Horror movie villains come in all shapes and sizes and the best, I would say, are the slasher movie killers. Some look just as normal as you and me, and others have a very distinctive look. These are the ones that are most popular, or as I like to call them, the kings of horror movie killers. We each have our favorite because of how they stand out. I like to look at what makes them different and what makes them similar.
Weapon of Choice – Machete
Trademark Fashion Style – 1950’s hockey mask
Place of Killings – Camp Crystal Lake
Weaknesses – Water
Known as the ultimate mama’s boy (besides Norman Bates), Jason Vorhees stands out simply because of where and why he kills. Originally, he was known as a boy who accidentally drowned at Camp Crystal Lake but seemed to have “come back from the dead” to exact revenge on the camp counselor responsible for his mother’s demise as well as any and everyone who steps foot on or near Camp Crystal Lake from then on.
Jason’s mother, Pamela Vorhees used to be the cook at Camp Crystal Lake around the time Jason drowned as a young boy, and then went psycho, killing all the camp counselors responsible. She also set out to prevent anyone from reopening the camp for further use, even going so far as contaminating the water, and killing those who try to renovate the place. She was driven by a vision of Jason drowning, as well as his “voice” telling her to kill. It’s not so far fetched that when Jason “witnessed” his mother being beheaded, the same thing happened to him, and was driven by his mother to continue killing.
Bearing the mask of a 1950’s hockey mask, Jason seems to be completely invincible but he does have weaknesses, mainly water. He can also be easily manipulated when someone pretends to be his mother. Ultimately he catches on, however. Different actors have played him quite well, but the best, and most well known is Kane Hodder.
Weapon of Choice – Razor Glove
Trademark Fashion Style – Red and Green Striped Sweat Shirt, Black Trousers, and Dark Brown Fedora
Place of Killings – Elm Street; manifesting as a vengeful spirit in the Elm Street teenagers’ nightmares
Weaknesses – Fire; the “real world”
A child killer who met his demise by being burned to death because of parents who wanted revenge against him, and wanted to punish him for not being convicted because of a technicality. Freddy has quite the personality, starting out as being scary and mysterious to being somewhat of a funny man, using crude humor when it comes to killing his victims.
What makes Freddy Kruegar stand out the most is that he kills teenagers of Elm Street while they are sleeping, so in turn, they try to do anything possible to prevent themselves from falling asleep. The reason he kills in dreams is because he’s not actually alive, but a vengeful spirit who wants to get revenge on all of the parents’ children who had a hand at burning him alive. In dreams, he’s creative with the way he kills and he’s invincible. He can, however, be pulled from the dream world to the real world where he has more weaknesses and can easily be killed.
Ultimately it was changed in the remake from him being a child killer, to a child molester. I think the child killer scenario was actually better, and of course, the best person to play him was Robert Englund.
Charles Lee Ray (Chucky):
Weapon of Choice – Knife
Trademark Fashion Style – As a doll, blue overalls with the name brand “Good Guy”, striped mult-colored shirt, red sneakers
Place of Killings – Anywhere Andy Barclay lives (or any of his other victims)
Weaknesses – Anything dangerous to mortals
Chucky became the doll that he is because of his human counterpart, Charles Lee Ray, putting his soul inside of a “Good Guy” doll to prevent his death at the hands of detective Mike Norris. He did this by using a voodoo incantation, almost like a prayer or chant to Damballa, who is a god/spiritual being to voodoo practitioners.
Andy Barclay became Chucky’s initial target only because he needed a human body to transfer his soul into and he can only use the body of someone he exposed his secret to first. Andy Barclay became the unfortunate confidant. The target changed in the third installment when Chucky exposed his secret to another kid, “Tyler”, at a military school where Andy was also attending.
From then on, Chucky’s motives seemed to change slightly, although in the fourth installment he was still focused on finding an amulet from his decomposed corpse in order to find a body to transfer his soul into. When it came time for the sixth installment, Chucky was mainly focused on getting revenge with a woman who he wanted to be in a relationship with. The chain of events during that time is what led to everything that happened in the first installment, causing him to seek vengeance. I like that Andy Barclay has a cameo in the film as well.
Chucky is weak to anything that humans are weak to simply because he was inside of the doll too long, and therefore began to become “human” inside of the doll. Chucky was known for having crude humor, although in the first installment he was more scary and creepy. His voice became one of my favorites, voiced by actor Brad Dourif.
Weapon of Choice – Butcher Knife
Trademark Fashion Style – Dark Blue Overalls, A White Mask
Place of Killings – Haddonfield, Ill
Weaknesses – Mysteries of the Ancient Runes
Michael Myers is the ultimate slasher killer. What makes him so scary is not knowing why is began killing those in his bloodline in the first place. The mystery began to unfold as time went on, and ultimately it was caused by a curse inflicted on Michael Myers that caused him to kill his family. It was the curse of the thorn which is actually part of the old English alphabet. So when you think about it, it’s no fault of his, and it further lets you know that his killing isn’t the result of any mental illness.
Michael Myers is known for killing anyone who gets in his way as well as anyone who is a potential target of his. The one person that he never seemed to want to kill is Dr. Loomis. Michael Myers would always injure him to get him out of his way, but he would never kill him, no matter how angry he may have gotten.
The continuity throughout the series began to change, which messed it up a lot in my opinion. I think it never should have strayed the way it did in H20, but alas, he never stopped disappointing you with a good kill. Once the original film was remade, Michael Myers’ reason for killing had nothing to do with a curse, but mainly his upbringing in a highly dysfunctional family.
Each portrayal of Michael Myers was unique and just as awesome as its predecessors. The best, I would say, is the original, but they were all great with the one in H20 and Rob Zombie’s films being the least favorite. His mask changed in each film as well. I think the most creepiest ones are the first, second, fifth, and sixth films.