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Let’s Explore the Shared Slasher Movie Universe That Already Exists

Freddy Vs. Jason

Are they fun Easter eggs, or do our favorite villains live in the same universe?

“Shared cinematic universes” are all the rage in Hollywood right now. Of course, it all began with the Marvel and DC comic book superhero universes that have been dominating the box office for the last several years, and in 2017, Universal is launching their own shared monsters universe with the action-oriented reboot of The Mummy. And then there’s the so-called Cloverfield Cinematic Universe, which continues next year with a film that will share some connection to both the 2008 found footage monster movie and this year’s universe-expander, 10 Cloverfield Lane.

But what about the big horror movie franchises of the 1980s? Fans have for years been begging for a “Shared Slasher Universe” of sorts, hopeful that the likes of Freddy, Jason, Michael Myers, and Ash Williams will eventually come together for either an epic mash-up film or a series of interconnected movies. Of course, it will likely never happen. Then again, does it already exist?

Back in November 2015, our own Daniel Baldwin wrote an excellent piece about the Universal Monsters Universe that already exists, and today we delve into the Slasher Universe.

It all began in 1987…

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'Evil Dead 2'

In response to Wes Craven featuring a scene from The Evil Dead in A Nightmare on Elm Street, which itself was a response to Sam Raimi putting a torn up Hills Have Eyes poster in The Evil Dead, Raimi cleverly hid Freddy Krueger’s glove in Evil Dead 2. The glove appears in two different scenes: at one point it hangs above the workshed door, at another it can be seen hanging in the fruit cellar. Freddy’s glove subsequently popped up for a cameo appearance in “Ash vs. Evil Dead” last year. Of course, the various appearances of the glove in the Evil Dead franchise can’t really be viewed as anything more than Raimi paying tribute to Craven, but Evil Dead 2 was the first time a major prop from one franchise found its way into another.

If nothing more, it’s fun to imagine Ash and Freddy residing in the same world.

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Eagle-eyed fans spotted another fun little franchise-to-franchise nod in 1990’s Predator 2, which has since become one of the most well-known Easter eggs in cinema history. At one point in the 1997-set sequel, an instantly-recognizable Xenomorph skull is spotted in a trophy case aboard the Predator Mother Ship. Though an Alien vs. Predator comic series had just begun at the time, the skull represented the first time the two franchises crossed over on the big screen. Of course, two Alien vs. Predator films followed many years later: AvP in 2004 and AvP: Requiem in 2007.

The skull suggested that the battle had begun long before we were given a front-row seat.

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If there’s any one lynchpin of the Slasher Universe it’s Jason Goes to Hell, released in 1993. While Evil Dead 2 suggested that Freddy and Ash live in the same world, Jason Goes to Hell went ahead and made it clear that Jason lives right alongside them. Down in the Voorhees basement, the Evil Dead franchise’s Necronomicon is spotted, and if that wasn’t direct enough a connection between the series’, the Kandarian Dagger is also prominently featured in the body-hopping film. In fact, it’s the Kandarian Dagger that possesses the power to kill Jason Voorhees once and for all; and indeed it serves precisely that purpose, suggesting that… Jason is a Deadite?! Freddy then pops up at the very end to drag Jason into Hell, teasing their 2003 battle a decade in advance.

Maybe it was the Necronomicon that brought Jason back from the dead?

That’s not all that Jason Goes to Hell brings to the table, in terms of universe-building. Also seen down in the Voorhees basement is the crate that housed the monstrous Fluffy in Creepshow, and you may remember that at one point, a character makes mention of something happening near “the old Myers place.” The implication is that Michael Myers lives in that very same world.

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Speaking of the Necronomicon, did you know that it also pops up in 1994 sequel Pumpkinhead 2: Blood Wings? It can be seen in Ms. Osie’s cabin, suggesting that the witch uses the Book of the Dead as part of her spells. Does Pumpkinhead have some connection to the Necronomicon?

Another film that heavily expands on the Slasher Universe, if you choose to have a little fun and use your imagination, is 1998’s Bride of Chucky. Early in the film, Tiffany steals Chucky’s remains from a police compound, and several iconic horror movie props are seen in the same building.

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Locked up in the station is Freddy’s glove, Jason’s mask, Michael Myers’ mask, and Leatherface’s chainsaw. We already knew up to that point that Freddy, Jason, and Michael Myers inhabited the same world, but Bride of Chucky posits that maybe the killer doll and Leatherface do as well.

I’d be remiss to not also mention 2006’s Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon, which is set in a world where all the big slasher villains exist. At one point, Freddy, Jason, and Michael Myers are mentioned by name, and it’s also worth noting, as I recently did in a separate article wherein I spoke with the film’s writer, that Eugene is supposed to be Billy from Black Christmas.

Also worth reminding that Leslie Vernon is mentioned in Hatchet 2, which would place bayou monster Victor Crowley into the same universe as all the other slasher icons!

Now look. Before anyone jumps down my throat, I feel I must once again point out that this is all for fun. Most of this stuff isn’t canon but rather the work of filmmakers paying tribute to the horror movies they love; it’s just amusing to examine all the homages, connect the dots, and imagine a world where all of our favorite slasher characters exist and breathe the same air.

Did I miss any franchise-to-franchise connections? Let me know if you think of any!

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COMMENTS

73 Comments
  • Erik The Red

    Freddy Vs Jason will always be my favorite horror movie crossover.

    • Daniel Anderson

      If AvP was better, I’d disagree with you. +1 for Freddy Vs Jason

      • Meisha’s Taint

        +2 for Freddy V Jason.

        Till that Halloween Vs Black Christmas movie that I’ve been fantasizing gets made…….

        • The conspiractor

          What are they going to do? Stab each other? Some movie.

          • DucksonAPlain

            Probably stalk the same group of baby sitting sorority sisters for an hour and a half (though a good chunk of that is spent establishing those ladies as “characters”), and then spend the last 30 minutes stabbing each other, before the last surviving Sorority Girl does something to defeat both of them. And then Predator shows up, and high fives the girl.

          • Erik The Red

            Sounds like Robot Chicken.

          • Erik The Red

            They’ll be a twist at the end where Billy holds a fundraiser for the orphanage. Meyers shows up and donates his expertise in family consoling and helps the children express their feelings in a constructive manner (by constructive, I mean hacking up people into little bits). They save the orphanage with an epic dance off, raising enough money to meet their goal. The movie ends with a toast and Billy wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and Michael can’t speak so he waves. The end.

  • Elizabeth

    God, I remember being SO excited at the end of Jason Goes to Hell.

  • Saturn

    Um, Universal, back in the day……..

    • John Squires

      “Back in November 2015, our own Daniel Baldwin wrote an excellent piece about the Universal Monsters Universe that already exists, and today we delve into the Slasher Universe.”

      • Saturn

        I guess that’s what happens when you quickly speed read an article while still in a Christmas drunken state.
        My bad.

        • disqus_uqr3Boh0Wp

          well even if you did speed through it the author of the article contradicts themselves either way. Universal had a universe back in the 30s. and then Hammer had on in the 50s.

          • THGrimm

            The real missed opportunity and treat for horror fans would have been monster mashups from Hammer like Universal gave us. Ooh my would that have been the bee’s knees!

          • Saturn

            Good call on the Hammer universe – it’s often overlooked that a lot of their movies were in a shared universe, especially in relation to the Karnstein’s.

  • Blade4693

    Ash, Freddy, and Jason can’t share a universe IF you consider Ash vs Evil Dead canon. If Freddy exists in the Evil Dead universe because of the glove cameos, and Jason and Freddy are in one universe because of JGTH and FVJ there is a small hole.

    In Ash vs Evil Dead when they first go back in time Friday The 13th Part 3 was shown to be playing in theaters so in Ash’s universe (assuming AVED is canon) then Jason is nothing but a fictional character in his universe, just like ours.

    So now we have to choose, do we acknowledge the connection between Jason Goes To Hell and the ED/Nightmare universes, or do we believe what Ash vs Evil Dead tells us, which is that Friday The 13th is just a movie series in that universe.

    Now throw in the Chucky stuff and we have a real mess on our hands lol

    • i haven’t seen aved yet, but in the show could friday the 13th be a movie series about a real guy?

    • DucksonAPlain

      Yea, dawg. Movies don’t rule out the possibility of someone existing in the same place. Real people get movies made about them all the time.

      • Blade4693

        But it was specifically Friday The 13th Part 3, and they literally went back in time to the same year in which that specific film was released in theaters.

        I guess we can pretend it’s something else but I think we all know what the true intention of that being there was lol

  • Nahuel Benvenuto

    we seriously need a GOOD AVP movie, it could be the greatest thing ever

  • Benoit Balls

    To even suggest that Leslie’s mentor was Billy from Black Christmas is ludicrous stretching: Billy was nothing more than an unhinged mental patient who couldn’t control himself– Leslie’s mentor was a cold and calculated murderer– straight and simple.

    Can you honestly see a raving lunatic like Billy settling down and getting married?

    Or mentoring anyone?

    There’s no connection there. The director was just having some fun at the expense of the naive. that was nothing more than a lame excuse to write another rubbish article.

    • John Squires

      As mentioned in the original article, David Stieve, writer of Behind the Mask, intended for Eugene to be Billy. In his mind, and if only in his mind, they were the same person. Of course, this is all just for fun. Sorry you’re not having fun.

      • Benoit Balls

        I never have fun reading your bullshit articles.

        • Meisha’s Taint

          Tough to argue with the guy that created it………..

          • Benoit Balls

            It’s ridiculous. Just because the director wanted to think that — doesn’t make it true… so the article headline is misleading.

        • Awwww look who’s trying to get some attention.

          • Benoit Balls

            You???

            Fag.

          • That’s the best you got?
            Haha
            Don’t you have a wrestling forum to get banned from 10 year old

        • Josh Blitzenbrox Myers

          On the other hand we are all really enjoying reading your edgelord pissed at the world basement boy tough guy rants. Rage on kid. Let your frustration at life rain down on us!

        • Josh Blitzenbrox Myers

          I’d say it’s a personal triumph that you learned to read in the first place.

          You obviously got lost though you poor little edgelord, 4Chan is that way —>

          • Benoit Balls

            Bravo. So witty. Wannabe funny guy.

            Yeah… I’m sure you’re way too sophisticated and intelligent for me.

            Ha, ha.

            Loser

          • Josh Blitzenbrox Myers

            You are doing a fine job of proving just how sophisticated you are on your own there junior

        • Amazing that you continue to read them…

          • Benoit Balls

            Shut the fuck up, queer.

          • K. Xoxo

      • Benoit Balls

        It’s still not a shared universe if it’s only in the director’s mind, huh dummy?

      • Benoit Balls

        It’s a comment section… too bad you– and users like your little boyfriend above– can’t handle criticism.

        Do you consider that “shaming?”

        Ha, ha. Such a talented “writer.”

      • Benoit Balls

        One of the worst “writers” in this site. Such garbage. Purely unfounded speculation that the majority of you fucking retards write about.

        This site has really gone downhill since they allowed younger and/or dumber people to write for it.

        Must be a worthless snowflake millennial.

    • Josh Blitzenbrox Myers

      Keep that positive attitude man!

      • Benoit Balls

        Fuck you snowflake. Sorry a differing opinion offends you so much… faggot.

        • you’re the only one here who sounds offended. you can’t even troll properly

          • Benoit Balls

            Shut it cunt-lips.

        • Josh Blitzenbrox Myers

          About as intelligent and mature of a reply as I’d expect from someone named “Benoit Balls”. You obviously are pretty unhappy in life. That’s a shame.

          • Benoit Balls

            Those alleged insults were so lame, dude.

            Please kill yourself.

            ASAP.

            Actually… do it now:

            I’ll wait:

          • Josh Blitzenbrox Myers

            You definitely strike me as someone with a LOT of free time on their hands. Great use of it too.

          • Benoit Balls

            you def strike me as someone who’s never felt the touch of a woman before– with a lot of free time on … more like: IN your hands.

            lame prick.

          • Josh Blitzenbrox Myers

            Says the crass pathetic child posting stupid shit like this for attention days after the fact because he is desperate for any kind of attention and is forced to settle for bad attention. Happy successful people don’t troll Internet forums spewing rage at everyone. Your life sucks, it’s pretty obvious. This is apparently all you have. Must be real lonely in that basement junior. It’s going to only get worse. I pity you deeply, grow up edgelord and for god sakes get a life yeah?

          • Benoit Balls

            what in the blistering fuck is an edgelord??? that some modern fag speak? the whole “living in a basement” thing is so passe’… but you seem pretty daft, so I’ll let that one slide.

            telling me to get a life– and that I want attention– meanwhile, you can’t stop responding to me.

            I think that you’re in love with me, huh princess???

            kill yourself.

          • Benoit Balls

            You clearly seem intelligent. Haha . Wannabe witty guy.

            Kill yourself loser.

      • Benoit Balls

        Ha, ha. You millennials cunts are all the same; you consider criticism “shaming” and can’t handle differing opinions:

        Please kill yourself you fucking nazi.

        K thanks.

    • Meisha’s Taint

      Plus Billy is still up in that attic so how could he be doing anything else?

      • Benoit Balls

        Silence.

    • gabriel

      stuff your head under a pillow, preferably one that shapes to the contours of your acne infected, twelve year old face.

      • Benoit Balls

        Ha, ha. What a loser. I’ll bet I’m not only better looking– but in a much better place in life than you.

        Pussy.

        • gabriel

          yah, so what? All that matters is that your mom still lets me skull fuck her. Heheh carry on with your gay rick flair wrestling bull shit, little boy

          • Benoit Balls

            wow. really scorched me. it’s ric flair, dummy.

            your illiteracy is appalling.

            yeah, carry on virgin .

    • DucksonAPlain

      I’m sorry, how do you know so much about Billy’s mental state? Were you his therapist, or something? Cause there’s not enough details in that movie to set up such a detail mental profile on the man.

      • Benoit Balls

        He’s clearly unhinged. Doesn’t take a degree to realize that, you dumb cocksucker.

        Geesh.

        Why don’t you just blow the “writer” of this lame article?

        Ha ha

  • Eastman420

    The Hollowing has Grandma and a chair from Texas Chainsaw Massacre in the little shop. Think few other things also.

  • Frank Lloyd Jr

    I’d like to see a “Barkerverse” franchise. Hellraiser, Candyman, Nightbreed, Rawhead Rex, etc. Of course it will never happen.

  • Meisha’s Taint

    A guy is wearing a Victor Crowley mask in The Night of the Demons remake does that count?

  • Flu-Like Symptoms

    NetherRealm could fix all this by making that MK-style, slasher-themed fighting game Ed Boon has alluded to.

  • Halloween_Vic

    God to have Michael, Jason, Freddy and leatherface all in one film is a fucking dream of mine!!! This was a fun article honestly hopefully one day we get our own Horror/Villain movie franchise I mean shit superheroes get to do it why can’t dark souless murderous slashers do it? Come on Hollywood all the garbage you shove down our throats year after year, give us atleast this lol.

  • Patcheyeplisken

    John, great FUN article that gets the community talking. I admit though that I love reading the hate comments. They make piss with laughter

  • thiswillbeyou

    lol cracked.com ripped this article off

    • David Nunez

      Hi. I’m the writer of that article. The “ripped off” piece in question was posted on the public Cracked forums as early as Oct. 31st, 2016. You could log in and check it out for yourself.

      John Squires and I simply experienced a case of “multiple discovery.” It’s a thing.

      Sorry to come off defensive about this, but accusations of being a plagiarist in this field doesn’t usually end well for the accused.

      • thiswillbeyou

        That just seems like an absurd coincidence to me.

        • Incendax

          That’s why they are called coincidences. Nunez also gave Squires a shout out.

  • Ivan Ronald Schablotski

    There was a published short story by Brian Keene that had Ash vs the Tall Man called “Hell At S-Mart”. It appeared in 2 very hard to find anthologies, long out of print.

  • Ivan Ronald Schablotski

    Am I misremembering, or did BEHIND THE MASK also mention Chucky as real?

  • Mark Nichols

    If you move into comics too, hack/ slash also connects Victor Crowley, Chucky, evil dead, Herbert west ( thus Lovecraft) and wizard of Oz, and maby more and on a cover Dexter and jason

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