I was frightened by the characters in Winter’s Bone; if the people of the Ozark mountains are like that i doubt i’ll be heading that way for a relaxing holiday any time soon.
Jack Nicholson in the Shinning, Robert Michum in Night of the Hunter and Anthony Motherfucking Hopkins in Silence of the Lambs.
Of course all 3 of those famous performances are deliciously o.t..t
Mostly the terrifying performances are the performances of characters which are mystical, or insane…
To me, the most terrifying are those of realistic characters: like Al Pacino in Godfather-2, or those children in The White Ribbon – no mystics, no insanity, that makes them really terrible
Among others: Max Schreck in Nosferatu, Caligari and his somnambulist in The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Anthony Perkins in Psycho, Jack Nickolson in the Shining, Anthony Hopkins in Silence of the Lambs, the girl from Hideo Nakata’s The Ring, and the actors that performed the incarnations of that evil couple in Skeleton Key
Arnold Shwarzenegger in “Terminator”. That undefeatable cyborg was truly terrifying!
Gary Oldman in True Romance
Michael Shannon in Bug
De Niro in Taxi Driver
Ewan McGregor in Young Adam
Ralph Fiennes in Spider
Richard Burton in 1984
i saw a couple of you say Bale in American Psycho was terrifying. he was hilarious in that movie, not scary.
Brat Pitt in The Assassination of Jesse James By the Coward Robert Ford
Dennis Hopper in Blue Velvet
Javier Bardem in No Country For Old Men
i’m not sure in Benicio Del Toro was truly terrifying in Fear and Loathing, but boy was he wild
Justin Chatwin in Dragonabll Evolution. That sure was a scary picture.
Tom Hanks in Forrest Gump – truly terrifyingly bad.
already mentioned….but definitely robert michum from night of the hunter…..yikes…also agree w/ “she” from antichrist
Rudolf Hrusínský in THE CREMATOR
Isabelle Adjani in POSSESSION
David Sust in IN A GLASS CAGE
Isabelle Huppert in THE PIANO TEACHER
Philippe Nahon in I STAND ALONE
Gena Rowlands in OPENING NIGHT
Gena Rowlands in A WOMAN UNDER THE INFLUENCE
John Marley in FACES
Isabelle Adjani in Possession for sure
I almost died laughing at everyone in that Mel Gibson film about Jesus. Christ it was funnier than syphilis.
Enrique Lucero as the Priest in Canoa
Dean Stockwell as Ben in Blue Velvet
Surely there’s more
Claudio Brook in The Castle of Purity
Olivier Gourmet in Le Fils (The Son)
The most terryifying performance ever must be David Bowie in Labyrinth (1986). I mean that was truly scary…
also that guy behind the dumpster in mulholland drive
I can’t remember if I posted here…so…
Louise Fletcher – …Cuckoo’s Nest
Javiar Bardem – No Country for Old Men
Angela Lansbury – The Manchurian Candidate
Gunnar Hansen – Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Donald Sutherland – Day of the Locust
Ted Levine – Silence of the Lambs
Robert Mitchum – Night of the Hunter
Oliver Reed – The Shuttered Room
Bette Davis – Whatever happened to baby jane?
Piper Laurie – Carrie
Billie Whitelaw – The Omen
Dennis Hopper – Blue Velvet
Al Pacino – Scarface
Kim Stanley – Seance on a wet afternoon
Donald Pleasence – Wake in Fright
Malcolm McDowell – A Clockwork Orange
Max Shreck – Nosferatu
James Cagney – White Heat
Samantha Eggar – The Brood
David Bowie – Labyrinth
Paul Williams – Phantom of the paradise
Robert Mitchum – Night of the hunter / Cape Fear
The ‘Dwarf’- Don’t Look Now
Lawrence Tierney- Dillinger (‘45)
Lena Olin- Romeo is Bleeding
Ann Savage- Detour
Burt Lancaster- Seven Days in May
Richard Dreyfuss as Baby Face Nelson- Dillinger (’73)
^^ Samantha Eggar in THE BROOD…great call on that one, but I might argue that Oliver Reed was even more sinister in the same film
Elizabeth Olsen in Martha Marcy May Marlene.