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Scariest movie monster: Leatherface or Hannibal Lecter?

It's October and that means it's time to resurrect our Monster Madness bracket! Leatherface is the muscle in a family of cannibalistic rednecks haunting rural Texas who prey on hot, young road-trippers. Hannibal is... also a cannibal! But one with style, dignity and a love of a nice glass of Chianti with his human livers. They both love eating human meat, 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 was crowned of scariest horror icon ever yet again, toppling Leatherface, Freddy Krueger, Pinhead, and Michael Myers for the second consecutive year.

But this year, 15 other monsters—some new and some coming back with a vengeance—are eyeing Chucky's haunted throne. Click the bracket below to cast your vote in our other head-to-head brawls below, and may the scariest monster win! 👻 🎃 😱

#TeamLeatherface

Leatherface is truly gnarly. He's the leader of a family of psychotic cannibals lurking in the scrub brush of rural Texas, waiting for victims to chop up, eat and then turn into home decor. That's really about it! He doesn't have a lot of depth or character development. But what he lacks in rich history he more than makes up for in menace. A hulking man in an eerily made-up mask, he doesn't hesitate to snatch up anyone dumb enough to enter into his house. (Which, by the way, why would anyone walk into someone else's house? "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" could have been avoided if those kids had just refrained from trespassing!). 

Leatherface gets pretty creative with his killing. In just the first movie he hangs someone up by a meat hook, chops someone else up with an ax, beans someone else with a huge hammer and, obviously, uses his iconic chainsaw. But this family of rednecks doesn't just use up the good parts of the people, they use everything! Arms become chairs! Face skin becomes a light-diffusing lamp! Bones become... other chairs! This house has many places to sit–not that you'll want to spend any amount of time there.

Audiences couldn't get enough of these sweaty down-home cannibals—in total there have been eight Texas Chainsaw Massacre movies, grossing over $405 million in total adjusted ticket sales. You could buy a lot of bone chairs with that dough! 

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It is possible to escape Leatherface, as you can see in the clip below!

#TeamHannibalLecter

Hannibal "The Cannibal" Lecter—now there's a man of class and taste, specifically for human flesh. A wealthy Baltimore-based psychiatrist, Lecter enjoys the finer things before being caught and jailed by FBI agent Will Graham. That's where the audience finds him in the classic film "Silence of the Lambs," a caged animal reduced to drawing pictures of Italian vistas and answering questions from rookie FBI agent Clarice Starling. But he doesn't stay that way for long, escaping from police custody to stalk those who have wronged him. 

Hannibal Lecter has fascinated audiences for decades, from Thomas Harris' original novels to the 1986 movie "Manhunter," the Academy Award Winning "Silence of the Lambs," and an underappreciate television series. According to Psychology Today

"Hannibal Lecter may be such an attractive character because he is something more than human (or something less): a vampire, a devil, or some infernal combination of the two. Springing from the literary tradition of Milton’s Satan, Goethe’s Mephistopheles, and Stoker’s Count Dracula, the character of Hannibal Lecter may be so successful because he plays upon the public’s primal fascination with monsters" (1).
He's appeared in five feature films grossing over $765 million in adjusted ticket sales and was the star of one of the great cult TV shows of the last decade. Put that in your fig leaf and prepare it with a nice wine glaze!
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Hannibal Lector is not only a man of taste, but he's also resourceful! Check out the video below where he murders several security guards and then bamboozles several more to escape prison!

FINAL RESULTS
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Scariest movie monster: Leatherface or Hannibal Lecter?
A festive crown for the winner
#TeamLeatherface
#TeamHannibalLecter