Scariest backwater horror icon: Jason Voorhees or Leatherface? | The Tylt
Scariest backwater horror icon: Jason Voorhees or Leatherface?
We're pitting eight heavyweight champions of horror against each other all month long, and you decide who wins the grand prize! Don't forget to cast your vote in these other exciting head-to-head brawls:
Jason Voorhees has the body count, the longevity and all the star power. Jason has starred in 12 films, grossing over $464 million worldwide. The Camp Crystal Lake killer has been featured in books, documentaries and even his own 8-bit video game. His career has spanned over four decades. Talk about stamina!
Sure, Jason might have the quantity, but Leatherface is all about the quality. "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" franchise has grossed over $250 million with just 7 films, and Leatherface was hacking kids for nearly a decade before Jason found iconic his hockey mask. He's an OG, not some B-movie knockoff. Oh, so Jason has a machete? That's cute. Try a flippin' chainsaw.
Jason Voorhees lives by a code, and it's a pretty easy one to abide. Don't do drugs, don't have premarital sex and stay the hell off his lawn. Sure, he's a maniac, but at least he's a maniac you can root for! Most of his victims have it coming!
Codes are for wussies. Maybe it's because Leatherface is from Texas, but he doesn't believe in any of those nanny-state values! He's just going to come at you and carve you up! He doesn't care if you're young, old, female, a stoner or whatever. Leatherface is an equal opportunity slasher. Plus, he's just a snazzier dresser. Look at that jacket!
Yeah, but Jason had a rough childhood. Imagine being bullied and basically drowned by a bunch of obnoxious kids vacationing from Manhattan. Those kids are the worst! He's practically a superhero, cleansing the planet of garbage kids.
Uh, have you seen Leatherface's family? Pretty sure his grandma is just a rotting corpse. Jason Voorhees ain't got nothing on this dysfunctional backwater family. And you know what? Leatherface didn't sob about it and walk around hacking teenagers while listening to Emo music. He picked himself up by his bootstraps and helped start a small, family-run business. Make horror great again!