The Top Ten Horror Icons With Only One Film, According To Reddit

Chumbawamba taught us many things in the 90s. Firstly, there’s no shame in being a one-hit-wonder. Just because you only have one hit does not mean you can’t live a happy, healthy, and fulfilling life. Blind Melon also taught us that just because you only have one moment in the sun does not mean your value is minor. Now Slasherboy18 over at Reddit is taking the lesson a little bit further. They’re getting their peers to vote on the best horror icons who only have one movie to their name.

Some of these upvoted titles do come hand in hand with reboots or remakes. Other than that, these are solo riders, out in the night. That said, a few of them could probably use a universe expansion. Behind The Mask deserves more, there’s no doubt about that. And American Psycho‘s Patrick Bateman has since reappeared in literature with Bret Easton Ellis’ novel Lunar Park, so maybe there’s room to flex there.

Check out Reddit’s definitive list of horror icons with only one adventure:

  1. Annie Wilkes – Misery
  2. Count Orlock – Nosferatu
  3. Sam – Trick ‘r Treat
  4. Billy – Black Christmas
  5. Black Philip – The Witch
  6. The Phantom Killer – The Town That Dreaded Sundown
  7. Harry Warden – My Bloody Valentine
  8. Mahogany – Midnight Meat Train
  9. Leslie Vernon – Behind The Mask
  10. Patrick Bateman – American Psycho

While the Blumhouse/Ryan Murphy produced 2014 remake was fascinating in its own right, I would love to see more from The Town That Dreaded Sundown. The Phantom Killer straddles the real and fictional world in a very unsettling way, so maybe it’s time to see him reappear to cause more carnage in Texarkana.

The Town that Dreaded Sundown

Lastly, what do you think? What are some of the most iconic horror villains who have only had one outing (give or take a reboot or two)? Let me know on Twitter via @joshkorngut. I’m always around to chat all things classic horror.



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