The 30 cruelest horror movie villains. They will find you...

The Family - The Last House On The Left (2009)

The Cruel Villains: Consisting of Krug (Garret Dillahunt), Francis (Aaron Paul), Sadie (Riki Lindhome) and Justin (Spencer Treat Clark), this family have no qualms about killing to get what they want. And seeing as Krug has just escaped police custody, the killing should commence right about… now…

Nastiest Moment: Having kidnapped Mari (Sara Paxton) and Paige (Martha MacIsaac), the family kill Paige in the woods while Krug rapes Mari.

Killer Quote: “Did I do good? Tell me I did good!”

Dr Satan - House Of 1,000 Corpses (2003)

The Cruel Villain: A creature of legend, Dr Satan was apparently hanged for his crimes, but is actually living out his days in a warren of underground tunnels, where he enjoys keeping his victims alive while he vivisects them.

Nastiest Moment: See above. Shudder.

Killer Quote: [cough splutter cough]

Damien The Omen (1976)

The Cruel Villain: The adopted son of Robert (Gregory Peck) and Katherine (Lee Remick). Except Damien’s anything but a bundle of joy. Scary things keep happening to the people around him, and it seems he’s somehow involved…

Nastiest Moment: Being the Antichrist.

Killer Quote: [Young nanny to Damien] “Look at me, Damien! It's all for you.”

The Tall Man - Phantasm (1979)

The Cruel Villain: An undertaker with an overtone of menace, The Tall Man likes yelling “BOOOOOY!” as loudly as possible. Cruelty comes naturally – he transforms his dead charges into enslaved zombie dwarves (yes, really) to help him accomplish his goal of ruling the world.

Nastiest Moment: Unleashing his shiny, bladed, flying ball. Easily one of the coolest horror weapons ever.

Killer Quote: “You think when you die, you go to heaven. You come to us!”

Lubin - Leprechaun (1993)

The Cruel Villain: As the title of the film suggests, this guy’s an evil Leprechaun who’ll do anything to get his greasy little mitts on his pot of gold, which was stolen by a greedy American. Basically, anybody who gets in the way will find themselves variously sliced and diced.

Nastiest Moment: The leprechaun kills a pawn shop owner using a pogo stick…

Killer Quote: “Try as they will, and try as they might, who steals me gold won't live through the night.”

Candyman - Candyman (1992)

The Cruel Villain: A former slave who was killed for falling in love with a white woman, the Candyman has become a legend in his own right, and appears to anybody who says his name five times in the mirror. And when we say ‘appears’, we really mean ‘hacks apart’. Delightful.

Nastiest Moment: The bit where he opens his coat to reveal that his chest is fleshless and covered with bees. That’ll put anybody off their dinner.

Killer Quote: “I am the writing on the wall, the whisper in the classroom! Without these things, I am nothing. So now, I must shed innocent blood.”

Chucky - Child's Play (1988)

The Cruel Villain: Serial killer Charles Lee Ray evades death by using voodoo to transfer his dying soul into a Good-Guy doll called Chucky. Now all he has to do is find a new body to possess...

Nastiest Moment: Aside from running around gleefully killing people and then pinning his bad deeds on nipper Andy (Alex Vincent)? Well, there’s that bit where he uses a voodoo doll to kill his former mentor John (Raymond Oliver)…

Killer Quote: “Hi, I’m Chucky. Wanna play?”

Jack Torrance The Shining (1980)

The Cruel Villain: Jack (Jack Nicholson) isn’t exactly the best husband and father, but by the end of Stanley Kubrick’s chilling horror, he’s easily the worst. Taking the caretaker job at an isolated hotel during the winter off-season, Jack slowly loses his mind and takes it upon himself to kill his family.

Nastiest Moment: Obviously, the bit where Jack bludgeons the bathroom door with an axe in an attempt to get at his wife.

Killer Quote: “Wendy? Darling? Light, of my life. I'm not gonna hurt ya. You didn't let me finish my sentence. I said, I'm not gonna hurt ya. I'm just going to bash your brains in.”

The Creeper - Jeepers Creepers (2001)

The Cruel Villain: The Creeper is an immortal demon that awakens every 23rd spring in order to spend 23 days hunting and killing people for their body parts. See, the Creeper needs those part in order to replenish his own body.

Nastiest Moment: We discover the film’s upbeat theme tune is entirely fitting, as the Creeper has killed Darry (Justin Long) and stolen his eyes.

Killer Quote: [ The Cat Lady on The Creeper ] “That's not my scarecrow…”

Angela - Sleepaway Camp (1983)

The Cruel Villain: Angela’s both victim and villain. As we discover at the end of this low-budget slasher, she’s actually a boy who was raised a girl by her mother. Which, crack psychology alert, sent her a little bit crazy and leads to her murder spree at Camp Arawak. And that's where the cruelty kicks in, Angela's victims go in some pretty darn gruesome ways. Bees, boiling oil, and...

Nastiest Moment: Camp bitch Judy gets her comeuppance (and then some) when Angela takes a hot pair of hair straighteners and shoves ‘em where the sun don’t shine. Burrrrrrn.

Killer Quote: “Meet me at the waterfront after the social…”

Josh Winning has worn a lot of hats over the years. Contributing Editor at Total Film, writer for SFX, and senior film writer at the Radio Times. Josh has also penned a novel about mysteries and monsters, is the co-host of a movie podcast, and has a library of pretty phenomenal stories from visiting some of the biggest TV and film sets in the world. He would also like you to know that he "lives for cat videos..." Don't we all, Josh. Don't we all.