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Thursday, February 18, 2010

My Favorite Slasher Films of all time...

Inspired by my good friends over at The Gentlemen's Guide to Midnite Cinema(one of my favorite podcasts out there), I decided to write up a list of my favorite slasher films. It's a tough list to write because there is an obvious challenge in whether or not to include Italian films in the list. I decided to just stick with non-Giallo type stuff for the most part. I was very close to adding De Palma's DRESSED TO KILL to my list but thought better of it. While truly an American Giallo, DRESSED is clearly more Hithcock than true slasher I suppose, but I feel like it can surely be called a slasher film even if not in the traditional sense horror fans are used to. If I was to allow for Italian films, I know I'd mention things like TORSO, TENEBRE, and maybe NEW YORK RIPPER. Of course, Mario Bava's deliciously stylish BLOOD AND BLACK LACE would be near the top too. I toyed with the idea of including MASSACRE AT CENTRAL HIGH, a film I like quite a bit, but decided to leave that out as well. It further pained me to select just one FRIDAY THE 13th film. It is a series that was quite formative to me as a youngster and one that I still have great love for. If I was to include a few more entries, I'd mention FRIDAY THE 13th PART 3 and PART 4 without any question. The second installment in the series stands above the rest for me though I must say. Hooded Jason will always win out over hockey-masked Jason. He's just creepier with his one eye peering through that sack. You will of course notice the distinct absence of THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE. Not sure if it is my lack of enthusiasm in general for this film(which I understand is completely blasphemous) or what exactly that made me exclude it. It is certainly a masterpiece of sorts in terms of horror filmmaking, just not one I appreciate all that much. I also didn't mention more recent efforts like MUTE WITNESS or the even more recent COLD PREY, both of which I enjoyed. So what is left is a list of films, most of which will be quite familiar to hardcore slasher film fans. I recommend you see all of them if the genre is one you enjoy. I am also always on the lookout for recommendations if there are some that you yourself enjoy a great deal. I linked trailers to each of the movies on my list with a couple exceptions so you can get a taste of any that you might not have seen.

1. Halloween(1978; John Carpenter)
2. Friday the 13th Part 2(1981; Steve Miner)
3. The Burning(1981; Tony Maylam)
4. My Bloody Valentine(1981; George Mihalka)
5. The Prowler(1981; Joseph Zito)
6. April Fool's Day(1986; Fred Walton)
7. Maniac(1980; William Lustig)
8. Madman(1982; Joe Giannone)
9. Black Christmas(1974; Bob Clark)
10. The Dorm That Dripped Blood(1982; Stephen Carpenter/Jeffrey Obrow)
11. Don't Go in the House(1980; Joseph Ellison)
12. Intruder(1989; Scott Spiegel)
13. Hell Night(1981; Tom De Simone)
14. Happy Birthday to Me(1981; J. Lee Thompson)
15. Eyes of a Stranger(1981; Ken Wiederhorn)
16. The House on Sorrority Row(1983; Mark Rosman)
17. Terror Train(1980; Roger Spottiswoode)
18. Curtains(1983; Richard Ciupka)
19. Girls's Nite Out(1984; Robert Deubel)
20. The Final Terror(1983; Andrew Davis)


Jennythenipper said...

OK, I hate slasher films, but I have some Gaillo films on my wish list because Rossano Brazzi not only starred in some, he actually directed one.

Also, Gentleman's Guide to Midnight Films has to be the best title ever. I'm a little afraid of it. It's that good.

I've added you to my blog roll sir!

Jennythenipper said...

Is it My Bloody Valentine that has woman get killed who is ice skating? I literally think of that every time I go ice skating, which is less than you imagine given that I've lived in North Dakota or Minnesota my entire life. It's one of the best use of the horror psychology of wide open spaces, right after the plane sequence in North by Northwest.

Rupert Pupkin said...

GGTMC is a lot fun to listen to and I even did a guest spot on episode #52, where we talked about the Rip Torn vehicle PAYDAY(a favorite of mine) and a police training video called SURVIVING EDGED WEAPONS.
I think you might be thinking of CURTAINS regarding the ice skating scene, but I might be mistaken. I know CURTAINS has a scene like that but MBV might too. thanks for adding me to your blogroll! Check out my top 100 favorite films list post if you haven't. Not too many slasher films on there.

Ned Merrill said...

I'm not a big believer in the slasher film--it's the giallos I need to see more of. I can say that of your list, I would rank BLACK CHRISTMAS a lot higher if nothing else because predates many of the others, including the vaunted HALLOWEEN.

Sleepycris said...

What a great topic!!! I love that several of my favorites in the genre are included in particular Madman & Terror Train. Another I would like to recommend is He Knows You're Alone(1980) Great cast including a young Tom Hanks.

Rupert Pupkin said...

I picked up HE KNOWS YOUR ALONE real cheap at Big Lots a while back. Need to give it a look. I think i've seen it but can't recall exactly...