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Some of the greatest movie villains can give you nightmares if you spend too much time thinking about their faces. But are they really that scary, or is it all just movie magic? This gallery features photos of film villains behind the scenes, while filming, in half costume, and even being controlled by puppeteers. Seeing these creepy villains out of context makes them seem just plain silly! They’re just actors goofing around, after all!

While not all the characters on the list are from horror movies, they are most certainly the bad guys – at some point. But against a green screen or in the makeup chair, turns out they’re all just normal people working hard to make a buck (or animatronics, or just dogs). Not so terrifying now, are they?

 

Michael Myers

Photo: Metaweb/CC-BY

If you think see the man behind Michael Myers is cool, then you won’t believe what happens in these horror movies.

Film: Halloween

Actor: Chase Wright Vanek, George P. Wilbur, Tyler Mane, Don Shanks, Brad Loree, + more

Freddy Krueger

Photo: Wikimedia Commons/CC-BY

Film: A Nightmare on Elm Street

Actor: Robert Englund

Pennywise (2017)

Photo: Warner Bros.

Film: It (2017)

Actor: Bill Skarsgård

Joker

Photo: Metaweb/GNU Free Documentation License

Film: The Dark Knight

Actor: Heath Ledger

Pennywise (2017)

Photo: Warner Bros.

Film: It (2017)

Actor: Bill Skarsgård

Hannibal Lecter

Photo: Silence of the Lambs/MGM Studios

Film: The Silence of the Lambs

Actor: Anthony Hopkins

Gage Creed

Photo: Metaweb/GNU Free Documentation License

Film: Pet Sematary

Actor: Miko Hughes

Carrie White

Photo: Wikimedia Commons/CC-BY

Film: Carrie

Actor: Sissy Spacek

Loki

Photo: Metaweb/GNU Free Documentation License

Film: The Avengers

Actor: Tom Hiddleston

Pennywise the Dancing Clown

Photo: Metaweb/CC-BY

Film: It

Actor: Tim Curry

Norman Bates

Photo: Metaweb/GNU Free Documentation License

Film: Psycho

Actor: Anthony Perkins

Jaws

Photo: Metaweb/CC-BY

Film: Jaws

Actor: Bruce the Mechanical Shark

Jason Voorhees

Photo: Metaweb/CC-BY

Film: Friday the 13th

Actor: Derek Mears, Ken Kirzinger, Ari Lehman, Kane Hodder

O-Ren Ishii

Photo: Wikimedia Commons/CC-BY

Film: Kill Bill franchise

Actor: Lucy Liu

Leatherface

Photo: Metaweb/GNU Free Documentation License

Film: The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

Actor: Gunnar Hansen, Dan Yeager, Andrew Bryniarski

Jack Torrance

Photo: Metaweb/GNU Free Documentation License

Film: The Shining

Actor: Jack Nicholson

Darth Vader

Photo: Wikimedia Commons/CC-BY

Film: Star Wars franchise

Actor: James Earl Jones, Robert E. Bean, David Prowse

Chucky

Photo: Metaweb/GNU Free Documentation License

Film: Child’s Play Franchise

Actor: Brad Dourif

Grady Sisters

Photo: flickr/CC0

Film: The Shining

Agent Smith

Photo: Metaweb/CC-BY

Film: The Matrix franchise

Actor: Hugo Weaving

Predator

Photo: Wikimedia Commons/CC-BY

Film: Predator

Gremlins

Photo: Metaweb/GNU Free Documentation License

Film: Gremlins

Actor: Peter Cullen

Cujo

Photo: Metaweb/GNU Free Documentation License

Film: Cujo

Actor: Brendan Burns

Darth Maul

Photo: flickr/CC0

Film: Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace

Actor: Ray Park, Donald Faison, Chris Burns

Frank N. Furter

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Photo: Metaweb/CC-BY

Film: The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Actor: Tim Curry

Xenomorph

Photo: Wikimedia Commons/CC-BY

Film: Alien franchise

Actor: Eddie Powell, Tom Woodruff Jr., Bolaji Badejo

T-800

Photo: flickr/CC0

Film: The Terminator franchise

Actor: Arnold Schwarzenegger

Buffalo Bill

Photo: Metaweb/GNU Free Documentation License

Film: The Silence of the Lambs

Actor: Ted Levine

Wicked Witch of the West

Photo: Metaweb/GNU Free Documentation License

Film: The Wizard of Oz

Actor: Margaret Hamilton

The Birds

Photo: Metaweb/GNU Free Documentation License

Gollum

Photo: flickr/CC0

Film: The Lord of the Rings franchise

Actor: Andy Serkis, Brother Theodore, Peter Woodthorpe

Lord Voldemort

Photo: Metaweb/GNU Free Documentation License

Film: Harry Potter franchise

Actor: Ralph Fiennes

Dark Helmet

Photo: Metaweb/CC-BY

Film: Spaceballs

Actor: Rick Moranis

Christopher Lee’s Dracula

Photo: Metaweb/CC-BY

Patrick Bateman

Photo: Metaweb/GNU Free Documentation License

Film: American Psycho

Actor: Christian Bale

Bane

Photo: Wikimedia Commons/CC-BY

Film: The Dark Knight Rises

Actor: Tom Hardy

Jabba the Hutt

Photo: Wikimedia Commons/CC-BY

Film: Star Wars franchise

Actor: Kevin Michael Richardson

David Kessler

Photo: flickr/CC0

Film: An American Werewolf in London

Actor: David Haughton

Other Jaws

Photo: flickr/CC0

Film: James Bond franchise

Actor: Richard Kiel

Annie Wilkes

Photo: flickr/CC0

Film: Misery

Actor: Kathy Bates

Prequel Darth Vader

Photo: Metaweb/CC-BY

Film: Star Wars franchise

Queen of Hearts

Photo: Metaweb/GNU Free Documentation License

Film: Alice in Wonderland

Actor: Helena Bonham Carter

Travis Bickle

Photo: Metaweb/CC-BY

Film: Taxi Driver

Actor: Robert De Niro

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Palpatine

Photo: Wikimedia Commons/CC-BY

Film: Star Wars franchise

Actor: Ian McDiarmid

Khan Noonien Singh

Photo: flickr/CC0

Film: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

Actor: Ricardo Montalbán

Saruman

Photo: flickr/CC0

Film: The Lord of the Rings franchise

Actor: Christopher Lee

Bill

Photo: Metaweb/GNU Free Documentation License

Film: Kill Bill franchise

Actor: David Carradine

Colonel Kurtz

Photo: Metaweb/GNU Free Documentation License

Film: Apocalypse Now

Actor: Marlon Brando

Hans Landa

Photo: Metaweb/GNU Free Documentation License

Film: Inglourious Basterds

Actor: Christoph Waltz

President Snow

Photo: Metaweb/CC-BY

Film: The Hunger Games franchise

Actor: Donald Sutherland

Miranda Priestly

Photo: flickr/CC0

Film: The Devil Wears Prada

Actor: Meryl Streep

Andre Delambre

Photo: Metaweb/CC-BY

Film: The Fly

Actor: David Hedison

HAL 9000


Photo: Wikimedia Commons/CC-BYFilm: 2001: A Space OdysseyActor: Douglas Rain

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