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5 Horror Protagonists That Would Have Gone to Prison!

Horror Protagonists Sent to Prison

We all love a good protagonist. They are characters that the audience can relate to, but they aren’t always so perfect. Many protagonists have committed acts, both voluntarily and involuntarily, that would have probably landed them in the slammer. Here are 5(ish) characters that most definitely would have gone to jail for some of the things they did!

Jesse Walsh – A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge

Obviously Jesse (Mark Patton) wasn’t actually guilty of any crime since it was Freddy who murdered Coach Schneider (Marshall Bell) and his friend Grady (Robert Rusler), but he still looked mighty guilty. As terrible as it is, Jesse would have been easily convicted in a court of law for those two murders since “possession by dead child murderer” doesn’t really hold up as a defense in the real world.

Horror Protagonists Sent To Prison

Carrie White – Carrie

Had Carrie (Sissy Spacek) not killed herself, she most definitely would have been sent to prison, or at least gone to trial. Sure, she probably would have just used her telekinetic powers to escape whatever prison cell she was placed in, but the fact is that she still murdered a gymnasium full of people. As awful as the majority of them were, it’s still murder!

Horror Protagonists Sent to Prison

Louis Creed – Pet Sematary

Someone has to take the fall for Rachel Creed’s (Denise Crosby) death. Granted, since it’s fairly obvious that Rachel’s reanimated corpse murders Louis (Dale Midkiff) at the end of the film, he most definitely would have gone to prison for murdering her since he can’t just tell the police that his deceased child did it. So maybe it’s a good thing he was killed. You decide.

Horror Protagonists Sent to Prison

Marion Crane – Psycho

Marion Crane (Janet Leigh) stole $40,000 from a client. That wasn’t exactly small potatoes in 1960. While Ms. Crane did intend to return the money before her untimely death at the hands of Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins), there still would have been significant repercussions for the real estate secretary.

Horror Protagonists Sent to Prison

The Entire Cast – Trick ‘r Treat

I mean, pretty much everyone in this movie was guilty of murder. In a realistic world, Laurie (Anna Paquin) and all of her friends would have been arrested for eating a bunch of men, Mr. Kreeg (Brian Cox) would have been arrested for killing all of the special needs children on the bus he drove (had the court been able to prove intent to kill, of course), Mr. Wilkins (Dylan Baker) was a serial killer, Henry (Tahmoh Penikett) would have been accused of murdering his girlfriend Emma (Leslie Bibb). Hell, even little Rhonda (Samm Todd) may have been sent to juvenille detention for a failure to act or something (okay, that one is a bit of a stretch, but you get what I’m saying). If the events in Trick ‘r Treat actually happened, most of these people would be in prison.

Horror Protagonists Sent to Prison\

What are some other horror protagonists that you think would have probably gone to jail after the events of the film? Let us know in the comments below!



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  • Cody

    Jack–The Shining (can he be considered a protagonist?)
    Julie, Ray, Barry, and Helen–I Know What You Did Last Summer

    • Nem

      Yes he can, the story is mostly about him. One doesn’t have to be the hero to be the protagonist (in regards to Jack)

  • Creepshow

    Christine Brown – Drag Me to Hell
    Offenses include: Trespassing, grave desecration, cruelty to animals.

    David Drayton – The Mist
    Offenses include: 3 counts of murder (still yet to be tried in a court of law?)

  • shawn lawson

    Milos from A Serbian Film. Poor guy. Just trying to make a lil scratch to put food on the table and pay for his son petar’s singing lessons. Gets roped into hell. I cant imagine pedophilia and necrophilia were ever something he’d want to sign up for voluntarily

  • Dee-abolik

    Louis Creed would have been convicted for corpse theft too.

  • Randy Moses

    In regards to Psycho, in 2016 money, $40k is about $324k.

  • Rohan Sorensen

    Sarge for mass murder
    “Semper Fi, Motherfucker!”

  • J Jett

    wait! Trace, there is no way that Carrie would have been prosecuted for the prom scene (in either version of the film). what would be the D.A.’s claim….”THIS WOMAN USED TELEKINESIS TO KILL HER CLASSMATES”??? no. there’s no proof that would hold up in any court that Carrie caused the fire/deaths at the prom. lol.

    • Flu-Like Symptoms

      Great point. She technically didn’t “do” anything in front of the naked, unbelieving eye. She’d be looked at as the survivor of a horrific “accident” at the prom. They’d call it a disaster fire, or freak electrical accident.

      • J Jett

        Flu-Like, exactly!

  • Flu-Like Symptoms

    Laurie Strode: Halloween H20. Yea, we all know she went to a mental institution in the sequel. But, had the events occurred in real life she would’ve been arrested for stealing a police officer’s gun and threatening them with it, stealing a body and vehicle from a crime scene, and mutilating the body and destroying the van. I think that would be labeled as tampering with evidence from a mass murder scene in addition to terroristic threatening, highly likely resulting in some prison time.

  • Darth_Siskel

    FRIDAY the 13th!
    You telling me the Cops are gonna believe Alice’s story that THIS lil’ old lady killed AAALL you big, fit, virile young people?! She also has no visible motive.

  • THGrimm

    This is a great article because I always think about when the survivors of horror movies (namely ones with supernatural threats that disappear into thin air after they’ve been defeated) and how they have to deal with authorities after the fact, they would be implicated. Then what? They don’t go to live happily ever after. In fact, like most in this list, they’d be better having died that dealing with our justice system.

  • zonilo1 .

    I’ve been wondering what films did end up with the protagonist being convicted and sent to prison or sent a mental institution?

    Also as for Trick r Treat, the women were Werewolves which they often get away with murder due to being supernatural beings…

    • Graham

      SPOILER ALERT! At the end of Halloween 2 (2009) Laurie is sent to a mental institution. At the end of You’re Next, it’s implied that Erin is considered the prime suspect in the murders.

    • Curse of Chucky. Nica is struggling with Chucky and a butcher knife as the police burst into the house, Chucky plays off the limp doll act, leaving her holding a bloody butcher knife that was used to stab her sister’s eye out, with her fingerprints all over it.

      Nica is arrested, taken to court, and unsurprisingly, when nobody believes the “killer doll” defense, she’s convicted and committed to a mental institution. Her case isn’t helped by the fact that after the verdict is handed down, and she’s being wheeled away, she claims victory, laughing in the face of Chucky sitting on the evidence table, “I’m still alive!”

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