Most of the iconic killers in the horror genre come in creepy face masks. A killer in disguise is more terrifying than one who decides to ditch the fake guise because it makes them appear less human. A masked killer doesn’t display any feeling of remorse when killing his victims. In You’re Next, a group of killers in animals masks violently attack a family in their home. Since the film hits theaters this weekend, we decided to make a list of the creepiest killers whose masked faces have haunted our nightmares. Check it out.
10. Leslie Vernon
Leslie Vernon is the ultimate fanboy. In Behind The Mask: The Legend of Leslie Vernon, he aims to be the next big horror legend by becoming a killer himself while a camera crew follows his journey. His mask is inspired by Michael Myers; it has that same simplicity, but Leslie’s mask does display a bit of emotion due to the large, sunken eyes (that make him look like he hasn’t slept in months) and his upside-down smile. Leslie’s mask is definitely one of weirder and more memorable ones we’ve seen in recent years.
9. Mrs. Tredoni
In Alice, Sweet Alice, Mrs. Tredoni’s disguise is subtly scary. The ruthless lady killer sports a translucent mask, covered with heavy drag-like makeup. To top it off, she wears a bright, yellow raincoat that just makes her all the more memorable and creepy. Mrs. Tredoni is an extremist. She’s a wrongly-religious freak with too much time on her hands. She criticizes people for their worldly lifestyles, and makes it her job to punish them for their sins.
8. Droog (Alex DeLarge)
The mask seen in A Clockwork Orange is purely symbolic. Alex DeLarge is a violent human being. He doesn’t care to hide his face, except in one disturbing scene where he and his gang of droogs enter a woman’s home, uninvited, to assault her. The clownish mask Alex wears has a Pinocchio nose and is totally phallic as he wears it while he’s raping Mrs. Alexander.
Say what you will about the Scream franchise, but that Ghostface mask (with its confused, shocked and sad frozen-expression) is as iconic as they come. Sure, it’s probably less scary now than it was 16 years ago (because of all the ridiculous spoofs and spinoffs), but it’s still just as popular. The mask is said to be inspired by Edvard Munch’s infamous painting The Scream and the cover of Pink Floyd’s The Wall, as well as some ghostly characters from the 1930′s Betty Boop cartoon. The Ghostface mask might not be as creepy as others seen on this list, but it’s still one of the most recognizable masks in history.
6. Babyface Killer
Talk about one creepy looking killer. Babyface, from The Hills Run Red, looks like a broken and deranged baby doll, with barbed wire holding together his mask. He’s the product of an incestuous relationship between father and daughter. Killing people is his art, and despite being a total nut job, he’s extremely devoted to his craft.
5. Hannibal Lector
Hannibal Lector’s mask is a little different than the rest on this list because he doesn’t put it on willingly. He’s muzzled by authority figures, who finally make him look like the monster that he really is. What’s more terrifying is that the mask only covers half his face, allowing us to clearly see his hateful eyes. Even though the mask restrains him from using his mouth (and eating human flesh), it doesn’t make us feel safe. If anything, the mask just makes him look ultra crazy and creepy.
4. Jigsaw (Pig Mask)
As a tribute to the Year of the Pig, Jigsaw (and some of accomplices) wear a disgusting pig mask to conceal their identities while kidnapping some of their victims. The pig is a symbol of greediness and selfishness, and Saw was huge on the symbolism part. The pig mask became an important emblem in the movies, not to mention horrifying.
Leatherface was inspired by real-life killer Ed Gein, who wore a mask made of human skin similar to the ones seen in the Texas Chainsaw Massacre movies. Thomas Hewitt (a.k.a. Leatherface) was damned from birth; he was born both mentally retarded and with a rare skin condition that left his face deformed. His parents used him as a killing machine, allowing him to torture and eat humans. Later as a grown man, Leatherface skinned the people he killed and used their faces as masks to cover up his grotesque appearance. Poor guy, he never stood a chance.
2. Jason Vorhees
In Friday the 13th, Jason took a piece of sport gear and turned it into a token of terror. Jason resides at Camp Crystal lake, where he was drowned to death as a child. Throughout the years, Jason has had several different looks (he’s pretty creative when it comes to disguises actually), but none is more memorable than that old-school hockey mask.
1. Michael Myers
Michael Myers has been the source of many nightmares. He’s a psychotic murderer who was placed in a mental institution since childhood for murdering his sister. He’s one of the most terrifying killers in the horror genre, and his simple, emotionless mask has much to do with it. Myers’ inexpressive, blank-white mask coincides with his soulless and evil personality. It’s not clear why Michael wears a mask (mainly he just likes masks), but with that empty exterior, horror master extraordinaire John Carpenter created something truly haunting and memorable.
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