Top 10 Modern Day Horror Villians


I am a big fan of the horror villains that came out in the 1980’s, but we don’t seem to give credit to modern horror villains.  As we have been in the remake/reboot kick as of late, we tend to forget about the serial killers that were originally created to follow in the footsteps  of Iconic villains such as Jason Voorhees or Michael Myers.   Here  is a list of my favorite modern day horror villains that are as good as the classic killers of yesteryear

10.   The Maniac from Maskmaker (2011): 

If this villain is used properly than I can see this film having many sequels.  The film received horrible reviews, but I think it was a good quality, fun horror slasher film.  The killer was basically a copy cat from Ed Gein and Texas Chainsaw Massacre since he wore people’s faces.

For an Indie film, it had decent acting, good kills, cameos from stars on horror movies we grew up on, and the back story was creative.   The maniac made my list because as I watched the film, I felt I was watching a modern-day, eighties, Texas Chainsaw Massacre movie

9.  Lipstick Face Demon (Insidious-2011)

Even though he wasn’t in the film very long, Lipstick face demon was on of my favorites because he was very similar to Freddy Kruger.  I really hope there is a spin-off one day, and the Lipstick face demon gets his own horror franchise.

8.  Seth & Jonah (Seconds Apart 2011) 

They might look like everyday, average teenagers, but these twins are far from it.  Seth & Jonah are a pair of twins who share the ability of telepathy and telekinesis.  With their abilities, they kill their classmates, random strangers, pedophiles and more with bizarre and twisted results.

7.  Baby face (Hills run Red-2009): 

I will admit this movie was slow and a little weird, but it was gory and had a nice little twist at the end.  The whole movie was about how Tyler wanted to find the long, lost horror film with the most deranged, notorious, serial killer, baby face.   Eventually, Tyler does find a lead and goes to the town along with a few others, to see if the film exist and that’s when the horror begins.

6.  Leslie Vernon (Behind the Mask 2006): 

This film will go down as one of my favorite horror documentary (or mockumentary) type style movies.   Leslie Vernon agrees to have a camera crew and a reporter follow him around to observe how modern horror villains kill their victims.

Throughout most of the film Leslie seems to be a nice guy until towards the end when the camera crew and reporter are reminded in grizzly fashion that he is a serial killer.  To this day, I still watch the film if it appears on Netflix or cable.   I am crossing my fingers that we will see a sequel.

5.  Creeper (Jeepers Creepers 1 & 2): 

It was only a matter of time when you knew he would make my list.   I loved this movie!  When you take a popular song back in 1938 and use it for a horror movies than you know it’s going to be good.

The creature known as creeper, is an ancient demon  that rises every twenty-third spring for twenty-three days to eat human body parts.  He can find his victims through fear and by finding fear through the main characters, he found his next meal.

4.  Rubber tire (Rubber 2010) : 

How can a killer tire make a horror movie?  If you are the tire from, “Rubber” than anything is possible.  Rubber is a tire that comes alive in the desert and goes on a killing spree with it’s telepathic powers as a crowd of people watch through their binoculars as if they are watching a live movie.

This was a weird, but interesting movie.

3.  Chrome Skull (Laid to Rest 1 & 2): 

Chrome Skull was the most hyped, talked about, modern day serial killer in 2009 when laid to rest was released.   Chrome Skull is known for killing his victims, mostly girls, and filming them while it’s happening.

His sequel hasn’t been released on DVD yet, and he has already killed over thirty-one people.  With his high-tech arsenal of weapons, I am sure we are in store for some gory kills when the sequel does come out.

2.  Billy the Puppet (Dead Silence 2007): 

Billy the Doll is the next modern-day Chucky.   What makes him scary is he had a ghost companion with him, Mary Shaw and her hundreds of puppets.  They could have done so much more with the film, but I am thankful Billy the Puppet was introduced to  horror.

I don’t see a planned sequel because it was quickly abandoned after the harsh reviews it received from everyone including Rotten Tomatoes.

1.  Victor Crowley (Hatchet 1&2):

In my opinion, Victor Crowley is the best iconic horror villain in the 21st century.  He was an original idea created from his maker Adam Green.  If horror movies are going to continue to stay alive for our younger generation than  Adam Green’s monster, Victor Crowley, will be our savior.   With the release of Hatchet 2 and a planned Hatchet 3, Victor Crowley is here to stay.

He is a legendary monster that hails from New Orleans who isn’t the sharpest knife in the drawer, but his supernatural origins, superhuman strength, and trusty hatchet has given him a total of 29 deaths out of his two films.  At this rate if he continues to get more sequels he will have the same amount of kills or more than the Icon, Jason Voorhees.

Please feel free to share your thoughts or your top 10 horror villains of today.    Thank you for taking the time to read.


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      1. The Creature September 18, 2011 at 4:14 pm

        Awesome artical and unique list. Good job, Gingersnap! :)

        I will also give a mention to the killer from Midnight Movie, and Jigsaw of Saw.

      2. HorrorMovies September 18, 2011 at 4:21 pm

        i agree jigsaw should have made the list but I commend GingerSnap for making a list which had some very original and credible selections. Great Top 10 list!

      3. Marnie September 18, 2011 at 6:18 pm

        The Kids in the movie EDEN LAKE are all really good villians too. They are so scarey because it seems to us in the beginning that they are just your ordinary run of the mill “mean kids” that really mean no hard but just want to cause a little mischief. But we find out otherwise as the story quickly unfolds into a bloody sadistic scare fest!

      4. Tianalawrence23 September 18, 2011 at 6:24 pm

        Why do I have all of these movies the best of all time is Insidious. I couldn’t sleep for 3 days. Good job with the list  GingerSnap  T.C.

      5. LullyG. September 18, 2011 at 6:24 pm

        I would add the guys from Funny Games, but great list!!

      6. Will Creffield September 18, 2011 at 8:41 pm

        wow, most of these “Icons” of horror I’ve NEVER heard of.

      7. Michael Stewart September 18, 2011 at 9:24 pm

        Great list!  My faves are: Lipstick Face Demon (kinda reminds me of Darth Maul), Leslie Vernon, Creeper, and Victor Crowley. 

      8. Firedog909 September 18, 2011 at 11:09 pm

        Thought the killer in The Collector would fit nicely on this list.

      9. Ted Bundy September 19, 2011 at 6:52 pm

        I don’t agree with any of them. I gave Dead Silence 5 of 6 stars. I liked it very much. I gave Insidious 6 of 6 stars. It’s really a great movie. I was stoned at the time and had the most incredible movie experience ever. My childhood crush was Michael Myers from Halloween. I’ve never been a very big Freddy Krueger fan, but I love some of his quotes, like: “It’s prime time, bitch!” and [looking at the black girl in Freddy vs. Jason]: “How sweet, dark meat…” But I think I’ve seen it all now. Victor Crowley was just a bug in the ass. There’s nothing original about him. [Anyone ever heard of a dude named Jason Voorhees?] I’m into snuff now, as far as you get. Horror is fun, but I seek more… I strongly recommend Insidious and Dead Silence. ;D

      10. Horror Remakes January 13, 2012 at 4:25 pm

        Nice list. Lipstick Demon from Insidious is the only thing/person that has made me shit a little when seen, in the past 20 years or so. That and my surround kit in full effect watching the recent The Thing release 😛

      11. haydenshorrors December 6, 2013 at 2:02 pm

        What about The Brothers from House of Wax ?

      12. Elena Warner January 4, 2014 at 5:08 pm

        Well thought out list. Thanks GingerSnap. Gonna share

      13. Joey Keogh January 4, 2014 at 5:11 pm

        The Creeper is the least scary villain ever!

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          Horror-Movies.ca January 4, 2014 at 5:56 pm

          Creeper is polarizing. People either hate it or love it. I loved it!

      14. Graymo January 4, 2014 at 5:32 pm

        Great list! The collector would fit nicely in her but who to extract. Very well done

      15. Thaddeus Luick January 4, 2014 at 5:57 pm

        Great list!!!

      16. poetvogon January 4, 2014 at 7:47 pm

        Dude… You completely forgot about pyramid head and the silent hill nurses. Good list though.

      17. lizle January 4, 2014 at 9:59 pm

        Definitely Pyramid Head

      18. John Renzoni January 5, 2014 at 6:31 am

        I didn’t think much of the list. Agree with Jeepers Creepers….it’s more original than the rest (except for the tire, which I don’t get). Maybe I’m too old school. Pinhead from Hell Raiser, always was a favorite.