Opinion Battles Round 22
Favourite Franchise Serial Killer
It is Halloween today and what better choice for a subject that looking at our favourite franchise serial killer. We have had many franchises in horror come in with a bang only to fizzle out with mindless sequels but then we have a few that stand the test of time.
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Darren – Movie Reviews 101
One, Two Freddy’s coming for you, three, four better lock your door, five, six grab your crucifix, seven, eight better stay up late, nine, ten never sleep again. How many serial killers can haunt your dreams? How many serial killers have their own rhyme? My points have been made. Freddy has become a true icon of horror that has both pure horror moments and with his one liners for the kills all make us want to laugh along by the latter sequels. Freddy also managed to transcend the normal in horror with Wes Craven’s New Nightmare which plays into the idea that he wants to escape the film world and enter the real world.
Freddy is also one of the few serial killers that has got himself a following because of Robert Englund himself being the man you instantly known as the killer himself.
Freddy Krueger – Nightmare on Elm Street
My favorite franchise serial killer? No contest – it’s Freddy Krueger. (Not in that horrible remake, though…. Ugh!!!!!). Anyway, A Nightmare On Elm Street was the first proper “slasher” type of film that I saw. I saw it, along with Fright Night, at a party at the age of thirteen (followed by a game of spin bottle). Nothing has topped it since (the movie, I mean – the kissing was pretty rubbish!). Maybe it’s bad that I started on such a classic as I’ve found most every horror movie since then to be a huge disappointment… Krueger was a brilliant invention & the cheesy, cheeky humor gave him a creepy sort of charm. He had an actual personality, unlike other slasher killers of the time. Jason Voorhees was a bore. I suppose some will choose people like Hannibal Lecter but I’ve never been a fan of serial killer movies. Give me good ‘ol 80’s slashers with cheesy looking gore! Freddy Krueger is still easily the best character in this genre.
Kim – Tranquil Dreams
There’s always something a little creepy about a man that doesn’t exactly have an agenda for why he kills. The franchise tries to give him a reason and a backstory and it doesn’t make sense but the looming figure of Michael Myers hot on his next victim’s trail always sends a kill down my spine.
Alan – Content for you
Halloween has to be considered the true ‘Daddy’ of this horror genre. The first movie had all the elements that are now pretty much standard in these ‘being killed off one-by-one’ horror franchises. Michael Myers has become the model for a hundred other crazed killer movies that have followed, but never quite matched the Halloween franchise.
Rob – Movie Rob
S.G. Liput – Rhyme and Reason
It seems I’m at a disadvantage with this category, since I only know Jason Voorhees, Michael Myers, and Freddie Krueger by reputation. Slashers are not my cup of tea, and “favorite” probably isn’t the right word, but there’s only one murderer I know who won an Oscar for about 25 minutes of screen time. As cannibalistic psychiatrist Hannibal Lecter, Anthony Hopkins stole the show in The Silence of the Lambs, a disturbing powerhouse in an all-around disturbing film, and he went on to play the same role in the sequel Hannibal and prequel Red Dragon. Hannibal Rising and the Hannibal TV series also followed without Hopkins, but Lecter continues to be a popular psychopath and was even chosen as AFI’s #1 movie villain in 2003.
Emma – Emma Explains It All
Leather-face – Texas Chainsaw Massacre