Halloween vs Friday the 13th: Which Horror Franchise Is Better?

Halloween vs Friday the 13th: Which Horror Franchise Is Better?

It could be stipulated that the history of modern slasher horror began in 1978, with John Carpenter’s Halloween. The movie introduced several relevant narratives and structural elements that would be applied to a lot of other future series, including Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street, probably the most famous franchises aside from Halloween. In this article, we are going to compare Carpenteris’ Halloween with Friday the 13th to determine which horror franchise is the better one.

Halloween is certainly the better of the two franchises. Friday the 13th might have offered us fewer weird sequels than Halloween, but Carpenter’s unique vision is simply better and more important for the history of the horror genre than that of Voorhees’ franchise, especially in light of the fact that Halloween inspired all the future franchises.

The rest of this article is going to be divided into three sections. The first two sections are going to bring you an overview of the two series, respectively, so you know all the necessary information. Finally, we’re going to bring you a detailed analysis of the two shows to determine which one is the better of the two iterations.

Halloween: An overview

Halloween is a hit horror movie saga focusing on the insane and ruthless killer Michael Myers. The first film of the saga, Halloween, premiered in 1978 and was directed by John Carpenter; it is now considered to be one of the most important films of the horror genre, as well as the progenitor of the slasher subgenre.

The mask that Michael Myers wears to cover the features of his face was created inspired by the face of Captain Kirk from Star Trek.

Friday the 13th: An overview

Friday the 13th is a series of American horror films consisting of twelve films of the slasher subgenre, a television show, numerous novels, and other comics, video games as well as several derivative products. The franchise mainly focuses on the fictional character of Jason Voorhees.

The character was imagined by the screenwriter behind the original film, Victor Miller. Jason was first a drowned child at Crystal Lake Camp at the age of eleven, a fault which was blamed on the negligence of copulating watchers. He reemerged as a serial killer avenging his mother.

Halloween vs Friday the 13th: Which horror franchise is better?

Now that we’ve given you all the necessary information, we can also give our final verdict. For us, the decision wasn’t all that difficult, as one show has several clear advantages when compared to the other.

Number of films

Why are we even taking this into account here? Well, when we observe the history of franchises, successful and great franchises have usually had a lot of titles, which doesn’t necessarily have to be an indicator of quality, but it goes to show how popular the movies are. That is also why we are taking this into account. So, let us see how many movies there are in the Halloween franchise:

FilmU.S. release dateDirector(s)Screenwriter(s)Producer(s)
HalloweenOctober 25, 1978John CarpenterJohn Carpenter and Debra HillDebra Hill
Halloween IIOctober 30, 1981Rick RosenthalJohn Carpenter and Debra HillDebra Hill and John Carpenter
Halloween III: Season of the WitchOctober 22, 1982Tommy Lee WallaceTommy Lee WallaceDebra Hill and John Carpenter
Halloween 4: The Return of Michael MyersOctober 21, 1988Dwight H. LittleDhani Lipsius, Larry Rattner & Benjamin Ruffner, and Alan B. McElroyPaul Freeman
Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael MyersOctober 13, 1989Dominique Othenin-GirardMichael Jacobs & Dominique Othenin-Girard and Shem BittermanRamsey Thomas
Halloween: The Curse of Michael MyersSeptember 29, 1995Joe ChappelleDaniel FarrandsPaul Freeman
Halloween H20: 20 Years LaterAugust 5, 1998Steve MinerRobert Zappia and Matt GreenbergPaul Freeman
Halloween: ResurrectionJuly 12, 2002Rick RosenthalLarry Brand and Sean HoodPaul Freeman
HalloweenAugust 31, 2007Rob ZombieRob ZombieMalek Akkad, Andy Gould, and Rob Zombie
Halloween IIAugust 28, 2009Rob ZombieRob ZombieMalek Akkad, Andy Gould, and Rob Zombie
HalloweenOctober 19, 2018David Gordon GreenJeff Fradley, Danny McBride & David Gordon GreenMalek Akkad, Jason Blum & Bill Block
Halloween KillsOctober 15, 2021David Gordon GreenScott Teems, Danny McBride & David Gordon GreenMalek Akkad, Jason Blum & Bill Block
Halloween EndsOctober 14, 2022David Gordon GreenPaul Brad Logan, Chris Bernier, Danny McBride & David Gordon GreenMalek Akkad, Jason Blum & Bill Block

And now, the Friday the 13th franchise:

FilmU.S. release dateDirector(s)Screenwriter(s)Producer(s)
Friday the 13thMay 9, 1980Sean S. CunninghamVictor MillerSean S. Cunningham
Friday the 13th Part 2April 30, 1981Steve MinerRon KurzSteve Miner
Friday the 13th Part IIIAugust 13, 1982Steve MinerMartin Kitrosser & Carol WatsonFrank Mancuso Jr.
Friday the 13th: The Final ChapterApril 13, 1984Joseph ZitoBarney CohenFrank Mancuso Jr.
Friday the 13th: A New BeginningMarch 22, 1985Danny SteinmannMartin Kitrosser, David Cohen & Danny SteinmannTimothy Silver
Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason LivesAugust 1, 1986Tom McLoughlinTom McLoughlinDon Behrns
Friday the 13th Part VII: The New BloodMay 13, 1988John Carl BuechlerManuel Fidello & Daryl HaneyIain Paterson
Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes ManhattanJuly 28, 1989Rob HeddenRob HeddenRandy Cheveldave
Jason Goes to Hell: The Final FridayAugust 13, 1993Adam MarcusJay Huguely & Dean LoreySean S. Cunningham and Debbie Hayn-Cass
Jason XApril 26, 2002James IsaacTodd FarmerNoel Cunningham, Sean S. Cunningham and James Isaac
Freddy vs. JasonAugust 15, 2003Ronny YuDamian Shannon & Mark SwiftSean S. Cunningham
Friday the 13thFebruary 13, 2009Marcus NispelDamian Shannon & Mark SwiftSean S. Cunningham, Michael Bay, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller

Both franchises, as we can see, have 12 titles each so far, but since Halloween Ends is coming out next year, it will become the 13th movie in the franchise, which means that Halloween will have more titles. This is why we can give this point to Halloween.

Ratings

And while critics rarely kill or make a movie successful, their opinions and reviews are often an indicator of the movie’s quality. This is why we have decided to compare the ratings of the two franchises, based on the reviews from three major reviewers – Metacritic, Rotten Tomatoes, and CinemaScore. Here’s how the Halloween franchise was rated:

FilmRotten TomatoesMetacriticCinemaScore
Halloween94% (55 reviews)87 (21 reviews)B+
Halloween II32% (35 reviews)40 (11 reviews)B
Halloween III: Season of the Witch30% (34 reviews)50 (11 reviews)B
Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers37% (24 reviews)43 (7 reviews)B+
Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers23% (22 reviews)28 (10 reviews)B-
Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers16% (32 reviews)10 (13 reviews)B+
Halloween H20: 20 Years Later62% (57 reviews)52 (20 reviews)A
Halloween: Resurrection31% (60 reviews)19 (17 reviews)B+
Halloween (2007)26% (11 reviews)47 (18 reviews)B-
Halloween II10% (73 reviews)15 (17 reviews)C-
Halloween (2018)79% (58 reviews)67 (51 reviews)A
Halloween Kills39% (160 reviews)42 (43 reviews)B-
Halloween EndsTBATBATBA
Average39%42B+

And here’s how the Friday the 13th movies have been rated:

FilmsRotten TomatoesMetacriticCinemaScore
Friday the 13th (1980)69% (50 reviews)35 (4 reviews)N/A
Friday the 13th Part 238% (31 reviews)N/AN/A
Friday the 13th Part III12% (25 reviews)N/A N/A
Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter35% (24 reviews)N/A N/A
Friday the 13th: A New Beginning19% (19 reviews)N/A N/A
Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives59% (27 reviews)N/A B
Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood34% (20 reviews)N/A B
Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan18% (24 reviews)N/A C+
Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday11% (17 reviews)N/A N/A
Jason X9% (104 reviews)25 (23 reviews)C
Freddy vs. Jason61% (157 reviews)37 (29 reviews)B+
Friday the 13th (2009)37% (165 reviews)34 (29 reviews)B-
Average39%33B-

As we can see from the available ratings, Halloween is the better franchise, although not by much. Both movies had big flops when the ratings are concerned, but Friday the 13th never had a movie as successful as the first Halloween. This category also goes to the latter.

Box office

If a movie earns a lot, that usually means that it is at least somewhat good. It doesn’t necessarily have to be like that, but it can be an indicator of the film’s quality, and that is why we are considering the box office success of these movies. Now, let us see how well these two franchises have done on the box office, starting with Halloween:

FilmRelease date
(United States)
BudgetUnited StatesInternationalWorldwide
Halloween (1978)October 25, 1978$325,000$47,000,000$23,000,000$70,000,000
Halloween II (1981)October 30, 1981$2.5 million$25,533,818N/R$25,533,818
Halloween III: Season of the WitchOctober 22, 1982$2.5 million$14,400,000N/R $14,400,000
Halloween 4: The Return of Michael MyersOctober 21, 1988$5 million$17,768,757N/R $17,768,757
Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael MyersOctober 13, 1989$5 million$11,642,254N/R $11,642,254
Halloween: The Curse of Michael MyersSeptember 29, 1995$5 million$15,116,634N/R $15,116,634
Halloween H20: 20 Years LaterAugust 5, 1998$17 million$55,041,738$20,000,000$75,041,738
Halloween: ResurrectionJuly 12, 2002$13 million$30,354,442$7,310,413$37,664,855
Halloween (2007)August 31, 2007$15 million$58,272,029$21,977,438$80,249,467
Halloween II (2009)August 28, 2009$15 million$33,392,973$6,028,494$39,421,467
Halloween (2018)October 19, 2018$10 million$159,342,015$96,135,353$255,477,368
Halloween KillsOctober 15, 2021$20 million$50,350,000$5,540,000$55,890,000
Total $110.3 million$495,564,660$179,991,698$670,016,358

And now, Friday the 13th:

TitleRelease date 
(United States)
BudgetUnited StatesInternationalWorldwide
Friday the 13th (1980)May 9, 1980$550K$39.76 million$20 million$59.75 million
Friday the 13th Part 2April 30, 1981$1.25 million$21.72 millionN/R $21.72 million
Friday the 13th Part IIIAugust 13, 1982
May 13, 1983 (re-release)
$2.5 million$36.69 millionN/R $36.69 million
Friday the 13th: The Final ChapterApril 13, 1984$2.6 million$32.98 millionN/R $32.98 million
Friday the 13th: A New BeginningMarch 22, 1985$2.2 million$21.93 millionN/R $21.93 million
Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason LivesAugust 1, 1986$3 million$19.47 millionN/R $19.47 million
Friday the 13th Part VII: The New BloodMay 13, 1988$2.8 million$19.17 millionN/R $19.17 million
Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes ManhattanJuly 28, 1989$5 million$14.34 millionN/R $14.34 million
Jason Goes to Hell: The Final FridayAugust 13, 1993$3 million$15.94 millionN/R $15.94 million
Jason XApril 26, 2002$14 million$13.12 million$3.83 million$16.96 million
Freddy vs. JasonAugust 15, 2003$30 million$82.62 million$34.00 million$116.6 million
Friday the 13th (2009)February 13, 2009$19 million$65 million$27.66 million$92.67 million
Total $80.9 million$383.3 million$83.78 million$468.24 million

The average numbers are as follows: the Halloween franchise has earned roughly $55,834,696 per movie, while Friday the 13th franchise has earned $ 39,020,000 per film. Some of these numbers have to be adjusted for inflation of course, but this won’t really affect the final outcome. Halloween wins in this category as well.

Impact

Comparing the cultural impact of these two franchises is a bit unfair, as Jason doesn’t even come close to Michael Myers. Sure, people know about Jason, but that’s about as much as they know (and, perhaps, even should know) about the franchise.

On the other hand, Halloween has been a cultural phenomenon since 1978 and the franchise is much more than Michael Myers. It also influenced a lot of future franchises and cemented Carpenter’s legacy as a visionary filmmaker.

This is why Halloween is the clear winner here.

Verdict

The numbers are in and Halloween triumphs in all four categories. This is also obvious if you’ve seen the franchises – the Halloween movies are just better than Friday the 13th, which has had a lot of strange and different iterations over the years. Plus, the latter never even comes near the former in terms of cultural impact, and we cannot forget that Halloween inspired Friday the 13th. This is why Halloween is the clear winner here.


Halloween vs Friday the 13th: Which Horror Franchise Is Better?

Halloween vs Friday the 13th: Which Horror Franchise Is Better?

It could be stipulated that the history of modern slasher horror began in 1978, with John Carpenter’s Halloween. The movie introduced several relevant narratives and structural elements that would be applied to a lot of other future series, including Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street, probably the most famous franchises aside from Halloween. In this article, we are going to compare Carpenteris’ Halloween with Friday the 13th to determine which horror franchise is the better one.

Halloween is certainly the better of the two franchises. Friday the 13th might have offered us fewer weird sequels than Halloween, but Carpenter’s unique vision is simply better and more important for the history of the horror genre than that of Voorhees’ franchise, especially in light of the fact that Halloween inspired all the future franchises.

The rest of this article is going to be divided into three sections. The first two sections are going to bring you an overview of the two series, respectively, so you know all the necessary information. Finally, we’re going to bring you a detailed analysis of the two shows to determine which one is the better of the two iterations.

Halloween: An overview

Halloween is a hit horror movie saga focusing on the insane and ruthless killer Michael Myers. The first film of the saga, Halloween, premiered in 1978 and was directed by John Carpenter; it is now considered to be one of the most important films of the horror genre, as well as the progenitor of the slasher subgenre.

The mask that Michael Myers wears to cover the features of his face was created inspired by the face of Captain Kirk from Star Trek.

Friday the 13th: An overview

Friday the 13th is a series of American horror films consisting of twelve films of the slasher subgenre, a television show, numerous novels, and other comics, video games as well as several derivative products. The franchise mainly focuses on the fictional character of Jason Voorhees.

The character was imagined by the screenwriter behind the original film, Victor Miller. Jason was first a drowned child at Crystal Lake Camp at the age of eleven, a fault which was blamed on the negligence of copulating watchers. He reemerged as a serial killer avenging his mother.

Halloween vs Friday the 13th: Which horror franchise is better?

Now that we’ve given you all the necessary information, we can also give our final verdict. For us, the decision wasn’t all that difficult, as one show has several clear advantages when compared to the other.

Number of films

Why are we even taking this into account here? Well, when we observe the history of franchises, successful and great franchises have usually had a lot of titles, which doesn’t necessarily have to be an indicator of quality, but it goes to show how popular the movies are. That is also why we are taking this into account. So, let us see how many movies there are in the Halloween franchise:

FilmU.S. release dateDirector(s)Screenwriter(s)Producer(s)
HalloweenOctober 25, 1978John CarpenterJohn Carpenter and Debra HillDebra Hill
Halloween IIOctober 30, 1981Rick RosenthalJohn Carpenter and Debra HillDebra Hill and John Carpenter
Halloween III: Season of the WitchOctober 22, 1982Tommy Lee WallaceTommy Lee WallaceDebra Hill and John Carpenter
Halloween 4: The Return of Michael MyersOctober 21, 1988Dwight H. LittleDhani Lipsius, Larry Rattner & Benjamin Ruffner, and Alan B. McElroyPaul Freeman
Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael MyersOctober 13, 1989Dominique Othenin-GirardMichael Jacobs & Dominique Othenin-Girard and Shem BittermanRamsey Thomas
Halloween: The Curse of Michael MyersSeptember 29, 1995Joe ChappelleDaniel FarrandsPaul Freeman
Halloween H20: 20 Years LaterAugust 5, 1998Steve MinerRobert Zappia and Matt GreenbergPaul Freeman
Halloween: ResurrectionJuly 12, 2002Rick RosenthalLarry Brand and Sean HoodPaul Freeman
HalloweenAugust 31, 2007Rob ZombieRob ZombieMalek Akkad, Andy Gould, and Rob Zombie
Halloween IIAugust 28, 2009Rob ZombieRob ZombieMalek Akkad, Andy Gould, and Rob Zombie
HalloweenOctober 19, 2018David Gordon GreenJeff Fradley, Danny McBride & David Gordon GreenMalek Akkad, Jason Blum & Bill Block
Halloween KillsOctober 15, 2021David Gordon GreenScott Teems, Danny McBride & David Gordon GreenMalek Akkad, Jason Blum & Bill Block
Halloween EndsOctober 14, 2022David Gordon GreenPaul Brad Logan, Chris Bernier, Danny McBride & David Gordon GreenMalek Akkad, Jason Blum & Bill Block

And now, the Friday the 13th franchise:

FilmU.S. release dateDirector(s)Screenwriter(s)Producer(s)
Friday the 13thMay 9, 1980Sean S. CunninghamVictor MillerSean S. Cunningham
Friday the 13th Part 2April 30, 1981Steve MinerRon KurzSteve Miner
Friday the 13th Part IIIAugust 13, 1982Steve MinerMartin Kitrosser & Carol WatsonFrank Mancuso Jr.
Friday the 13th: The Final ChapterApril 13, 1984Joseph ZitoBarney CohenFrank Mancuso Jr.
Friday the 13th: A New BeginningMarch 22, 1985Danny SteinmannMartin Kitrosser, David Cohen & Danny SteinmannTimothy Silver
Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason LivesAugust 1, 1986Tom McLoughlinTom McLoughlinDon Behrns
Friday the 13th Part VII: The New BloodMay 13, 1988John Carl BuechlerManuel Fidello & Daryl HaneyIain Paterson
Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes ManhattanJuly 28, 1989Rob HeddenRob HeddenRandy Cheveldave
Jason Goes to Hell: The Final FridayAugust 13, 1993Adam MarcusJay Huguely & Dean LoreySean S. Cunningham and Debbie Hayn-Cass
Jason XApril 26, 2002James IsaacTodd FarmerNoel Cunningham, Sean S. Cunningham and James Isaac
Freddy vs. JasonAugust 15, 2003Ronny YuDamian Shannon & Mark SwiftSean S. Cunningham
Friday the 13thFebruary 13, 2009Marcus NispelDamian Shannon & Mark SwiftSean S. Cunningham, Michael Bay, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller

Both franchises, as we can see, have 12 titles each so far, but since Halloween Ends is coming out next year, it will become the 13th movie in the franchise, which means that Halloween will have more titles. This is why we can give this point to Halloween.

Ratings

And while critics rarely kill or make a movie successful, their opinions and reviews are often an indicator of the movie’s quality. This is why we have decided to compare the ratings of the two franchises, based on the reviews from three major reviewers – Metacritic, Rotten Tomatoes, and CinemaScore. Here’s how the Halloween franchise was rated:

FilmRotten TomatoesMetacriticCinemaScore
Halloween94% (55 reviews)87 (21 reviews)B+
Halloween II32% (35 reviews)40 (11 reviews)B
Halloween III: Season of the Witch30% (34 reviews)50 (11 reviews)B
Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers37% (24 reviews)43 (7 reviews)B+
Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers23% (22 reviews)28 (10 reviews)B-
Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers16% (32 reviews)10 (13 reviews)B+
Halloween H20: 20 Years Later62% (57 reviews)52 (20 reviews)A
Halloween: Resurrection31% (60 reviews)19 (17 reviews)B+
Halloween (2007)26% (11 reviews)47 (18 reviews)B-
Halloween II10% (73 reviews)15 (17 reviews)C-
Halloween (2018)79% (58 reviews)67 (51 reviews)A
Halloween Kills39% (160 reviews)42 (43 reviews)B-
Halloween EndsTBATBATBA
Average39%42B+

And here’s how the Friday the 13th movies have been rated:

FilmsRotten TomatoesMetacriticCinemaScore
Friday the 13th (1980)69% (50 reviews)35 (4 reviews)N/A
Friday the 13th Part 238% (31 reviews)N/AN/A
Friday the 13th Part III12% (25 reviews)N/A N/A
Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter35% (24 reviews)N/A N/A
Friday the 13th: A New Beginning19% (19 reviews)N/A N/A
Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives59% (27 reviews)N/A B
Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood34% (20 reviews)N/A B
Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan18% (24 reviews)N/A C+
Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday11% (17 reviews)N/A N/A
Jason X9% (104 reviews)25 (23 reviews)C
Freddy vs. Jason61% (157 reviews)37 (29 reviews)B+
Friday the 13th (2009)37% (165 reviews)34 (29 reviews)B-
Average39%33B-

As we can see from the available ratings, Halloween is the better franchise, although not by much. Both movies had big flops when the ratings are concerned, but Friday the 13th never had a movie as successful as the first Halloween. This category also goes to the latter.

Box office

If a movie earns a lot, that usually means that it is at least somewhat good. It doesn’t necessarily have to be like that, but it can be an indicator of the film’s quality, and that is why we are considering the box office success of these movies. Now, let us see how well these two franchises have done on the box office, starting with Halloween:

FilmRelease date
(United States)
BudgetUnited StatesInternationalWorldwide
Halloween (1978)October 25, 1978$325,000$47,000,000$23,000,000$70,000,000
Halloween II (1981)October 30, 1981$2.5 million$25,533,818N/R$25,533,818
Halloween III: Season of the WitchOctober 22, 1982$2.5 million$14,400,000N/R $14,400,000
Halloween 4: The Return of Michael MyersOctober 21, 1988$5 million$17,768,757N/R $17,768,757
Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael MyersOctober 13, 1989$5 million$11,642,254N/R $11,642,254
Halloween: The Curse of Michael MyersSeptember 29, 1995$5 million$15,116,634N/R $15,116,634
Halloween H20: 20 Years LaterAugust 5, 1998$17 million$55,041,738$20,000,000$75,041,738
Halloween: ResurrectionJuly 12, 2002$13 million$30,354,442$7,310,413$37,664,855
Halloween (2007)August 31, 2007$15 million$58,272,029$21,977,438$80,249,467
Halloween II (2009)August 28, 2009$15 million$33,392,973$6,028,494$39,421,467
Halloween (2018)October 19, 2018$10 million$159,342,015$96,135,353$255,477,368
Halloween KillsOctober 15, 2021$20 million$50,350,000$5,540,000$55,890,000
Total $110.3 million$495,564,660$179,991,698$670,016,358

And now, Friday the 13th:

TitleRelease date 
(United States)
BudgetUnited StatesInternationalWorldwide
Friday the 13th (1980)May 9, 1980$550K$39.76 million$20 million$59.75 million
Friday the 13th Part 2April 30, 1981$1.25 million$21.72 millionN/R $21.72 million
Friday the 13th Part IIIAugust 13, 1982
May 13, 1983 (re-release)
$2.5 million$36.69 millionN/R $36.69 million
Friday the 13th: The Final ChapterApril 13, 1984$2.6 million$32.98 millionN/R $32.98 million
Friday the 13th: A New BeginningMarch 22, 1985$2.2 million$21.93 millionN/R $21.93 million
Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason LivesAugust 1, 1986$3 million$19.47 millionN/R $19.47 million
Friday the 13th Part VII: The New BloodMay 13, 1988$2.8 million$19.17 millionN/R $19.17 million
Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes ManhattanJuly 28, 1989$5 million$14.34 millionN/R $14.34 million
Jason Goes to Hell: The Final FridayAugust 13, 1993$3 million$15.94 millionN/R $15.94 million
Jason XApril 26, 2002$14 million$13.12 million$3.83 million$16.96 million
Freddy vs. JasonAugust 15, 2003$30 million$82.62 million$34.00 million$116.6 million
Friday the 13th (2009)February 13, 2009$19 million$65 million$27.66 million$92.67 million
Total $80.9 million$383.3 million$83.78 million$468.24 million

The average numbers are as follows: the Halloween franchise has earned roughly $55,834,696 per movie, while Friday the 13th franchise has earned $ 39,020,000 per film. Some of these numbers have to be adjusted for inflation of course, but this won’t really affect the final outcome. Halloween wins in this category as well.

Impact

Comparing the cultural impact of these two franchises is a bit unfair, as Jason doesn’t even come close to Michael Myers. Sure, people know about Jason, but that’s about as much as they know (and, perhaps, even should know) about the franchise.

On the other hand, Halloween has been a cultural phenomenon since 1978 and the franchise is much more than Michael Myers. It also influenced a lot of future franchises and cemented Carpenter’s legacy as a visionary filmmaker.

This is why Halloween is the clear winner here.

Verdict

The numbers are in and Halloween triumphs in all four categories. This is also obvious if you’ve seen the franchises – the Halloween movies are just better than Friday the 13th, which has had a lot of strange and different iterations over the years. Plus, the latter never even comes near the former in terms of cultural impact, and we cannot forget that Halloween inspired Friday the 13th. This is why Halloween is the clear winner here.

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