Hey Guys! What’s Your Favorite Slasher Movie?

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While I love all the permeations of horror to varying degrees (supernatural, hauntings, werewolves, zombies, J-horror etc…), slashers are probably my favorite sub-genre. While I can occasionally get myself in the headspace of being frightened by a poltergeist or work up enough suspension of disbelief to get on-edge during a zombie film, slashers require me to do a lot less mental projection in order to go along for the ride.

Why? Because I’m afraid of real people chasing me through the woods with knives. While it’s of course an extremely unlikely event, it’s still something of a possibility. I consider home-invasion films a branch of the slasher genre for this very reason. The reason I lock my door every night? I’m taking an active step (or empty gesture) against someone entering my home and dismantling me. It’s a far bigger concern to me than my residence being built on an ancient burial ground (though I’ll let you know if that changes the next time I move).

I also think I love slashers the most because of the nostalgia factor. They remind me of simpler times. The fact that they’re typically in rural settings holds them in stark contrast to my daily life in the city. Many of them are downright relaxing and comforting to watch in the moments when someone isn’t getting killed. Of course this is part of the point – something evil infiltrating something idyllic. It also doesn’t hurt that the 80′s were the heyday of the slasher film (obviously Scream aren’t Halloween rural or from the 80′s. But they exude a charming small town optimism that I like). I know many people who considered that era a dark time, but its cinematic depiction in these films is positively utopian compared to our current reality. Plus, there’s usually sex. That always helps.

To that end I ask, “what’s your favorite slasher film?” Mine changes daily, actually. I know that when I did my Friday The 13th Rankings I pegged Part 6 as my favorite entry in the franchise. Oddly enough I feel that Jason Lives doesn’t feel like much of a slasher to me tonally. So I’m going to keep it in the family, but go with Friday The 13th Part 2 as my favorite slasher under the criteria discussed above. Again, this changes all the time. Halloween is obviously a much, much MUCH better film, but I’m in a rural mood today.

What about you? Does your favorite slasher change day-to-day like mine does? Or is it consistently your favorite?

 
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  • Joe-Banger

    Good article Evan! We have alot in common, and mine is also Friday the 13th! The final chapter and Jason lives are my two favorites and I cant decide which one I like better. GOD I miss the 80′s!

  • Lonmonster

    Halloween is the movie that scared me most as a child so I will always love it for that. I’d have to say my favorite is Deep Red, which yes, I count as a slasher.

  • FreddyKrueger13

    My favorite slasher movie is hands down The Collector (2009), love this movie I watch it all the time. Can’t wait for the sequel!

  • Radicalex

    I think slashers are my least favorite types of horror movies in general, but there are some sterling ones out there. My favorite is Nightmare on Elm Street 3, but runners up are Sleepaway Camp, Slumber Party Massacre 2, Silent Night Deadly Night 2, and Pieces. Yeah, mostly goofy ones.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jbatchelder Josh Batchelder

    SCREAM! By FAR the best :)

  • Edo

    As far as I’m concerned, the only watchable slasher is Halloween.

  • dangerzone79

    Nightmare On Elm Street, 1984. One of the most original ideas in the genre all time.

    • superchopper

      I’m with you dangerzone79, Nightmare was the shit.

      For a more modern movie, I’ll go with High Tension.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/tim.murr1 Tim Murr

    Its tough to settle on one. I’ll throw out the original Texas Chainsaw, Nightmare 3, and Halloween.

  • Aaron Emery

    Slashers are also my favorite sub genre! The first horror movies I saw were Halloween, Friday the 13th and Scream (I was a 90s kid) when I was 8-9 years old. As far as my favorite I would have to say A Nightmare On Elm Street (terrified me as a kid, remember when Freddy was scary?) and more recently Cold Prey (first one, have yet to see the sequels) was great! I also cannot ignore Halloween, Carpenter made a perfect film and it is among my highest ranked.

    • MakeThisAMovies

      Totally agree with you, Cold Prey is great. Definitely seek out the second one. Its like a remake of the original Halloween 2, a lot of fun. The third was a huge let down though. Also, if you like those films you should check out the Dead in 3 Days flicks. I bet you would enjoyy them.

      • Aaron Emery

        Just added Dead in 3 Days to my Netflix queuee thanks for the tip! I’m still trying to find Cold Prey 2 somewhere, no such luck.

  • foreverunderdog

    Halloween left a mark when I was young, that’s for sure. From the opening titles with the classic, chilling score the and the slow zoom in on the pumpkin face, the escaped mental patients roaming about in the stormy night at the start and Myers patiently watching, stalking his sister in broad daylight. Them few parts alone never fail to give me a chill.

  • djblack1313

    FRIDAY THE 13TH part2 and 4 for me. HALLOWEEN is 3rd and THE FUNHOUSE in 4th. i also have soft spot for THE FINAL TERROR.

  • djblack1313

    i should have included the original F13! (my brain isn’t working today. lol). Mrs. Vorhees is awesome!

  • killrobot

    Does Psycho count as a slasher? If not I’ll be boring and say Halloween.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001394763641 Jeremie Jzyk

      OF COURSE PSYCHO COUNTS AS A SLASHER. It is the film that got slasher films going.

  • foreverunderdog

    Ha I can’t believe I forgot about BLACK CHRISTMAS! Without it there would probably have never been a HALLOWEEN, at least not as we know it today. What with the unsettling score, the damn eerie phone calls and the shocking ending and just the overall creepy feel of the film. BLACK CHRISTMAS, HALLOWEEN and FRIDAY THE 13TH for me, can’t really pick a fav all have the moments

  • djblack1313

    foreverunderdog, YES!! i love BC!! i have to admit (i’m not proud of this!) but i love the remake of BC too! lol.

    • foreverunderdog

      Ha ha you know what I too am not proud but I can watch the remake and have a good time with it, in the right mood. Not a patch on the original but a fair attempt which has it’s moments.

      • djblack1313

        totally! it’s a guilty pleasure of mine. plus it’s beautifully shot and has great atmosphere. and Katie Cassidy is always a plus! :)

        • foreverunderdog

          Yeah I’ve always found that you can have many guilty pleasures in the Horror genre and not be too ashamed of them, I have too many of them myself! Fair play on the Katie Cassidy shout, she is fit but if my memory serves me there was a bevvy of beauties in the remake like Mary Elizabeth Winstead and that girl from Buffy. A surprisingly great female cast all round they had in the remake.

          • djblack1313

            Michelle Trachtenberg! i forgot she was in that! a bevvy of beauties in the BC remake indeed! i still would love to have seen the movie that Glen Morgan made before the studio came in an F’d it up. not to mention all the scenes from the trailer (that looked amazing!) that were never in the actual movie.

  • http://www.facebook.com/FPJ666 FPJ666

    the original TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE

  • Joe-Banger

    @killrobot, Pyscho was the first slasher film ever! djblack1313 and foreverunderdog, I cannot disagree with you two about Black Christmas remake even though I want because I have not seen the original yet. Believe it or not I havent seen Maniac yet either! I think that one is a slasher too. I better go back to Evans other list and change my rank. I suck at this.

    • foreverunderdog

      I agree with you about PHYCHO, the first true slasher in my eyes too. You have to check BLACK CHRISTMAS out it in fact came out a full six years before the slasher sub-genre exploded way back when and is in most horror critics top ten lists of overlooked gems. I would say MANIAC would be classed as a slasher for sure and even that has a remake on it’s way with Elijah Wood as the lead nut job, who could have seen that casting coming!

    • Lonmonster

      I’d say Peeping Tom was the first slasher. They came out the same year, but it uses more conventions that we know associate with slashers. Maybe it’s a tie.

  • Joe-Banger

    Elijah was good as a killer in Sin City and I think because of that performance he will be the lead nut job in Maniac. Bad idea I know but all we can do is not watch it. I had the opportunity back in 1980 something to see Maniac and Evil Dead 2 on VHS but I was worried about my waek stomache so I didnt watch either one. I saw all 3 Evil Dead films back in the 1990′s for the first time ever. I cant believe I havent seen the original Black Christmas or Maniac yet! Some horror fan I am.

    • foreverunderdog

      Yeah true I totally forgot about him in Sin City and he nailed that part I thought. He does have a dark side and I think that’s what got him the lead in the upcoming MANIAC remake. You say bad Idea but check out the trailer, I was really impressed by it and the vibe they are going with and it looks like it could turn out to be one of those minor miracles of a good remake! Anyways seek out both Black Christmas and Maniac to watch, I doubt very much that you will be disappointed as a horror fan.

  • Mayday

    Scream. Loves it!

  • wehoaks

    Good article Evan, but I would like to point out that Scream is much more rural than the original Halloween. The original Halloween is very much suburbia.

    I would have to say Scream 2 for me.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003226055711 Steven Byers

    With the exception of the first Friday the 13th film, which isn’t even that great, they all suck. YES, I’ve seen EVERY. SINGLE. FRIDAY. including Freddy vs. Jason and the reboot. The sequels/reboots/reimagining are all bullshit. The first two Screams were good but the rest sucked. Halloween, THAT would be my favorite.

  • high-rise-rat

    Halloween, friday the 13th 1 and 2, prom night,maniac, were some classic ones i saw n the 80s, we didnt get some of the video nastys that the uk banned until the mid 90s, the burning uncut was good,but the one film i will never forget watching as a child was nightmare on elm st(when freddy pushes his face through the wall above the bed will stay with me for life) so yes, freddy 1 was the best slasher film,closely followed by halloween.

  • divisionbell

    Number one is definitely Halloween. Second has to be Frday the 13th part 2. Third is Tenebre. Wonderful guilty pleasure.

    For more modern I have to go with Inside.

  • djblack1313

    PROM NIGHT!! i can’t believe i forgot to mention that and TERROR TRAIN is awesome!

  • Nothing333

    My ultimate fave is Slber Party Massacre. The campiness and feminist undercurrent really appeal to me. Even through the intentional laughs (the pizza scene) the film still manages creepiness.

  • Nothing333

    *slumber. Damn u autocorrect.

    • djblack1313

      Nothing333, at first i was like “i never saw Slber Party Massacre”! LOL.

      • Nothing333

        Lol a good question is why autocorrect thinks “siber” is a better word than slumber.

  • Marty McFly

    Gotta go with Friday the 13th 1-4 and the remake, Scream 1 and 2, A Nightmare On Elm Street, Halloween, Psycho, Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

  • purplek

    SHREDDER! Although the film is rough around the edges and most people would argue there is little originality, I absolutely love the film :) It brings a smile to my face just thinking about it. SO MUCH FUN!

  • ThunderDragoon

    Halloween all the way! I also love Friday the 13th Part 2 like you. That would definitely be in my top 5.

  • Trixxxster

    Speaking of slasher flicks, anyone else on here remember that Friday the 13th rip-off called The Burning?

  • JsJx12

    While the original Halloween is my fav film of all time.my favorite slasher film would be Sweatshop from 2009,i dont think many people have seen it.but it has amazing gore effects and a great 80′s vibe to it!

  • Nothing333

    The Burning was a superior flick IMO

    • robk

      Nothing333, good call, ‘The Burning’ was good fun too. Evan, I loved this article. It reminded me why I enjoy those old slasher flicks so much and why I still go to see the new ones, even though I’m often disappointed. I have to go with ‘Scream’ as my favorite, but I too have a soft spot for ‘Friday the 13th Part 2′. Thanks for the article!

  • horrorking95

    I am also a sucker for a slasher. I even enjoy some of the bad ones like Halloween Resurrection. But my favorites are of course Halloween, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (orig), Scream, Inside, Frontier(s) and more recently The Cabin In The Woods!

  • http://www.facebook.com/speedrazor Stephen Lambrechts

    I find it hard to decide between The Burning, The Prowler and Stage Fright.

  • Krispin

    nightmare on elm street

  • djblack1313

    CURTAINS is also a fun one!

  • anthonyd1

    Halloween (1978) is my all time favorite slasher film followed by Scream (1996), A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984), Psycho (1960), Black Christmas (1974), and Friday The 13th (1980)

  • J-SiN

    I have to stick with the first two I saw as a child. F13 part 1 and Halloween. I give the edge to Halloween and Mister Sandman is still the creepiest song I’ve ever heard.

  • John Marrone

    This question hurts my brain. Top of my head, Halloween (orig), Friday the 13th Part III (thats when Jason started kicking serious ASS), and liked The Burning, Deranged, and A Horrible Way to Die’s killer played by Bowen was a great modern one. Loved the rationale at the end of that one.

  • XxBloodyHellXx

    Well,my favorite slasher film will have to be all Halloween series

  • http://www.facebook.com/ryan.henry.543 Ryan Henry

    aside from Friday 13th II, III, or IV, and aside from Halloween I; I would say Maniac. Love how crazy and fucked up the main character/killer.

  • Joe-Banger

    Thank you djblack1313! I forgot to mention Curtains! I saw part of it when I was a child and it sacred the shit out of me. I cannot wait to see the whole film.

  • SuperKilla

    Off the top of my cranium I would say

    Nightmare on Elm St. 1984
    High Tention
    Scream
    Bride of Chucky
    Sleepaway Camp
    My Bloody Valentine uncut 1982 & 2009
    Thanksgiving trailor
    Inside
    (An of course)
    Halloween 1,2,4,7
    Friday the 13th 1,3,7

    • Aaron Emery

      Kudos on Bride of Chucky! Highly underrated. Also I completely forgot about MBV, so thanks!

  • SuperKilla

    An how could I forget Hatchet.
    There are so many it is hard to remember them all.

  • Neptunesblood

    The Burning. One of the best and most underrated.

  • DragonSlayer111

    halloweens the obvious choice..but SCREAM reinvented all those slashers from the 80s

  • KeepDoubting

    Black Christmas (the original of course), Nightmare On Elm Street (once again, the original), and Sleepaway Camp.

  • Joe-Banger

    Scream is stupid, I still havent seen The Burning, High Tension, Martyrs or the original Black Christmas yet. Havent seen hatchet or inside either. Shouldnt Jeepers Creepers be considered a slasher? I think so!

    • Aaron Emery

      I think Jeepers Creepers is more of a pure creature flick, but Jeepers Creepers 2 kinda fits the slasher canon also IMO. As far as the ones you listed that you have not seen, you should get on it! Those are all great!

  • IGETIGETBLOODY

    Halloween and Scream, I will never get tired of watching. and my guilty pleasure right now of stupid but fun slasher is Detention.

  • Joe-Banger

    Thank you Aaron, I will see the films I listed eventually but I have a small if not large problem… Im unemployed and broke. You are right about the “creature flick” part, the Creeper looks like he was molded after the Creature from the Black Lagoon. I watched the entire film with director Victor Salva’s commentary and he admitted what I was already thinking, the Creeper was based on the Creature. J C two sucked hard in my opinion. I hope part 3 kicks ass! There so many films that people are listing on here that I have never even heard of! What about Maniac Cop? Could be a slasher right? Maybe.

  • Alabama-Sharp

    Maniac

  • manorbeast

    I have a soft spot for the “Camp Generic” slashers, like the Friday flicks, but also Sleepaway Camp and The Burning. Like you Evan, it’s the relaxing outdoor settings that remind me of simple times just playing in woods with my buddies. As for an underrated 80′s slasher, I have to agree with Stephen that The Prowler is a gem. It doesn’t get much better than a big boobed blondie getting run through with a pitchfork while showering. That moment pretty much sums everything I love about a slasher!

  • JasonVoorhees1981

    I am a HUGE Slasher movie fan.. So, this is a tough one, but…

    I would have to pick the entire Friday The 13th series. I love it as a whole!

    My Slasher megalist is below (in no order)…

    The Prowler
    Madman
    Halloween Series
    Child’s Play Series
    Saw Series
    Hatchet 1 & 2
    A Nightmare On Elm Street Series
    Prom Night
    Terror Train
    Psycho Series
    Texas Chainsaw Massacre Series
    Black Christmas
    Scream Series
    I Know What You Did Last Summer Series
    Candyman Series
    The Stepfather 1 & 2
    The Dentist 1 & 2
    Dr. Giggles
    When A Stranger Calls
    Maniac
    Cry Wolf
    House of Wax
    The Collector
    Intruder
    Uncle Sam
    Amusement
    Midnight Movie
    Sleepaway Camp Series
    The Strangers
    Silent Night, Deadly Night
    Stagefright
    American Psycho 1 & 2
    The Tripper
    Bloody Murder
    The Burning
    Rest Stop
    The Funhouse
    Dark Ride
    Penny Dreadful
    Malevolence
    The Mangler
    Wolf Creek
    High Tension
    Silence of the Lambs
    Toolbox Murders
    Taking Lives
    The Watcher
    Secret Window
    Seven
    Jeepers Creepers
    Wrong Turn
    The Hills Have Eyes
    Identity
    Fear Dot Com
    Frailty
    From Hell
    My Soul To Take
    House of 1,000 Corpses
    Sorority Row
    The Midnight Meat Train
    Captivity
    The Hills Run Red
    Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer
    See No Evil
    Masters of Horror: Incident On and Off a Mountain Road
    Killer Moive
    Happy Birthday To Me
    Slumber Party Massacre
    He Knows You’re Alone
    Laid To Rest 1 & 2
    My Bloody Valentine
    Behind The Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon
    Strangeland
    Drive Thru
    The Horror Show
    Skinned Deep
    Reeker
    Halloween Night
    April Fools Day
    Visting Hours
    New Years Evil
    Alice Sweet Alice
    Camp Blood
    Castle Freak
    Deranged
    Leprauchaun Series
    Maniac Cop Series
    Motel Hell
    Mother’s Day
    The Ugly
    Urban Legend Series
    Venom

  • russellg79

    Halloween is the benchmark, but I always favored The Burning, the original My Bloody Valentine, Maniac, and Madman as good examples of 80′s slasher joy.

  • Dedneck

    The original Halloween holds a place in my heart because it terrorized me as a kid. Films like that and the Friday the 13th flicks were always the talks of the day at school with me and my friends. Even if we had not watched them yet we still were taken by them and could only imagine what new horror awaited . . .

  • re_bleached

    For me I love Slaughter High. I always loved the atmosphere of that fill. I also really enjoy the Prowler and The Burning, both boasting fantastic FX by Tom Savini.

  • SuperKilla

    @ Aaron Emery
    No problem man, glad to help someone remember a classic.

  • Evan3

    I always like to distinguish between favorite and the best. For example, my favorite all-time movie is Memento, but I would never say it is the Best movie ever made (that is some debate between things like Casablanca, Raiders, Schindler’s List).

    In this case, however, i believe the all-time best slasher is also my favorite. That movie would be Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho – best and favorite slasher.

  • Joe-Banger

    Well Evan3 some of those points you made are valid but this is not a contest of the best slasher film verses our personal favorite slasher films, its just called “Whats your favorite slasher movie?” Some of the people on here went off track and are listing non slasher films and some are turning this into a debate. EvanDickson simply asked us what our favorie slasher movie is. Just one movie EvanDickson or what is our favorite series? Maybe your next article should be called “What is the best slasher film/series?” I’d say Friday The 13th!

  • SuperKilla

    Also the film from 2001 “Slashers” was original with some cool ideas. One of my favorites. An Wishmaster if that counts as a slasher.

  • Joe-Banger

    I just remembered a few early 90′s horror films that are possible Slashers if anyone else remembers these two then please tell me how to find them as they are called “Popcorn” and “Body Parts”.

    • Aaron Emery

      Popcorn is streaming on Netflix.

  • chubbystorm

    i dont know if Dolls would count as a slasher movie but i liked Dolls. Other then all of the other 80s slasher movies i cant think of many right now.

  • Darkness69

    A Nightmare On Elm Street (the original, of course) & Halloween! Classics!

  • LLLLL

    Child’s Play.

  • diapers

    Slashers are my favorite, so this is a tough one. I’d put Friday the 13th part 4 at the top. Also, Maniac. I’m also going to go out on a limb and throw in The Legend of Mary Hatchet… as it has an incessant amount of partying, gore, and stupid, stupid kids.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Kevininthedark Somethings Wrong With Kevin

    I really love sleepaway camp I thought it was so different and so good and that ending you just don’t see coming

  • jjo818

    70′s Texas Chainsaw Massacre

    80′s Nightmare on Elm Street

    90′s Scream

    00′s High Tension

    I’m not sure what we’ve got so far this decade, I’ve had less and less time for movies as I get older. Any suggestions for 2010 and beyond?

  • BluWave

    My super sweet psycho 16 Parts 1 & 2. I do not like MTV (qwith HUGE Passion, but it’s a small guilty pleasure of mine. Skye coems form a family of psycho’s, and its so cheesse and poking fun at the network and all those archatypes of stupidiy you can;t help but have fun with it. but my all tme favite is, wes Craven’s the people under the stairs.

  • Proctor666

    Aside from the obvious ones like Halloween (Rob Zombie remake ftw!), I have to put in “All the boys love Mandy Lane”. If only for the fact that the ridiculously hot Amber Heard is in it. What makes it quite memorable for me is that I saw it in a sneak preview and had no idea what i walked into. Very satisfying.

  • Decapitated_Dave

    Happy Birthday to Me.

  • xAshleyMariex

    i can’t pick just one xP
    (all the originals i don’t like remakes AT ALL)
    The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
    A Nightmare on Elm Street
    Sleepaway Camp
    Psycho
    Happy Birthday To Me
    Scream
    My Bloody Valentine
    Friday the 13th
    Maniac
    Halloween
    The Last House on the Left
    Black Christmas
    Peeping Tom
    Inside
    The Hill Have Eyes
    Pieces
    The Prowler
    Slumber Party Massacre
    Graduation Day
    The Strangers
    American Psycho
    High Tension
    Slaughter High
    and i love Night of the Demons if you call that a slasher

  • FreddyJ.Myers

    Gotta give it to Halloween, hands down, but A Nightmare on Elm Street is close. Scream is also very good. The Burning and F13 are great camp massacre films (haven’t seen Sleepaway Camp!). The original My Bloody Valentine was also good.
    Black Christmas doesn’t get a lot of attention, but that film has a lot to it and definitely has a place in the great slashers.

  • Bad-Moon-Rising

    Halloweens 1,2, and 3. Friday the 13th, Wishmaster 1,2,and 3. Curtains was underrated in my opinion. The Prowler. Childs Play. And i cannot for the life of me remember this early 90′s slasher about three escaped lunatics from an asylum that go to a local circus and dress up as clowns. That was a great movie if anyone can help with the name.

    • JasonVoorhees1981

      Bad-Moon-Rising, I believe the movie you are referring to is called, “Clownhouse (1990).”

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  • creepozoid

    Looks like Halloween has this in the bag. I’ll add to that list

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