> Movie: “Halloween” (1978)
> Played by: Tony Moran
The modern era of horror arguably begins with this indie blockbuster and its knife-wielding antagonist. After escaping from a mental institution, Michael Myers returns to his hometown and wreaks homicidal terror over the course of a single night. An endless string of sequels, reboots, and remakes would follow.
> Movie: “The Shining” (1980)
> Played by: Jack Nicholson
Hotel caretaker Jack Torrance descends into madness in this chilling adaptation of a Stephen King novel. Director Stanley Kubrick frequently changed the script and demanded numerous takes from his actors, which took its own psychological toll behind the scenes.
> Movie: “Raiders of the Lost Ark” (1981)
> Played by: Paul Freeman
Indiana Jones’ main rival, French archaeologist René Emile Belloq helps the Nazis locate the Ark of the Covenant. The character also appears in novelizations, comic books, and the 3-D computer-animated short “LEGO Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Brick.”
> Movie: “Star Wars: Episode VI – The Return of the Jedi” (1983)
> Played by: Ian McDiarmid
Darth Vader’s superior, Emperor Palpatine is the ancient embodiment of pure and powerful evil. He debuted as a holograph in “The Empire Strikes Back,” featuring a different appearance and voice that was retroactively replaced. Scottish actor Ian McDiarmid is now synonymous with the character, who tortures Luke Skywalker in the first trilogy’s final installment.
> Movie: “A Nightmare on Elm Street” (1984)
> Played by: Robert Englund
With his sharp-witted tongue and razor claws, Freddy Krueger leapt into the imaginations of victims and viewers alike. Robert Englund brought a singular comedic presence to the character, playing him in multiple sequels and also hosting the TV spin-off, “Freddy’s Nightmares.”
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