This Is the Horror Villain Who Probably Still Haunts You, Research Shows

This terrifying character has been nightmare fuel for generations of kids and adults.

Everyone has a horror movie that's permanently etched in their psyche, whether you won't repeat the word "Candyman" or are still avoiding lake swimming after watching Friday the 13th. However, a new survey reveals there's one horror movie villain more likely to live rent free in your brain than any other. According to the 2020 edition of Frontier Bundles' Most Popular Horror Movie Villain by State survey, the most searched horror movie villain in the U.S. is none other than Frankenstein's monster.

The survey examined 12 months' worth of Google searches about 15 popular horror movie villains, figuring those were the ones most people can't shake. The findings showed that Frankenstein's monster was the most-searched villain in 11 of the 50 states.

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Universal via YouTube

The prior year, Jack Torrance of The Shining held the top spot as the most-searched villain in 10 states.

Those movie terrors are in good company, however—just read on to discover the most popular villain in your state. And for more frightful fun, This Is the Scariest Horror Movie of All Time, According to Science.


count dracula in dracula, 1931
Universal via YouTube

Where he's from: The Dracula movies

Which states are most scared of him: Wyoming

And for films that still keep you up at night, check out The Scariest Movies '90s Kids Can't Forget.

Jack Torrance

jack nicholson in the shining
Warner Bros.

Where he's from: The Shining

Which states are most scared of him: Maine

Hannibal Lecter

Still from The Silence of the Lambs

Where he's from: Silence of the Lambs, Red Dragon, and the Hannibal movies

Which states are most scared of him: Alaska, North Dakota

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still from carrie

Where she's from: Carrie

Which states are most scared of her: Michigan, New York, Washington, D.C.

And if you want to scare yourself silly, This Is the Best Horror Film of 2020, According to Critics.


leatherface in texas chainsaw massacre
Bryanston Distributing Company

Where he's from: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre movies

Which states are most scared of him: Kentucky, Oklahoma, Tennessee


Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise in It
Warner Bros. Pictures

Where he's from: The It movies and miniseries

Which states are most scared of him: Iowa, Nebraska, Utah, West Virginia

Norman Bates

still from psycho
Universal Pictures

Where he's from: Psycho

Which states are most scared of him: Hawaii, Missouri, Ohio, Rhode Island, Virginia


alien 3
20th Century Fox

Where it's from: The Alien movies

Which states are most scared of it: Colorado, Florida, Montana, Oregon, Vermont, Washington


bride of chucky
Universal Pictures

Where he's from: The Child's Play and Chucky movies

Which states are most scared of him: Alabama, California, Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Texas


scream 2
Paramount Pictures

Where he's from: The Scream movies

Which states are most scared of him: Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Nevada, South Dakota, Wisconsin

And for more terrifying characters you can't forget, check out The Biggest '90s Horror Icons, Then and Now.

Frankenstein's Monster

closeup of frankenstein's monster in 1931 movie

Where he's from: The Frankenstein movies

Which states are most scared of him: Arizona, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina

Sarah Crow
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