You don’t have to go all the way to Elm Street to catch a glimpse of Freddy Krueger.
The horror genre has spawned some of the greatest and most memorable characters in film history.
Even if you don’t particularly like seeing people beheaded, then you will be able to recognize at least some of the most famous horror characters.
Some have signature masks, some have recognizable weapons, while some have such a creepy look that you’d be hard-pressed to forget them even if you tried.
The elite of terrifying creations are so popular that they have managed to infiltrate other areas of culture. As we’re about to find out, these ten characters have all appeared outside of their respective film series and outside of the horror film genre altogether.
We don’t just limit our participation to other movies and TV shows. We have characters that appear in commercials, on stage, and even in the world of professional wrestling. It seems that nowhere is safe from their influence, which makes a lot of sense if you think about it.
You can’t keep a good villain down, nor can you stop him from spreading his wings and leaving home comforts for pastures new.
10. Pennywise – Space Jam: A New Legacy
Space Jam: A New Legacy could be defined as horror, in the sense that it bloody maimed many of Warner Bros’ beloved franchises in one fell swoop.
This sequel to the 1996 original put LeBron James in Michael Jordan’s shoes as the basketball star entered the world of animation. Although, in the 90s, the words “Cinematic Universe” hadn’t been spoken yet and the world was a better place.
Because of course they did, Warner took this opportunity to cram as much of the other IP they owned into this movie as possible. By setting it in the “Serververse”, the company could take part from The Iron Giant, The Flintstones, Rick and Morty and many, Many more.
Horror icons were also not immune to this gross corporate synergy. Pennywise from It makes a very brief appearance in the film’s trailer, standing just to the right of Don Cheadle’s character.
In the actual movie, Beetlejuice and the Gremlins also show up to join in on the fun.
If we were to watch this messed up wreck and jump down a storm drain, we’d take our chances with the clown any day of the week.
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