1981 Slasher Movies

For Genre Grinder Podcast reference.

There are simply too many slasher movies to cover the broad subject of slasher movies for one of these podcasts, so I'm planning an exhaustive look at all of the slasher movies released in 1981.

Only one year after the watershed moment that was Friday the 13th, the genre threatened to burn itself out in a flurry of more that *30* movies. There are presented here in order of theatrical release according to the letterboxd algorithm (note that Madman premiered in '81, but didn't get a wider release until '83).

A couple of these may end up on other lists in the future, like Bloody Birthday, for instance, which is a killer child movie with slasher movie trappings. There is plenty of canuxploitation and ozploitation overlap, as well.

I've also included some big studio thrillers, science fiction, and supernatural horror movies that borrow heavily from the slasher aesthetic.

  • Scream
  • Ghostkeeper
  • Corpse Mania
  • Home Sweet Home
  • A Day of Judgment
  • Wolf
  • Night School
  • The House Where Death Lives
  • My Bloody Valentine
  • Eyes of a Stranger
  • Murder Obsession
  • Madhouse
  • The Funhouse
  • Love Massacre
  • Bloody Moon
  • The Phantom Killer
  • Bloody Birthday
  • Friday the 13th Part 2
  • Graduation Day
  • The Burning
  • Happy Birthday to Me
  • The Fan
  • Final Exam
  • Roadgames
  • Blow Out
  • Student Bodies
  • Deadly Blessing
  • The House by the Cemetery
  • Evilspeak
  • Hell Night
  • Don't Go in the Woods
  • Lady Stay Dead
  • Monster Hunter
  • Just Before Dawn
  • Strange Behavior
  • Hospital Massacre
  • Nightmare
  • Dark Night of the Scarecrow
  • Halloween II
  • Saturday the 14th
  • Madman
  • The Prowler