Slasher movies are everywhere these days. Every streaming platform seems to have their own franchise and new ones are coming out all the time. With Terrify 2 coming soon and Halloween about eight weeks away, a lot more are entering the arena. So what are the best slasher movies of all time?
Here is a list of some of the best. While a few of them are a bit obvious because we can’t skip the classics, others will be harder to find titles that are definitely worth looking for. Without further ado, here are our picks for the best Slasher movies of all time:
1. A Nightmare on Elm Riddle (1984)
Let’s start with the undisputed king, Mr. Wes Craven and his creation, the one and only Freddy Krueger. Why does this particular duo rule this subgenre? Well, Craven established a lot of rules with his take on the slasher, and the many sequels played fast and loose by the same rules. He even reinvented them quite a bit New nightmare. A Nightmare on Elm Street is a classic for a reason. It’s one of the most effective films in its category, with some truly creepy moments (the back alley sequence with Tina) and some great kills (Glen and all that blood). It gave us Freddy, but it gave us one of the best Scream Queens ever in Heather Langenkamp, and it still gives us chills when we watch it on a cold, dark night.
2. Hatchet II (2010)
You read that right, Hatchet II and not Axe. While the first established Victor Crowley’s character and set up his world, Part 2 is simply stronger. Maybe it’s because of the leading lady role taken by Danielle Harris, or maybe it’s because of all the horror cameos, but this one has a lot going for it and has some really great kills. Who doesn’t enjoy watching horror icons like Tony Todd and RA Mihailoff get severely maimed in their kill scenes? Adam Green’s second Axe film is one that solidified him as one of the geeks who made it. He knows his stuff and he’s not afraid to go for the kill. In addition to the killings, the humor is also in place.
3. Promenons-Nous Dans Les Bois (Deep in the Woods) (2000)
A lesser seen option here that everyone should track and watch now. Go, we’re waiting! This French entry in the slasher genre makes heavy use of some typically French elements such as the song from which the title is derived, a remote castle, the forest and some oddly entertaining theater actors. In this film by Lionel Delplanque, a group is hired to celebrate a mute child’s birthday in a remote, almost empty castle. They love the paycheck coming, but will they all make it to cash in? Here the atmosphere is palpable and the killings are surprising and brutal. The bear trap kill in particular is something that demands to be seen. For those familiar with French cinema and a few European actors, a few familiar faces will add to the entertainment of the film.
4a. My Bloody Valentine (1981)
One of the proto-slashes, meaning it was an early entry into the genre, My bloody Valentine wrote some of the rules and created a movie that gets under your skin. Director George Mihalka, who has since directed quite a few TV comedies, here creates an atmosphere and slow burn of a film that is still loved by its fans to this day. Harry Warden is a blue-collar killer who wears his miner’s uniform, helmet and goggles included, to kill. His work is brutal, but perhaps a little on the low end in terms of the number of people killed. Nevertheless, he is a classic, and he helped establish a subgenre in its early days.
4b. My Bloody Valentine (2009)
Yes, a remake. Yes, we know. This one is worthy of a spot on the list (unlike Elm Street remake, about which the less said the better). This is a remake that is more like a sequel, or rather a “requel”. The OG killer, Harry Warden, is mentioned and his past work is clearly something the town is familiar with. Here, director Patrick Lussier takes the original and builds from there, giving the small town a bit of a makeover just because of the years that have passed and giving the viewer a cast of people they know. From Jensen Ackles to Jaime King to Tom Atkins, the film has a fun cast and isn’t afraid to put them in danger. Originally released in theaters in 3D, the sequences in the mines really make the most of this gimmick.
5. Black Christmas (1974)
Forget both remakes of this and go back to the original by Bob Clark (the man behind another holiday classic, A Christmas story). It’s not just one of the creepiest slashers of all time, but one of the creepiest movies ever made. Shot in the Canadian winter, the cold practically disappears from the screen as you watch. The 1970s versions of Christmas classics that play in the background of some scenes are just chilling. The appearance of one of the first ever Scream Queens, the one and only Olivia Hussey, is something to remember. Her work here sells the entire film and connects with the viewer from the very beginning. If you’re not sold yet, just watch it and wait for the closing shot.
Those are 5, or rather 6, of the best slasher movies ever made, but there are so many more. Honorable mentions go to Candyman, Halloween (naturally), Wishmaster, Scream, X (if it counts), Prom night (the original of course), Friday the 13th – both the original and the remake, (yes even the remake), and so many more. The slasher subgenre is one that is filled to the brim with content. There are so many films that it is difficult to do justice to the genre in a single list.
Did we get the best slasher movies of all time or did we skip your favorite? Tell us in the comments!