ByMatthew Clancy, writer at Creators.co
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Matthew Clancy

Its easy to say that the one key ingredient to an amazing horror movie is the villain. Every piece of a horror movie can be amazing, but if it has a weak villain then the movie can easily be forgettable. There have been some AMAZING villains introduced to us this year, and even more to come in the second half of 2016.

Here Are The Top 5 Movie Villains Of 2016:

5. The Shark — The Shallows

Are you ready to get wet?
Are you ready to get wet?

I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect out of this movie. I think I expected to watch Blake Lively stuck on a rock the entire movie with a shark circling so that she can’t get down. Boy was I wrong! The Shallows was Deep Blue Sea meets Blue Crush and it was totally a wild ride. The shark was vicious, unrelenting and terrifying. Let's be real: Sharks are monstrous and scary enough, but to have one actually stalking you and trying to kill you would be too much to handle.

4. Diana — Lights Out

You were right to be afraid of the dark.
You were right to be afraid of the dark.

Not the best horror movie of the year, but there is no denying the fact that Diana was ultra creepy. The perfect recipe for terror is a shadowy figure that has inhuman movements and long creepy fingers (also known as Diana). I slept fine after this one, however she did make me think twice before I went around the house and turned all of the lights out.

3. The Witch — The Witch

"Wouldst thou like to live deliciously?"
"Wouldst thou like to live deliciously?"

This movie has become one of my all time favorite horror movies. You don’t see much of the witch in the movie, but that makes her all the more terrifying. There was something so unsettling about not knowing what was lurking in the woods, this mysterious evil force that was driving a family to the brink of insanity. And, let's not forget about the big reveal at the end when we finally get to see what the evil witch and her companion were up to the whole time — INSANE!

2. Howard — 10 Cloverfield Lane

"I'm always watching!"
"I'm always watching!"

I personally agree with the theories that John Goodman’s character Howard is actually not the bad guy. But putting that opinion aside, Howard was still scary as hell! It's hard to tell if I would rather be stuck in a bunker with him or outside with the “monsters.” Howard obviously had a hard life, but the man was a complete lunatic and made me super uncomfortable in every scene.

1. Valak — The Conjuring 2

"This thing has attached itself to your family."
"This thing has attached itself to your family."

By far the scariest villain of 2016 (so far) is the demon, Valak. We witness Valak tear apart a family in The Conjuring 2 and almost destroy the Warrens in the process. Valak takes multiple forms in this movie. The first nightmarish form that we are introduced to is the Demon Nun. After the Demon Nun we had to endure the Crooked Man before seeing Valak’s true and terrifying form. I don’t know how the Warren’s did it in this one! I wouldn’t have lasted ten seconds with any of those demonic entities.

Don't worry 2016 isn't over yet! Here are some upcoming horror movie villains that will definitely scare our socks off!

Morgan — Morgan (9/2/2016)

This one slightly reminds me of Splice, but I’m still excited to see Morgan wreak some havoc.

Unknown Baddie — The Woods (9/16/2016)

We aren’t really sure what is lurking in the woods yet (the return of the Blair Witch?), but I am positive its going to be something menacing.

Samara - Rings (10/28/2016)

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Sorry, no trailer yet!

Having seen Samara’s horrors in The Ring and The Ring 2, I can only imagine this time around she will be equally if not more terrifying than before.

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