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The 10 Scariest Movie Psychopaths Of All Time

17 March 2013 | Features, Film Lists | by David Zou

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In horror movies, there are so many creepy creatures to chill you to the bones. Zombies, vampires, werewolves, you name it. However, the scariest kind is human, the psychopaths. The reason is simple, you never know their true intention and identity until they reveal their evil side. The following 10 scariest psychopaths in movie history will surely enthrall all viewers.


10. Frank Booth – Blue Velvet


The Psycho: Blue Velvet draws the lead characters into a hidden, voyeuristic underworld of crime. As a fan of  sadomasochism, Frank Booth (Dennis Hopper) might be parents’ least favorite character because he frequently uses dirty words. He also engages in drug abuse, kidnapping, sexual violence and has a habit of sucking on a weird gas when he gets “high”.

Scariest Moment: “Don’t you f***ing look at me!”


9. Mr Blonde – Reservoir Dogs


The Psycho: In Reservoir Dogs, it was soon revealed to his accomplices that Mr Blonde was a sadistic psycopath, who enjoys shooting people. Later he is given the task of guarding L.A police officer Marvin Nash, whose ear is brutally cut off by Mr. Blonde.

Scariest Moment: In one of the most famous scenes in Reservoir Dogs, Mr Blonde slices a cop’s ear off with the music of “Stuck in The Middle with You”.


8. Alex – A Clockwork Orange

Alex A Clockwork Orange

The Psycho: Alex is the anti-hero in the movie. An anti-hero is not the villain, but the hero who lacks common hero qualities. He is portrayed as a psychopath who robs, rapes, and assaults innocent people chosen at random for his own amusement.

Scariest Moment: On a rainy night, Alex and his gang break into a house, beating the hell out of the old man to the accompaniment of the music of “Singing in the Rain”, and then rape the daughter.


7. Anton Chigurh – No Country for Old Men

Anton Chigurh No Country for Old Men

The Psycho: In the film, Chigurh is portrayed as an unstoppable hitman who kills almost everyone he meets with his signature weapon – a captive bolt pistol. While he is a ruthless killer, Chigurh occasionally gives his victims a second chance by flipping a coin and letting fate decide if he should spare them or not.

Scariest Moment: Soon after one young sheriff claims in the phone that Anton Chigurh is in his control, he is then strangled to death by Chigurh’s handcuffs.


6. The Joker – The Dark Knight


The Psycho: The Joker has a  taste for the theatrical just like his rival batman. Not like other traditional bad guys who pursue power or money, The Joker just wants to test his theory that “human are born evil”. He is a highly intelligent psychopath with a warped, sadistic sense of humor.

Scariest Moment:  “Look at me!”


5. John Doe – Se7en

John Doe Se7en

The Psycho: A serial killer obsessed with the seven deadly sins, John Doe (Kevin Spacey) uses them as inspiration for his sick killings. He claims that God told him to punish the wicked and reveal the world for the awful place that it is. In the end, he successfully seduces detective Mills to commit the last sin “Wrath”.

Scariest Moment: Detective Somerset opens the box John Doe has previously delivered to the desert, in it is the head of Mills’ pregnant wife.


4. Annie Wilkes – Misery

Annie Wilkes Misery

The Psycho: As a die-hard fan of the wounded writer, Anne Wilkes saves his life in a car accident and takes good care of his idol. But when she knows that the writer plans  to kill off her favorite character in his next book, she locks him up in her room and does whatever she can to prevent the writer’s escape.

Scariest Moment: Annie executes the hobbeling operation to make sure the writer can still write but can never escape.


3. Jack Torrence –  The Shining


The Psycho: The novel presents Jack as initially likable and well-intentioned but haunted by the demons of alcohol and authority issues, then is restored to sanity partly through the aid of his son, Danny. While the movie implies that he is insane from the start and his final redemption never occurs.

Scariest Moment: “Here’s Johnny!”


2. Norman Bates – Psycho


The Psycho: Reportedly, when working on the film, Hitchcock decided that he wanted audiences to be able to sympathize with Bates and genuinely like the character, so he made him more of a “boy next door.” But the movie turned out to be a horror show hosted by the young boy.

Scariest Moment: Appearing as a blurry, wig-wearing shadow through a shower curtain, then raising a hand to reveal a knife. You know the rest.


1. Hannibal Lecter – The Silence of the Lambs


The Psycho: As an intelligent and decorated doctor who has tremendous love for human flesh, Hannibal Lecter receives “the highest treatment” in prison but still manages to escape from it. Anthony Hopkins only appears on screen for 16 minutes, but his creepy look and voice has made Lecter a cultural icon.

Scariest Moment: “I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti.”

What other creepy movie psychopaths haven’t been mentioned in the list? Let us know in the comments.


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  • Steven Flores

    Shit, that would be the ultimate battle royal. A fight to the death. Inside a cage. Who’d win that?

  • basuperstar

    Can cars be psychopaths? Cos Stephen King’s ‘Christine’ creeped the shit out of me

  • Jason Kauffman

    I’m not sure there WOULD be a winner,putting any of these guys together in a cage and letting them go at it. It would very much be like Chuck Norris in a cage fight with himself!

  • Anthony Appleton

    How about Silva in Skyfall? He’s one seriously f***ed up dude.

  • Mark Harding

    Gaear Grimsrud in Fargo, don’t think I can relate to someone who sticks his partner in a woodchipper after killing an innocent housewife. The quiet ones are usually the scariest.

  • Eduardo Mendez Cavallo

    Max Cady from Cape Fear…