We spend our lives being terrified of horror's main characters. The crazed psychos, the killers that chase in the dark, the "I never would have guessed it was him" to the overpowering almost not human maniac. Some shoot, some stab, some do whatever they can to get their victims.
But what if they weren't there anymore? Just when we remember what a great performance an actor gave, to make us so convinced they were real that they scare us, you learn the sad news that the character won't be able to come back for that one last fright.
Here are 6 actors who portrayed iconic characters who are sadly, no longer with us.
6. Tom Towles
Famous for his collaborations with Rob Zombie, Tom passed away on April 6th aged 65 following complications from a stroke.
It was Rob Zombie himself that announced his death on his Facebook page.
He played intimidating Lieutenant George Wydell, the officer that interrogates Captain Spaulding in cult classic House of 1000 Corpses. He also appeared in a dream sequence in the follow up movie The Devil's Rejects.
Not just a star in modern horror, he also starred in Night of the Living Dead, one of the most highly regarded horror films ever made.
Take a look at the trailer for House Of 1000 Corpses:
5. Ben Woolf
34-year-old American Horror Story actor Ben passed away in February 2015 after being involved in a car accident.
Struck by the car mirror of an SUV while crossing a road in Hollywood, Ben, who also had a part in horror movie Insidious was taken to the hospital in critical condition but sadly died from his injuries.
His character Infantata is one of the most iconic characters in American Horror Story. Showing up in the first episode of the first season his scary character sets the precedent for the rest of the show!
4. Vincent Price
Our generation will know him as the crazy inventor in Edward Scissorhands, but Vincent was actually one of the first icons of horror.
Starring in the original movies of House Of Wax and The Fly, he was loved for his iconic speaking voice as well as his horrifying acting skills.
He is the voice and cackle on Michael Jackson's Thriller and was a big inspiration for Tim Burton. In fact, Vincent voiced-over one of Tim's earliest pieces, named after him.
Take a look at Vincent. It features The Raven, a poem by Edgar Allen Poe, with Price even playing the lead role in the film adaption of the poem in 1963.
He died in Los Angeles at the age of 82.
3. Betsy Palmer
With a friendly face and warm smile, you can hardly imagine that Betsy, who sadly passed away at 88 on May 29th, played one of horrors most iconic characters!
Playing the stab happy Mrs. Voohees in the incredible Friday the 13th, she still is the only person crazy enough to hug Jason. Well, she is his mother I suppose, and you can see where Jason gets his blood lust from. The apple never falls far from the tree as they say!
Hellbent on killing every teenager in camp, Mrs. Voorhees is the scariest mother that ever lived! If she was my mom I would be doing the dishes before they were even dirty!
2. Anthony Perkins
Considered one of the most handsome men in Hollywood, Anthony took on a role that is not only one of the best horror characters, but one of the best performances by any actor, the deeply disturbed Norman Bates.
Troubled by the death of his mother, who he likes to dress up as when he kills people, the young Norman descends into madness. And notches up a few kills along the way. His handsome looks can be deceiving, which only adds to his scariness!
The movie Psycho has never dated, and still tops charts of 'best horror movie ever,' and of course, there is THAT shower scene...
Sadly, Anthony passed away at his Los Angeles home on September 12, 1992, from AIDS-related pneumonia.
On August 25, 2001, at 6:50 p.m a plane carrying Aaliyah and her associates crashed, killing everyone on board.
This was a huge shock as Aaliyah was right on the edge of becoming a global superstar. She was just 22-years-old. She starred in and wrote the soundtrack for hit movie Romeo Must Die, the lead song 'Try Again' became her biggest release.
She played Akasha, the lead role in the cult classic vampire movie, Queen Of The Damned. Released after her death, she was praised by critics, with many saying she would have gone on to have an amazing acting career.
Sink your teeth into the trailer!