Inspired by PopHorror’s list of the Top 50 Women in Horror Movies and Thrillers (which you can read here and here), we have compiled a list of The Top 50 Men In Horror Movies and Thrillers. This is part two of two. The list will include men who are actors, writers, directors, and musicians. You can check out part one here. Sit back, relax and be inspired by the rest of our Top 50 Men In Horror and Thrillers.
Top 50 Men In Horror Movies and Thrillers Part Two
24) John Cusack
Projects: 1408, Identity, Cell, The Factory, The Frozen Ground, The Raven (2012), The Ice Harvest, Stand By Me
Fun Fact: Has a production company called New Crime Productions that produced Grosse Pointe Blank (1997), Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998), and The Jack Bull (1999), as well as various stage productions. The company was founded with two of his high school buddies, Steve Pink and D.V. DeVincentis.
23) Mike Flanagan
Projects: Hush, Oculus, Absentia, Ouija: Origin of Evil, Gerald’s Game, Before I Wake
Fun Fact: Siegal and Flanagan role-played each scene for Hush in their house before writing it down. This enabled them to better envision how the characters would really react in the face of danger.
22) Kane Hodder
Projects: Friday the 13th franchise, Hatchet franchise, Death House, Wishmaster, Pumpkinhead 2: Blood Wings, Exit 33, Children of the Corn V: Fields of Terror, Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon, The Devil’s Rejects, 2001 Maniacs, Old 37, Digging Up the Marrow, Twiztid: Sick Man music video, Holliston TV series, Chillerama, Fear Clinic TV series, Ed Gein: The Butcher of Plainfield, Ghoulies Go to College, House II: The Second Story
Fun Fact: After suffering severe burns during a stunt mishap in the ’80s, he spends his free time working with children in burn centers.
21) Michael Berryman
Projects: The Hills Have Eyes (1977), The Hills Have Eyes Part 2 (1984), Weird Science, Aftershock, The Devil’s Rejects, The Lords of Salem, Death House
Fun Fact: Worked as a florist before entering the acting profession.
20) Brad Dourif
Projects: Child’s Play franchise, The Exorcist 3, Rob Zombie’s Halloween, Halloween 2 (2009), Graveyard Shift, Critters 4, Murder In The First, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest
Fun Fact: Is the only actor to be in all seven Child’s Play films, although he only appeared onscreen in Child’s Play (1988) and Curse Of Chucky (2013). In all the other films, his performance was voice acting only. Out of all the Child’s Play films, Bride Of Chucky (1998) is his favorite.
19) Malcolm McDowell
Projects: A Clockwork Orange, Rob Zombie’s Halloween, Halloween 2 (2009), Silent Hill: Revelation, Cat People, Silent Night (2012), 31
Fun Fact: He was considered for the role of Pennywise the Dancing Clown in 1990’s IT, but it went to Tim Curry instead.
18) Tim Burton
Projects: The Nightmare Before Christmas, Beetlejuice, Sweeney Todd, Sleepy Hollow, Edward Scissorhands, 9, Frankenweenie, Mars Attacks!, Dark Shadows, Alice In Wonderland, Alice Through The Looking Glass, Corpse Bride, Ed Wood, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Fun Fact: He has an interest in clowns, and his films will often include them or make reference to them.
17) Johnny Depp
Projects: A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984), From Hell, Sleepy Hollow, Sweeney Todd, Secret Window, Astronaut’s Wife, The Ninth Gate, Dark Shadows, Pirates Of The Caribbean franchise, Transcendents, Tusks, Yoga Hosers
Fun Fact: Once painted on a billboard featuring his 21 Jump Street character because he didn’t like his picture or the message the billboard gave. He was stopped by a security guard who actually let him finish what he was doing when he realized it was Johnny’s own face.
16) Warwick Davis
Projects: Willow, Leprechaun franchise, Harry Potter franchise, Labyrinth, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Jack the Giant Slayer, Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace, Star Wars: Episode 6 – Return of the Jedi
Fun Fact: At 3’6″, he is one of Hollywood’s shortest leading actors, if not the world’s shortest leading actor.
15) Kiefer Sutherland
Projects: The Lost Boys, Flatliners (1990), Mirrors, Freeway, Eye For An Eye, Phone Booth, Stand By Me, A Time To Kill, Taking Lives, The Vanishing, Young Guns, Young Guns 2, 24 TV series
Fun Fact: He was awarded a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame in Toronto, Ontario, in 2005.
14) Kevin Bacon
Projects: Friday The 13th (1980), Tremors franchise, Flatliners (1990), The Darkness, Hollow Man, Stir Of Echoes, Murder In The First, Mystic River, Sleepers, Death Sentence, Cop Car, The River Wild, Apollo 13, Wild Things, Where The Truth Lies, The Following TV series
Fun Fact: Has never lived in Hollywood or Los Angeles.
13) David F. Sandberg
Projects: Lights Out, Lights Out (short), Attic Panic, Annabelle: Creation, Cam Closer, Coffer, Closet Space
Fun Fact: He created the short Lights Out, which was then turned into a full length film in 2016, which he also directed.
12) Bruce Campbell
Projects: Evil Dead franchise, Army Of Darkness, Ash vs Evil Dead TV series, Within the Woods, Maniac Cop 1 & 2, Sundown, The Woods, The Escort, Bubba Ho-Tep, My Name is Bruce, Spine Chillers TV series, Spider-Man 2 (2004), Spider-Man 3 (2007), Waxwork 2: Lost in Time, The Man With the Screaming Brain, From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money, Escape From L.A., Congo, Darkman, American Gothic
Fun Fact: Was the first choice to play Louis Creed in Pet Sematary.
11) Bela Lugosi
Projects: Dracula (1931), The Wolf Man, White Zombie, Son of Frankenstein, Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man, The Black Cat, The Raven (1935), Mark Of The Vampire.
Fun Fact: His favorite screen role was Dracula.
10) Anthony Hopkins
Projects: Silence Of The Lambs, Hannibal, Fracture, Hitchcock, The Rite, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, The Wolf Man
Fun Fact: Received an honorary degree of Doctor of Letters from the University of Wales.
9) Vincent Price
Projects: House On Haunted Hill (1959), House Of Wax (1953), The Bat, Theater Of Blood, The Raven (1963), The Fly (1958), Madhouse, Return Of The Fly (1959), Scream and Scream Again, Return Of The Invisible Man
Fun Fact: He did a radio show called The Saint on Classic Radio.
8) George A. Romero
Projects: Night Of The Living Dead (1968 & 1990), Land Of The Dead (2005), Dawn Of The Dead (1978), Day Of The Dead, Creepshow, Monkey Shines, The Crazies (1973 & 2010), Diary of the Dead, Survival of the Dead, The Dark Half, Bruiser, Two Evil Eyes, Martin, Season of the Witch (1972), Tales From the Darkside TV series, Deadtime Stories Volume 1 & 2
Fun Fact: Frequently cast African-Americans as the heroes of his films, although the parts weren’t usually written specifically for any particular race, going against the stereotype of the black character dying early in horror films.
7) James Wan
Projects: The Conjuring franchise, Insidious franchise, Saw franchise, Dead Silence, Death Sentence, Annabelle franchise, Lights Out
Fun Fact: Met fellow collaborator and friend, Leigh Whannell, at film school in Australia.
6) Tim Curry
Projects: It (1990), The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975), Clue, Legend, Congo, The Shout, Wolf Girl, Criminal Minds TV series
Fun Fact: Studied Drama and English at the University of Cambridge and at Birmingham University, from which he graduated with Combined Honors.
5) Robert Englund
Projects: Nightmare On Elm Street franchise, Wishmaster, 976-EVIL, Behind The Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon, Zombie Stripers, Masters of Horror TV series, Inkubus, Freddy’s Nightmares TV series, Hatchet, Strangeland, Urban Legend, The Funhouse Massacre, The Mangler, The Phantom Of The Opera (1989), Night Terrors, Nightworld, Lake Placid vs Anaconda, Fear Clinic, Lake Placid: The Final Chapter, Strippers vs. Werewolves, Red, Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer, Night Terrors, Killer Tongue, C.H.U.D. II: Bud the Chud, V TV series, Galaxy of Terror, Dead & Buried, Eaten Alive
Fun Fact: Ranked the #40 top villain for the American Film Institution’s Top 100 Heroes and Villains for his role as Freddy Krueger.
4) Alfred Hitchcock
Projects: The Birds, Vertigo, Strangers On A Train, Rear Window, North by Northwest, Rebecca, The 39 Steps, Sabotage, Rope, The Man Who Knew T0 Much, Psycho (1960), Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Dial M For Murder, To Catch A Thief
Fun Fact: In 1964, he visited the set of Coronation Street (1960) and had a drink at the Rovers Return.
3) John Carpenter
Projects: Halloween franchise, Christine, The Fog (1980), They Live, The Thing (1982), Vampires, The Ward, Prince Of Darkness, In the Mouth of Madness, Big Trouble in Little China, Masters of Horror TV series, Village Of The Damned (1995), Virus, Dark Star, Assault on Precinct 13 (1976), Someone’s Watching Me!, Escape From New York, Escape From L.A., Starman, Body Bags, Memoirs of an Invisible Man, Ghosts of Mars
Fun Fact: Considers it bad luck to wear the hat of the show he’s working on. Will not wear a crew cap until the film is over.
2) Wes Craven
Projects: A Nightmare On Elm Street franchise, My Soul To Take, Scream franchise, People Under The Stairs, Hills Have Eyes (1977), The Hills Have Eyes 2 (1984 & 2007), The Last House On The Left (1972), Deadly Friend, Chiller, The Twilight Zone TV series, Red Eye, The Serpent and The Rainbow, Feast, The Breed, Wishmaster, Summer of Fear, Deadly Blessing, Swamp Thing, Invitation to Hell, Shocker, Night Visions, Nightmare Cafe TV series, Vampire in Brooklyn, Cursed
Fun Fact: He was was an avid birdwatcher.
1) Stephen King
Projects: Carrie, ‘Salem’s Lot, The Shining, Rage (as Richard Bachman), The Stand, The Long Walk (as Richard Bachman), The Dead Zone, Firestarter, Roadwork (as Richard Bachman), Cujo, The Running Man (as Richard Bachman), The Dark Tower series, Christine, Pet Sematary, Cycle of the Werewolf, The Talisman, Thinner, IT, Eyes of the Dragon, Misery, The Tommyknockers, The Dark Half, Needful Things, Gerald’s Game, Dolores Claiborne, Insomnia, Rose Madder, The Green Mile, Desperation, The Regulators, Bag of Bones, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, Dreamcatcher, Black House, From a Buick 8, The Colorado Kid, Cell, Storm of the Century, Lisey’s Story, Blaze (under Richard Bachman), Duma Key, Under the Dome, 11/22/63, Joyland, Doctor Sleep, Mr. Mercedes, Revival, Finders Keepers, End of Watch, Gwendy’s Button Box, Sleeping Beauties, Night Shift, Skeleton Crew, Different Seasons, Four Past Midnight, Nightmares & Dreamscapes, Hearts in Atlantis, Everthing’s Eventual, Just After SUnset, Full Dark No Stars, The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, Creepshow, Danse Macabre, Nightmares in the Sky, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, Secret Windows: Essays and Fiction on the Craft of Writing, Faithful, Six Stories, Blood & Smoke, The Plant, Stephen King Goes to the Movies, Blockade Billy, American Vampire Vol. 1, Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, Charlie the Choo-Choo, Hearts in Suspension
Fun Fact: According to Guinness Superlatives, more of King’s books have been adapted into films than any other living author.