Scariest movie monster: Jason Voorhees or Norman Bates? | The Tylt
It's October and that means it's time to resurrect our Monster Madness bracket. Jason Voorhees is the powerhouse of horror movie monsters with a total body count of 146 kills. What Norman Bates lacks in body count, he makes up with panache—dressing up as his dead mother to off victims in Bates Motel. Jason and Norman both have mommy issues that turned them into murderous psychopaths. But which movie monster is scarier?
Scariest movie monster: Jason Voorhees or Norman Bates?
Just like a classic movie monster, our Monster Madness bracket is back and bigger than ever. We're pitting 16 heavyweight champions of horror against each other all month long, and you decide who wins the grand prize! Last year, Chucky ran away with the whole thing, toppling Freddy Krueger, Pinhead, and Michael Myers for the crown of scariest horror icon ever.
But this year, it's anyone's game—with new contestants Jigsaw, Pennywise, the Babadook and Norman Bates eyeing the haunted throne. Don't forget to cast your vote in our other head-to-head brawls below, and may the scariest monster win! 👻 🎃 😱
Jason Voorhees wasn't the original serial killer of "Friday the 13th," it was mother—Pamela Voorhees. Jason made his debut in the second film, wearing a sack over his face, finally donning his iconic hockey mask in "Part III." Jason became the juggernaut of horror movie monsters in the early '80s, with "Friday the 13th" spawning 10 sequels and a reboot. The "Friday the 13th" franchise has made more than $380 million domestically at the box office.
Jason drowned as a small child in 1957 at Camp Crystal Lake from negligence, as camp counselors were not watching him. After his mother goes on a killing spree both in the '50s and '80s to shut down the camp, Jason makes his grand return. It's simple—he wants to avenge the death of his mother after her head is chopped in the first film. And he does just that!
Jason Voorhees, over the course of the franchise, becomes an unstoppable killing machine. If you are a teenager on his lawn, and you are engaging in sexual activity, drugs or alcohol then you are as good as dead. It's especially over for you once you hear that "ki ki ki ma ma ma" sound effect and a twig break in the woods.
Jason was in direct competition with Michael Myers and Freddy Krueger in the '80s, but neither of the other horror icons could match him in number of sequels or total kills.
Watch Jason's top 10 kills below, according to WatchMojo.
Norman was created by Robert Bloch in his 1959 novel "Pyscho," but was popularized by Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 film adaptation of the same name. The film is regarded as a classic and one of Hitchcock's best films. The Library of Congress persevered the film in the National Film Registry for being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."
Norman Bates suffered from dissociative identity-disorder as an adult, presenting himself as his manipulative and controlling mother (who tortured him during childhood). Norman Bates' mother imprinted on him that all other women were whores and sexuality shouldn't be expressed. Of course, the twist in the first "Psycho" film, is that Norman's mother is dead and he has been playing her all along.
Anthony Perkins brought the character to life in the original "Psycho" film. Since Hitchcock's death, Universal Studios has produced three sequels, a '90s remake, and a prequel series for TV. Like Leatherface, the character is also inspired by real-life serial killer Ed Gein.
Check out the iconic shower scene below from "Psycho."