Most of the time, characters in movies, books and podcasts are memorable because of how relatable or likable they are or how much they impact the universe of which they are a part. But there’s always that one character. You know exactly what I’m talking about. That one character you would love to see get killed. It could be for a plethora of reasons: Perhaps they’re rude or annoying, or maybe they totally betrayed their friends at some point in the movie. Either way, you hate them and odds are tons of other people do too. Read on for 10 characters in horror movies we love to hate.
Trey Cooper: Freddy vs. Jason (2003)
Trey was a glorified background character and the first to get killed off in the 2003 slasher Freddy vs. Jason. By anybody’s standards, Trey was the perfect example of a douchey boyfriend and a character we love to hate. Throughout the few scenes he’s in, he is rude, cruel, and incredibly demanding. One scene shows him getting irritated at his girlfriend, Gib, for not wanting to have sex when he did. It’s reasons like this that made his particularly odd death much more enjoyable to watch. After Gib goes to take a shower, Trey rolls onto his stomach to grab a beer and is unaware of the hulking Jason’s presence in the bedroom. Jason stabs him a bunch of times in the back before finishing him off by pulling both ends of the bed inwards.
Paige Edwards: House of Wax (2005)
In theory, Paige could have been a good supporting character in the 2005 thriller House of Wax. But she wasn’t. She really wasn’t. She was played by Paris Hilton, whose reputation may have contributed to the negative reaction from viewers. The actress gave such a lackluster performance that people cheered when she was finally killed off. After putting up a decent fight, Paige ended up with the sharp end of a pole getting rammed through her forehead.
Ronnie White: Halloween (2007)
In Rob Zombie’s 2007 reboot of Halloween, we get a closer, more twisted look into young Michael Myers’ home life. Along with his mother and two sisters Michael lived with his mother’s boyfriend, Ronnie. Ronnie was a rude, temperamental alcoholic. When he wasn’t insulting Michael or hitting on Judith Myers, he was being a genuine displeasure for everyone; these are just a few reasons we love to hate him. Ronnie was the second to die in the film at the hands of Michael Myers thanks to an effective throat slash.
Vukmir: A Serbian Film (2010)
When it comes to movie villains, A Serbian Film‘s Vukmir is as bad as it gets. You name it, this guy probably did it: snuff film director, Serbian mobster, pornographer, pedophile, necrophile. One would think that finally seeing him die would feel like a reward after watching all the awful things he did. But it wasn’t. You almost wanted him to suffer more. Either way he is killed off after a tussle with one of his victims, Milo. So take some pleasure in that if you can.
Jack Torrance: The Shining (1980)
One could probably make the argument that Jack isn’t really responsible for his behavior in The Shining. After all, he was being controlled by the unseen force that haunted the Overlook Hotel. Regardless of that, he did come across as an insufferable creep that we love to hate. And many viewers were happy when he got his comeuppance at the end of the film. After attempting to kill his family Jack was left to freeze to death in the giant maze outside the hotel.
Heather Donahue: The Blair Witch Project (1999)
I was hesitant to put Heather on this list as The Blair Witch Project is one of my favorite movies. But there is no denying how irritating final girl Heather was. Anyone who loves to hate her has reason to do so. She was a bossy control freak who refused to admit when she was in the wrong. Her death was a simple off screen kill thanks to the Blair Witch but oh so satisfying and worth the wait.
Mrs. Carmody: The Mist (2007)
Mrs. Carmody is what one might call a religious nut. She was notorious around Bridgton, Maine for being mentally unstable and believing in a bloodthirsty God. She took her beliefs to a whole new level when she attempted to get her small group of followers to sacrifice people. Including a small child. Luckily things didn’t get that far. Thanks to a couple of bullets (one in the gut, the other in the head).
Jack Frost: Jack Frost (1997)
It’s bad enough Jack Frost was a serial killer. Then the ante really got raised during his transformation into a killer snowman with the help of a little toxic waste. Obviously this movie was meant to act as a parody, thus why Jack Frost is the kind of antagonist viewers love to hate. It’s hard to decide what to hate most about this character: his terrible design, the crappy one liners, or the less-than-creative kills. Luckily for us officer Sam put an end to everyone’s suffering when he killed Jack in a truck bed full of antifreeze. But don’t get too excited. Remember that there is a sequel.
Margaret White: Carrie (1976 and 2013)
Carrie White had a difficult enough time fitting in at school. It certainly didn’t help that she had an overbearing mother to deal with at home. Margaret White was a mentally ill, God fearing and abusive matriarch. She believed that just about everything was sinful–especially sex. While she did actually love her daughter she was also extremely co-dependent and that resulted in her becoming a secondary antagonist. To nobody’s surprise, Margaret was killed by Carrie’s power of telekinesis.
Franklin Hardesty: Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
Franklin was, without a doubt, one of the whiniest characters in cinematic history. In every scene he appears in, he is complaining about something, irritating his friends with his childish antics, or yelling for his sister, Sally. Although he does deserve some props for being the first and only victim in Texas Chain Saw Massacre to be killed with Leatherface’s chainsaw, viewers have every reason to love to hate him.