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Image Credit: (CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Krueger, Pinhead, Bateman, Lecter) Everett Collection (3)This month, in honor of Halloween, deranged killers will do battle at Entertainment Weekly. We refer not to the annual EW intern death match (that’s in February). No, we speak instead of our Scariest Big-Screen Psycho Killer single-elimination tournament, in which you get to vote for the movie murderer who most gives you the heebies and, indeed, the jeebies. Our first round of showdowns will see A Nightmare on Elm Street‘s Freddy Krueger grappling with Pinhead from Hellraiser; Hannibal Lecter (The Silence of the Lambs) battling Patrick Bateman (American Psycho); Ghostface (Scream) knocking heads (and possibly sharp objects) with Ben Willis (I Know What You Did Last Summer); and Jame “Buffalo Bill” Gumb (The Silence of the Lambs) trying to bump off John Doe (Se7en).

Every few nights between now and the Friday before Halloween, you’ll be able to vote in polls to help narrow down the field of 32, split into “HorrorVerse” and “DramaVerse” categories. After the jump, check out the full list of 16 seeded players from both of our brackets, then vote in our first four face-offs. Polls will be open for 60 hours only, so act now while (blood) supplies last!Image Credit: (CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Gumb, Doe, Willis, Ghostface) Everett Collection


1. Freddy Krueger (A Nightmare on Elm Street)

2. Michael Myers (Halloween)

3. Jason Voorhees (Friday the 13th Part II)

4. Leatherface (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre)

5. Carrie White (Carrie)

6. Samara (The Ring)

7. Jigsaw-Amanda (Saw)

8. Ghostface (Scream)

9. Benjamin Willis (I Know What You Did Last Summer)

10. Dr. Heiter (The Human Centipede)

11. Damien Thorn (The Omen)

12. Alex Hammond (Prom Night)

13. Chucky (Child’s Play)

14. Norman Bates (Psycho)

15. Billy Chapman (Silent Night, Deadly Night)

16. Pinhead (Hellraiser)


1. Hannibal Lecter (The Silence of the Lambs)

2. Jack Torrance (The Shining)

3. Annie Wilkes (Misery)

4. Anton Chigurh (No Country for Old Men)

5. Col. Hans Landa (Inglourious Basterds)

6. Alex Forrest (Fatal Attraction)

7. The Joker (The Dark Knight)

8. Jame “Buffalo Bill” Gumb (The Silence of the Lambs)

9. John Doe (Se7en)

10. Alex DeLarge (A Clockwork Orange)

11. Peyton Flanders/Mrs. Mott (The Hand That Rocks the Cradle)

12. Harry Powell (The Night of the Hunter)

13. Vic “Mr. Blonde” Vega (Reservoir Dogs)

14. Beverly Sutphin (Serial Mom)

15. Tommy DeVito (Goodfellas)

16. Patrick Bateman (American Psycho)