Similarities and Differences Between Friday the 13th and Halloween Movies

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Comparing the Halloween and Friday the 13th Movies

The Halloween and Friday the 13th killers and franchises are far too similar to be a coincidence. Thus, it is only logical that one copied the other. However, in the grand scheme of things…it is also reasonable to assume a range of characteristics found in both movies and killers would be considered a generalized public domain-type of fear. In other words: it is kind of hard to get an intellectual property patent for something like “a killer that stalks you” or “a killer that wears a mask”

How Are Michael Myers and Jason Voorhees Different?

Reason for Killing

Michael Myers is haunted by visions, nightmares and voices which tell him to kill in the time of Samhain (Halloween). He specifically typically hunts down his family members.  Jason Voorhees was a critical victim of childhood bullying and succumbed to a cruel drowning by unsupervised kids while camping. Although he too has heard his mothers voice, he is primarily killing for revenge.

Movie Setting

Halloween is set in the town of Haddonfield, where Michael can kill in a suburban setting…including roads, houses and stores.  Friday the 13th is set in Camp Crystal Lake, where Jason gains killing access to the woods, cabins and lake itself.

When the Killer Officially First Died

Michael Myers claims his first kill from a very early age, then returning as an adult to hunt the rest of his family. Jason Voorhees supposedly dies before he makes his first kill, being drown at a very young age.  He does not claim his first kill, in fact, until some 20 years later.

Mobility of the Killer

Michael Myers is able to travel great distances to get to his desired destination.  He can even hijack and drive automobiles. Jason Voorhees generally remains trapped in the Crystal Lake area, and is not seen traveling great distances (especially not by car).

How Are Michael Myers and Jason Voorhees Similar?

Both Feature a Masked Killer

Jason Voorhees and Michael Myers are notorious for their creepy appearances…most of which revolves around the center focus of their mask.

Both Feature a Weapon of Choice

Out of dozens of ways each slasher has creatively slain their victims, each has exhibited a supreme preference.  Jason Voorhees typically prefers his giant machete, while Michael Myers seems to enjoy knifing people to death.

Family Drama

Friday the 13th’s Jason has some seriously ‘effed up’ drama going on with his mother. She is very frequently seen egging him on, and even kills on his behalf in the first movie.  Similarly, Halloween’s Michael Myers is always chasing down and trying to hunt his family…most notably Laurie Strode.

Both Killers Are Mute

Interestingly, both franchises take advantage of a “silent but deadly” strategy. Neither Jason Voorhees nor Michael Myers will ever be caught speaking…yet they are both terrifying and everyone runs!

Supernatural Powers

No matter how victims fight back, they are never able to overcome the slasher.  Michael and Jason both manhandle their victims although they were nothing more than a sack of potatoes!

Brought Back from the Dead

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Despite being largely indestructible, both slashers have been beaten in a number of their movies, only to be brought back from the dead. Michael has been shot in both eyes and lit on fire, Jason blown up and dismembered, but both have survived to kill again!

Fun Fact: In Halloween Part 4: The Return of Michael Myers, Michael Myers can be seen 21:10 seconds into the film seemingly wearing Jason’s hockey mask.

Final Words: Halloween vs Friday the 13th

Both, Friday the 13th and Halloween, are fantastic horror franchises. Each movie features a number of gory, glorious kills which will grace the history book of slashers forever.  And while both slashers may be exploiting a similar genre niche and real-life fear of a masked, deranged psychopath killer, both contribute a steady stream of creativity in kill style.  Michael Myers and Jason Voorhees always offer an entertaining show that is undeniably exhilarating and always keeps viewers on the edge of their seats!

Check out our other article…Did Friday the 13th copy Halloween, to learn a little more about this horror franchise rivalry!

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Similarities Between Horror Movie Slashers

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Comparing Horror Movie Killers: How Are Horror Movie Villains the Same and Different

There are so many horror movie slashers and so many different villains! These villains all make their mark differently, each killing with their own modified personality and weapon. However, despite how different they may be, there are also some serious similarities between the horror movie killers when it comes to the art of killing.  In fact, the Horror Enthusiast has identified a number of similarities between these killing masters which are undeniably inherent in almost all of the major horror movie slasher franchises.

Mostly we are talking about slashers here, such as Freddy Krueger (Nightmare on Elm Street), Jason Voorhees (Friday the Thirtieth), Michael Myers (Halloween), Chucky (Child’s Play), and Leatherface (Texas Chainsaw Massacre).

Similarity #1: Delayed Gratification

It is blatantly obvious that almost all horror movie villains are able to absolutely destroy their victims nearly immediately upon encountering them.  Still, the horror slashers seem to enjoy a good hunt and frequently allow their prey a few feet of a head start in order to prolong the kill!  This delayed gratification can last a few moments, or sometimes the duration of an entire movie (or longer)!

Similarity #2: Weapon Emphasis

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Although some horror killers have been known to use their bare hands and other objects for their creative kill scenes, nearly all of the most notable horror franchises utilize one or a few select weapons. Many of the slashers prefer a weapon or two, in fact.  Freddy Krueger is prone to favor his razor finger glove. Jason Voorhees has used many weapons, but has the most kills with his famed machete. Michael Myers prefers his large kitchen knife. Leatherface tends to rely most heavily on his chainsaw, however, also enjoys the use of meathooks to retain his captured prey!

Similarity #3: Disguise or Mask or Grotesque Look

Horror movie slashers need to look as scary as possible, and normal looking humans are just not that scary.  Freddy Krueger is naturally burned, but looks like he has been spat out of hell itself.  Jason Voorhees hides behind a scary looking hockey mask.  Michael Myers has a mask that covers his entire head, a mask that almost speaks death.  Charles Lee Ray possesses the creepy Good Guy doll “Chucky.” And Leatherface wears masks created from the actual flesh of the faces of his victims. Having a bolstered, evil look is critical in creating a terrifying presence.

Similarity #4: Rejected by Society

Almost all of our favorite horror movie villains have been rejected by society in one fashion or another.  Freddy Krueger is a child murderer who was punished by his neighborhood peers after preying on their children.  Jason Voorhees was bullied due to his deformities and low IQ.  Michael Myers was deemed “unhuman” and sent to live in a psychiatric ward most of his life. Chucky is actually a desperate fugitive taking refuge within the doll to avoid his fate as a discovered serial killer. Leatherface is mentally challenged to the point his town pokes fun at his low intellect. In fact, rejection is an important fabric in developing a ruthless killer.

Similarity #5: Lurking in the Shadows

A really big part of horror is the unknown. From the slasher’s perspective, however, the victims are almost always known about ahead of time, at least a few moments from the kill.  Even the most disconnected killers (such as Jason Voorhees or Leatherface), stalk their prey for a short time before the victims become aware of the killer’s presence.  In fact, slashers like Freddy Krueger and Michael Myers are known to do a fair amount of stalking before they slit any flesh!

Similarity #6: Supernatural Powers

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Despite the many forms horror movie slashes may come in, they almost always possess supernatural powers in the leading horror movie franchises.  Freddy Krueger is a dreamworld manipulator and demon-like soul harvester.  Jason Voorhees is literally brought back from the dead and given superhuman strength and is seemingly indestructible. Michael Myers is “pure evil,” as best put by Dr Loomis, and by no means a human being. Chucky is a possessed doll invoked through the use of ancient a voodoo ritual.

Similarity #7: Sympathetic Storyline

Ironically, all of the killers are humanized at one point or another in their horror movie killing career. This is probably done to create sympathy for the killer among the audience to increase brand loyalty…as the slashers themselves often become famed stars that drive the future success of the franchise.  Freddy Krueger is made up to be a victim, burned in a brutal boiler room fire without proper judicial process. Jason Voorhees is a mentally handicapped child who is drowned by cruel teenage peers. Michael Myers is psychologically damaged and constantly being locked up in a mental institute, ever since he were a child. Leatherface is mentally ill as well and only broke bad after he got fired from his job as a butcher, previously having no incidents of violence.  Even Chucky is humanized, at one point taking on a wife that matched his stature!

Similarity #8: Little to No Empathy

Although the directors and writers of many of these horror slasher franchises have invoked empathy for the killer at one point or another, the slasher almost never has any empathy for the victims.  There are a few scenes where some of the killers surprise us, however, typically they are ruthless and only interested in a gruesome death and/or possibly harvesting a soul!

Similarity #9: Relentless Pursuit

A good horror movie is built upon suspense. No matter how the suspense is built, it is a necessary trait to creating dopamine from fear. The audience must feel they are at risk themselves and remain on the edge of their seat throughout the entire film.  Most notable horror slashers are relentless and will pursue a victim as long as it takes, sometimes throughout the entire film!

Similarity #10: Impossible to Kill

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Although horror movie slashers are nearly always defeated towards the end of each film, they almost always come back…sometimes it is even hinted at the very end of the film itself!  Horror movie slashers are notoriously hard to kill…this is probably to increase the likelihood of the survival of the franchise.  Horror movie franchises typically rely upon the continuation of a killer’s rampage. After all, if the slasher’s victim count cannot increase, neither can the number of movies within the franchise!  Freddy Krueger very commonly was seen having the final upper hand within many of his movies.  Jason Voorhees has also come back several times in the final moments.  Michael Myers almost always escapes death somehow.  And we all know leatherface always has the last laugh (well, if he laughed anyway)!

How Are the Horror Movie Slashers Different?

As similar as these monsters and killers may be, each horror movie villain is different in their own way as well! Each character requires as much of a unique presence as can be mustered for the same genre…thus the characters are generally products of their environment with each movie changing the environment slightly.  Freddy Krueger’s grotesque look comes from the boiler room fire that killed him.  Leatherface is a deranged inbred, which is why he covers his face with the flesh of his victims.  Michael Myers is always wearing a jumpsuit after escaping mental institutions. Chucky is a doll that has been given to a child as a present.  Each killer is made to fit the environment by which it kills, and each environment is different.

Find out who has the most kills of this group of horror monsters.

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Similarities Between the Hills Have Eyes and Texas Chainsaw Massacre

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How are the Hills Have Eyes and Texas Chainsaw Franchises Similar?

The exhilarating feeling of an inbred maniac crunching just steps behind…the sound of a twisted hillbilly-type howl…the beast-like stature of a crazed redneck monster standing in the shadows – all features of the redneck-hillbilly-inbred genre of horror slasher movies.  These calling cards are especially true for Wes Craven’s Hills Have Eyes and Tobe Hooper’s Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchises. It’s a little interesting, in fact, how much each of the movies relate to one another, both in theme and in killer.

Stranded Victims

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise is notorious for taking advantage of trapped or unfortunate travelers who happen to cross through their deserted town.  Like Hills Have Eyes victims, the prey in Texas do not realize their fate and oftentimes even interact with their killers before realizing how dangerous they are.

The Hills Have Eyes franchise follows suit in exploiting trapped or otherwise stranded victims, unaware of any violent danger. In fact, the stranded victims are normally more concerned for their overall survival in the desert environment at the start of the film.

Sadistic Family of Cannibals

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre highlights a deserted Texas town hosting an entire family of cannibal killers. The most notorious of the family being Leatherface, a slasher willing to not only eat human stew, but wear the face of his victims as a flesh mask.

Wes Craven’s Hills Have Eyes (1977) was released a couple years after Tobe Hooper’s Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974), however, it also featured a family of cannibals willing to murder to survive, literally.  The Hills Have Eyes hillbilly killers hunt to kill and cannibalize their prey.

Deformed Appearance

Leatherface wears a mask because of his deformities and often changes his mask after killing new victims. The deformed looking mask of flesh contributes to his already deformed and scary appearance.

All of the Hills Have Eyes slashers are deformed due to the inbred results of a family of radiation-poisoned protesters.

Inbred / Mentally Challenged / Retardation

Leatherface is a mentally challenged killer, as explained by Sheriff Hoyt (before he is Sheriff of course), in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning (2006).

In the Hills Have Eyes, a small town refuses to abandon a nuclear test site and winds up breeding mentally deranged psycho killers willing to trap travelers to survive.

Expert Butchers

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre loves cooking, and their favorite meat is PERSON! Leatherface used to work butchering cattle, so he knows a thing or two about meathooks and how to slice someone open.  The family uses the meat to cook their special stew.  It’s probably really high in protein.

The Hills Have Eyes killers get points in the devious category, as they most certainly know how to handle a body.  Oftentimes their traps drag humans through the desert, butchering them in the most vicious ways.

They Are Survivable

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Unlike many other horror slashers one might encounter, the potential victims of both The Texas Chainsaw Massacre movies and The Hills Have Eyes movies have a chance at survival.  There are numerous instances of surviving for a number of potential victims throughout both series of films.

Honorable Mention

Of course, comparing the Hills Have Eyes to the Texas Chainsaw Massacre would not feel right without at least including an honorable mention for cult-following franchise “Wrong Turn.” Wrong Turn also does a fantastic job of reinventing the redneck-hillbilly horror genre.  Wrong Turn is set in the deep woods of West Virginia, an environment not truly exploited yet in the previous franchises.  Hills Have Eyes is notoriously desert-themed…and the Texas Chainsaw Massacre is set in the diverse terrain of Texas (showcasing a little woodland, but more so desert and swamplands).

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