One of the best purposes of fictional media is how it showcases the life scenarios we do not want to relive on our own. Horror movies are at the forefront of that tier, and whenever we watch them, we thank heavens that we are not part of those realities at all. Scary movies brought us one of the most notorious fictional media characters ever, and even if some of them are goofy, we just do not want to have any encounters with them. Since Halloween is in front of us, we at Fiction Horizon decided to write a cool guide on surviving the most notorious horror villains; if we somehow encounter them in any scenario.
We will list the most iconic movie villains of the horror genre, provide you with a suitable guide on how to survive their encounters, and provide you with useful information about each cult villain. This is a fun Halloween-themed article, and if you are interested, stay with us until the end of it.
How to survive 15 cult horror villain encounters – survival guide
This is the list of 15 cult horror villains that we will analyze and “encounter” throughout the article:
- Jason Vorhees (Friday the 13th)
- Freddy Krueger (Nightmare on Elm Street)
- Michael Myers (Halloween)
- It, Pennywise (It)
- Chucky (Child’s Play)
- Predator (Predator)
- Xenomorph (Alien)
- Pinhead (Hellraiser)
- Candyman (Candyman)
- Samara (The Ring)
- Hannibal Lecter (The Silence of the Lambs)
- Norman Bates (Psycho)
- Leatherface (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre)
- Annabelle (Conjuring, Annabelle)
- Ghostface (Scream)
Each of them will have a short introduction, an explanation of their M.O., their skills, and, ultimately, how they were defeated or at least weakened by their opponents. Of course, this article will ensure that you can escape safely and soundly every time you encounter a certain villain and not drag yourself or suffer like the villains’ victims.
This ultimate, know-it-all guide will prepare you for the ultimate encounter. We will explain how to defeat the villain in each scenario and offer optional ways if the main one does not work. So, get ready, and prepare yourselves, because this will be a trip, but I promise it will be fun. Let’s get started!
Jason Vorhees (Friday the 13th) – Water
Jason Voorhees is the main antagonist of the Friday the 13th franchise of horror slasher movies and one of the most memorable horror villains of all time. The character of Jason appeared in various media, most prominently in the movies and video games that immortalized his existence in the fictional media.
Jason’s origin story is disturbing, and his story begins when he was born on Friday, the 13th of June, 1947, in the small town of Crystal Lake, with a deformed face. He was sent to the summer camp, where the camp’s children ridiculed and bullied the deformed boy and pushed him into the lake, where he seemingly never came out. Ultimately, his mother sought revenge, killed a couple of teenagers, and paid the price by being killed by her victim, Alice. Jason, the Killer, was born and started his killing spree.
What are Jason’s strengths? He has high resistance to pain and injury, which helped him survive many despicable things. According to Friday, the 13th lore, Jason has enhanced strength and abilities, which is why he does not feel any pain… unless? Throughout the dozen movies in the franchise, people killed Jason multiple times – axe in the skull, impaled by machete through the skull, covered by toxic waste, stabbed in the heart, and more.
However, it seems that Jason’s biggest weakness is the water. It returns to the day everything changed for him and the children who pushed him in Camp Crystal Lake. If you want to defeat Jason, be somewhere around the water’s surface (a lake will be suitable), somehow drag him in the water, and put a heavy weight on him. Fear of water and drowning is a way to kill Jason, but you can use brute force if you have it – machetes and axes will do, but superhuman strength is against you.
Freddy Krueger (Nightmare on Elm Street) – Fire, real world
One of the 1980s iconic scary characters was Freddy Krueger. He was created by Wes Craven and appeared in the cult horror movie A Nightmare on Elm Street. Freddy Krueger’s origin story includes him killing children, evading prison, and ultimately being killed by his victim’s parents. He was burned alive, hence his scarface. His modus operandi revolves around murdering his victims in their dreams and killing them in the real world.
His strength is obvious – if you dream of him and are really scared, Freddy Krueger will be unstoppable and kill you immediately. It would be best if you dragged him to reality, where he is vulnerable as a normal human being. Now, each movie characterizes Freddy differently, but we will stick with the original one.
To pull Freddy Krueger out of the dream realm, you need to be lucid enough to grab the killer in your dream and wake up – he will be vulnerable immediately. That scenario does not seem ideal, but at least you can hurt him. Of course, you mustn’t be afraid and carry a Holy Water with you – 1980s horror movie villains hate anything to do with Christianity. Fire is good here as well – Freddy does not like fire, especially Molotov cocktails.
Michael Myers (Halloween) – Poisonous syringe, heavy weaponry
This next villain has nothing to do with the famous Canadian comedian Mike Myers – he is one of the most iconic horror villains of all time, Michael Myers. Michael is a mute, emotionless serial killer who killed his sister as a young boy – on Halloween. After the murder, Michael was taken away to a mental institution, from which he escaped and proceeded to murder and stalk the residents of his home every year on Halloween. Michael Myers has no tragic story to his name – he is a psychotic murderer and nothing else.
His tactic of killing is stalking his victims, overpowering them, and killing them with his signature kitchen knife. Since he is 7ft tall and really strong, you’ll need something that will destroy and incapacitate Myers. Find a huge gun, shotgun, or machine gun, and just shoot. Maybe try to find a heavy poison or a substance that will immediately make Myers vulnerable, inject him, and beat him to death. It seems messy, but you won’t have to think as much as you need with Jason.
It – Pennywise (It) – Emotional manipulation
Everyone hates clowns, and Pennywise instilled that fear into people. A clown who hunts for children of New England’s town Derry every 27 years from the sewers. Stephen King’s iconic villain is terrifying and one of the most well-known villains in fictional media. This twisted, extra-dimensional entity is billions of years old and spawned in the void of the Macroverse, known as the Todash Darkness.
Its favorite form is a clown named Pennywise, and its strength is how it instills fear in its victims. It can shapeshift in any form it wants, most commonly in the shapes and forms its victims fear. The powers mostly include psychological and telepathic abilities, and you can defeat them by literally bullying him to make the entity shapeshift into a vulnerable creature.
The books have other ways, including ancient books, battles of wills, and, let’s assume, that will not be available when you encounter the ancient entity. In the end, emotional manipulation is the way, with good tools for extracting the clown’s heart and destroying it. Of course, you cannot fear it because It will feed off your fear.
Chucky (Child’s Play) – Slicin’ and dicin’
If you thought Michael Myers was evil, check out this ugly doll named Chucky. Multiple movies referenced the cult villain multiple times in popular culture, and throughout the years, this evil creature awakened people’s fear of dolls. Of course, Chucky is not just a doll – formerly a vicious serial killer, Charles Lee bleeds out of the gunshot wound and transfers his soul into a “Good Guy” doll. Chucky is unimaginably the evilest creature ever – it does not have any ounce of good qualities or weaknesses where you could probably dissuade it from killing people.
Chucky’s biggest weakness in the first movie was that it started turning human after Charles Lee Ray stayed too long in the doll’s body. Ultimately, Chucky could be killed by a gunshot to the heart. However, if you want to get rid of the wretched murderous doll, slice it in pieces, inflate it to explode, and just viciously massacre the doll until it cannot make a movie anymore.
Predator (Predator) – Trickery, creativity, slicin’ and dicin’
The Predator, also known as Yautja, is an extraterrestrial creature that first appeared in the popular Predator science fiction franchise. We have not encountered these creatures yet in this article, and their abilities would be hard to match – they are large, sentient humanoid creatures who use advanced weaponry technology and interstellar travel. How to stop that?
Arnold Schwarzenegger found the solution in the 1987 movie Predator, where he used creativity and a forest environment to set traps for the creature to fall into. That did not go smoothly, and even near death, Predator triggered the explosion that destroyed half of the South American forest.
To beat this creature, act like you are weak and small because Predators are “honorable” and don’t want to harm weak young children and women. Trick the creature, set up a good trap, and drop something heavy on their head. Of course, you can also kill with the vicious “slicin’ an’ dicin'” method, like Chucky.
Xenomorph (Alien) – Evasion, heavy weaponry, nuclear bombs
Alien brought us one of the scariest creatures in the fictional media, a xenomorph. The extraterrestrial creature is absolutely scary and disgusting. Since it is a parasitic creature, its life depends on other creatures and potential hosts, which can be used as an incubator for its offspring. Yes, multiple offspring. Since it is spreading fast, human stupidity or curiosity is the biggest human weakness, especially with these creatures, who are waiting for the host to come to them.
That’s right; xenomorphs do not engage with other creatures if the said creatures don’t come to them. Just avoid it at all costs, and be careful around them. Now, if the xenomorphs managed to already spread and attach their offspring to their hosts, just call for nukes or really heavy weaponry. Now, you can always leave the creature in the abandoned space, leave the food for it and ultimately call for a nuclear strike. It is best to avoid these creatures or just nuke the place with them.
Pinhead (Hellraiser) – Ancient weaponry
The Hellraiser franchise is considered one of the best horror franchises in British cinematography. After decades of bad sequels, the recent reboot of the original movie from 1987 reminded fans of this storied movie and its main antagonist, Pinhead. This character is a cult horror villain today, and his iconic look really embodies his true nature – a leader of sadomasochistic religion whose followers are demonic torturers who don’t know pain from pleasure.
Pretty disturbing, I got to say, but still, Pinhead is probably one of the most intelligent villains on this list, and it will be hard to defeat him or at least survive the encounter. Pinhead is immortal and has the superhuman ability, resistance to pain, and telepathic abilities. So how to kill him?
He is immune to mortal weapons, so don’t consider guns; however, if another Cenobite uses the weapon, the demon creature is instantly vulnerable. Ancient weapons and artifacts are good, so definitely consider Elysium Configuration, which uses light and serves as the force that closes all gateways to hell. There is another way as well – you can remind Pinhead of his human life and weaken him to the point of being vulnerable. It would be hard, but the ancient weapons are a must in this encounter.
Candyman (Candyman) – Destroying mirrors and his self-portraits
All of the villains in this article are scary in their own way, but Candyman is at the top of that list. Why is he terrifying? Because of his engaging, tragic backstory, that makes you root for the serial killer at times. Not me, of course, but at least the Candyman has some things in his character that one can help by being sympathetic about.
Candyman is a tortured soul, an educated man whose life was taken away from him after he fell in love with a white woman. Her father ordered a lynch mob to brutally murder a painter because of the color of his skin. Like Pinhead, Candyman is smart and educated, and combined with his immortality, sharp hook, powerful regeneration, teleportation, bee control, and more, makes him almost unstoppable… almost.
Candyman’s weakness lies in mirrors and portraits – mirrors contain Candyman’s soul, and if destroyed, he will disappear permanently. The portraits are the other option for beating Candyman – just burn his self-portraits, and you should be safe.
Samara (The Ring) – Don’t watch the tape!
We all remember Samara from the Scary movie franchise, a goofy, scary lady from the well who attacks Brenda and Cindy – and the TV is leaking. However, Samara is far scarier than that. Originally an antagonist from the Japanese version of The Ring, the American-adapted version is also really scary. Samara’s origin story is disturbing, and a sexually harassed woman named Evelyn gives birth to a baby with supernatural powers.
Long story short, Samara is a sea demon, and her adopted mother threw her into the well in her psychotic rage. The zombified Samara started playing and killing the people who watched her cursed videotape. When a person watches the tape, Samara calls them on the phone and warns them about the seven-day deadline.
After seven days pass, Samara crawls out of your TV and kills you in cold blood. To defeat or survive the encounter, you’ll need to evade the tape and not watch it. Or if you already did, just turn the TV towards the window or another elevated place, and she will fall to her death. At least, that’s what happens in the comics. In conclusion, just don’t watch the tape or give it to someone you hate during the seven-day deadline for Samara to hunt them.
Hannibal Lecter (The Silence of the Lambs) – Guns, or other weapons, mentioning a dead sister
Cannibalism became a signature “move” of one notable cult villain – Hannibal Lecter. We know the character from the Hannibal book series by Thomas Harris, but his place in the horror genre was immortalized by the notable movie The Silence of the Lambs. Now, Anthony Hopkins played a convincing cannibalistic serial killer who loved to eat his victims, and his brilliant intelligence made the investigators lose their minds.
To defeat him, or at least survive the encounter with the intelligent cannibal, learn about Hannibal’s beloved deceased sister Mischa, who’s been killed and eaten alive in front of him, or just shoot him point blank. He is still “only” a human.
Norman Bates (Psycho) – Shoot him, or kill him with a cold weapon
Norman Bates is a classic cult horror villain who we first saw in the book series called Psycho and saw him immortalized in the legendary movie by Alfred Hitchcock. A deranged man from a deranged, overly controlling mother managed to develop three different personalities, and frankly, all of them are terrifying – Anthony Perkins was really convincing. To defeat or survive Norman Bates, just don’t trust him and when he attacks, try to overpower him until the police come or simply kill him.
Norman Bates is “only” a man, but one who is dangerous and unpredictable, so look out for his charming face – he will quickly turn into a killer.
Leatherface (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre)
Another iconic horror villain is definitely Leatherface from Texas Chainsaw Massacre. A notable villain who slices his victims in shish kebabs and uses their skin to cover his face, Leatherface is a gruesome villain who is also quite vulnerable if you play your cards right. He is operating with his family of cannibals who constantly fear outsiders. Leatherface is there to protect them, kill the “suspicious threats,” and ultimately, skin them and eat their meat.
To defeat him, just go for a throat, and be around the cluttered space – meaning, surround yourself with things that will prevent Leatherface from swinging his chainsaw. In the end, if you don’t kill him, escape and never come back because Leatherface and his family do not go anywhere and won’t hunt you down. “Reverse Uno card,” in this case, is quite a good strategy.
Annabelle (Conjuring, Annabelle) – Gallons of holy water, and a doll’s glass box
The next villain on this list is Malthus, the possessed doll Annabelle. Malthus is a powerful demonic entity that attaches itself to the porcelain dolls to torment its owners. One of the better parts of the Conjuring Universe, Annabelle, was one of the biggest challenges of the Warrens. The demon’s goal is to harass everyone around it, and it usually moves around the area and leaves messages.
To defeat it, just call the priest and try to put the doll back in the glass box. Since the demon possesses the doll, one cannot kill the evil entity, but one can at least succumb to the weird doll and try to escape from that area. If you see it in your home, move away since Annabelle will awaken when she wants, just for fun.
Ghostface (Scream) – Knowledge of the person behind the mask, a good old bullet to the head
Finally, we have Ghostface, a villain from the Scream movie franchise. Even though it shares the name with the popular rapper Ghost Face Killah, the villain is far smoother than the Wu-Tang Clan member. First of all, Ghostface is not one person – there have been dozen different people behind the mask of the vicious serial killer.
Each person behind the mask has a different motivation for killing people – fame, insanity, or just seeking revenge. Scream is versatile in that category, and even if Ghostface wears the same mask, there is always someone else behind it. To kill it, just put a bullet through their head, or try to find their identity and use that knowledge against them. Ghostface is skilled and vicious but also a human, with the motivation you could always put against it.
Hopefully, you enjoyed this guide as I did writing it, and motivated you to do a horror movie marathon before Halloween. Even though I’m not a huge fan myself, I will definitely remind myself why these cult horror villains don’t exist in real life… or do they?