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Hannibal 'scariest villain of all'

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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