Michael Myers is back in all of his original glory in Blumhouse’s Halloween, now slashing through theaters nationwide, but it wasn’t always this way. In fact, it can be argued that, until 2018’s reboot, “The Shape” became progressively less scary after each sequel (with the possible exception of Rob Zombie’s reimaginings).
It didn’t just happen to Myers; with just about any villain who becomes serialized, there’s a “jump the shark” moment that permanently takes these icons down a peg. In a recent video, the folks at WhatCulture attempt to pinpoint the exact moments certain slashers went from being cool to drool.
When did The Blair Witch lose her luster? When did Freddy become the King of Wisecracks? Who put The Babadook in a feather boa? Give the video below a spin for the and let us know what you think in the Comments section! If you can’t stream, the main points are briefly listed at the bottom of the article.
- Friday the 13th/Jason Voorhees: Jason’s harpoon-gun kill in Friday the 13th Part III
- The Blair Witch Project/The Witch: Actually seeing the witch in 2016’s Blair Witch
- Halloween/Michael Myers: Every sequel following 1978’s original
- A Nightmare on Elm Street/Freddy Krueger: Freddy became the King of Wisecracks following the first Nightmare movie, released in 1984
- Hellraiser/Pinhead: Seeing the Cenobites in human form in Hellbound: Hellraiser II
- Alien/Xenomorphs: Released in 1986, Aliens’ hordes were far less scary than the original’s lone stalker
- The Babadook: Wearing a pink boa as a Gay Pride icon after Netflix categorized the film as LGBT