Most iconic horror franchise: 'Halloween' or 'Friday the 13th'? | The Tylt
"Halloween" and "Friday the 13th" are both terrifying horror franchises based on spooky holidays. The original "Halloween" movie was released in 1978 and paved the way for future slasher horror movies. Michael Myers instantly became a terrifying horror movie icon. But "Friday the 13th" was such a hit that the series produced a string of cult classic sequels in the '80s, featuring killing machine Jason Voorhees. Which horror franchise is more iconic? 😱🎥🔪
Most iconic horror franchise: 'Halloween' or 'Friday the 13th'?
Below is the synopsis of the original "Halloween," per IMDb.
Fifteen years after murdering his sister on Halloween night 1963, Michael Myers escapes from a mental hospital and returns to the small town of Haddonfield to kill again.
"Halloween" paved the way for future slasher horror films, cementing the formulaic standards for the sub-genre. The evil monster was an unstoppable killing machine, and the virgin survived in the end. The cliché of killing off hormonally challenged, drug-experimenting teenagers came into its own with the "Friday the 13th" franchise, but "Halloween" started that trend.
To keep up with the "Friday the 13th," the "Halloween" franchise produced four sequels (one of which was unrelated to Michael Myers) in the '80s, and 11 films overall. Over 40 years later, the franchise has made more than $467 million domestically at the box office.
Below is the synopsis of "Friday the 13th Part III," per IMDb.
Having revived from his wound, Jason Voorhees takes refuge at a cabin near Crystal Lake. As a group of co-eds arrive for their vacation, Jason continues his killing spree.
The first "Friday the 13th" featured Pamela Voorhees—Jason's mother—as the killer. In "Part 2" Jason donned a pillowcase as a mask. It was in "Part III" where Jason first wore his iconic hockey mask in 1982. Ever since then, Jason has been regarded as a horror icon. A total of eight films were produced in the '80s, with 12 overall. The franchise has made more than $380 million domestically at the box office.