Scariest movie monster: Michael Myers or Freddy Krueger? | The Tylt
Scariest movie monster: Michael Myers or Freddy Krueger?
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.
Candyman, Ghostface, Pinhead, Leprechaun, the Babadook, Annabelle, Norman Bates and Pazuzu were all slaughtered in the first round. Jigsaw, Leatherface, the Creeper, and Pennywise were all gutted in the second round. Now it's down to the powerhouses Chucky, Michael Myers, Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees.
Don't forget to cast your vote in our other head-to-head brawls below, and may the scariest monster win! 👻 🎃 😱
Michael Myers, also known as "the Shape" and the Boogeyman, was created by "Halloween" director and horror master John Carpenter. "Halloween" paved the way for future slasher horror films, creating a finely-tuned formula many have followed. The virgin lives, but her sexually active, drug-using friends die upon being stalked by an unstoppable serial killer. "Halloween" has grossed more than $308 million domestically at the box office.
Michael murdered his 17-year-old sister on Halloween when he was a young child. Michael Myers broke out of a mental institution 15 years later to terrorize a babysitter and her friends on Halloween. Later sequels added more context to the killing spree: Laurie Strode, the babysitter, was actually his estranged sister.
Dr. Loomis said it best—there was pure evil behind Michael's eyes, and he wasn't joking. Michael Myers has butchered many over the years with his simple weapon of choice: the knife. The horror icon popularized the "silent, but deadly" persona before Jason Voorhees was even a twinkle in Pamela Voorhees' eyes.
Check out the history of the "Halloween" franchise via WatchMojo.
Freddy Krueger was created by horror master Wes Craven, who based Freddy's aesthetic off of a creepy man who peeked through his window as a child. Craven also drew inspiration from studies of people who died in their sleep. So Freddy's creation is even rooted in creepy, real-life situations. In 1984, "A Nightmare on Elm Street" reinvented the slasher horror genre and grossed more than $25 million domestically at the box office. Today, the franchise has made more than $370 million domestically.
Freddy was a child murderer who was burned by a mob of angry townsfolk in the fictional town of Springwood, Ohio. But Freddy Krueger would later get revenge on the families who live on Elm Street. He returned as a demonic spirit, hellbent on killing off the mob's teenaged offspring one-by-one in their nightmares. Dying in your sleep meant dying in the real world, which makes Freddy even more terrifying than some psycho chasing you around with a meat cleaver.
Freddy has used his astral projection abilities to kill off teenagers in their nightmares in some pretty creative ways, typically preying on their deepest, darkest fears. It was Robert Englund's performances as Freddy Krueger that popularized the character in the '80s, making him one of the most legendary monsters in pop culture.
Check out Freddy's top 10 kills, according to WatchMojo.