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A horror film is only as good as its villain. We’ve seen the Universal Monsters usurped by the likes of Freddy, Jason and Michael Myers, only for they in their turn to become parodic version of themselves.

The new masters of horror have looked to the long tradition of grotesque horror villains, and any new horror movie villain looking for iconic status has some pretty stiff competition in the genre.

Here’s a look at some of the most horrendous.

10. Regan MacNeil (The Exorcist)

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Let’s get something out of the way off the bat. I’m not supposed to admit this, but we all know kids are naturally creepy.

Perhaps it’s partly because their morals are not yet fully formed, that they don’t fully comprehend the consequences of life and death, right and wrong. Mainly, though, it’s that they look almost exactly, though not quite, like the rest of us.

Their heads are slightly too big for their bodies, and they can bend in ways that as adults we no longer can. Take Regan, for example. She can rotate her head 360 degrees. She also pukes out green bile, is covered in scars and has evil, piercing eyes. OK, so she may have an excuse, having been possessed by a demon and all.

But still, if your kid woke you up at 7am on a Saturday looking like that, terror would quickly replace even the most doting of parenthood instincts…

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