50 Creepiest Movie Psychopaths

Jason Voorhees Friday The 13th, Part II (1981)

The Psycho: A ‘special’ young man who was presumed drowned as a child, Jason returns to wreak hell on Camp Blood campers after having watched his mother die.

Creepiest Act: That shiver-inducing scene when Jason’s in a dark cabin room – except Ginny (Amy Steel) and Paul (John Furey) can’t see him.

“There’s someone in this room…”

Rupert Pupkin The King Of Comedy (1982)

The Psycho: A wannabe stand-up comedian, Rupert Pupkin (Robert De Niro) nonetheless suffers from a crippling lack of talent.

Creepiest Act: After meeting successful comedian Jerry Langford (Jerry Lewis), Pupkin fantasises that they are friends.

He even takes a date – uninvited – to Langford’s house.

Then kidnaps him…

Peter Loew Vampires Kiss (1988)

The Psycho: A ranting literary agent whose grip on reality is slackening considerably, Peter Loew (Nicolas Cage) is on a tailspin into hell.

And not just because he’s convinced he’s turning in a vampire.

Creepiest Act: After buying a pair of plastic fangs, Peter attacks a woman in a club…

Don Logan Sexy Beast (2000)

The Psycho: A bank-heist-obsessed sociopath, Don Logan (Ben Kingsley) likes to think of himself as a victim of circumstance and doesn’t take rejection very well.

He’s also got a bit of a temper.

Creepiest Act: Logan attempts to kill former associate Gary Dove (Ray Winstone), first by smashing a beer bottle in his ear…

Belial Bradley Basket Case (1982)

The Psycho: The Siamese twin of Duane Bradley (Kevin Van Hentenryck), Belial was detached from his brother as a child and consigned to a basket.

He’s hideous.

Creepiest Act: Crawling into bed with Duane’s lover, in an incredibly misguided attempt at seduction.

Nobody needs to see that.

Fargo Highwaymen (2003)

The Psycho: Fargo’s body, to put it bluntly, is fucked – he’s mostly made up of prosthetics.

Which is why he loves his 1972 Cadillac El Dorado so much.

Not least because he uses it as a very speedy murder weapon.

Creepiest Act: Not satisfied with killing women alone, Fargo leaves clues for Rennie Cray (Jim Cazaviel) to follow.

Alex Forrest Fatal Attraction (1987)

The Psycho: A flipped-out fashion editor, Alex (Glenn Close) starts losing her rag when she can’t have Dan Gallagher (Michael Douglas), the married man she had an ill-advised affair with.

Creepiest Act:
Boiling the family’s pet bunny, of course.

So atrocious it coined a turn of phrase still used today to describe a psycho ex-lover.

Patrick Bateman American Psycho (2000)

The Psycho: An on-edge Wall Street worker who fantasises about butchering people in various nasty ways.

Likes looking at himself in the mirror. A lot.

Creepiest Act: Pretty much everything Bateman does can be classed as creepy, but his dalliance with a pair of prostitutes is definitely up there.

Papa Jupiter & Sons The Hills Have Eyes (1977)

The Psychos: A clan of psychos fathered by Papa Jupiter (James Whitworth).

This singularly odd-looking lot live out in the desert and prey on innocent people who stray into their territory.

Creepiest Act: The clan tie up Ruby and force her to eat her dog, Beauty.

Norman Stansfield Leon (1994)

The Psycho: A drug-addicted narcotics cop (oh the irony), Norman Stansfield (Gary Oldman) is as crooked as they come.

Don’t let the suit fool you.

Creepiest Act: Ordering a hit on a couple of kids isn't exactly what we'd call lovely behaviour.

But it's Stansfield sweaty drug-fuelled fondness for Mozart and Brahms that sends a shudder up our spines.

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.