Wes Craven Vs. John Carpenter: Who Is the Ultimate Master of Horror?

Who has the Fresher movies, bigger box office, and more terrifying moments? It's our bloodiest battle yet.

by | October 14, 2020 | Comments

One gave us Michael Myers and the Thing, the other Freddy Krueger and Ghostface – and both gave us many, many sleepless nights. But who is the king of making us quake? In our latest episode of Vs., we’re slicing and dicing the numbers to find out who is the true master of horror: John Carpenter or Wes Craven. Will it be the famed director – and killer composer – who essentially defined the slasher genre with Halloween? Or will it be Craven, who let us know that danger lurked under the stairs, in the last house on the left, and in our dreams? Our favorite Final Boy and Rotten Tomatoes contributing editor Mark Ellis is examining Tomatometer and Audience Score data, box office performance, iconic moments and characters from their films, to make a call. And if you don’t agree, have at him: He’s just putting on some Jiffy Pop right now and his phone number is… we mean, let us know in the comments!

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