It’s October, which means it’s as good a time as ever to stake our case on one side or the other for two of the biggest modern-day horror icons, Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees. So let’s see who wins when we pit two of cinemas most infamous mass murderers against each other. (Hollywood did it once, but Freddy vs. Jason it was a total copout.) So, let’s get down to the facts:

Both of these guys are known their brutality when it comes to taking out horny teens. The bigger question is, who is the big dog when it comes to slasher movies?

In the red corner, we feature the man who speaks softly and caries a big machete. This guy is a true minimalist when it comes to his art, but his creativity shines through every time he makes it to the silver screen. An unflinching, unfeeling angel of death, this man is the embodiment of sweet release, and he’s also a brutal zombie who doesn’t give a damn who stands up to him or stands in his way. Jason Voorhees lies in wait for his prey, and he does a great job dragging them down with him.

In the blue corner, we have the knife-fingered slasher who escaped from the burn ward. Freddy Krueger inhabits your dreams and slowly kills you from sleep deprivation. He’s a guy who loves what he does and likes to show his creativity when he does it. Everyone knows his name, and no one sleeps tight after watching one of his movies. That’s why we’re dragging him from the pits of hell and making him prove whether he’s the best Hollywood has to offer in this true death match.

Warrington Gillette, Steve Daskewisz, Richard Brooker, Ted White, Tom Morga, C. J. Graham, Kane Hodder, Ken Kirzinger and Derek Mears as Jason Voorhees.

Warrington Gillette, Steve Daskewisz, Richard Brooker, Ted White, Tom Morga, C. J. Graham, Kane Hodder, Ken Kirzinger and Derek Mears as Jason Voorhees.


Robert Englund and Jackie Earle Haley as Freddy Krueger

Robert Englund and Jackie Earle Haley as Freddy Krueger

These two guys have more in common than they would like to admit, but it’s not their love of killing that brings them together. No, these guys have been circling the drain, so to speak, since the advent of such films as Saw and Paranormal Activity. However, we’ve always liked the classics here at Stars & Popcorn, and Hollywood is going to be hard-pressed to replace them in our hearts (not that they haven’t tried over the years). So let’s see who comes out on top in this installment of Versus Mode!

1.Weapon of Choice

This one is though, because while each of these characters has a signature weapon for which they’re known, the two have always been extremely creative when it comes to taking out unsuspecting teens.

If we’re going to go with signature weapons only, we’ve got two of the most iconic ever to grace the silver screen. Jason is known for wielding a machete, which is an actual weapon still used in the world today. Freddy, on the other hand, has some sort of knife-glove, which he put together in hell or something. While it’s great that the afterlife has shop class, I’m pretty sure the most creative weapon isn’t the most effective.

ADVANTAGE: Jason Voorhees

2. Charisma

This is probably the most one-sided match in this entire article. You’ve got Jason, who looks like his mother dressed him (if his mother was a colorblind hick), who wears a mask, but never says a word. That really means he doesn’t have any charisma at all. He is absent of character.

Freddy, on the other hand, is a showman, and a complete dickhead at that. Honestly, he’s the one horror movie character I could legitimately see myself punching in the face, probably because of his absolutely creepy/annoying charisma. However, any charisma beats no charisma, so he gets the point.

These days he's more of a motivational speaker.

These days, he’s more of a motivational speaker.

ADVANTAGE: Freddy Krueger

3. Kill Count

Let’s get down to the numbers. These guys are two of the most prolific killers cinema has ever seen. No matter how this match up goes, the important thing to remember is that these two characters have an incredible kill count between them (after all, that’s why we love them).

However, if we’re hitting stone-cold facts, Freddy really only have about 40 kills, and if you look at New Nightmare, the implication is that everything that occurred before it was made-up. However, Jason killed about 154 people in his time. That’s a body of work nearly three times the size of Krueger’s. All together, Jason pretty much dominates Freddy in this matchup.

ADVANTAGE: Jason Voorhees

4. Intimidation Factor

Let’s see, Freddy Krueger is about 5’ 9” (the height of star Robert Englund) and wears a Christmas sweater and a fedora. He looks more like a ska-loving pickup artist than a nightmare villain. Not exactly a guy you would run from, except for that claw glove of his, and the whole “controlling dreams” thing. But Nightmare on Elm Street has taught us that he can’t really fully control the dream world.

Jason, though, is a mountain of a man. He’s approximately 6’5” and was built like a brick shithouse. He was the kind of guy who looked like he could rip your arm off and beat your to death with it. Not only that, but he has this nasty habit of catching up to people, even though he never actually seems to run. Plus, by now, he’s pretty much a zombie. As if that wasn’t bad enough, he never says a word, and that’s just creepy.

Well, this is going to hurt.

Well, this is going to hurt.

ADVANTAGE: Jason Voorhees

5. Motivation

Fredward Krueger (it’s really Frederick) was a child murderer that got what he had coming to him when some parents decided to torch his ass. Yeah, I’m sure burning to death was really upsetting for him. But he was a child killer, so we don’t have any remorse.

Jason was a developmentally disabled child who drowned while some teenagers were off banging each other. I mean, that’s something I would be pretty pissed about, and I’m sure you would be, too. So when it comes to righteous vengeance (or unrighteous; I’m no authority), Jason is obviously the guy with a bigger ax to grind. Plus, he was pushed into a lake by campers. Just from my own experience, campers are awful. So, for our purposes, Jason is the guy who needs a little more sympathy.

ADVANTAGE: Jason Voorhees

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