Appears in: Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
Scariest moment: Pale Man grabs two eyeballs off of a plate, stuffs them into his palms, and opens his hands in front of the eye socket area, suddenly able to see the little girl who's disturbed his slumber.
Weakness: Overly firm handshakes.
There's no denying the singularly fantastical imagination of filmmaker Guillermo del Toro, a guy whose childhood, centered around Universal Monsters and H.P. Lovecraft's literature, has turned him into a true genre master. Pan's Labyrinth, the 2006 Academy Award-winning knockout that officially put his name on the worldwide map, showcases del Toro's creativity at its best.
It's the tale of an oppressed little girl, Ofelia (Ivana Baquero), who creates elaborate dreamworlds in her head to escape her evil, militant stepfather's (Sergi Lopez) forceful tyranny. In one of Ofelia's make-believe retreats, she encounters the Pale Man, an eyeless eater of children that guards an abundant feast and attacks anyone dumb enough to steal any of his food. Ofelia, naturally, swipes a couple grapes, causing the Pale Man to reveal the eyeballs in his palms and chase her down.
Whimsical yet terrifying, it's the kind of sequence that could only come from del Toro's wonderfully twisted mind.