August 15, 2001 11:22 AM

Who is the scariest of them all? Hannibal “The Cannibal” Lecter, according to an Internet poll of more than 17,000 movie buffs. Actor Anthony Hopkins’s Oscar-winning portrayal of the serial killer fond of human flesh beat out other notorious bad guys such as Darth Vader and “Psycho” killer Norman Bates, according to http://www.only-movies.com, the Web site that published the survey. What made Hannibal so appealing? His wit, said voters. “People love Hannibal’s one-liners,” the site’s spokesman said. Rounding out the top five were Alan Rickman’s Sheriff of Nottingham from “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves” and Kathy Bates’s obsessive character in “Misery.” The oldest villain to make the list was Max Shreck’s Nosferatu, seen in the 1922 movie of the same name. Kevin Spacey made the list twice for his roles in “The Usual Suspects” and “Seven.” Even an animal was deemed scary enough: Jaws rolled in at number 30.

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