Coming up with scary names can be hard. If you’re looking for a cool name to call an evil character in a story, check out the examples below. Usually, in films, the bad guys have very ordinary names. In real life, serial killer names are so boring that the media has to invent scary-sounding names for them.
Scary Names from Horror Movies
Jason Voorhees (from Friday the 13th) The person who created Jason used the name of his childhood friend.
Freddy Krueger (from A Nightmare on Elm Street) Wes Craven picked this because it was the name of a boy who bullied him in school.
Cropsy (from The Burning) The name comes from an urban legend about an axe-wielding maniac named John Cropsey.
Rustin Parr (from Blair Witch Project) The film-makers chose this name when they were trying to come up with anagrams for Rasputin.
Benjamin Willis (The Fisherman from I Know What You Did Last Summer)
Michael Myers (from the Halloween movies)
Rusty Nail (from Joyride)
Mary Shaw (from Dead Silence)
Victor Crowley (Hatchet Face from Hatchet)
Matilda Dixon (The Tooth Fairy from Darkness Falls)
Fenton Meiks (Frailty)
Annie Wilkes (Misery)
Bubba Sawyer Jr aka Leatherface (from The Texas Chain Saw Massacre)
Charles Lee Ray AKA Chucky (The Lakeshore Strangler from Child’s Play)
Hannibal Lecter (from The Silence of the Lambs)
Norman Bates (from Psycho)
Ezra Cobb (from Deranged)
Elizabeth Craven (The Tooth Fairy)
Nathaniel Demerest (Wishmaster)
Professor Henry Jarrod (House Of Wax)
John Doe (Se7en)
Billy Loomis (Scream)
Damien Thorn (The Omen)
Leslie Vernon (Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon)
Thorton Meeks (Mr. Brooks)
Francis Dolarhyde (from Manhunter and Red Dragon)
Harry Warden aka The Miner (My Bloody Valentine)
Mary Hatchet (Blood Night: The Legend of Mary Hatchet)
Sweeney Todd (The Demon Barber of Fleet Street from Sweeney Todd)
Johnny Charles Bartlett (The Frighteners), Richard Fenton (Prom Night), Rufus T. Firefly (House of 1000 Corpses), Robert Henkel (Sorority House Massacre), Vance Kingsley (The Toolbox Murders), Frank Booth (Blue Velvet), Charles Edmund Reese (Rampage), Leonard Marliston (Cherry Falls), Marty Rantzen (Slaughter High), Harry Powell (The Night of the Hunter), Axel Palmer (My Bloody Valentine), Max Cady (Cape Fear), Windom Earle (from Twin Peaks), The Reaper (from Jeepers Creepers), The Tall Man (from Phantasm), The Driller Killer (from Slumber Party Massacre II), The Night Slasher (from Cobra), The Trasher (from Dark Asylum), Solomon Grundy (from nursery rhymes), Doctor Fell (from nursery rhymes), Cornelius Stirk (from Batman comics), Billy Kincaid (from Spawn comics), Count Orlok, Penny Dreadful, Septimus Heap, Claude Frollo, Ahab, Nero Wolfe, Lazarus Long, Ichabod Crane, Nick Shadow, Hans Gruber.
Scary Girl Names
Elvira, Drusilla, Cruella, Griselda, Morticia, Antoinette, Crimson, Scarlet, Raven, Shadow, Mercy, Tempest, Mordred, Desdemona, Winifred, Althea, Temperance, Lucinda, Henrietta, Lenore, Coraline, Belladonna (a poisonous plant), Hecate (a witch from Shakespeare’s MacBeth), Zelda.
Scary Boy Names
Damien, Norman, Igor, Cole, Vlad, Luther, Boris, Abel, Barnabas, Dexter, Zander, Ichabod, Raoul, Ebenezer, Edgar, Bran, Gideon. Jasper, Gunther, Yorick, Caliban, Mephistopheles.
Scary Last Names
Mister Frost, Mister Sinister, Mister Dread, Mister Shhh, Mr Rellik, Dr Alucard, Mr Natas, Mr Morte, Mr Fogg, Mr Hex, Mister Moloch, Mister Mesmer, Mister Peepers, Mister Hollow, Dr Frankenstein, Dr Jekyll, Mr Hyde, Mister Mystery, Mr Leech, Mr Nobody, Mr Stench, Mr Murder, Mr Sardonicus, Mr Mean, Mr Vile, Mr Foul, Mr Skeeve, Mr Scratch, Mr Fagin, Mr Magwitch, Dr Faustus, Mr Murderous, Mr Savage, Dr Death, Dr Giggles.
Real Life Serial Killer Names
Peewee Gaskins, Charles Manson, Ted Bundy, Jeffrey Dahmer, Ed Gein, Albert Fish, Fritz Haarmann, Gilles de Rais, Dean Corll, David Berkowitz, Gary Ridgeway, Dennis Rader, Harvey Glatman, Richard Ramirez, Ed Kemper, John Wayne Gacy, Arthur Shawcross, Lizzie Borden, Belle Gunness, Robert Hansen, William Heirens, Danny Rolling, Henry Lee Lucas, Ottis Toole, John Norman Collins, Peter Sutcliffe, Richard Trenton Chase.
Real Life Serial Killer Nicknames
Jack the Ripper, Son of Sam, The Riverman, The Night Stalker, The Yorkshire Ripper, The Boston Strangler, The Angel of Death, BTK (Bind, Torture, Kill), Metal Fang, The Beast of Birkenshaw, The Hammerman, The Hillside Stranglers, The Tool Box Killers, The Vampire of Sacramento, Monster of the Andes, The Bloody Benders, The Eyeball Killer, The Candyman, The Giggling Granny, The Zodiac, The Werewolf of Wisteria, The Killer Clown, The Lipstick Killer, The Mad Axeman of New Orleans, The Servant Girl Annihilator, The Gorilla Man, The Bedroom Basher, The Co-Ed Killer, The Warwick Slasher, The Weepy-Voiced Killer, Charlie Chop-off, The Mad Butcher of Kingsbury Run, The Doodler, The Grim Sleeper, The Babysitter AKA The Oakland County Child Killer, The Red Demon
The Moon Maniac, The Plainfield Ghoul, The Demon of the Belfry, The Butcher of Hanover, The Doorbell Killer, The Mad Biter.
Scary Demon Names
Beelzebub, Azazel, Pazuzu, Baphomet, Mephistopheles, Amon, Belial, Legion, Astaroth, Behemoth, Moloch, Lucifer, Baal, Mammon, Satan, Zozo, Ishtar.
Scary Clown Names
Pennywise, Zebo the Clown, The Crimson Clown, Bobo the Clown, Pogo the Clown, Shakes the Clown, Binky the Clown, Buggy the Clown, Killjoy, Odd Bob the Clown, Sticky the Clown, Gurdy the Clown, Zombozo, Stitches, Dr Rockso, Biffo, Twisty, Hop-Frog, Koko the Killer, Chuckles the Butcher, Gurgles the Clown.
Scary Dog Names
Cujo, Crusher, Grizzly, Cerberus, Killer, Demon, Hannibal, Spike, Ripper, Bedlam, Brutus, Razor, Jaws, Psycho, Reaper, Chopper, Grinder, Lucifer, Chaos, Shredder, Fang, Rasputin, Savage, Reptar, Satan, Chomper, Slash.
Scary Street Names
Shades of Death Road in New Jersey
Ghost House Lane, Beeston, Nottinghamshire
Devil’s Dyke Road in Brighton, UK.
Blood Hill in Suffolk, UK.
Beelzebub Road in South Windsor, Conn
Hanging Hill Lane, Brentwood, Essex
Hell Lane in Wakefield, UK.
Gallow’s Hill in Warwick, UK.
Butcher Lane in Yorkshire, UK.
Bloody Pond Road near Lake George, N.Y
Witches Walk in Bridgwater, UK.
Dead Lane in Essex, UK.
Spooks Hill Road in Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
Gore Orphanage Road in Vermilion, Ohio
Blood Alley in Vancouver, Canada.
Psycho Path in Traverse City, Michigan.
Cannibal Road, in Loleta, California
Scary Place Names
Screamersville in Virginia, USA.
Witch Lake in Michigan, USA.
Burnt Head in Nova Scotia, Canada.
Slaughter Creek in Georgia, USA.
Phantom Beach in Saskatchewan, Canada.
Hell Hole in Norfolk, UK.
Bloody Springs in Mississippi, USA.
Fresh Kills, New York, USA.
Ghost Lake in Alberta, Canada.
Devils Den, Wyoming, USA.
Erie, Pennsylvania, USA.
Satans Kingdom in Massachusetts, USA.
Hell Hollow in New Hampshire, USA.
Death Valley, California, USA.
Skullbone, Tennessee, USA.
Witch Crags in Northumberland, UK.
Deadmans Corner in Maine, USA.
Bone Mountain in British Columbia, Canada.
Axe Point in Canada’s Northwest Territories.
Frankenstein, Missouri, USA.
Goblintown, Virginia, USA.
Looneyville, Minnesota, USA.
Gnaw Bone, Indiana, USA.
Strange Creek in West Virginia, USA.
Tombstone, Arizona, USA.
Killen in Alabama, USA.
Scary Fictional Place Names
Elm Street, Springwood Ohio (from A Nightmare on Elm Street) The movie was actually filmed in West Hollywood.
Haddonfield, Illinois (from Halloween) This is not a real place. The neighborhood where the movie was filmed is in South Pasadena, California, but there is a real Haddonfield in New Jersey.
Camp Crystal Lake (from Friday the 13th) The movie was filmed at Camp NoBeBoSco, a real boy scout camp in Essex County, New Jersey.
Fear Street (from the RL Stine books)