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Scariest movie monster: Leatherface or Candyman?

It's October and that means it's time to resurrect our Monster Madness bracket. Leatherface paved the way for slasher horror icons; he's a cannibalistic murderer who just wants to wear your skin as a mask. Candyman is a vengeful urban legend who guts anyone that dares to utter his name five times in front of a mirror. Leatherface and Candyman are among the most brutal horror monsters in the game. But which movie monster is scarier?

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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! 👻 🎃 😱

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Leatherface is one of the first slasher-horror monsters, paving the way for future icons. The character was created by the late Tobe Hooper and co-writer Kim Henkel, first appearing in "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre" in 1974. Inspired by real-life serial killer Ed Gein, Leatherface became the standout character of the franchise. The film was so terrifying that it was banned in some countries. Regardless, the low-budget horror flick became an acclaimed hit. 

Leatherface is just disturbed. That's his motive. He just wants to carve you up, eat you and wear you. Yes, wear you! He comes from a deranged family of cannibals in the scary and isolated backwoods of Texas. So good luck escaping him and his peeps. 

So far, the franchise consists of three sequels to the original film, a retconned sequel to the original film, a reboot, a prequel and another upcoming prequel. The franchise has grossed $199 million domestically at the box office.

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Candyman was created by horror master Clive Barker in the short story "The Forbidden." The film adaptation is set amid the infamous Cabrini–Green housing projects in Chicago in the early '90s. The movie itself came out right around the time racial tensions in America had boiled over following the brutal beating of Rodney King, a black man, by Los Angeles police officers. 

The film itself tells the story of a young African American artist in the 1800s who falls in love with a white woman he was commissioned to paint. For his crimes, Candyman loses his hand and is stung to death by bees. His story becomes an urban legend, and he is worshiped by people in Chicago and New Orleans who believe in his apparition. When his name is called five times, Candyman's vengeful ghost appears and guts whoever summoned him. 

While the film only made $25 million at the box office, "Candyman" was considered a hit due to its small budget. The Bernard Rose-helmed film was highly regarded for telling a nuanced horror tale about racism in America. While Candyman is a horror icon, he's somewhat of a sympathetic character because of the racism he faced. Still, we don't recommend seeing what happens when you call his name five times.

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Watch Candyman brutally murder someone in the clip below from the "Farewell to the Flesh" below. 

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Scariest movie monster: Leatherface or Candyman?
A festive crown for the winner
#TeamLeatherface
#TeamCandyman