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Thursday 28 August 2014

Hannibal 'scariest villain of all'

Anthony Hopkins starred as The Silence of the Lambs psychopath Dr Hannibal Lecter

The Silence of the Lambs psychopath Dr Hannibal Lecter is the most terrifying film villain, according to a poll of horror fans.

The cannibalistic character, famously played by Anthony Hopkins in the film, picked up a quarter of the votes in the poll followed by Freddy Krueger (12%) - the clawed-hand villain from A Nightmare on Elm Street.

Devilish doll Chucky (9%), from the Child's Play films, came in third with Damien (7%) from The Omen and Jack Torrance (6%) from The Shining fourth and fifth respectively.

Other characters that make the top 10 include Norman Bates from Alfred Hitchcock's horror film Psycho (5%) and Pinhead (1%) from the Hellraiser films.

Fliss Hickson, Head of Brand Marketing at film and TV streaming service LOVEFiLM which polled 2,000 film fans, said: "We all love a good scare, and there's something about the calm demeanour and intelligence of Dr Hannibal Lecter that instantly brings a shiver to the spine. The combination of his brilliant brain, murderous appetite and terrifying mind games means this doctor truly is the stuff of nightmares."

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