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By Alex Winehouse On October 31, 2011

The Scariest Movie Characters Of All Time Revealed

To get you in the Halloween spirit...

Pumpkin sales are up, grown adults are putting on stupid costumes, and decent, law abiding citizens are bracing themselves for an invasion of sugar-overdosing children threatening to vandalise their homes unless we cough up protection money in candy form. Yes, it's Halloween time again, and what better way to mark the day than with a look at the scariest characters from the last 90 years of cinema.

From Nosferatu to Sadako, directors have delighted in scaring the bejesus out of us ever since someone thought it would be a good idea to film a train moving at speed towards a stationary camera.  And, with films such as 'Paranormal Activity 3' currently packing them in at cinemas around the world, it seems our appetite for a good night's fright won't be abating any time soon.

Here is our selection of the 20 most terrifying creations ever committed to celluloid. As you can see, they don't need to be human to give us a good fright. And, before you all start complaining, the list is in no particular order, we just called them as we saw them. No one here is suggesting Michael Myers is scarier than Jason Voorhees, this is just how it came to us.

So, for those brave enough to dare, here are our scariest movie characters of all time...

Sadako - The Ring (1998)
Grand High Witch - The Witches (1990)
Freddy Kruger - A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
The Child Catcher - Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)
Pinhead - Hellraiser (1987)
Michael Myers - Halloween (1978)
Chucky - Child's Play (1988)
Xenomorph - Alien (1979)
Leatherface - The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
Jigsaw - Saw (2004)
Alex Forrest - Fatal Attraction (1987)
Max Cady - Cape Fear (1991)
Clown - It (1990)
Hannibal Lecter - The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Jason Voorhees - Friday the 13th (1980)
Damien Thorn - The Omen (1976)
Norman Bates - Psycho (1960)
Nosferatu - Nosferatu (1922)
Jack Torrance - The Shining (1980)
Birds - The Birds (1963)
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