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Video Rewind: First Victims

Updated on November 7, 2014
Dream of Freddy and you'll end up in a body bag like Tina Gray (Amanda Wyss) in A Nightmare on Elm Street
Dream of Freddy and you'll end up in a body bag like Tina Gray (Amanda Wyss) in A Nightmare on Elm Street

It's Shocktober and that means horror movies galore for an entire month.

With every good franchise there has to be a first victim which starts the ball rolling and then the sequels keep on coming. The most successful franchises kind of veered off course over the years but they still remain all time classics when it comes to the horror genre.

Halloween started the infamous "slash trash" phrase beginning with Judith Myers (Sandy Johnson) getting stabbed to death by her six-year-old brother Michael (Will Sandin).

Following on the heels of Halloween another cult classic rose out of the ashes and dominated the box office. This time Friday the 13th emerged as the new king of horror and began the series with another stabbing of camp counselor Barry (Willie Adams) but if you want to get technical, Adrienne King is Jason Voorhees' very first victim.

The two franchises seemed to battle it out as to which series would be number one. Friday the 13th took control by being one of the first movies to spawn a sequel, whereas Halloween took three years to bring a sequel, but, the sequel picks up immediately where the original ends. It was something Friday the 13th didn't do.

While the franchises were making a killing at the box office another franchise was being planned. In came A Nightmare on Elm Street and the Freddy Krueger became a household name just like Michael and Jason.

Tina Gray (Amanda Wyss) became Freddy's first onscreen victim (again by stabbing) but in a twist is murdered in her sleep while dreaming of Freddy. One of the good aspects of this film is the murder doesn't happen right away like in many films. It builds with time and there's a witness to the murder adding another slight storyline.

Wes Craven, who brought us the Nightmare franchise did it again in 1996 with Scream (again with the stabbing of Kevin Patrick Walls and Drew Barrymore).

I'm not sure if all of these first movies were intended to begin with a stabbing, but one thing I've learned is sex and drinking kills. It's best to remain a virgin and study while in school.

At least you'll have a chance at surviving.

Willie Adams meets Mrs. Voorhees in Friday the 13th where he becomes the first victim
Willie Adams meets Mrs. Voorhees in Friday the 13th where he becomes the first victim


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