Scariest villains in Movies/Series

Note: I am discounting James Bond movies, Marvel movies Etc. where Villains are more caricaturish and not really scary, IMHO.

Movie (OR) Series




Silence of the Lambs / Hannibal

Anthony Hopkins

Hannibal Lecter

Is an explanation needed? 😊


Esai Morales

Camino del Rio

I am (even more) s**t-scared of Drug Lords after this 😊

Joy Ride

Matthew Kimbrough / Ted Levine

Rusty Nail

How about being scary without appearing on screen at all?


Tom Cruise


What a rousing performance.


Saswata Chatterjee

Bob Biswas

Talk about a geeky-looking monster.

The Departed

Jack Nicholson

Frank Costello

While people around him kill left and right, he actually never kills anyone in the movie. But man, is he menacing.

The Duel

Carey Loftin

Truck Driver

Again, a character we never see on screen. What a movie!


Amjad Khan

Gabbar Singh

Nothing to add 😊

Cape Fear

Robert De Niro

Max Cady

De Niro got an Oscar nomination for his efforts. The inspiration behind some of the scenes in Mohanlal’s β€œOppam”, Shah Rukh Khan’s β€œDarr” Etc.


Manoj Bajpayee


What a scary hitchhiker!


Tony Moran / Nick Castle

Michael Myers

The β€œDaddy” of Slasher films. I am only including Michael Myers from among the other characters in the Slasher genre movies (The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Jeepers Creepers franchise, Saw franchise, Friday the 13th, Scream franchise, Nightmare on Elm Street Etc.)


Additions (Based on feedback from friends):

No Country for Old Men / Javier Bardem / Anton Chigurh / Man, the dude was real scary and everyone else in the move that we rooted for, got massacred by the dude.



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