List: Scariest Movie Characters

Last week, we looked at some of the scariest scenes in movie history. This week, it’s scary characters. Like last week’s list, these aren’t necessarily from horror movies, but they are all terrifying. These ten scariest characters are presented in chronological order of each film’s release date.

 

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The Wicked Witch of the West, The Wizard of Oz (1939; Margaret Hamilton)

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Charles Oakley, Shadow of a Doubt (1943; Joseph Cotten)

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Rev. Harry Powell, The Night of the Hunter (1955; Robert Mitchum)

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Rhoda Penmark, The Bad Seed (1956; Patty McCormick)

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Maleficent, Sleeping Beauty (1959; Eleanor Audley)

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Norman Bates, Psycho (1960; Anthony Perkins)

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Mrs. John Iselin, The Manchurian Candidate (1962; Angela Lansbury)

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The HAL 9000 Operating System, 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968; Douglas Raines)

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Jadis the White Witch, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (2005; Tilda Swinton)

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