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TBT: My Mount Rushmore of horror icons

I’m a child of the ‘80s.


I discovered my love for horror movies around 1985 as a tender 11-year-old boy, years before I became an unkempt hermit who lives alone with two cats.


Because of that, I have a love of slasher flicks. The ‘80s was the hay day of the unstoppable killer – not that other decades haven’t had them – but, there’s just something about the unstoppable masked killer who somehow easily catches someone running away at full speed even if they are walking at a barely more than brisk pace.


My big four, in alphabetical order because choosing a favorite would be like choosing a child if the child was a homicidal maniac, are Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, Leatherface and Michael Myers.



I have fond memories of all them. I still love these characters so many years later. Because of that love, I decided to get Funko figurines of my top four. Unfortunately, I could only get three – Freddy, Jason and Michael. Leatherface is no longer made and to get one would cost way more than I can justify on my reporter’s salary. Instead, I got a really cool Handmade by Robots figurine of Leatherface. It cost me $10, looks good. I’m fine with it.


That post was inspired by me finally completely the collection. I’m going to rate the movies of each of my big four from best to worst. That does not include remakes or reimagings of movies like Rob Zombie’s “Halloween.” I’m also leaving out “Freddy Vs. Jason” because I don’t know where to include it. Loved it, though.


This post will likely contain spoilers. If it doesn’t, I’ll remove this line when I’m finished. I’m only giving comments about the first two picks because, let’s face it, the post would be way too long if I commented on each and every one.


Nightmare on Elm Street series

Nightmare on Elm Street: The original is best. There is something satisfying watching a young Johnny Depp being murdered by Freddy. I love how Tina is made to appear like she’s going to be the main character, only to kill her off early in the film. Freddy Krueger is just an amazing character and Robert Englund is fantastic.

Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors: To go along with me being a child of the ‘80s, I was also a big hair metal fan and “Dokken” was one of my favorite bands of that era. Would it be my second favorite “Nightmare” movie without “Dokken?” I don’t know, but luckily I don’t live in a world where I need to decide that.

Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge

Nightmare on Elm Street 4: Dream Master

Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare


Friday the 13th series

Friday the 13th: The original’s ending is what I consider the most perfect jump-scare in all of movies. Looking back at it now, it’s obvious that there was going to be one, but when I was a young lad, I jumped a mile. The deaths are fun and Jason’s momma is a heck of a killer

Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter: The title it a lie – a rotten stinking lie – but I love this movie. The deaths are imaginative, Corey Feldman goes insane and at least a young Crispin Glover (Jimmy) gets to stick it to Doug before being whacked. I’ve actually considered getting the movie cover, without the words, as a tattoo

Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives

Friday the 13th Part 2

Friday the 13th Part 3

Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood

Friday the 13th: A New Beginning

Jason X

Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhatten

Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday


Halloween Series:

Halloween: Sensing a theme here – in almost every series the original is the best. There are some exceptions, but overall, it usually holds true. I just love the mood of this movie, it’s paced slow, but each scene works to build tension. The final frame of Michael Myers vs. Jamie Lee Curtis is masterful. It also introduced the single greatest theme song in horror movie history.

Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers: I don’t know if I like this movie so much because of the abomination that was “Halloween 3: Season of the Witch,” or just because I thought Michael was awesome in this movie. Either way, I’ve always enjoyed it.

Halloween II

Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers

Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers

Halloween H20: Twenty Years Later

Halloween Resurrection

Halloween (2018 version)

Halloween III: Season of the Witch


Texas Chainsaw Massacre Series

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: I saw this movie when I was 12. I don’t think I was mentally ready for something like this at the time. It was grittier and darker than anything I think I had seen at the time. Leatherface is amazing and the story and acting is great. Leatherface is great and the ending is perfect.

Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III: This movie gets a lot of hate, but I’ve always kind of liked it. Maybe because I saw it in the theater when I still liked going to see movies on the big screen, but I liked it. Let’s be real, the TCM sequels are kind of weak.

Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2

Texas Chainsaw 3-D

Texas Chainsaw: The Next Generation

Leatherface


Who are your top four? Any of these? Let me know.

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