“Please, mother”

My choices for best Slashers

  • Cabin in the Woods
  • Psycho
  • The Fog
  • Candyman
  • Happy Death Day
  • Final Destination
  • Sleepaway Camp
  • Sexy Killer: You’ll Die For Her

Slasher films are the simplest form of horror.  If one is being charitable, they can be thought of as pure fables, stories of good and evil basic to our subconscious.  Less charitably, they are empty, soulless stretches of celluloid, that have no purpose but cheap scares; they are pornography with death replacing sex (do not take that as a criticism of porn).

The formula sets a human-like psychopath, often masked, after a group of pretty people who he kills in more and more elaborate ways with handheld weapons.  For the sub-sub-genre of Teen Slashers, add to the formula secluded locations where each sexually-active teen is killed until only one non-sexual female is left.  The greatest flaw of the Slasher sub-genre is how closely its films stick to the formula.  The best of them violate the structure.


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