Top 10 Strongest Horror Movie Villains Ever

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Top 10 Strongest Horror Movie Villains Ever

VOICE OVER: Kirsten Ria Squibb WRITTEN BY: George Pacheco
You wouldn't want to tussle with these bad guys. For this list, we'll be ranking the horror icons who aren't only strong in the scare department, but who consistently wow us with their brute strength. Our countdown includes Candyman, Leatherface, Jason Voorhees, and more!
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Top 10 Physically Strongest Horror Movie Villains


Welcome to WatchMojo, and today we're counting down our picks for the Top 10 Physically Strongest Horror Movie Villains.

For this list, we'll be ranking the horror icons who aren't only strong in the scare department, but who consistently wow us with their brute strength. Horror/sci-fi hybrids will also be considered.

We realize there are a lot of options out there, and want to hear who physically frightens YOU most down in the comments!

#10: Xenomorphs

"Alien" franchise (1979-)

They're the perfect killing machine, an extraterrestrial species capable of laying waste to entire civilizations. They're xenomorphs, and there's a laundry list of reasons why these resilient buggers are so tough. For starters, the xenomorphs combine the best of offensive and defensive abilities, from their acidic blood and relentless attack patterns to their impressive physical strength. Plus, the xenomorph's tail is sharpened to a bladed tip and they are deceptively fast considering their size. Whether you're facing off against a single xenomorph or multiple attackers: you're going to have a bad time.

#9: Pumpkinhead

"Pumpkinhead" franchise (1988-)
Stan Winston was a legendary special effects artist, responsible for award winning work on such films as "Jurassic Park," "The Terminator" and "Predator." Perhaps slightly less well-known is Winston's work as a director, specifically his debut film, 1988's "Pumpkinhead." The titular creature was designed by Winston to be as physically imposing as it was visually revolting—and that’s saying a lot. Pumpkinhead is literally the demon of vengeance, a powerful manifestation with a relentless determination to destroy the "marked ones" named by its conjurer. Its muscular frame, sharp tail and frightening talons make an instant impression, while that face only a mother could love is unique enough to be both fascinating and completely horrifying.

#8: Candyman

"Candyman" franchise (1992-)
The Candyman’s origin story is brutal, so it's perhaps only fitting that he’s become an equally brutal horror icon. As if his demise at the hands of a mob wasn’t horrifying enough, there’s the whole bee thing too; the character once known as Daniel Robitaille was slathered in honey and left for the insects. So yeah, he can now control a literal swarm of bees. More importantly though, actor Tony Todd is a physically intimidating presence, a stately and powerful man who brings so much to the Candyman character. Oh, and then there's the Candyman hook: a sharp instrument of death that Todd wields with such quiet but imposing menace. Candyman is one of the most underrated horror strongmen of all time.

#7: Pluto

"The Hills Have Eyes" franchise (1977-)

Together, Wes Craven's original "The Hills Have Eyes" and the 2006 remake have earned this horror franchise a devoted fanbase. There’s a lot to like about these horrifying films, but at the heart of its terrifying appeal is the family of human flesh-eaters who waylay unsuspecting travelers in the desert. You’re not supposed to play favorites with family, but as far as physical strength goes, Pluto is a clear standout. We're particularly partial to Michael Berryman's performance in Craven's 1977 original, a big, hulking bear of a man who terrorizes the Carter Family alongside his psychotic brethren. Michael Bayley Smith's iteration of Pluto in the 2006 film is also burly, strong and physically fearsome— making him a worthy follow-up to Berryman's definitive original.

#6: Leatherface

"The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" franchise (1974-)
It's one of the most iconic scenes in all of horror cinema: that first appearance of Leatherface in Tobe Hooper's 1974 original when Gunnar Hansen emerges and smashes Kirk with a hammer. The sound design of the film is a sickening thud, and it really speaks to Leatherface's physicality, this hulking strength made all the more realistic by Hansen's own bulky frame. We can believe that the impact from Leatherface is truly that of a character with real heft and physical power, likely built up from years of slaughterhouse work and other unsavory activities. That show of brutal force has forever etched itself in the minds of horror enthusiasts.

#5: Michael Myers

"Halloween" franchise (1978-)
Never underestimate the power of inhuman patience: it certainly seemed to do the body of young Michael Myers some good. From an unassuming murderous child, he’s grown to become one of the most physically unstoppable horror icons of all time. It isn't as if Myers is a bodybuilder or anything, but The Shape wasn't messing around when he nailed poor Bob to the wall in the original "Halloween." Elsewhere, Myers has consistently showcased his resilience to death and dying, a relentless machine that's motivated like a Great White to survive from sequel to sequel. Maybe it's the gas station overalls, or the raw power of that Shatner mask, but the strength of Michael Myers certainly seems to be flowing from somewhere.

#4: Matt Cordell

"Maniac Cop" franchise (1988-)
Matt Cordell was a beast before he was turned into the Maniac Cop, and we have great casting to thank for that. Actor Robert Z'dar was actually a college football player, musician, dancer and cop before he got the gig. That made it easy for the character actor to step into Cordell's demonic shoes as an officer who's sent to prison, only to return after his murder to take revenge on the living. Z'dar looks great in a uniform, and uses his size to perfectly adapt Cordell's strength and police training to the screen. It's Z'dar's performance that makes it easy to buy into "Maniac Cop's" memorable tagline: "you have the right to remain silent...forever. "


#3: Bruce

"Jaws" franchise (1975-)
This pick might be the entry that’s most relatable. Who wouldn't be afraid of a Great White Shark? The OG shark from "Jaws," affectionately known as "Bruce" to the cast and crew, is strong enough to eat Quint alive, sink his ship, The Orca, and nearly take out all of our main characters. Not too shabby for a mechanical fish that consistently malfunctioned and almost bankrupted production! Today, we have Bruce to thank for the ocean of "Jaws" rip-offs that have filled movie screens and rental shelves, not to mention those memorable scenes in "Jaws: The Revenge" when the Great White followed the Brody Family and apparently...roared for some reason? Gotta love it.


#2: The Entity

"It Follows" (2014)
The Entity from "It Follows" was nothing if not persistent. This 2014 horror gem presented a unique premise, building upon the notion of a sexually transmitted infection and anthropomorphizing it into this unholy and supernatural chain letter. The Entity follows the latest person with the mark, and kills those behind them in a line. It can seemingly take the appearance of just about anyone, and maintains awe-inspiring physical strength regardless of the body it chooses. The scene at the swimming pool specifically showcases how The Entity can handle multiple attackers at once, and fight them all off with relative ease. The only way to keep it at bay is to create as much distance as possible, at any cost.

Before we name our number one pick, here are a few honorable mentions

Pinhead, "Hellraiser" franchise (1987-)
Hooks, Chains & a Whole Lot of Suffering

The Creeper, "Jeepers Creepers" franchise (2001-)
The Eyes Have It

The Tall Man, "Phantasm" franchise (1979-)
The Undertaker & His Pals

#1: Jason Voorhees

"Friday the 13th" franchise (1980-)
Pure. Physical. Dominance. This perfectly describes Jason Voorhees, who's been crushing kids at Camp Crystal Lake for over forty years. The little boy who wasn't a strong swimmer sure grew up to be a physically fit survivalist, as Voorhees is built like a brick house with intimidation to spare. Jason has been played by a number of actors and stuntmen over the years, but all of them bring their unique physical attributes to the role. Ted White and Steve Dash were early standouts, particularly Dash as "Bag Head Jason" in Pt. II, while Derek Mears, ahem, "killed it" in the 2009 reboot. It's Kane Hodder who's most closely associated with Voorhees, however, bringing that heavy-breathing’ and machete-swinging' swagger to the role for four installments.
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How are xenomorphs not #1? Acid blood, bro!
What about slender man
Freddy whould be scared out of the shit if he saw all those villains
Freddy would say oh hell nah if he fights them all
Wow Freddy Kruger doesn't even get a mention? That's just wrong.
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