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Who was/is your favourite horror movie actor?

Asked by ucme (45421points) July 28th, 2010

In Britain we had the Hammer horror classics with actors like Peter Cushing & Christopher Lee. Others made famous for their work in this genre include, Bela Lugosi, Lon Chaney jnr, Boris Karloff & Vincent Price. Now of course I realise those are blasts from a pretty illustrious past. You may have a preference for their contemporary counterparts. Whichever, who are your picks for masters of the horror field?

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tranquilsea's avatar

Definitely Vincent Price. Anthony Hopkins comes in a good second for his performance in Silence of the Lambs.

Seek's avatar

Christopher Lee, hands down. Jamie Lee Curtis as well – the original Scream Queen.

BoBo1946's avatar

@tranquilsea vote for both of those. Also, Sigourney Weaver!

Jude's avatar

Vincent Price

ucme's avatar

@tranquilsea Yeah just for that brilliant voice alone he has to be up there amongst the best.

poofandmook's avatar

maybe it’s cliche, but my vote is for Linda Blair.

tranquilsea's avatar

I still get the creeps when I hear Vincent Price’s voice. Fall of the House of Usher is one of my favourite horror films.

Austinlad's avatar

Karloff in “Bedlum.”

BoBo1946's avatar

@Austinlad yes, he was good!

BoBo1946's avatar

@poofandmook Linda Blair…touche!

Austinlad's avatar

Actually, I spelled it incorrectly. It’s “Bedlam.” My bad.

BoBo1946's avatar

@Austinlad my friend, glad you corrected that! ... i never do that! loll

mrentropy's avatar

Bruce Campbell

keobooks's avatar

Another Bruce Campbell fan.

evandad's avatar

Robert Eglund created my favorite villain as Freddy Krueger. My Favorite hero is Ellen Ripley.

stranger_in_a_strange_land's avatar

I’m a dinosaur. I have to vote for Lugosi, if for none other than sentiment.

Frenchfry's avatar

I love the guy who played Freddy Krueger. What’s his name? Him…

NaturallyMe's avatar

I don’t have any. None of my favourite actors play in horror movies.

Frenchfry's avatar

@evandad yeah him hee hee

Scooby's avatar

Vincent Price ( The Abominable DR Phibes)
‘CLASSIC HORROR’ I loved this stuff, the forerunner to SAW for me….. ;-)

TexasDude's avatar

Tom Savini or Robert Englund

ucme's avatar

@jonsblond He isn’t in From Dusk til Dawn anywhere near long enough.

Coloma's avatar

Tin Curry as Dr. Frankenfurter…what a sweet transvestite he was! lol

YARNLADY's avatar

Christopher Walken

Coloma's avatar


I meant “Tim” :-/

ipso's avatar

Lon Chaney Sr.

(Over Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, and Vincent Price combined.)

Robert Englund may be the only comparable horror genre actor, but I’ll go with individual performances.

Vincent D’Onofrio as Carl Stargher in The Cell (2000)
Dee Snyder – as Captain Howdy in Strangeland (1998)
Ted Levine – as Buffalo Bill in Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Christian Bale – as Patrick Bateman in American Psycho (2000)
Kevin Spacey – as John Doe in Se7en (1995)

Aster's avatar

Christopher Walken

SVTSuzie's avatar

Jack Nicholson in “The Shining”

Scooby's avatar


Heeeeeeeeerrrrrreeeeeeeeesss Johnny!!! Lol.. great scene, absolutely fantastic…....Love that film…....

BiZhen's avatar

Shiina Eihi starred in such greats as “Audition”, “Helldriver” and “Tokyo Gore Police”. She is Japan’s Horror Queen.

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