What’s your favourite scary movie? See what I did there? Not very original I know, but there’s a reason that I am a fan of scary movies and not a writer for them…
So, anyone that knows me, knows that I love me a good scare. There is something about a horror movie that can get your blood going, your heart pumping and make you laugh all at once (as soon as you realise it’s a movie and you’re not going to die too…). But the slasher genre is by far my favourite, during college I took a course on slasher movies and it was probably my favourite course ever.
And I wanted to share some of my favourite slasher movies with you…
6. Child’s Play (1988)
Director: Tom Holland
Starring: Cathrine Hicks, Chris Sarandon
The 80’s were kind of the decade of Slasher, so it’s this list will probably be mostly from that era. But you won’t find in any other movie is a killer doll named Chucky. To me Child’s Play is totally unique, the sequels were more about comedy value with the doll, but the first movie? Some good scare moments in there worth a screech, Charles is a well-known serial killer and needs to stay get away from the Police and finds himself in a toy store, using a spell he transfers his soul into a Good Guy Doll (I never said it was believable). Chucky then finds himself owned by a 6-year-old boy named Andy and lots of things happen, most notably Chucky starts to use a knife… a doll with a knife. Come on? Tell me this isn’t making you want to watch it!
5. Cabin in the Woods (2012)
Director: Drew Goddard
Starring: Kristen Connolly, Anna Hutchinson, Franz Kranz, Jesse Williams and Chris Hemsworth
I didn’t hold out much hope for this when it first came out, and I’m not going to lie I only watched it because my sister-in-law said it was good. I was pretty blown over by it, I hadn’t seen a slasher movie so meta since Scream, and it was done so well in Cabin in the Woods that I really enjoyed the whole movie! It did keep my guessing and I really loved that, I loved the setup and the gore factor is pretty good too. A great watch if you love a scary movie that doesn’t take itself too seriously, but still delivers on the goods.
4. Halloween (1978)
Director: John Carpenter
Starring: Donald Pleasence, Jamie Lee Curtis, PJ Soles and Nancy Loomis
This is probably the father of all Slasher movies for me, that’s a little controversial as both Black Christmas and Pyshco heavily influenced this movie. It’s not my number one choice is there is very little gore in the movie, and I like me some gore! I do very much enjoy the downplayed horror in this movie though, Michael Myers is one of the scariest creeps out there, a guy in a mask who doesn’t talk is creepy in its own right, but then Myers takes it to another level. For example, when he pins a guy to a door with a knife, he just stands there, staring at his handy work and tilts his head, like my dogs do when I have something they like. That non-spoken scariness of Halloween, along with the long shots, the POV camerawork is what keeps it one of the best out there.
3. The Burning (1981)
Director: Tom Maylam
Starring: Brian Matthews, Leah Ayers, Larry Joshua and Brain Backer
This lesser-known gem is on this list because of the gore. To me, a slasher is named because people die in gore-filled ways. The Burning isn’t original, it follows the formula of a slasher, it takes place in a camp and the killer is a kid who was killed by other camp-goers and is back for revenge so stalks the campsite for fresh victims. One thing I did like is that the name of the killer is called Cropsy, which is the name of a real-life mystery in New York State, there is a documentary on Netflix about the real Cropsy that is super interesting. However The Burning exceeds all expectations with the best multiple killing in the genre, 5 kids go to an abandoned raft, once they are there Cropsy kills each of them, all in a unique and gore-tastic way! The whole movie is worth sitting through for this scene alone, also I’ve never been a fan of Friday the 13th so that’s probably why I like this so much.
2. Scream (1996)
Director: Wes Craven
Starring: David Arquette, Neve Campbell, Courtney Cox, Matthew Lillard, Rose McGowan, Skeet Ulrich and Drew Barrymore
It was a hard decision for this movie to come second. I love this movie, I love all the sequels and I loved the first season of the TV show on Netflix (haven’t gotten around the watching the second yet). As you’ve worked out by now, I am a huge film buff, this movie has homages to the slasher genre that you wouldn’t believe. Even Drew Barrymore getting killed off in the first couple of scenes is a homage to psycho, where Hitchcock kills off his biggest star in the movie. Sidney’s boyfriend, Billy is named after the detective from Psycho, Billy Loomis, you see what I mean here. It’s hard not to gush about this movie as it pretty much shaped my generation’s ideas of slasher, comedy and meta, and changed how we watch TV. Favourite moment? The classic scene where Randy is telling everyone the ‘rules’ of a slasher movie. (see I’m not all about the gore…)
1. A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984)
Director: Wes Craven
Starring: Heather Langenkamp, Robert Englund, Nick Corri and Johnny Depp
This is my number one slasher movie. Spawning 7 sequels and two remakes, this movie is one of those that actually gave me nightmares. The knife-glove wearing serial killer has one creepy back story, but with a morbidly funny wit that plays out more in the later movies. I think people laugh too much at what’s being said and don’t really think about Freddy as a concept, everyone has to sleep at some point. Everyone sleeps, this makes is nearly impossible to defeat the red and black clad man, on top of that, he feeds off fear, which means the more you are scared of him the stronger he gets. Freddy is epically scary because he gets people at their most vulnerable, we are easy target when we are asleep and we enter his world. Also, Johnny Depp has his first movie role in this, with the most spectacular death scene, he’s sucked into his bed by Freddy, who then spits out a fountain of never-ending blood. The idea of Freddy is what keeps me awake at night…
And that my fellow weirdos are my top 6 slasher movies, is your favourite on the list? What really is your favourite movie?
Until next time my beauties