Credit: Everett Collection (2) (Saw and A Clockwork Orange)

Image Credit: (CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Myers, Chapman, DeVito, Torrance) Everett Collection (4)Oh, you better watch out/ You better not cry/ ‘Cause a crazy slasher might be in a closet nearby/ Psycho killer’s coming to towwwwnnn!

Yes indeedy horror buffs, here at EW, we’re celebrating the month of October with our Scariest Big-Screen Psycho Killer single-elimination tournament. From now through Halloweeen, your votes will help us crown the movie murderer most likely to send you into the emotional fetal position, crying for your mommy to come and check your closets and perform an under-the-bed roll call. Today, we have the third part of our first round of showdowns, which will see Michael Myers from Halloween take a stab at Silent Night, Deadly Night‘s Billy Chapman; Jack Torrance (The Shining) battle Tommy DeVito (Goodfellas); Jigsaw-Amanda (Saw) try to out-evil The Human Centipede‘s Dr. Heiter; and The Dark Knight’s terrifying The Joker plot against A Clockwork Orange‘s Alex DeLarge. Every few nights between now and the Friday before Halloween, you’ll be able to vote in our polls to help narrow down the field of 32, split into “HorrorVerse” and “DramaVerse” categories. Check out our full list of 32 raging psychopaths at the end of this post, then vote in our second set of face-offs below. Polls will be open for 60 hours only, so do your part now to save your favorites from making the ultimate first-round exit!

Image Credit: (CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Amanda, Heiter, DeLarge, Joker) Everett Collection (2) (Saw and A Clockwork Orange)


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)