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22 Of the Most Traumatizing Horror Movie Characters, According To Fans

Horror fans tend to be beasts when it comes to the super scary movies. They’re desensitized–nothing scares them. Well, almost nothing. Horror fans recently shared some of the most traumatizing horror movie characters of all time. If they scare these diehard fans, then you might get spooked, too.

Zelda from Pet Sematary

Pet Sematary

For me it personally has to be Zelda from Pet Sematary. I saw the original movie when I was young and i still have dreams about Zelda to this day and I’m 27 lmao.


Freddy Kreuger from A Nightmare on Elm Street

A Nightmare on Elm Street

Freddy absolutely terrified me as a kid! I couldn’t sleep for what felt like weeks.


Pyramid Head from Silent Hill

Silent Hill

Pyramid head from Silent Hill. The way he took that woman’s skin off of her body like it was rubber freaked me out for months as a kid


Count Orlok from Nosferatu


Count Orlok from Nosferatu. I saw that flick as a very young kid with an overactive imagination. His appearance and intensity were creepy enough, but his silence and the way he seemed to move really did it.

I hadn’t seen any silent films before, and the only vampires I knew were like, maybe Fracula and the Count from Sesame Street. Orlok showed up in quite a few nightmares during my youth


Tim Curry’s Pennywise from It


Tim Curry’s Pennywise has always terrified me as a child, he still does now!


Kane from Poltergeist 2

Poltergeist 2

There’s something incredibly unnerving in that smile and his mannerisms, definitely reminiscent of a walking corpse. Scared the shit out of me as a kid and still makes me cringe when I see him.


Weir from Event Horizon

Event Horizon

Possessed Sam Neill ripping out his own eyes in Event Horizon. Seared into my memory forever.


Seth Brundle in The Fly

The Fly

I was a child and walked in to the living room when I couldn’t sleep, my father was watching it on TV. I saw the transformation scene and was hysterically scared

Then I saw it as an adult and thought it was great.


Buffalo Bill in The Silence of the Lambs

The Silence of the Lambs

Buffalo Bill mocking the woman’s screams when she’s trapped in that pit. The whole lotion in the basket thing has become such a pop culture joke now, but when I saw this movie as a kid I was so creeped out by him.


The Ghost from The Grudge

The Grudge

This ruined me for all of middle school and high school. I would tell people that and they would make the throat noise, but it wasn’t that it was the contortionist movements. shudders


The Ghost Girl in The Sixth Sense

The Sixth Sense

Ghost girl from The Sixth Sense scared me more than anything ever. I saw it when I was 8, and her vomiting on the kid was terrifying. And her eyes when she is hiding under the bed in his room scared me too.


The Clown from Poltergeist


Man fuck that clown. Scarier than Pennywise.


The Furry from The Shining

The Shining

The furry was soooo creepy because it just comes out of left field. There’s some references to it in the book, but as far as those moments in the movie go, you’re expecting to see more haunted house type stuff, not this weird furry ghost tryst.


Samara from The Ring

The Ring

Samara from The Ring. I saw it when I was 11 and 19 years later I still jump every time I see her. Like…not even the dead, decayed version…just her 😂

Daveigh Chase even played a Fundamentalist Mormon character on Big Love and I could barely look at her even with her pink prairie dress and light brown hair in a braid!


Michael Myers from Halloween


One night as a kid, I woke up and snuck towards the living room to see if my mum or dad were still up. They were watching what I now know to be the original 1978 Halloween, and it was towards the end as Jamie Lee Curtis encounters Michael Myers. I froze and watched the rest of the movie peeking round the doorway. Since then I cannot be in the dark; cannot sleep with the door open; must have all downstairs windows and doors locked after dinner times and curtains shut immediately the sun goes down, just in case Michael Myers hops on a plane and comes to get me in Scotland.


The Creeper from Jeepers Creepers

Jeepers Creepers

The scene when they’re driving by and see him dump the bodies really got to young me. Made me worried I’d see something like that on a drive and get hunted.


The Grand High Witch from The Witches

The Witches

The Grand High Witch! Anjelica Huston played that role with terrifying perfection, and the special effects were grotesque!


Uncle Frank from Hellraiser


The uncle from Hellraiser, even pinhead thought he was messed up by their standards 😆


The Demons from Ghost


The demons from Ghost when they drag you to hell. Those moans, man… those moans. 😭


Danny Glick from Salem’s Lot

Salem’s Lot

My 12-year self was terrified of looking out my nighttime window for months.


Ghostface from Scream


I was 8 and I remember being scared to go trick or treating that year because EVERYONE went as Ghostface and I was afraid one of them would really be him. My parents were irritated with me because I ruined Halloween for all my siblings and cousins.

I felt so vindicated when Scream 2 came out and Jada gets it in the open. I was like “SEE! I knew it could happen!”


Chucky from Child’s Play

Child’s Play

I still hate any kind of dolls, porcelain or otherwise because I saw Child’s Play when I was 10.

The fact that he killed (if I remember correctly) a teacher made me feel so fucking unsafe. Like, if an adult teacher at school wasn’t safe, what chance did I have?