Wanted: Creepy Hollywood celebrities for Halloween

Mon Oct 27, 2008 3:19pm EDT
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By Bob Tourtellotte

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Want a creepy celebrity to scare trick-or-treaters this Halloween? You could do no better than rocker Marilyn Manson, and you'd be really lucky to land Michael Jackson. But O.J. Simpson? Sorry, he's in jail.

Those three topped a list of the 20 creepiest celebrities, released by market research firm e-Poll, which tracks the popularity of actors, musicians and others for Hollywood's major film and TV studios and other companies.

Manson was No. 1 with an overall creep factor of 76 percent and a popularity rating of just nine percent, meaning that more than three-quarters of people responding to e-Poll found him creepy and only nine percent found him appealing.

He was followed by Jackson with 67 percent creepy/14 percent appeal, and third was Simpson who was recently convicted of robbery and kidnapping charges in Las Vegas. He had a 59 percent creepy/three percent appeal rating.

There are two kinds of creepy in Hollywood celebrity, explained e-Poll's chief executive Gerry Philpott.

There are the kind -- like the three above -- from whom some people might run and then there are types like horror novelist Stephen King, whom many people find fascinating precisely because they are spooky.

King made the list at No. 4 with a creep factor of 51 percent but strong fan appeal of 61 percent.

"Who would you rather have a beer with: Stephen King or Andy Dick?," said Philpott to illustrate his point.   Continued...

<p>Singer Marilyn Manson performs during the B'estival music festival in Bucharest July 1, 2007. REUTERS/Mihai Barbu</p>