The 10 scariest, most haunting horror movie villains, from Chucky to Jason and Freddy

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Halloween puts horror movies back at the top of watchlists, offering classics that continue to scare adults and provide nightmares to new generations.
The 10 scariest, most haunting horror movie villains, from Chucky to Jason and Freddy

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Halloween season means more than just pumpkin-flavored everything and trick-or-treat candy.

The holiday also paves way for horror movies to vault into the upper echelon of genres, offering classics that continue to scare adults and provide nightmares to newer generations. Though horror movies have varied in style over recent years with their villainy, some clear-cut menacing villains stand out as most memorable and nightmarish.

USA TODAY examines the 10 most haunting, scariest horror movie villains. We kept the list limited to movies where the central focus is on the actual villain, with bonus points for franchises that have capitalized on the aforementioned terrorizer.

10. Leprechaun

This isn't your Lucky Charms leprechaun. Warwick Davis' terrorizing little villain had a dark brutality that helped him fit into the horror genre and develop a cult following. The 1993 "Leprechaun," which featured Jennifer Aniston in her theatric debut, spawned six sequels.

9. Ghostface

The "Scream" movie villain was less frightening and prompted more of a satirical style to the series, but the masked villain became iconic as a killer in the horror genre, known for signature taunting of victims. A different character played Ghostface in every movie, making for a different killer each time.

8. Pinhead

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