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The 5 Most Popular Horror Icons Since 2000

While Dracula, Frankenstein, and Werewolf made a place in the older generation of horror film fans’ scared minds, the likes of Freddy, Chucky, and Samara terrorized the newest generation.

They were just few of the most unforgettable and popular horror movie characters since 2000s. They kept us on the edge of our seats and remained even after the film had ended to haunt our nightmares. The mere mention of their names evoke a certain feeling of creepiness. They terrified us to the bones and made us scream at the top of our lungs. Nobody wants to watch these five horror films with lights off—and much more if alone.

It’s hard to pick only five when there are dozens great villains out there that deserve to be on this list, but here’s our top five.

1. Samara from The Ring

No one imagined that a little girl in long white dress with very long black hair could scare us like the huge, manlike, and ugly horror icons did to us before the year 2000. But Samara did.

Samara Morgan’s story in The Ring is very tragic. Her insane mother tries to drown her in a deep well, but she survives. Samara is then put up for adoption, but her adoptive mother does the same thing to her. She pushes her into a well—and this time, the attempt succeeds.

But still, she stays alive. For seven days, she struggles in getting out of the water hole to no avail. On the seventh day, she eventually drowns, but her spirit lives on and is transferred to a blank video tape, creating a curse to avenge.

Samara became a horror icon as the movie spawned sequels, not to mention that she was mimicked in other movies, video games, and TV shows.

2. The Creeper from Jeepers Creepers

Unlike Samara, The Creeper is no human but a demon that devours various human parts. The devil can’t talk but can sing “Jeeper’s Creepers.” He’s very strong and almost invincible.

In Jeepers Creepers, The Creeper is hit and critically wounded multiple times but manages to survive. He even survives without his head! He’s able to regenerate his damaged flesh and organs by eating another man’s particular body parts.

For twenty three years, he sleeps, but every time he wakes up, he stays awake for twenty three days and feeds himself with human body parts. Aside from his brutal strength and sharp fangs, he also masters in making weapons made from the bones and flesh of his victims. Truly creepy.

The film has one sequel, with the second one scheduled in 2017. According to the writers, in the third movie, we will find out The Creeper’s origin. The survivors in the first and second film will join forces and will try to defeat the ruthless killer.

3. Bughuul from Sinister

Though nicknamed as the Eater of Children, Bughuul actually does not eat children. Well for one thing, it’s because his mouth is sealed with ash. What he does actually is eat the souls of the children. He possesses the children and makes them commit horrible crimes such as murder to their own families through storytelling, then takes the children to another world for their souls to be consumed. The children’s souls are the Bughuul’s food and he needs them to survive.

Bughuul is actually an ancient pagan god, a Canaanite god. His brother is Moloch, the god of fertility and the one who shut his mouth for good. Apparently, Moloch gets angry when Bughuul steals and eats his collection of children intended for sacrifice.

The original Sinister movie is far more scary than the sequel. Producer Jason Blum doesn’t want the Bughuul to return for the third time.

4. Jigsaw from Saw

The ’80s killers, if you notice, are just pure muscles with not much brains. They are ruthless killers, yes, but they only know how to chase you from point A to point B while brandishing their weapon. But Jigsaw is different, he is considered as one of the most brilliant villains in horror movie history.

John Kramer, later dubbed by the media as Jigsaw, is a prominent civil engineer before he becomes a genius serial killer. He also has a beautiful and talented wife. The couple dreams of changing the world to be a better place—but that is before a tragedy strikes them. They are robbed. Although the robbery fails, John’s wife, who is pregnant at the time, is killed. That event changes John’s life.

What separates Jigsaw from the other villain icons is his unmatched intelligence. He doesn’t actually want to kill his victims but merely wants to see if the person has the will to live. He kidnaps people whom he thinks are just wasting their lives. He tests or disables his victim using a mechanical apparatus to create a jigsaw puzzle made from the flesh of his unsuccessful subjects. Jigsaw explains that if his victim fails the test, that means the victim “was missing a vital piece of the human puzzle: the survival instinct.”

The movie has a total of six sequels: Saw II, Saw III, Saw IV, Saw V, Saw VI, and Saw 3D.

5. Clover from Cloverfield

Clover is a giant monster sleeping under the sea for many years. It wakes up after a Japanese mining company constructs a depot deep in the Atlantic ocean to investigate. When the creature is disturbed in his sleep, it destroys the station and heads to the city damaging everything on its path.

The authorities don’t want to kill the monster at first because they can clearly see that it is just a baby and confused of everything that is happening, and it can’t help itself from destroying the city because of its size. But in the end, the  army finally decides that the only way to stop the creature is by killing it. So they nuke it, sacrificing New York City.

On March 11, 2016, 10 Cloverfield Lane was released. The fans of the original Cloverfield thought it was a sequel to the original movie, hoping that the movie will introduce Clover’s mom and sibling monsters, but it turned out that it was just a movie with the same theme and a title that sounds the same.

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