It’s been another great year of Halloween Madness, but it’s time to crown our champion. Let’s jump straight into the results of our Final Four, and look at our potential champions!
Final Four Results
We had four incredible icons of horror find their way into the Final Four this year. As I pointed out last week, they each represent different eras and styles within the genre. On one side, we had Hannibal Lecter, a hallmark of the 90’s thriller and procedural. He was also the only character in the competition to win his actor an Oscar and come from a Best Picture Winner. It’s an iconic role that remains an icon of pop culture over 25 years after its release.
He went up against another icon of the genre that helped revive horror in the late 1970s. While other characters had stoked the flames for the slasher genre, Michael Myers and John Carpenter’s “Halloween” was an independent hit unlike few in film history. Not only did Carpenter find a way to make Myers menacing, but in many ways became the first mainstream horror film to self-reflect on the history of the genre. With nods to “Psycho” and other films, Michael Myers became an instant icon.
Next up, Freddy Krueger is undeniably the most absurd monster in our group. Coming from the twisted mind of the brilliant Wes Craven, Krueger became a mainstay of horror films during the 1980s. Not only did the original “A Nightmare on Elm Street” go on to major success, but “A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors” is often considered a top-tier horror sequel. Krueger’s scarred face, blades on his hands, and sadistic humor makes him completely unlike any of his competitors. For that reason alone, he’s been an icon for decades.
Last but not least, the horror genre was given an adrenaline shot to the heart when Norman Bates made his way onto the big screen. “Psycho” remains a towering achievement within the genre, from one of the greatest directors of all time. Alfred Hitchcock brought to life the story of Bates and caused an entire generation of moviegoers to be scared of their own shower. While Norman wouldn’t hurt a fly, he remains one of the most iconic characters in film history.
Championship Voting Now Open!
Unfortunately, some of our Final Four has to go home. In the matchup between Michael Myers and Hannibal Lecter, we had a pretty sizeable win. Lecter takes out Myers, winning the round with a 62% to 38% victory. This is the closest match that Hannibal Lecter has had in the whole tournament. Finally, our closer match in the Final Four came down to Norman Bates and Freddy Krueger. Our readers flipped this match several times over during the last week, but our winner is Norman Bates, who conquered the dream master with a 55% to 45% victory.
With our championship match set, let us know who you would crown the scariest monster of all time! Vote now in the poll below, and post your support in the comments below!