Marvel Characters straight out of a Horror Movie Part 2

As we already mentioned in Part 1 super hero movies are everywhere and if you’re a horror fan you might think this is a bad thing. Fear not as we bring you a guide to a ton of terrifying and malevolent Marvel comic characters that we think could have come straight out of a horror film (some of which ended up in one!)

From demons to witches, psychopaths to aliens, classic monsters to crazy creations our list is divided into 4 Parts for easy consumption. Packed with hideous heroes and violent villains in various categories from the wickedly well known to the ominously obscure this list will hopefully inspire you to pick up a comic or graphic novel to learn more about the characters many of which are a lot less family friendly on the printed page than the silver screen we can promise.

So let’s start with….

Characters you might know:


Real Name: Eric Brooks

Aliases: Daywalker, Switchblade, Frank Blade

Hero, villain or both? Hero
Brief Bio: When his mother was bitten and murdered by a vampire during labour her son Eric Brooks entered into this world as a Dhampir, a being tainted by a vampire’s kiss, but not converted. With all of their powers and none of their weaknesses his hate for vampires spurned the boy to grow into their worst nightmare and Blade was born.

Powers & Paraphernalia: “The enzymes in Blade’s blood made him immune to normal vampire bites, uniquely attuned to sensing the supernatural and resistant to aging. … He has superhuman strength, senses and stamina, plus an accelerated healing factor… Blade uses a small arsenal of weapons: teakwood daggers; titanium, acid-etched swords; Kevlar body armour; automatic and semi-automatic firearms converted for use with hollow-point, garlic-filled silver bullets; and a variety of portable, custom-designed weapons that employ silver, garlic, sunlight, ultraviolet rays and anti-coagulants.” From

Height: 6’2″ Weight: 215 lbs.

First Comic Appearance: Tomb of Dracula Vol. 1 #10 (1973)

Random Fact: In the comics Blade was actually born Soho, London making him official British!
Films and TV Appearances: Played by Wesley Snipes Blade appeared in 3 movies Blade (1998), Blade II (2002) and Blade: Trinity (2004), which did hugely well and pre-empted the huge rise in popularity of the super hero genre. In 2006 Blade: The Series aired on Spike TV and starring rapper/actor Kirk “Sticky Fingaz” Jones as Blade but was sadly cancelled. Blade also appeared in numerous Marvel cartoons over the years including an anime television series produced in collaboration between Marvel Entertainment and Japanese animation studio Madhouse.

Characters you might not:

Morbius, The Living Vampire

Real Name: Doctor Michael Morbius

Aliases: The Living Vampire, formerly Morgan Michaels

Hero, villain or both? Both

Brief Bio: A Nobel Prize-winning biochemist Dr. Michael Morbius found out that he was set to die from a rare disease dissolving his blood cells. Attempting an insane experiment mixing the distilled fluid from bats and electrical shocks in a desperate bid to find a cure Morbius made himself into a something very much like a vampire. Driven by a blinding hunger for blood and alone in the world for fear of what he may do to the mortals he meets Morbius has fought on the side of good and evil over the years coming up against famous characters like Spiderman and the X-Men a number of times.

Powers & Paraphernalia: “Morbius is a human mutate possessing a variety of powers akin to a supernatural vampire: he maintains super-human strength (the extent of which depends on the amount of blood he has ingested and the type of blood), speed, reflexes, agility, senses, and an accelerated healing factor; he has sharp claws and fangs, and the ability to glide on air currents via his hollow bones.” From

Height: 5’10 Weight: 170 lbs.

First Comic Appearance: Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1 # 101 (1971)

Random Fact: Morbius once discovered his home was a portal to a world ruled by the demonic entity Helleyes, I can’t imagine any estate agents being able to sell that place for him quickly!

Films and TV Appearances: According to Wikipedia in the bonus features of the Blade film DVD an alternate ending can be seen where Blade, after dispatching Deacon Frost, walks out onto the rooftop of a building only to glimpse a figure whose identity is concealed behind a cloth mask. The film’s writer David S. Goyer has stated that he originally intended Michael Morbius to be the primary villain should there be a sequel to Blade. This was sadly scrapped however recent news is Jared Leto has signed with Sony to play the living vampire in one of their Spiderman tie-in movies coming in the near future.

Elsa Bloodstone

Real Name: Elsa Bloodstone

Aliases: None

Hero, villain or both? Hero

Brief Bio: The daughter of the great Ulysses Bloodstone a monster hunter of legendary status Elsa was ignorant of her father’s vicious vocation until shortly after her 18th birthday when he passed away and passed on his legacy to her. Inheriting the family home as well as the many mysterious monster killing artefacts inside it Elsa set about training to follow in her father’s foe felling footsteps.

Powers & Paraphernalia: “Elsa’s Bloodstone Choker grants her superhuman strength, agility, speed and endurance, as well as an unspecified degree of regenerative ability. The Bloodstone itself can repel vampires, while her blood can destroy them. The Choker attaches itself to her, but can be removed at will. Elsa also has access to her father’s collection of artefacts. So far she has used various vampire-hunting weapons, including a shotgun that fires silver cross buckshot, an ultraviolet flashlight, etc.” From

Height: 5’9″ Weight: 120 lbs.

First Comic Appearance: Bloodstone #1 (2001)

Random Fact: Elsa has a magic lamp capable of teleporting her to mystical trouble spots, not great if you just want a relaxing weekend break though.

Films and TV Appearances: None to mention – yet!


Real Name: Unknown

Aliases: Edvard Haberdash; impersonated countless people.

Hero, villain or both? Villain

Brief Bio: The ruler of the Dream Dimension Nightmare is a demon with huge amounts of power and virtually omnipotent in his own realm. From tormenting sleeping super heroes to attempting to enslave entire slumbering nations no one is safe from this dream demon but luckily the Sorcerer Supreme Dr. Strange has made it his mission to guard us all from Nightmare so we can nap in peace.
Powers & Paraphernalia: “A demon of great mystical power, Nightmare usually targets his victims while they sleep by drawing their psyches into his Nightmare World, the substance and contents of which he can manipulate and reshape at will. He can trap psyches indefinitely but usually only torments souls temporarily lest he permanently deplete the psychic energies he consumes. “From

Height: Variable Weight: Variable

First Comic Appearance: Strange Tales #110 (1963)

Random Fact: Eight hundred years ago, Nightmare impregnated the demon succubus Zhilla Char, she died giving birth to their daughter, the Dreamqueen, who now rules her own nightmarish pocket dimension. I bet family Christmases are fun at her house.

Films and TV Appearances: Often appearing in Marvel cartoons Nightmare was the primary antagonist in the 2016 animated movie Hulk: Where Monsters Dwell and has been voiced by the one and only Mark Hamill in the Ultimate Spider-Man series. Interestingly Doctor Strange movie director Scott Derrickson revealed to IGN that he wants to use Nightmare and the Nightmare Realm in the sequel to his 2016 film.

Jack O’Lantern

Real Name: Formally Jason Philip Macendale Jr. now Steven Mark Levins

Aliases: None

Hero, villain or both? Villain

Brief Bio: Originally created by Jason Macendale, a disgraced CIA operative with a penchant for torture who turned his hand to being a hired gun, the Jack O’Lantern armour and equipment was used to strike fear into its targets as well as remind them that Halloween was coming up soon. When Steven Mark Levins got his hands on the suit and weapons his first fight was with Captain America which he obviously lost.

Powers & Paraphernalia: “Jack O’Lantern wore a suit of protective body armour. His helmet was equipped with infrared vision and surrounded with low temp flame…He utilized an upgraded version of the original Jack O’Lantern’s pogo-glider. Wrist blasters that fired beams or small pumpkin bombs, grenades, tear gas, smoke grenades, hallucinogenic gases, conclusion grenades, knock-out gas and “ghost-grabbers” – a film which adheres to his victims’ faces to asphyxiate them.” From

Height: 6′ Weight: 200 lbs.

First Comic Appearance: Captain America #396 (1992)

Random Fact: Jack O’Lantern was killed by the Punisher. Levins’ body was transported to his hometown Sleepy Hollow to be buried but shortly after his burial a fragment of Lucifer’s soul, who Ghost Rider accidentally freed from hell, possessed his corpse. Seriously comics are crazy!

Films and TV Appearances: None to mention – yet!

Marvel’s version of a classic monster:


Real Name: Simon William Garth

Aliases: Formerly the Coffee King of New Orleans

Hero, villain or both? Neither!

Brief Bio: Murdered in the Bayou by a red sect” of voodoo practitioners Simon Garth was resurrected by a priestess and transformed into a zombie. After going on a seemingly unstoppable rampage he was stopped when one of the cultists placed an Amulet of Damballah on him the twin of which allowed its user to command Simon to do whatever they wanted. A pawn in many villains evil games Simon seeks the one thing he can never have, eternal rest.

Powers & Paraphernalia: “As a zombie empowered by loa (voodoo spirit), Garth has enhanced strength and regenerative abilities, feels no physical pain, and does not need to eat or breathe; his yellow coarse, decaying body has a foul odour. … There is no evidence that he consumes human flesh to maintain his existence.” From

Height: 6’4″ Weight: 220 lbs.

First Comic Appearance: Menace #5 (1953)

Random Fact: Simon Garth was senior partner for 25 years in Garwood Industries, maker of leading Garth Manor Coffee. Mmmm wake up and smell the zombie.

Films and TV Appearances: None to mention – yet!

One insane one just for fun:


Real Name: Frank Castle (born Castiglione)

Aliases: The Punisher

Hero, villain or both? Hero

Brief Bio: So in Punisher comics in January 2010 the character you know and love got killed. This came about when Norman Osborn decided to dispatch of the vigilante who had tried to assassinate him and sent his Dark Wolverine aka Draken (who is Wolverines son!) who cut both his arms off before decapitating him. The Legion of Monsters find and reconstruct Frank Castle as a Frankenstein monster (Franken-Castle get it!) to help them stop a secret society that is trying to hunt them down. Although rejecting his new life and friends at first Franken-Castle realises that this group of monstrous outcasts is innocent and should be protected and joins with the collection of werewolves, mummies, vampires and more to save them all.

Powers & Paraphernalia: Basically everything the Punisher had but now he is an undead monster!

Height: Unknown but bigger than before! Weight: Unknown but bigger than before!

First Comic Appearance: Punisher #11 (2009)

Random Fact: Desperate for revenge Franken-Castle pursued Draken and nearly defeated him before he was stopped by the real Wolverine who also wanted to kill his son (what a mucked up family!) The unlikely duo teamed up to take Draken down and in the end Punisher was returned to normal by the Elsa Bloodstone’s Bloodstone because well um because comics I guess!
Films and TV Appearances: None to mention – yet!

Read Part 1 HERE and look out for Parts 3 and 4 coming soon!
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Alex Humphrey

Alex studied film at the University of Kent and went on to work for Universal Pictures in their Post Room gaining an inside look at the movie industry from the very bottom. Constantly writing reviews in everything from local magazines to Hip Hop sites Alex honed his critical skills even spending a brief period as a restaurant critic. Read more

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