No. 10: Mitch Laurence and Allison Perkins—One Life to Live
It does’t get much more frightening than Mitch Laurence, the twisted ex-boyfriend of Tina Lord (Andrea Evans) whose first reign of terror in Llanview started way back in 1985. Following a stint in prison for murder, Mitch transformed himself into a religious cult leader finding a devoted worshipper/willing accomplice in bat shit crazy Allison Perkins (Barbara Garrick). Rape, murder, kidnapping, you name it, Mitch Laurence and Allison Perkins have done it all, mostly to Viki Lord (Erika Slezak) and her twin daughters Jessica (Bree Williamson) and Natalie (Melissa Archer). Eterna only knows what Mitch and Allison have in store for the Lords and Buchanans this time around!
Horrifying Mention: Victor Lord.
No. 9: Barnabas Collins—Dark Shadows
We couldn’t have a list detailing soap’s most terrifying villains without mentioning Barnabas Collins, the 175-year-old vampire protagonist from ABC’s short-lived, cult soap Dark Shadows. Though Barnabas was generally a nice blood sucker, Jonathan Frid’s creepy portrayal of the fanged one couldn’t help but scare soap watchers. Dark Shadows not only inspired a brief NBC primetime update in the 90′s, but is now being adapted for an upcoming big screen version starring none other than Johnny Depp. Talk about a soap villain with bite!
Horrifying Mention: Caleb Morley (Port Charles).