In the survival horror video game Until Dawn, the psychopath is a masked maniac who traps a group of friends staying at Josh Washington’s remote lodge. Suffering hallucinations and paranoia, the psycho forces his victims to play twisted psychological games as he brutalizes them.
In The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Leatherface is a chainsaw-wielding, psychopathic murder who has a taste for human flesh. He and his inbred family hunt down victims and turn them into practical items like housebuilding materials and meat for BBQ and chili. Probably the scariest thing about Leatherface is that the fact that he was inspired by real life killer Ed Gein, who wore a mask of human skin.
In the Scream series, Sidney Prescott is the target of Ghostface, a masked murderer who torments her by killing the people around her. The Scream series revived the horror genre in the 90’s by incorporating humor and by its acknowledgment of horror movie cliches.
In Saw, John Kramer is a civil engineer dying from an inoperable brain tumor who decides to help others appreciate the value of life. Instead of giving them a pep talk however, he builds complex torture devices that they can only escape through self-sacrifice. Typical engineer.
In the Friday the 13th series, Jason Voorhees is a killer on the loose, mostly in camp sites but sometimes in outer space. That iconic hockey mask is worn to hide his disfigured face. Just don’t confuse him with Michael Myers, he really hates when that happens.