie slot. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be pitted against mysterious creatures? Well, how about isolated seven miles below the surface of the ocean? This thriller has its protagonist take a dunk into the depths, only to find treacherous sea monsters that emerge to terrorize crew members abroad the underwater, military research station. Although there are no horror movie toys that currently embody this seafaring flick, as we proceed into the second week of 2020, there could soon be something underway. 

In the meantime, check out some merchandise for some other popular deep-sea, horror movies.

Untitled Saw Project (May 15, 2020)

Whether you believe that the Saw franchise is overdone or you’re excited for another sequel full of games and bloodcurdling suffering, there’s no denying that this horror crowd-pleaser possesses some of the goriest deaths and inventive torture scenes of the entire genre and some of the most critically acclaimed horror movie toys. Although this new installment is currently untitled, it has been referred to as The Organ Donor and will feature actors Samuel L. Jackson, Max Minghella, Marisol Nichols, and the Rock. Will it be underwhelming or ultimately unforgettable? That’s up to you to find out. 

Here are a few other films that may delight your demonic senses:

  • The Turning (January 24, 2020): A film based on the 1898 novella The Turn Of The Screw by Henry James. 
  • Fantasy Island (February 14, 2020): Based on the ‘70s television series with the same name, however, with no trailer to go off of, we don’t quite know what to expect. 
  • The Invisible Man (February 28th, 2020): This movie is focused on restoring the low budget roots of the 1933 science fiction horror film, with a spin on a rather familiar story. 
  • A Quiet Place: Part II (March 20, 2020): This highly anticipated sequel possesses one of the most intriguing concepts in horror, but the silence definitely didn’t kill the need to use the premise to make another movie. 
  • Candyman (June 12, 2020): Everyone knows about the ‘90s film Candyman, so this iconical reprised film is simply a fresh take on an eerie classic. 
  • The Purge 5 (July 10, 2020): The franchise that’s centered around the unique concept of legal crime will once again purge another night following the success of the 2016 film, The Purge: Election Year. Shop: Purge God Mask
  • The Conjuring 3 (September 11, 2020): Another installment will join the widely popular The Conjuring Universe franchise and will be making its way to the big screen this September.  
  • Halloween Kills (October 16, 2020): Will Michael Myers finally defeat Laurie Strode or will he be overcome in a deadly, bloody battle?

Which films do you anticipate to be the highlight of your 2020? Drop a comment below to share with our readers.

“Halloween Kills” and “Halloween Ends”: What we know so far

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Michael Myers fans rejoice because there’s some chilling news about the Halloween franchise. Director, John Carpenter has confirmed circulating rumors which means two sequels are set to follow the successful 2018 reboot. So, it’s time for you to start gripping your Michael Myers horror collectibles as tight as you can because you’re going to have an alarming two years anticipating the premieres of these upcoming horror films. The best part is that the first movie is already in the works.

Halloween Kills (2020) 

Filming for “Halloween Kills” began early this month, placing it in theatres for October 16, 2020. The final scene from last year’s film ends with Laurie’s home engulfed in flames and a focused shot of the burnt basement containing Michael. Although, if you waited around for the credits to finish rolling you would have noticed the intense breathing, confirming that the infamous serial killer likely survived the events of the film — and that’s where “Halloween Kills” begins. How do we know that exactly? Well, you can thank Jamie Lee Curtis’ Instagram feed. One of the photos that she posted features her all bruised and beaten up. In fact, if you look closely at her injuries in the final scene of the reboot, the two are uncanny.

Halloween Ends (2021)

Since we don’t have the official plot and have only seen some online speculations, there isn’t really much to say about the final movie in the trilogy, “Halloween Ends”, other then we know that it will premiere a year later, on October 15, 2021. 

Needless to say, while there isn’t a lot of information floating around at the moment, here at Nightmare Toys we’re incredibly excited and have ordered more Michael Myers horror collectibles to celebrate his undying return to the big screen. 

What are your predictions for the upcoming horror films? Do you think Michael’s days of terrorizing Laurie will be over?

Your guide to the latest and greatest NECA horror action figures

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While there are so many frightening horror collectibles to assemble decoratively within your crypt, none are more bloodcurdling than a chilling display of horror action figures. Whether you’re a scary movie aficionado, a haunting horror gamer or part of the clan of simple folk who enjoy anything wildly dreadful, there’s something amid our online collection that’s bound to get your scare on. Since the compilation of otherworldly assemblages is vast and daunting, here are a few favored, horror collectibles in action figure form.

NECA Toony Terror Action Figures

Fill your shelves and your devilish hearts with a few 6” Toony Terrors action figures from NECA. Highlighting your favorite gruesome characters, these hair-raising keepsakes are wildly life-like in their design. The Michael Myers collectible is featured in his towering, ghoulish stance beholding his favored, ghastly butchers’ knife, while the realism of the Freddy Krueger collectible is just as horrifyingly awesome, with his piercing grin, vivid burn marks and grim knifed glove. All your beloved, sociopaths are up for grabs, including Pinhead, Leatherface, Chucky and Tiffany 2-pack, Jason Voorhees and Pennywise, in his 1990 or 2019 movie version. Simply can’t decide? We’re also offering NECA’s 4-pack of Toony Terror figures for a phenomenal price! Just keep in mind that these eerie-sistable dolls are all pre-orders and will be shipping on specific dates.

NECA 7” Scale Action Figures

When it comes to horror collectibles, none are more fearsome and frightful than those manufactured by NECA. So, if you’re looking for a unique action figure, you may want to browse the 7” to 12” scale action figure horror collectibles that are available for pre-order. Are you a fan of the King of Monsters? How about the leader of the Cenobites? To what degree does a paranormal doll get your heart pumping? There’s no need to hide your love for Godzilla, Pinhead or Annabelle because we’ve got some beguiling, horror collectibles that’ll ravish your innermost desires. Featuring window box packaging and the most authentic, movie details, these keepsakes will easily become the treasures of your dreadful collection. 

Which NECA relics will be joining your fearsome, horror collection? Drop a comment below to share with our readers.

What horror villain matches your personality?

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Naturally, as a fan of the macabre, there has probably been a time that you’ve wanted to place yourself in the shoes of your favorite horror villain. Whether you relish in the appalling idea of stabbing the back of your enemies, teaching the unworthy a lesson or simply dabbling in a little foul play, it’s hard not to admire the chilling personalities of the most fearsome foes in the genre. So, hold on to your hellish hats if you want to unchain yourself to find out which sociopath best exuberates your hair-raising characteristics. After all, wouldn’t it be ghoul putting horror collectibles on display that haunt your charm?

Michael Myers

If you’re a hair-raising ghoul who lacks emotions and is rather unimpressed by mankind in general, you may find that you can relate to some of the eerie-sistable qualities of Michael Myers. While many would describe this horror legend as a horrendous beast, we would define him as an empowering and patient man, as he often becomes fixated on things, but never lets his obsession take control. That being said, this menacing monster is also known for possessing superhuman strength, endurance and stealth-like movement. So, maybe you’re also a quiet, athletic soul?

Jason Voorhees

Those who are fans of hockey, swimming or the great outdoors, in general, have no problem finding connections to the personality of Jason Voorhees. So, whether you find spending time in nature to be soothing or you just enjoy keeping to yourself, there are so many relatable reasons to bond with this horror icon. Not to mention his quiet, subtle movements make him rather unpredictable, while also possessing an unstoppable desire to achieve his goals — murdering all those naughty campers. Does any of this sound relatable to your inner villain?

Leatherface

Chucky

For the devilish folks who are part scandalous and a tad bit threatening, you may best relate to the unnerving personality of Leatherface. Artistically inclined with an eye for fashion and design, the delicate craftsmanship that goes into sewing human skin should never go unnoticed. Nevertheless, if your human skin lamps and skeleton chairs are contributing to your misunderstood nature, this outback killer may be the one that pumps your dark, black heart.

If you’re anything like this voodoo-chanting, sinister doll then you’re likely the life of the party. Just like how each Chucky horror collectible is full of spunk and dirty jokes, you probably also take pride in your say-it-like-it-is personality. So, although his crude way of handling things can sometimes get him into trouble, it’s entirely relatable. So, bring on your extrovert nature and embrace your inner Chucky! 

Which of our four villains best matches your personality? Drop a comment below to share with our readers.

You wouldn’t want to SPRING into these 4 horror movie icons

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What is it that’s so absolutely chilling and alarming about the dark facade behind our favorite horror movie icons? Is it their damaging upbringing that makes us feel a connection to them? Is it the menacing terror that’s bestowed upon their victims that hooks us? Or is it this shrill element of fear that gets our hearts pumping? Regardless of how we choose to analyze the horror genre, horror movies and their dreadful villains are incredibly terrifying and lovable for so many reasons and best of all, they come in different ghoulish forms — disturbed people, demonic entities, grueling monsters or something utterly unexplainable. Needless to say, these iconic killers, despite their eerie-sistable performances in horror movies, are not the dark souls that you would want to be bumping into while out on the streets. Since the days of darkness are dwindling leading up to the Spring equinox (March 21), let’s take the last few precious days of darkness that we have left to pay our respects to the darkest horror movie icons in the business.

Michael Myers, Halloween  

No one quite knows what makes this psychopathic killer tick, but with a hit list that’s surely miles long, we simply wouldn’t feel comfortable asking him. Horror fans know Michael Myers as one of the most cold-blooded, faceless, motivation-less killers in the genre, so they probably wouldn’t want to run him unexpectedly. After all, he is the essence of pure evil and once he becomes fixated on a victim, he will stop at nothing until they’re in his clutches.

Pinhead, Hellraiser

Now, a run-in with this ruthless villain would result in the bloodthirsty harvest of your soul, so it would probably be best to avoid the leader of the Cenobites. Though Pinhead appears to be a quiet 80s horror movie villain, don’t let his presence fool you, this demonic entity is swift, ruthless and has several supernatural abilities. Needless to say, if you manage to spring yourself from the clutches of Pinhead, it’ll be short-lived escape before his unearthly attack methods will have you hanging by a hook and chains prior to mutilation.

Jason Voorhees, Friday the 13th

If you were to combine the emotionless evil of Michael Myers with the cutthroat, superhuman strength of Pinhead, you would get the machete-wielding killer Jason Voorhees. Needless to say, have you ever noticed the compassion that envelops Jason’s character? While he has no problem slaying adults or teenagers who he comes into contact with at Crystal Lake, Voorhees is never seen carving an animal or a child. Perhaps this evil villain is only concerned with teaching a lesson to those who enjoy breaking the rules. So, you better hope that he doesn’t discover your deepest, darkest secrets if you cross each other’s path one day.

Xenomorphs, Alien

Probably not one of the horror movie icons that you were expecting, but a shout out to the Xenomorphs, better known as the aliens from the Alien franchise, for their ferocious, otherworldly nature that’s so unrelenting when they come across any human form. How do they torture their victims? Well, they attach themselves to their victim’s face, embed an egg into the person’s stomach and once the supernatural life form is finished growing, it bursts out of the chest of the casualty while they’re still breathing. Yeah, there’s no witchcraft that’s going to get you out of their malevolent encounter!

Out of all the horror movies out there, which bloodthirsty villain are you most afraid of? Tell us in the comments section below.

What were the best horror movie franchises of all time?

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How do you determine what makes a horror movie franchise so successful? Certainly, box office numbers are a reasonable inclusion, but would you also consider the sheer cult following of the films? Would the number of sequels be a fair addition, or unfair because sometimes sequels never do the original franchise justice? Although there are many factors that need to be addressed in order to determine which horror franchises fans long for, the gruesome reality is that a successful horror movie should be based on one detrimental thing… the scarier the better!

Needless to say, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the top three bloodcurdling horror movie franchises are ones that emerged from the 70s and 80s and have since had multiple thrilling sequels.

#3: Nightmare on Elm Street

As a horror movie franchise that literally makes it impossible to fall asleep, or ever enter a dimly lit boiler room, it should come as no surprise that Wes Craven’s classic slasher made the list of top grossing horror franchises. Whether it’s because of the incredibly unique storyline behind the mysterious killings on Elm Street (one that has been changed to explain the depth of Freddy Krueger), or the enigma of the razor shape weaponry, this eerie-sistable horror movie franchise has earned a rightful place in our horror loving hearts. Needless to say, the series has been left open to ghoulish interpretation. What really happened to Freddy? How do his supernatural abilities expand into the realm of human dreams? Will directors be slashing the plot and eventually re-writing a new scripted tale? Only time will tell.

#2: Friday the 13th

Another cult classic that is fueled by a vengeful villain, Friday the 13th is everything horror fans want in a franchise — a devilish killer, lots of bloodcurdling screams and all the unanswered questions that makes us devour up horror movies. Featuring ten sequels since the original film in 1980, each more terrifying and gruesome than before, the hockey-masked Jason Voorhees has had no problems integrating his way into pop culture. After all, would it really be a dreadfully awesome Halloween party without someone dressed up as the slasher sociopath?

#1: Halloween

Especially after the alarming success of the latest addition to the Halloween franchise, it’s clear that fans of Michael Myers still want to peel back his many layers… and directors are fine with taking advantage of his fearsome story. This popular horror movie franchise consists of eleven films (spanning over a 40-year period), novels, comic books, insanely dead-icated merchandise and even a chilling video game. This supernatural bogeyman has always left us at the edge of our seats and personally, I feel that his ghostly shadow will be appearing on the big screens once again. After all, fans don’t seem to be getting tired of ruthless murders.   

With so many horror movie franchises to choose from, which one would be your favorite? Tell us in the comments section below.