Michael Rooker’s deeply disturbing portrayal of a serial killer is one of the most accurate you’ll see on film. Gritty, dingy and menacing, the film has the feel of a psychopath recording his darkest deeds on a camcorder.
Amon Goethe (Ralph Fiennes) from Schindler's List
Fiennes brooding performance as the sadistic concentration camp commandant will chill you to the bone. Nominated for an Oscar as best supporting actor, he lost out to Tommy Lee Jones in one of the biggest travesties in the Academy’s history.
Leatherface (Gunnar Hansen) from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
What could be more terrifying than being chased by a chainsaw-wielding psycho intent on carving you up like a Thanksgiving turkey? Well, if said psycho were wearing a mask fashioned from human skin that would do it! The prototypical slasher, Leatherface still terrifies, decades after the movie’s debut.
Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) from The Shining
Stephen King apparently hated this adaptation of his novel and the movie is somewhat spoilt by an overbearing soundtrack and a rather irritating performance by Shelley Duvall. Nicholson, though, is quite brilliant as a man slipping slowly into insanity.
George Harvey (Stan Tucci) from The Lovely Bones
The movie garner mixed reviews, but Tucci got an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of George Harvey, the quiet, unassuming neighbor who lives a double life as a pedophilic serial killer. A chillingly accurate depiction of a sexual psychopath.
Frank Booth (Denis Hopper) from Blue Velvet
Frank Booth is probably the last guy on earth you’d want to get on the wrong side of. The schizophrenic mobster with a taste for torture, rape and mutilation is one of the scariest guys ever to grace the silver screen. Hopper’s depiction is ultra-menacing and will stay with you for a long time after the credits roll.
John Doe (Kevin Spacey) from Se7en
Kevin Spacey’s deadpan portrayal of the darkly inventive John Doe leaves a lasting impression in this disturbing police procedural from director David Fincher. Includes some of the most brutal murders ever depicted on screen.
Annie Wilkes (Kathy Bates) from Misery
Deranged fan Annie Wilkes holds writer Paul Sheldon prisoner in this chilling adaptation of Stephen King’s novel. Bates portrayal of the psychopathic, bipolar Wilkes earned her a richly deserved Oscar.
Jame Gumb a.k.a. Buffalo Bill (Ted Levine) from Silence of the Lambs
Anthony Hopkins garnered the praise and awards but for me Ted Levine’s Buffalo Bill, a serial killer who skins his female victims, exceeded even Hannibal Lechter on the creep-out scale. Even after several viewings, the “metamorphosis” scene is still difficult to watch.
Max Cady (Robert De Niro) from Cape Fear
Few actors do menace as well as De Niro and in this role he plays Max Cady, a recently paroled rapist out for revenge against the lawyer who failed to get him acquitted. The scenes of physical violence are extreme, but for pure creepiness, Cady’s seduction of young Danielle Bowden (played by Juliette Lewis) is right up there.
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