Halloween is right around the corner and we’re getting into the spirit by checking out horror movie-inspired tattoos. All the evil, wicked, and monstrous characters from your favorite scary movies are popular subject matter for many, many tattoos. Horror movie nerds love the genre and want to express their passion for it by getting creative and spine-tingling tattoos.
We decided to take a very deep dive into these tattoos to better understand what people are getting inked these days. One thing that took us by surprise was Pennywise. Pennywise the Clown from It is, without a doubt, one of the most tattooed horror villains out there. We knew people liked the movies, but we had no idea people liked them that much! As far as classic slasher films go, Jason from Friday the 13th was another popular choice! Let’s take a look at some of the best horror movie-inspired tattoos. Brace yourself. These tats recreate the scariest moments from the creepiest movies and they are not for the faint of heart.
Christian Bale was such a creep in Mary Harron‘s American Psycho. This photorealistic tattoo of the actor’s face brings the psychopathic ego to life.
If you had any curiosity about psychedelics, chances are that Ari Aster’s Midsommar put those right to bed. Florence Pugh was a thrill to watch in the film and who could forget the climax of the film that saw her crowned the May Queen?
Alfred Hitchcock‘s classic Psycho is well represented in this montage tattoo that contains some of the most iconic imagery from the film. This is an excellent tattoo.
Jigsaw from the Saw films is one of the creepiest puppets/dolls/characters to ever grace the screen. Here, we find the thing tattooed with the words “Game Over” here which is not at all a good thing!
Someone wanted a touch of camp and went with one of the most thrilling scenes in Re-Animator. Check out how the artist managed to shade Herbert West’s (played by Jeffrey Combs) face with the green from the syringe.
The opening of Scream is remembered as one of the best starts of any horror movie. Drew Barrymore as Casey Becker remains one of the best turns for an actor who only appeared in several minutes of any movie. This minimalist portrait is a winner.
Well, there’s a lot to unpack here. A full sleeve of some of the most infamous scary movie characters was a choice! It seems like all the characters chosen for this were from films made in the 1970s and 80s.
Alien straddles horror and sci-fi to such chilling ends. Here, we find an alien, AKA a xenomorph tattooed expertly with shining reflections of light.
Mr. Meyers is lovingly tattooed here in a traditional style. He’s complete with a bunch of roses. We’re pretty sure John Carpenter would be proud.
Another Ari Aster hit, Hereditary is one of the scariest movies to come out in recent memory. Here, we find Peter crowned and flanked by flames.
Who knew Jack Nicholson’s face would be such a popular subject of tattoos? We find a lot of him as Jack Torrence from The Shining.
Father & Son
Here’s another Jack with the iconic carpet from the Overlook Hotel projected onto his face. Danny should turn that tricycle right around!
A Dull Boy
We promise. No more Nicholson, but we had to share all of these remarkable designs with you. This photorealistic portrait is very unsettling. What would Kubrik think?
Someone Needs to Moisturize
Leatherface from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is one of the most sinister ever created. This traditional design is complete with a chainsaw to really deliver the scariest aspects of the film.
Rosemary’s Baby is a classic film that will make you never want to move into a midrise apartment building. Here, the artist has translated the incredible poster for the film into tattoo form.
Here’s another Scream-inspired tattoo. This person has chosen Ghost Face as the subject. We love this tattoo and its creative, smart design.
The goat from The Witch is probably one of the scariest animals we’ve ever seen. This tribute to Black Phillip and his promise to allow you to “live deliciously” is a winner.
Not Gonna Laugh at You
Carrie is one of the most cruel, brutal films about high school ever made. Who could forget the climax of the film and Sissy Spacek as Carrie going on a telepathic rampage? What a cool design!
A Nightmare on Elm Street and its heinous villain, Freddy Krueger is probably one of the best-known movie monsters. Here, we find him done in black and grey with an especially vile expression.
Quiet Your Lambs
The Silence of the Lambs is one of the best thrillers ever and the death’s-head hawkmoth has become emblematic of it. After Pennywise, we saw tons of these moth tattoos.
As promised, here’s a look at one of the most repeated Pennywise tattoos inspired by It. We saw hundreds of these shared on social media. This clown is a beloved creeper.
Not as popular as Bill Skarsgard’s It, but still a favorite is Tim Curry‘s turn as the character. Who could forget his completely deranged performance? What a splendid tattoo.
Friday the 13th‘s Jason has inspired a ton of ink. The iconic hockey mask and machete wielding maniac can be found tattooed on numerous people.
Candyman, Candyman, Candyman
As we eagerly await the release of the remake of Candyman, we can look to tattoos inspired by the original to tide us over. We love this tattoo that is a version of the poster for film.
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No horror movie tattoo showcase would be complete without our friend Mr. Babadook. If you’re a parent (especially a single one), you know that the horrors of everyday life can be just as scary as a scary movie. Jennifer Kent‘s tale of domestic unraveling is one of our favorites. The Babadook illustration from the children’s book is a favorite and it’s easy to see why. Eek!
There you go! 25 horror movie tattoos that will help you welcome Halloween this year. We hope you enjoyed these tats and are slightly disturbed.
Andrew is a Chicago-based writer who enjoys finding the best of the internet, obsessively making lists, and cooking for friends. After studying Film and Art History, he developed a deep love for both topics. Celebrity news, pop culture, and stories that bring people together are his passions.
- 1 America’s Sweetheart
- 2 Queen
- 3 Norman
- 4 Jigsaw
- 5 Re-Animated
- 6 Casey
- 7 A Lot
- 8 Xenomorph
- 9 He’s Coming
- 10 Hail Paimon!
- 11 Here’s Johnny
- 12 Father & Son
- 13 A Dull Boy
- 14 Someone Needs to Moisturize
- 15 Rosemary
- 16 Ghost Face
- 17 Black Phillip
- 18 Not Gonna Laugh at You
- 19 Freddy
- 20 Quiet Your Lambs
- 21 It
- 22 OG It
- 23 Jason
- 24 Candyman, Candyman, Candyman
- 25 Babadook (Dook-Dook)
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