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With Halloween lurking around the corner, the Tatler team shares the ghouls and monsters at the top of their fright list

Wednesday Addams in 'Addams Family' trilogy (1991-1998)

"Christina Ricci is the Wednesday Addams of my generation and immortalised the strange Addam’s family daughter with her unforgettable performance. A scene in Addams Family Values where Wednesday attempts smiling to please other people will send shivers down your spine. In Wednesday, Ricci gave the world the most unsettling deadpan teenager. She was confident, sociopathic (with her repeated attempts to kill her brothers) and possessed zero social mores (she put on a bloody swordfight school play). The fictional character also roused Goth’s best fashion icon with her ubiquitous black dress worn with white collars and tomboyish attitude—forever chic!"

—Lynette Ow, editor-in-chief

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Leatherface from 'Texas Chainsaw Massacre'

"The concept of Leatherface, a large, mute man wearing a mask made from human skin sprinting towards someone at full speed wielding a chainsaw to murder then eat them, is terrifying in itself. And every reincarnation of Leatherface gets scarier as he gets smarter, faster and more un-killable. It gets worse knowing that this character is inspired by a real-life serial killer, Ed Gein, who created a human skin suit from his victims.

I’ve suffered from many, many nightmares since watching my first Texas Chainsaw Massacre movie but I still tune in for every sequel and reboot, including the latest one released in February 2022 starring Elsie Fisher."

—Zue Wei Leong, digital writer

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Valak from 'The Conjuring 2' (2016)

"It's hard to choose a favourite as I do so love my horror movie characters, from Freddy Krueger of the Nightmare on Elm Street series to Samara from Ringu to the aliens from the Alien movies.

But I'd like to highlight my favourite horror movie scene from The Conjuring 2 that introduced a new nightmare to my mental cabinet of scary things. Although the scene begins innocuously enough with a pale-faced nun named Valak standing at the end of the hallway, the scare factor creeps up slowly when it moves to the dimly lit office of Ed Warren that actually has a painting of said nun on the wall. A shadowy figure appears, moving slowly around the room towards the painting before the unholy apparition reveals itself in one heart-stopping moment."

—Brian Cheong, digital editor

Samara Morgan from 'The Ring' (2002)

"When I was in kindergarten, I was a huge horror movie buff. My mum would warn my dad against letting me pick out such gruesome shows when we visited the DVD shop, but I always managed to slip in a slasher or supernatural thriller into the pile. That is until I watched the scene in The Ring where Samara Morgan, with her black, waterlogged hair and grey, sunken face chillingly climbed out of the television."

—Katelyn Tan, senior writer, Tatler Dining Malaysia

Twisty the Clown from 'American Horror Story: Freak Show' (2014)

"He isn't technically a horror movie character but Twisty the clown from American Horror Story: Freak Show was the cause of my lack of sleep for about a week after watching the FX series. Growing up with a fear of clowns, watching this season of AHS was probably a huge mistake. Nonetheless, I think the character was so artfully written and executed that my fear of clowns is now chronic."

— Amanda Fung, writer, Tatler Dining Malaysia


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