When I was first working on Sins of Man (before I wrote it into a trilogy) I had written several idea for the killer and his backstory and then I started to think about too many things that would just clog up the story. I decided that I would give the killer a simple signature weapon but would leave it open for them to use anything that was within reach in the event I wanted to be extra creative with a kill. I want to take a few minutes and talk about the classic slashers villains and their weapons. This is something that Chris and I had a disagreement with in the beginning of our partnership. He's not a "horror guy" and he'll be the first to tell you that see I'm very much a horror guy and know how these things work. so lets talk about the classic Slasher kings and then alittle about the modern Slasher kings.
Jason is a the master of dispatching horny drunk teenagers and it's no surprise he has the highest body count in slasher movie history with a massive 158 kills.
Sadly Freddy ranks third in the body count department (43) which surprises me you can do alot in the "Dream World" in terms of creative ways to kill people.
Michael ranks in at a solid #2 on the body count list (111) for good reason he's very creative lol.
Ghostface ranks seventh in the kill count. which given that there are only four movies in the series it's a healthy body count.
Chucky is another slasher who used everything from a knife to a yoyo to kill people he took advantage of his size in many ways and entertained fans for many years.
Chucky ranks in at #7 on the body count list with 32 kills. not bad for a pint sized killer.
I didn't write sections in this blog about them because I don't pay too much attention to their franchises for any number of reasons. as you see I did my research to include them in the honorable mention section here but their brand of horror never really appealed to me.
I think there is something to be said about each killer and their weapon selection as over the years and through their respective franchise these weapons have become a part of their character and one of the many reasons we began loving them and still love them after all these years and the countless times we have watched the movies.
In conclusion I would like to say that during my writing process I often have grand ideas about making the "Next great slasher franchise" and at the same time I often ask myself this question.. "How many times can you reinvent the wheel?" It all been done in the slasher genre and in every other genre for that matter and smart film makers know this and will still try to make things seem fresh and interesting with the tools we have at our disposal.....
Stay Humble, Stay Hungry My Friends :)