Thanks for reading my “VS” series of articles over the last 3-4 days. I took on Jason Vorhees, Michael Myers and Freddy Krueger and i feel slightly disturbed afer seeing so much blood, gore and murder.
After 29 films, over 43 hours of horror, over 600 gallons of blood, over 270 slaughtered people shared between three iconic horror movie icons, here is the verdict of who is the champion slasher.
Firstly all three characters have provided me with an incredibly fun experience as i have not seen all the films before and watching them in sequence has added more enjoyment and also annoyance in seeing how the characters develop, how the stories evolve and how the mythology of each character has grown.
A consistent factor of all three characters is that their stories all followed a complete nonsense storyline linking one sequel to the next that tried to add something new each time which often never worked and left the film lacking the soul and scariness that made all three of their debut films stand out and forever memorable in our nightmares.
All three have a striking image that is a powerful presence on the screen and is completely bowel exploding if you ever faced them in a dark alley.
Freddy Krueger’s burnt face, stripy outfit, killer glove and Fedora hat is a simple but memorable look and I bet if you ever see a green and red stripy jumper anywhere you will instantly think of Freddy Krueger. He is also quite comical which takes the edge off.
Jason Voorhees Jump suit, Hockey mask and Machete is again a well known and loved look, but its surely the hockey mask thats the main iconic association with the big murderous lump, and again if you ever see a Ice hockey mask you brain will first think of Jason before moving to the sport. Jason’s slow walking, size and presence is dam terrifying.
Michael Myers sports a blue boiler suit, a huge kitchen knife and the James T Kirk face mask, Although not as visibly terrifying as the other two killers, it’s all about the pale emotionless face that makes it work so well.
Winner: Jason Voorhees
A tough one and for me Jason only just beats Freddy due to Freddy’s comical side when he kills which makes Jason that little bit more scary.
Round two:- Most kills
I tried my best to keep score of all the kills but at some points there was a slaughter house amount of bodies so it was difficult to keep track.
Jason Voorhees has killed approximately 146 people in just 12 films, thats an average of 12.2 slaughters a film.
Michael Myers has killed approximately 94 people in 10 films, an average of 9.4 murders a film
Freddy Krueger has killed approximately 35 people in 8 films, just an average of 4.4 massacre’s a film.
Winner: Jason Voorhees
By a country mile, doesn’t have a set vendetta so just kills anyone he sees, a killing machine.
Round Three:- Killing at the Box Office
Jason Voohees earned a total of $465,239,523 in all his films which is an average of $38,769,960 per film
Michael Myers earned a total of $347,453,567 in all his films which is an average of $38, 605,952 per film
Freddy Krueger earned a total of $339,706,250 in all his films which is an average of $42,463,281 per film
Winner: Freddy Krueger
Freddy certainly drew in the audiences for his films and was the most consistent earner over his run of films.
Round four:- Best Kills overall
Jason Voorhees murdered in some of the funniest ways, whether it was smashing a girl in a sleeping bag against a tree or freezing a girls face in Liquid Nitrogen and smashing it on a table, they were enjoyable, a bit tongue in cheek and at times very brutal which is everything you want and look forward in a horror film.
Michael Myers murdered in a more brutal way than the other two and in the new reboot films crossed the line and entered a more realistic approach at the killings which i found difficult, even after sitting through all the other films.
Freddy Krueger Killed with a sense of humor, whether it was using a video game to kill his victims, turning into TV’s or eating future A-List celebrities in a bed and exploding in a shower of blood. Freddy’s kills also had a bit of imagination as they were set in dreams and the possibilities were endless.
Winner: Jason Voorhees
Again just beating Freddy in the quality of kills, The sleeping bag one alone was enough to win but as shown in my review of Jason his kills were the right mix of brutality and enjoyment.
Round Five: Story
Jason Voohees had a barmy story line but started of strongly with his mother, Pamela Voorhees being the murderer avenging his death. Then Jason takes centre stage going on a murdering rampage in each film, becoming supernatural after being struck with lightening and going onto fight Freddy Krueger and winning and then finally going where no man has gone before into the year 2455.
There was a slight stutter half way through the series as Jason was replaced by Tommy Jarvis as the new killer which was scrapped in the next film. A huge disappointment was the Jason goes to hell movie but apart from that it had a set formula that worked but was overused over the 12 film run.
A reboot was introduced to a new generation that didn’t work and added nothing new for Jason.
Michael Myers had the biggest balls up in terms of storyline, the writers tried to explain him by bringing in a druid cult that protected him and a curse that flowed from family to family which just didn’t work and ruined what was just a psycho killer trying to kill his family. Again the writers braved the idea of introducing a new killer in Michael’s Niece but again this was dropped in the following sequel. Halloween reached the lowest point of all 29 films in Halloween Resurrection which was the biggest load of rubbish I have ever seen.
Freddy Krueger had the biggest potential to do what ever he wanted as the writers were not really restricted by story line and could dream up anything they wanted as long as they kept to the premise that Freddy killed in your dreams, But they didn’t and created some nonsense stories of babies dreaming and unimaginative ways of killing Freddy.
The stories did stick with the Elm Street children of Freddy’s killers and also the excellent story expansion of the birth of Freddy which added a disturbing back story to his evil.
Winner: Jason Voorhees
Non-complicated stories which progressed in better directions than the other characters, Jason is just Jason and he’s a heartless unemotional killer who doesn’t stop at anything. No complicated explanations of what he is and he went into space and became Robo-Jason.
Round 6: Speed of the hunt
Jason Voorhees is a slow lumbering menace who never runs but still always catches his prey. Sometimes he walks pretty fast but his victims just end up in a cabin or trip up so he never has to break sweat to catch his play thing.
Freddy Krueger can run with the best of them, appear where ever he wants in your dreams or even turn into a car or probably any other thing he wants to get you. You have no chance of getting away unless you burn yourself or rely on a friend who hopefully hasn’t been eaten by his bed, to get you out of your dream.
Michael Myers is another walker who choses not to run, but you know off camera he does a little sprint to hide behind a tree or fence when you turn away for a second and look back to find that he’s gone. One time Michael did steal a car and do some chasing but that didn’t last long as it’s not as scary.
Winner: Freddy Krueger
He’s the only one who travels above a fast walk and can appear where ever he choses in dream land so no competition.
Final Round: Most times killed
Jason Voorhees was apparently killed as a child but probably wasn’t but he was definitely killed at the end of part 4 and part 8. He was later killed again at the end of Jason X, or so we are led to believe but also came out on top, or at least intact in the battle with Freddy, so that’s Three deaths to Jason.
Freddy Krueger was killed at the end of Part 6 and again in essence in A new Nightmare but never really completely killed in any other movie, came off second best to Jason in their VS movie and was left with just his head, so thats two Deaths for Freddy.
Michael Myers was never been killed in any film apart from the Halloween remake in 2009, although presumed dead in every other film he has always got up and carried on his merry way. So just the one for Michael
Winner: Michael Myers
Overall Winner: Jason Voorhees
With a grand total of 4 out 7 wins Jason is the deserved winner of the greatest Killer of all time, Freddy came in second with two victories and Michael in last with the one. Well done Jason.
Now a few videos of our killers in action and other related stuff. Enjoy.
Johnny Depp’s superb cameo in A Nightmare on Elm Street part 6
All the Friday 13th Deaths if you can handle it!
All the Nightmare on Elm Street Deaths back to back
I couldn’t find a Michael Myers tribute without an annoying sountrack so look yourself.
Thanks for reading.