Slashers (1974-1995)

In this list I'm going to keep track of all the slasher films I have seen from it's magnificent beginning in the prototypes of 1974 until it's petering out in 1995 only to be reborn in 1996 with Wes Craven's Scream, so that's a perfect place for this list to end.

My husband (Richard) and I have been watching slasher films together since we met and we've both bonded over our love for the overused and abused sub-genre. Together we've been working on watching every slasher film ever made.

We're both creating lists and you can find his here.

I gave up on ranking the list from favorite to least and decided to go with a more organized ranking. The films are ranked by year, alphabetically according to the year.

I've also tried to exclude films that are normally included within the genre that are not by my definition--slasher films. For example, Richard may have some movies in his list I do not consider slasher films for whatever reason, he's a bit more accepting and open minded about the definition and if it has a few elements he will include it. Here's a direct definition I tend to stick to from WIKI: "[The] Slasher film is a sub-genre of the horror film genre typically involving a psychopathic killer stalking, and killing a sequence of victims in a graphically violent manner..." With this, I feel it's important to mention that if you don't see any Italian horror heavyweights that you're sure I have seen, it's because I consider them gialli more than slasher. For a list of all the gialli I have seen, please go here for my Black Gloves, J&B, Sharp Objects and A Little Mystery list.

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  • Hey, thanks Bennett! It's unfortunate that most of the stuff I have been adding lately is pretty bottom of the barrel though!

  • So many beautiful fonts, so many deliciously garish covers....

  • The covers are beautiful!

  • Great list. Just curious which ones would you consider being your top 10 or 20 since your list isn't ranked. How similar would it be to your husband's top 20?

  • Thanks!

    My Top 20 of the slashers in this list would look like this:

    1. Black Christmas
    2. Halloween
    3. Christmas Evil
    4. The Burning
    5. Madman
    6. The Mutilator
    7. Slaughter High
    8. Sleepaway Camp
    9. Friday the 13th (parts I, IV and VII respectively as one! Because I can!)
    10. Intruder
    11. Unmasked part 25
    12. Stagefright
    13. Don't Go in the House
    14. Nightmare
    15. Alone in the Dark
    16. The Prowler
    17. Next of Kin
    18. My Bloody Valentine
    19. Pieces
    20. Pranks

    HM: Night Warning, Curtains, House on Sorority Row, The Outing, Slumber Party Massacre, Night School, Patrick Still Lives, Nightmare on Elm Street, Cutting Class, The Redeemer

    I think he and I would have a lot of crossover.

  • Great list, I hate to say it but The Mutilator and Alone in the Dark don't seem to do much for me. The others are great, including The Outing. I never really looked at the movie as a slasher before but I guess I can see it now that I think of it. That movie cracks me up. I love it.

  • 43%!!! I have much work to do.

  • But you don't even like slashers!

  • I'm past 40 now and I've come to the conclusion that life is too short too hate slashers

  • Word!

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