Top 10 Slasher Movies5.06.09 # Top Ten # 16 Comments
What makes a great slasher film? Usually a lone, iconic villain who systematically stalks and kills his victims with something sharp, and then gets his ass kicked by a girl at the end.
Here are the top 10 best slasher movies ever made.
10. Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon
Well received by indie-critics, largely ignored by horror fans, this flick is fun and clever, if at times a bit slow moving. A behind-the-scenes mockumentary about the slasher world’s latest rising star … the scenes that explain the silliest of slasher movies conceits are hilarious and the performance by talented nobody Nathan Baesel is so awesome it should have elevated him to leading man status rather than occasional side character on crappy network television.
9. Black Christmas (1974)
If this was a message board, Black Christmas would be posting ‘First!’ for killer POV camera, weird phone calls, and well known calendar date setting. Members of a sorority house are stalked over Christmas by a gibbering stranger. Still creepy as hell.
8. American Psycho
The only slasher with a business card and a beauty regime. Christian Bale goes nuts on Wall Street and trashes everybody’s lights in an amazing performance.
7. Child’s Play
Until they showed him and he looked like a perverted Muppet, this flick was TRULY creepy. The pitter-patter of little demonic feet is about the scariest thing there is.
6. Friday the 13th
Not as good as people remember, and the mask doesn’t even show up till the THIRD movie, but this subtle interpretation of Freudian theory is a must-see blood fest, if for nothing else than Kevin Bacon’s post-coital massacre.
Part spoof, part satire, part slasher, this flick manages to balance funny and scary at a level normally reserved for that creepy uncle that would play with the kids during family reunions. The post-modern twists on normal slasher conventions (ala, multiple killers) made this film a classic.
4. A Nightmare on Elm Street
The savage imagery, deeply perverted sexual themes, and wily performance from Robert Englund place this film in the pantheon of great horror. The concept of a killer in your dreams is simple, and incredibly powerful.
3. Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
A brilliant Vietnam-era fable; the anger and hope in the final sequence are strangely moving, even today, and the sickening non-gore creates an atmosphere so tangible you can almost smell the decay from your TV set.
Its influence is undeniable, not least the score, the use of steadycam, and the way it refined and defined the official slasher formula. Copycatted more than any film in horror history, it also gets props for turning the world onto Jamie Lee Curtis.
The great granddad (or grandma?) of slasher films. Truly one of Hitchcock’s greatest, this flick is groundbreaking not just in its subject matter, but also it’s 50/50 plot construction, protagonist swap, and acknowledgment of psychological disorders.
And do I even NEED to mention Anthony Perkins?
My Bloody Valentine (1981), Sleepaway Camp, Madman, April Fool’s Day (1986), Prom Night (1980), I Know What You Did Last Summer, Haute Tension
Leave your thoughts in the comments. What do you think are the best slasher movies?
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