I have been studying 80s cinema a lot lately, and mainly horror. So when you watch 80s horror then you'll probably find yourself watching slasher flicks. Slashers can be a lot of fun. I really enjoy them, from the music to the kills, to the acting and cinematography. I can find art in them all, even the ones full of crap. I have recently read a couple of threads on here. They were both top 10 lists of slasher films. They both are good lists. They sparked me to sahre some thoughts. One was by Dalmatianjaws, here is is list...10. When a Stranger Calls9. Friday the 13th8. Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon7. Halloween6.. Child's Play5. A Nightmare on Elm Street4. Scream3. Severence2. Texas Chainsaw Massacre1. Psycho
Link to this original thread...http://www.movie-moron.com/forum/index.php?topic=786.0
The only films on this list that I haven't seen are When a Stranger Calls
. I've heard amazing things about both. The rest of the films on this list I've seen. I like them all. I really like Halloween
. I think that Halloween
shouldn't be so far back on this list. Especially Scream
, Child's Play
and A Nightmare on Elm Street
shouldn't be rated as better slasher movies than Halloween
. There is a lot of speculation on what is the first slasher film. I would say that Psycho
, Black Christmas
are the main ones that are argued the most, along with Texas Chainsaw Massacre
. But those 3 are the ones I here debated most often. In my opinion I would have to say the #1 slasher flick would have to be John Carpetner's 1978 Halloween
hands down. Psycho
along with Texas Chainsaw Massacre
and Black Christmas
are definitely great films that are considered slashers to me. But when it comes to narrowing it down to the #1 slasher then I take a lot of things into consideration. Halloween
seeded the slasher era, it created the boom. Shortly after Halloween's
major success, Sean Cunningham wanted to rip off Halloween
. You can read or listen to Sean quote that in basically any story he starts off explaining what sparked him to create Friday the 13th
. Friday the 13th
was the first child of Halloween
, and after that many spawns were born. There are so many great scenes, in Halloween
, its a masterpiece, but I am not going to get into why it is so great. Psycho
along with other slashers before Halloween
aren't as essential to the slasher era as John Carpetner's film was. His film gave so much ingredients to the slasher film. To me it is the all time slasher film, and my favorite horror ever.Behind the Mask: The Rise of Lesie Vernon
I am so glad that Dalmatianjaws included this film on his list. This is an amazing movie that is overlooked a lot. But when people find it, most discover that they found a gem. This totally takes a different approach to the slasher genre. Any slasher fan should pick this up and add it to there collection. You should find this film original and brilliant.
Another list I found was Christian Sellers's top 10 slasher movies. This was also a great list. here is his top 10...10. Friday the 13th part 4: The Final Chapter9. The Burning8. Sleepaway Camp7. Silent Night Deadly Night6. Hatchet5. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre4. Scream3. Friday the 13th2. A Nightmare on Elm Street1. Halloween
Link to this original thread...http://www.movie-moron.com/forum/index.php?topic=1366.0
I've seen all the films on this list. They are all great!The Burning The Burning
especially is amazing on so many levels. In Christian Sellers's thread he later mentions in a reply that The Burning
isn't anything exciting. I strongly disagree with that statement. I think that film is awesome. It is every bit exciting. In my opinion it is the best camp horror movie ever. The Characters were great. They really made the film. One of the main teenagers is played by Jason Alexander, he is mostly know for his role as George Costanza on the hit sitcom Seinfeld
. Plus if you are a fan of the show in this movie he has a full head of hair! Tom Savini's make up job on this film out of this world awesome, a big step up from his previous film before this one, Friday the 13th
. The story is great, the settings are great, the performances are great, and most of all the kills are great! This is a must see for any slasher fan! A must see!Silent Night, Deadly Night
This is also a great slasher flick. The story is solid, the characters a great, the kills are amazing. This film really draws you in when you watch it. I found myself sympathizing a lot with the main character, its totally understandable why he is so messed up in the head. I urge all slasher fans to see this, add it too your collection!
Later in the thread in a reply Mr. Sellers mentions that he should of included Terror Train
and The Prowler
in his list. I've never seen either of these flicks but I really want too. I've caught a little of Terror Train
, it looked awesome, and I've heard so many great thing s about The Prowler
. I cant wait to see that movie. It arrives on blu-ray in the states on July 27th. I am getting it asap!
Also in this thread of Mr. Sellers's, in a later reply he list some other slashers you watch and ones to avoid. Here are they are...
He recommends to watch...Alone in the DarkApril Fools DayBlack ChristmasReturn to Horror HighWhen a Stranger Calls
He recommends considering watching...Nightmare in a Damaged BrainManiacThe BoogeymanCherry FallsUrban LegendsDr. GigglesThe House on Sorority RowProm Night
He says to avoid with all costs...The Dorm that Dripped BloodPiecesAlone in the Dark
This film is one of my favorite slasher flicks of all time. It is so amazing! The movie is basically about a town that loses power and a bunch a mental patients break out of a institution and bring havoc to the town on there way to there new doctor's house. Donald Pleasence, Jack Palance and Martin Landau perform wonderful roles this movie. This is a great movie to any slasher lover!The House on Sorority Row
This is perfect slasher film. It has all the ingredients of a slasher. Its a lot of fun and a classic addition to the genre. Watch this one for sure!April Fools day
I love this film, some fans of the genre don't like this film because they feel cheated with the ending, but i love it and think its original. Plus the story is great and the characters are fun. The guy who played Biff from the Back to the Future
flicks plays one of the teens, and if you enjoy his roles from those films then you'll like his role in this movie. If you haven't seen this, and you like slashers, then watch this one to put underneath the belt.Pieces
I really enjoyed this film. Its a European film from Spain. I've seen this film on two different transfers on dvd, sometimes the audio is a little off, but if you can get past that then you might enjoy this one. I really like this movie, I enjoyed the plot a lot. Great story. It can be a little slow at times, but it builds up to some great scenes. The music is odd, I liked it. This is a good one for the extreme slasher lovers.
I haven't seen Cherry Falls
, Nightmare in a Damaged Brain
or The Dorm that Dripped Blood
. I've heard and read some good things about The Dorm that Dripped Blood
, so I still got to see that one for myself. The others, I have seen and they are all good ones to watch!
Some other slasher flicks I'd like to tap into would be...Slumber Party Massacre
Besides Halloween, This is my favorite slasher film. I love this movie. It is a PERFECT slasher flick. This is a MUST SEE! Everything about it is great. It is directed by Amy Holden Jones and written by Rita Mae Brown. These two women are legends in the genre because of this flick. I wish they would of done more movies like this!Sleepaway Camp 2
This film is so awesome. Some people might disagree with me, but this would go on my top 10 slasher flicks. This one is better than the first in my opinion. Angela is so brutal in this movie, I love it!Bloody Birthday
This movie is about some killer kids all born at the same time under an eclipse. They are ruthless and badass! A must see for 80s horror lovers! The video below is not a trailer for the movie but a bunch clips of the movie, with Smashing Pumpkin's song 1979 playing. I found this movie once when i was searching on youtune to listen to this song. This video is badass! You might see why it sparked my attention to want to see it. After watching it for the first time, I immediately went to amazon.com and purchased it!Happy Birthday to Me
A classic movie to the genre of slashers! Add this to the collection!Friday the 13th Part 2
This is my favorite out of the series! Jason is super brutal and there are a lot of campers for him to release his aggression on. If he gives it to a guy in a wheelchair then he'll give it to anyone. This is also his first appearance to the series! A must must see!My Bloody Valentine
I love this movie, it is one of the best. I was always sad that it didn't have any sequels. Maybe that's a good thing to some. But I am a big fan of 80s horror movie sequels. If you haven't seen this, then do so soon!
Well that's all I got for now, all of the films I've seen on this list, I actually own, so I am not speaking from a vague memory, I study all these films to create my own scripts. I will make a top 10 list of my own soon, but I still have a lot more to see that are essential to the slasher genre before i compose a list, such as; The Prowler, Graduation Day, Visiting Hours, Welcome to Spring Break, Fatal Games, American Nightmare, Blood Cult, Christmas Evil, Doom Asylum, Splatter University, Fade to Black, Last Horror Film, Killer Party, Offerings,
the list could go on and on....
Please share your thoughts on this thread, thanks!