Tim Curry was the first to bring Pennywise the Clown to the screen, and it's safe to say he gave '90s kids everywhere nightmares with his iconic performance. Curry starred in the 1990 TV series based on Stephen King's terrifying novel, IT, and perhaps singlehandedly made coulrophobia a thing.
The new IT has already become a horror film sensation. The clown horror flick has already scored over $218.8 million at the box office, making it the biggest-ever September release. Millions of people have flocked to theaters to watch the Stephen King film on the big screen, and millions of people have left theaters afraid they won't be able to sleep that night.
So who's the face behind the new Pennywise? Swedish actor Bill Skarsgard.
Does the name sound familiar to you? It should. Skarsgard comes from a family of actors, and you might recognize some of them, like his dad Stellan Skarsgard (Thor and Good Will Hunting) and his brother Alexander Skarsgard (True Blood and Big Little Lies).
Bill is no novice when it comes to acting. You may remember him from other, less terrifying films like Atomic Blonde, Allegiant and Anna Karenina.
Do you remember the first time the words, "Seven days" made you want to pee your pants? It was in 2002, when I thought it would be a good idea to see The Ring in theaters. The Gore Verbinsi-directed horror film was an instant hit, pulling in $249 million worldwide and making people everywhere afraid of girls with long, black hair.
So Samara is all grown up...and she's actually GORGEOUS. While Daveigh Chase hasn't blossomed into an A-list actress since she first terrified audiences as Samara, she has been working consistently in entertainment. She has appeared in independent films like American Romance, Wild in Blue and Little Red Wagon.
The alien in the original 1979 Alien will still make your skin crawl. This is pretty impressive, considering that the movie was made with VFX that are almost 40 years old. But Ridley Scott knew how to bring the alien from your nightmares to the screen – and he did it by finding the perfect actor.
The man behind the alien's menacing mask was Bolaji Badejo, a 6-foot-10-inch tall Nigerian man who was discovered by a casting agent in a London pub.
Although he had never acted on screen before, Badejo slipped into the role like a real pro. He told Cinefantastique, "The idea was that the creature was supposed to be graceful as well as vicious, requiring slow, deliberate movements." And he nailed it.
Sadly, Badejo passed away in 1992 from sickle cell disease.
8. Freddy Krueger From 'A Nightmare On Elm Street'
When Freddy Krueger first started terrorizing characters in their dreams back in 1984, he became a fixture in all of our nightmares. (Right? Tell me I'm not alone here.) Freddy has killed dozens of people over 8 movies, so yeah, he's pretty terrifying.
Robert Englund is a legend, and not just because he's Freddie Krueger. Over the course of his prolific career, Englund has appeared in over 75 films as well as a number of TV series. Even Englund seems to find his success a bit ironic, given the types of characters he plays.
He once said, "Who would know that by playing a nerdy alien and a child killer, I would have a 30-year career in Hollywood?"
Kayako crawled her way into our nightmares back in 2004. Just like The Ring, The Grudgewas a remake of a Japanese horror films, and it became a hit in the U.S. thanks to Kayako's creepy crawl and her blood-chilling gurgling sound. But really, you'll never be able to forget that sound.
Takako Fuji is a Japanese actress best known for playing Kayako, but she has also done a fair amount of voice over work. In addition to The Grudge films, Fuji has appeared in movies like The Samurai I Loved and The Cat's Whiskers. Also, she's a dancer, which helps explain how she was able to contort her body into the strangest positions while playing Kayako.
12. Leatherface From 'The Texas Chainsaw Massacre'
The 1974 film, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, was inspired by a true story, which only made it scarier. Since the film came out, Leatherface has remained one of the most feared villains in the horror world.
You ever wonder why every Halloween haunted house features a masked man chasing you with a chainsaw? Yep, it's all thanks to Leatherface.
Is any horror villain a bigger asshole than Jigsaw? I don't think so. This guy is demented on a whole new level, and he has seriously ruined the phrase, "Do you want to play a game?" for anybody who has seen the films.
If you're a horror fan, you know all about Tobin Bell. After all, he has starred in all of the Saw films as the villain, as well as horror films like Boogeyman 2 and Buried Alive. But his career encapsulates much more than just horror – some of his other credits include Days of Our Lives, Alias, and The Sopranos.