I have already done a Top 10 Film list, so I think there should be a character list to accompany it. Here is my list of Top 10 Horror Characters of 2013.
10. Iris (Would You Rather)
Played by the beautiful Brittany Snow, Iris is a girl trying to earn money to pay for her dying brother’s hospital bills. While doing so, she gets thrown into the craziest game of “Would you rather” at the worst dinner party ever. She is a great heroine. She began the film weak and scared, but ended the lone survivor and the hero.
9. Lorraine Warren (The Conjuring)
Lorraine Warren is obviously a real person and an iconic member of the paranormal world. Vera Farmiga portrayed Lorraine beautifully in ‘The Conjuring’. Playing the role of such an iconic figure is no doubt stressful, but Vera was just as strong on screen as Lorraine is in real life.
8. Frank (Maniac 2013)
Elijah Wood is one of the last actors I would have pegged for praise as a serial killer, but in his role as Frank in the remake of the classic, Maniac, he was fantastic. Frank wasn’t an unstoppable mad man killing campers, but a person with a real mental problem and some mommy issues. He prayed on the vulnerable girls much like a real life serial killer.
7. Nica (Curse of Chucky)
The Child’s Play series has brought us a list of memorable characters. The new installment brought a new list of characters for Chucky to prey on. Nica is a wheelchair bound young woman that turns out to be one of the strongest characters in the film. Played by Brad Dourif’s daughter, Fiona Dourif, she was by far the big star of Curse of Chucky.
6. Carrie White (Carrie 2013)
Carrie White is another familiar name on this list, but with the year of remakes, a lot of horror’s classic characters have gotten face-lifts. Chloë Grace Moretz played a more extreme version of the iconic character we all know and love. Chloë’s version of Carrie was phenomenal. Timid and lost in the sea that is high school, but when it came to destroying her entire school and town, the 2013 Carrie was intense.
5. Chucky (Curse of Chucky)
Chucky had become a lot more camp than usual in Bride and Seed of Chucky, but the camp was toned down a bit for Curse of Chucky. Brad Dourif returned as the voice of the beloved plastic psycho. His kills were back to the off the wall kills he is famous for.
4. Marybeth Dunston (Hatchet III)
Danielle Harris is a name that tops horror lists of all kinds. This year she returned in Hatchet III as the badass horror heroine, Marybeth Dunston. She is a character that can be vulnerable one minute then the in your face southern girl the next. I mean come on, she’s only 4’11 and she’s taking on an unstoppable ghost, and it would appear that she wins.
3. Mia (Evil Dead)
Mia is to Evil Dead as Ash was to The Evil Dead. She was the first attacked and the last one standing. For being her first horror film, Jane Levy was a natural. She was up and down. Starting the film as a recovering junkie and making a complete 180 becoming the hero at the end. A character arch like that deserves some recognition.
2. Mary Mason (American Mary)
Not many horror films go the way of a hero/villain wrapped into one character, and when they do, it is typically a male character. The Soska Sisters changed that with American Mary by bringing us Mary Mason. Played by Katharine Isabelle, Mary Mason created a new horror character type. She was a girl pushed too far and went to extraordinary lengths to give herself a new, better life. Another character that could a real life person.
1. Victor Crowley (Hatchet III)
The Hatchet Series, Adam Green and Kane Hodder can be found at the top of pretty much any list I can come up with. My favorite horror character of 2013 was Victor Crowley of Hatchet III. Victor, since his introduction in the first Hatchet film, has quickly become my favorite villain of the horror genre. He is the ultimate killer. He’s fast, strong, seems to be everywhere at once and brutal, but most of all, he is sympathetic. He was accidentally killed by his own father when he was trying to save him from their burning house. The Victor Crowley of Hatchet III was by far more brutal than the previous films. Kane Hodder gave the performance of a lifetime in this role.