Closer than I expected if I'm honest (and I can be, sometimes - honestly). Full disclosure: of the 3 franchises I compared; I would have to say the Friday the 13th franchise is my overall favourite, with Elm Street 2nd.
(Sorry Michael, but after that stupendous first half of the night you came home, you really lost your way, so much so in fact that I prefer Halloween III: Season of the Witch to all of the sequels with you in them that came post Conal Cochran. Or to put it another way, in the very words of Myer's creator, John Carpenter from 2014:
"I didn’t think there was any more story, and I didn’t want to do it again. All of my ideas were for the first Halloween – there shouldn’t have been any more! I’m flattered by the fact that people want to remake them, but they remake everything these days, so it doesn’t make me that special. But Michael Myers was an absence of character. And yet all the sequels are trying to explain that. That’s silliness – it just misses the whole point of the first movie, to me. He’s part person, part supernatural force. The sequels rooted around in motivation. I thought that was a mistake. However, I couldn’t stop them from making sequels. So my agents said, ‘Why don’t you become an executive producer and you can share the revenue?’ But I had to write the second movie, and every night I sat there and wrote with a six pack of beer trying to get through this thing. And I didn’t do a very good job, but that was it. I couldn’t do any more. "
(Read the full interview HERE.)
Roll on Halloween 2018, hey John?
Final score after 10 rounds (and excluding Friday the 13th 2009 completely - which would have won it for the F13 franchise otherwise):
Nightmare on Elm Street 20
Friday the 13th 20
Friday the 13th 20
(*No reflection on Derek Mears' portrayal as Jason - which was excellent in itself)