10 Most Underrated Horror Movie Villains

They may not be Freddy, Jason or Michael, but you still wouldn't want to run into any of them...

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There are certain horror villains almost everyone can recognise. Even your Grandma knows who Freddy Krueger is and it's impossible to ignore the current flood of merchandise inspired by Bill Skarsgard's Pennywise. But now it's time to shine a light on some of the ones who, for various reasons, slipped off the pop culture radar, or never really caused a blip in the first place.

Between them they've appeared in movies from as far back as the sixties right up to present day. A few have featured in well-known series, some have headed trilogies and series of their own. So why aren't they better known?

As you'll see these villains' aren't underrated because they aren't memorable or because they're attached to poorly made movies. Some of the entries on this list have even enjoyed iconic status... for a time. It's just that they've been overshadowed by contemporaries like the big three mentioned above, or because the movies they feature in never reached the audience they deserve.

Although Horror fans reading this may recognise most of the figures here, even they'd have to admit that these are hardly household names...


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