A Bloody Good Time 11.01.12: Horror Knockout Tournament – Semifinals
Opening Logo courtesy of Benjamin J. Colón (Soul Exodus)
Welcome to A Bloody Good Time.
Last week, we finished our quarterfinal round. There’s only two fights left before the finals and we crown our first ever ABGT Horror Knockout champion!
Some of you (hopefully all of you) may read Shawn S. Lealos’ Alternate Takes, in which he goes over all things comic book related. He’s had knockout tournaments for comic heroes and villains, and it seems to have went over very well. Lealos’ Knockout deal was such a good idea that with his permission, I decided to steal it. Okay, I guess the technical term is “borrow”, but you get the idea. Starting now, We will begin a 32-character tournament for horror movie villains, monsters, what have you.
How does this affect you? You can choose who wins! My opnion means very little, as I just ranked the monsters in my own order to determine bracketing. You will decide who your favorite is. You can vote who advances based on any criteria you like, although I’d recommend just going with whoever you like best. But hey, if you want to vote based on who you think would win in a fight, go for it! It’s totally up to you.
This tournament will run six weeks! This week is the second half of round 1, and then we’ll have round 2, the quarterfinals, semifinals, and then the finals. For the final round, I’m going to do something special and give full-write ups to the characters, involving their history in the genre, memorable moments, and who they’ve defeated in the tournament. The winner will ultimately be announced on November 15.
Here’s the bracket for you. The text is a little smaller than I’d like but you should be able to tell who’s who.
Last week was very interesting. I thought Jason vs Michael would be the closest, but it ended up being Godzilla vs Predator! But they were all a lot closer than Round 2.
Defeated: Hannibal Lecter (Round 1, 293-155), The Wolfman (Round 2, 394-95), Pinhead (Round 3, 350-263)
Strengths: Dracula has a lot of strengths that have brought him this far in the tournament. First of all, he’s immortal. As long as he avoids getting physically murdered he can live forever if he chooses. That means that he’s not going to die of old age, being shot with normal bullets won’t hurt him and he’s very unlikely to even bleed (depends on the adaptation). He also has several supernatural abilities which have helped him over the years. He can shapeshift into a bat (usually for escape), mist (the same), and sometimes a wolf. Since he’s an undead being, he also has superior strength to a normal man. If he gets any blood, it’s able to actually heal any injuries he takes on. Finally, he has the ability to excude some control over the weak-willed to do what he wants.
Weaknesses: He can’t go out into the sun. Unlike some retarded “vampires”, Dracula doesn’t sparkle when he goes in the sunlight, he bursts into flames and dies. While he can live forever, he still can be killed in several different ways: silver bullets, wooden stake through the heart and decapitation. He’s also weak against religious imagery, specifically the cross, and has a serious problem with garlic and iron. For a being that’s as powerful as Dracula is, he actually has a lot of weaknesses. His final weakness is that if he doesn’t get any blood, he will become very weak and could possibly die.
Film Franchise: As mentioned before, Dracula’s been in over 150 movies over the years. He’s been played by everyone from Bela Lugosi to Gary Oldman, Christopher Lee to Leslie Nielsen. There are some who can bring some terror to the role and others who make him look like a joke. As far as movies go, I personally believe the original 1931 Dracula is the best, with 1958’s Horror of Dracula running a close second. As far as the worst, it’s hard to say because I haven’t actually seen close to all portrayals. Out of the films I’ve seen, probably Blade: Trinity. They couldn’t even call him Dracula…they referred to him as “Drake”.
Popularity: Dracula has been around since Bram Stoker’s original novel and even in 2012 continues to make appearances in film. While it’s likely that other characters in this tournament may fade away (lesser characters like The Tall Man and Candyman already have for the most part), Dracula will be around as long as the world desires some kind of entertainment. He’s been in books, plays, film, video games, cartoons, tv shows…you name it. Dracula is horror, which is why I gave him the #1 seed.
This week, I’ll be posting fan-made tribute videos along with the write-ups. Here’s one for Dracula, from Youtube user Crawlfan.
Jason Voorhees (#4):
Defeated: Jack Torrence (Round 1, 399-51), Pennywise the Dancing Clown (Round 2, 368-142), Michael Myers (Round 3, 370-312)
Strengths: I’m not sure Jason Voorhees can be killed. Freddy (as Jason’s mother) pretty much said so in Freddy vs Jason. He can’t die. He just can be stopped for a bit. As Jason X points out, he can actually regenerate some lost tissue over time, likely enough to keep him going. In Friday the 13th Part VII, he looks like a well-placed kick could turn him to dust and yet he takes some of the most damage he’s had over the course of the franchise. So what I’m saying is, Jason can take a beating. Jason is also immensely strong, strong enough to break a man in half with his bare hands or shove a woman’s face through the wall of an RV.
Weaknesses: He’s not too smart. Jason has developed a particular skill of killing but he was a mentally challenged mongoloid before he drowned. Jason doesn’t need to be intelligent, but he can be tricked and he can be outsmarted. He also gives into his emotions more easily than the other horror villains. Jason tends to display rage and anger the most, but you can also play on his love of his mother to fool him, as both Ginny and Freddy learned. He also, apparently, has a subconscious fear of water, if you accept that little factoid as canon.
Film Franchise: 12 movies over the course of 30 years. Some bicker about the quality of each but there are a few which are universally agreed to be among the best. The first tends to get a lot of love, as does The Final Chapter. I tend to like Jason Lives the best and thinkg A New Beginning is the worst. Even in a bad Jason movie, at least you get to see Jason doing his thing and killing those less fortunate.
Popularity: Well he’s certainly my personal favorite. But Jason has appeared in 12 movies, had a TV show named after his franchise (which he never had anything to do with) and has been references by everything from MTV to The Simpsons. Thanks to the choice of giving him a hockey mask in Part 3, you can’t look at an old goalie’s mask the same way. They probably changed the style for different reasons, but I’d like to believe that someone somewhere was thinking, “we don’t want people thinking Jason is on the ice”. Jason’s also been in his own line of comics and books. If you’ve played Jason in a movie (especially if your name’s Kane Hodder), you’re bound to be a hit at horror conventions.
This video comes from 411’s own George H. Sirois!
Strategy: This is going to be a tough fight for both. Dracula will find himself as something of an underdog against Jason, in that he has more weaknesses. But he was also kind of an underdog against Pinhead in terms of a physical matchup and he managed to send the cenobite back to Hell. Jason had his toughest battle to date against Michael Myers and will have no problem getting physical with another iconic monster again.
Dracula will have to rely on his intelligence gathered from the hundreds of years he’s been alive to outsmart Jason, because he’s not likely to beat him on strength alone. Dracula will likely also have to settle for just defeating Jason and not killing him. Try to chain him at bottom of a lake. It worked for Tommy Jarvis. He’d also better hope Jason loses his machete, because a quick decapitation could finish off the original vampire and Jason likes decapitations.
Who do you have winning? Does Dracula move on to the finals or can Jason pull off the upset?
Freddy Krueger(#2 Seed):
Defeated: Victor Crowley (Round 1, 459-21), The Shark (Round 2, 402-98), Xenomorph (Round 3, 379-270)
Strengths: In the dream world, Freddy is more or less all powerful. He’s been defeated in his own realm, but it’s taken some practice and work from his opponents, and even then they suffered losses. Freddy also has a very sharp razor knives glove that can cut like a hot knife through butter. But in the dream world he doesn’t even need that, as he can make anything kill you. If he thought it would be entertaining to force a Pikachu to eat you, he’d do it. The only limit in the dream world is Freddy’s imagination.
Weaknesses: The real world is Freddy’s biggest weakness. If, somehow, you manage to discover this trick and drag him into our world, he has the same strengths and weaknesses that any other mere mortal would have, except he has a weapon. Freddy’s not exactly a large man either, so he doesn’t even have size in most real fights (especially this one). If you want to kill Freddy in the real world, do it like you’d kill anyone else. But the trick is getting him there.
Film Franchise: Freddy has been in nine films, spanning 28 years. Most people tend to agree that the original is best, with strong votes going to Dream Warriors and New Nightmare. As far as the worst goes, I think it’s still Freddy’s Dead but there are some who say the remake. Personally I disagree, as I enjoyed Jackie Earle Haley’s performance and the attemps to make him scary again.
Popularity: Freddy is the #2 seed because he’s the most popular modern horror monster. Everyone knows who Freddy is just like everyone knows who Dracula is. Freddy had his own horror anthology show, phone line, comics, books, toys, MTV host segments…you name it. The 80s were Freddy-mania and the guy was a pop culture icon. Think about how bizarre that is. Freddy Krueger, a child murderer (and possibly molester) was a HERO to people in that time. But hey, it was the 80s, a much more innocent decade where people could celebrate Freddy because they knew he was a fictional character. People are too uptight these days, man.
This video, by way of The Springwood Slasher (a favorite of mine), was originally the credits on Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare.
Defeated: Candyman (Round 1, 357-120), The Tall Man (Round 2, 394-102), Predator (Round 3, 354-347)
Strengths: He’s 164–328 feet tall and weighs anywhere from 20,000 to 60,000 tons. What other strengths does he need? While in the world of Toho size doesn’t necessarily mean anything, in this tournament he’s had the size advantage not only over all of his opponents, but everyone in the tournament. As if his sheer size wasn’t enough, Godzilla can also breathe underwater and he has his atomic fire breath. He is obviously the strongest monster in this tournament and it’s carried him to dominating wins in two rounds.
Weaknesses: He doesn’t have many, but he has a few. Godzilla doesn’t exactly have precision. He doesn’t really need it but he doesn’t have the ability to find an exact target and hit it with accuracy. If you’re lucky enough to lure him into areas of extreme cold, you can freeze him. He also has a second brain in his spine that can be used to paralyze him if you can penetrate his thick hide to do it. Of course there’s also the obvious fact that his size tends to make him slower.
Film Franchise: Godzilla has been in 29 movies, including the remake. He has another American remake on the way. Personally I think the American remake from 1998 is the worst, but if we’re talking Toho films then it’s definitely Godzilla’s Revenge. As far as the best goes, it’s either the original Gojira or Godzilla: Final Wars for me. Godzilla vs King Ghidorah is close.
Popularity: The most popular giant movie monster ever. The fact that he’s a Japanese import and is more popular than our giant movie monster (King Kong) speaks volumes. He’s had his own cartoons, comics, books, toys and more. Blue Oyster Cult even wrote a song about him! There’s no kid or adult that doesn’t at least have an idea of who Godzilla is, and that’s even with an eight-year hiatus. He’s come along way from being a parable for the horrors of nuclear war.
This one, using the great Blue Oyster Cult song, comes from Steel Wolf Music
Strategy: Proving that he would indeed be Godzilla’s toughest challenge to date, Predator only fell to the King of the Monsters by a mere seven votes. In a physical fight, I guessed that the Predator’s weapons and ability to hunt would prove a tougher challenge for the giant lizard than any of the other opponents, but I didn’t think it would be that close. Meanwhile, Freddy proved that even the Xenomorph sleeps as he took it out.
Here’s Godzilla’s biggest weakness in this tournament: Godzilla sleeps. We’ve seen him do it in the films. This will prove to be a problem for the big guy as Freddy is all powerful in the dream world and could probably shrink Big G to the size of an ant if he wanted in that realm. Or he could just make himself just as large and cut him up with his glove. But if Godzilla can stay awake, or somehow pull Freddy into our world, then Freddy has no chance whatsoever. It’s a matter whose area we’re fighting in that determines who wins this fight.
Who do you have here? Does Freddy do what the Predator could not? Or will Godzilla stomp his way into the finals?
That’s it for me. Leave some comments here on or my Twitter. Next week is the finals, and only two of horror’s greatest villains can make it? Will we see Dracula vs Godzilla? A Jason vs Freddy rematch? Godzilla vs Jason? Or Freddy vs Dracula in a fight to determine who is the most evil? That’s up to YOU to decide!
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