Michael Myers slaughtered a record that had stood for almost a decade. His movie, Halloween, had the biggest opening weekend ever for a slasher movie. Its $76.2 million debut topped the genre’s previous best, the 2009 reboot of Friday the 13th, which earned $40.5 million in its first three days of release.
Michael Myers and the original Halloween from 1978 essentially invented the slasher movie. But is he the ultimate slasher movie villain? Or have some of the men who followed in his bloody wake eclipsed him as a horrific perpetrator of violence?
To answer that question, we did Math. We took the five most iconic slasher villains in history — Michael Myers, Jason Voorhees, A Nightmare on Elm Street’s Freddy Krueger, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre’s Leatherface, and Child’s Play’s Chucky.
Using their movies and the subculture of YouTube videos devoted to chronicling every murder in horror movies, we totaled up each of the five’s body counts to see who was the deadliest slasher of them all.
Counting slasher villain kills is as much art as science. There are a lot of judgment calls. For example, if Jason Voorhees throws a dude into a mirror and the mirror smashes and the dude falls down, does that count as a murder? It’s tough to say. He could survive, right?
So if you are insane enough to try this yourself, your numbers might be different than ours. But here are our totals; each slasher’s kills across all their movies.
The chart doesn’t have the specific totals, so here they are:
Michael Myers: 122
Freddy Krueger: 46
Jason Voorhees: 152
That comparison isn’t entirely fair, as Jason and Michael Myers have appeared in more movies than the others. So here are those same totals divided by their number of films for an average of the number of kills per movie:
The numbers for this one:
Michael Myers: 11.09
Freddy Krueger: 5.11
Jason Voorhees: 15.2
So there you have it: He may have been a direct descendent of Michael Myers, but Jason Voorhees is still the deadlier slasher villain and, the most violent of all his peers.