Who is the Better Slasher Freddy Krueger or Michael Myers?
Tis truly moments like these when I ask myself the profound question: Who do I like better Freddy Krueger or Michael Myers? Both characters had drastically different MOs. And like all great characters in fiction they are defined by their enemies (Nancy and Laurie respectfully). And both have surpassed being mere film slashers to become pop culture icons, that even people who have never seen their films recognize them.
I love Myers for the fact that he is a mystery, just a plain white mask and generic black jumpsuit, and that is what makes him so scary; he is merely a blank canvas for the viewer to project their fears onto, Meyers was a murderous entity that could be anyone or anything. This is reinforced by the ending of the original film where Carpenter shows the various homes in the neighborhood where he spread his terror, showing that someone this evil could be in any generic neighborhood in Middle America. Before RZ ruined it all we knew about his past was that on a Halloween night as a kid he decided it was in his best interest to dress as a clown and stab his sister to death. And that totally works for me because I think in most cases the more we know about the monster the less frightening he is.
When it comes to Mr. Krueger I am still impressed by how he was so brilliantly and painstakingly created, I once saw an interview with Craven explaining how he came up with Krueger and it blows me away as to how much thought and effort he put into it. It was like Craven mined the nightmares of the audience and melded all those fears together into a single monster. The master stroke for Freddy though was the performance given by Robert Englund; from the original classic to the sequels he devoured the role with great gusto making Freddy Krueger into an icon of horror on the same level as Dracula, Frankenstein’s monster, and the Wolf Man. During the 1980’s Krueger became a pop culture icon popular with die hard horror fans and mainstream movie goers alike.
Ultimately I think while they’re both great, it depends on the mood I’m in as to which I prefer. Both killers stand as legends in the horror genre who are still popular with audiences today.