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Sometimes ghosts and demons just don’t cut it when it comes to horror movies. In fact, there’s nothing scarier than a movie monster that is tangible, realistic …and human. Forget your swamp creatures and vampires, the idea of a serial killer on the loose hacking up witless babysitters and virgin teens is far too much horror fun to turn down.
Films like ‘Halloween’ redefined the genre and led to an outpouring of slasher classics, many of which are still being talked about today. If this big ol’ bucket of blood and guts sounds like your idea of a terrifying time, why not check some of my suggestions below?
The ‘Friday the 13th’ series is known for producing one of the most iconic horror villains of all time, Jason Vorhees. However, this tale about a group of camp counsellors who are stalked and murdered by a masked killer puts a twist on the identity of its fabled machete-wielding madman in a way you simply won’t see coming.
If slasher flicks are your forte, this is a mustown addition to the movie collection! Also, keep an eye out for a pre-’Footloose’ Kevin Bacon as one of the unlucky few to bite the dust.
Probably my pick for the best slasher movie of all time, ‘Black Christmas’ is a chilling tale of terror set in a college sorority house. A place for fun and games usually, watch as this student dwelling turns into a gut-spilling bloodbath as a crazed lunatic hiding in the attic picks off the inhabitants one by one after a series of creepy phone calls.
The sound design is particularly eerie in this one, so much so you’ll have a hard time shaking the shrieks and breathing of this horror villain out of your head.
You know, I was never big on proms and school dances back in my younger years, and this movie probably goes a long way to explain that irrational fear! Expect brutal scenes of blood splatter and depraved violence.
Jamie Lee Curtis solidifies her reputation as the Scream Queen in this serial killer nasty about a masked murderer who goes about stalking four teenagers, who’re responsible for the death of a ten year-old girl, at their high school prom.
Forget the shoddy 2009 remake, this is the only version of ‘My Bloody Valentine’ you’ll ever need to see, despite the inherent and excessive censoring that is still being fought over to this day.
Centred on a town haunted by an old folktale about a miner who murders anybody celebrating Valentine’s Day, the worst actually proves to be true when a bunch of teens defy his orders not to commemorate that day. When the body count starts to rise, roses and chocolates will be the last thing on your mind!
You’ll be having a quiet one in come February 14th after this horror classic!
Updated and moved to Texas, this is the story of murderer Ed Gein. There’d usually be an historical hyperlink here, but his crimes are just too awful to read about, so here’s a My Little Pony song instead.
On with the film’s synopsis: Five friends visit a house in the country but are hunted and terrorised by a chain-saw wielding killer, Leatherface and his entourage of cannibalistic grave-robbing family members.
Subtitled ‘Deranged: Confessions of a Necrophile’ is another psychologically disturbed horror movie based on murderer, grave-robber and true life psycho Ed Gein. After the death of his possessive mother, deranged farmer Ezra Cobb turns to grave-robbing and murder to keep corpses as companions for his dead mother.
In the movie that unsurprisingly ended his illustrious career, Michael Powell studies obsession through the eyes of a young killer who photographs the moment of death as he murders young women.
So maybe you’re after a ‘Halloween’ type horror that also takes place on Halloween night .. I know, as if wasn’t scary enough! Prepare to look the door, turn the lights down low and shriek in terror with these next two suggestions!
I’ve been working hard to establish this movie as the Halloween tradition in my house, simply because it’s the best horror movie for invoking that spooky and fun All Hallows’ Eve atmosphere. This anthology movie oozes with terror, unmaskings and deliciously depraved tales of holiday hauntings. Keep an eye out for the likes of Brian Cox and Anna Paquin who kill it in their respective roles.
Okay this one, is pretty much a guilty pleasure filled with awful dialogue and even worse acting, but hey it’s the 80s, what are you going to do? ‘Night of the Demons’ tells the story of a bunch of teens celebrating Halloween at an old haunted house (original) when a demon possesses the partygoers and turn this into a classic gorefest of monstrous proportions.
Don’t turn your nose up at it, this is one B-movie that’ll find a dark and cobwebbed place in your heart.
With all its sequels and remakes, you knew we’d have to feature one Michael Myers movie, right? Wrong! ‘Season of the Witch’ is the only ‘Halloween’ movie to not feature the crazed psychopath. Instead it tells the bonkers tale of a plan to murder millions of American children via a brainwashing TV commercial and Jack O’Lantern, witch and skellington masks fitted with a deadly microchip made from Stonehenge rocks. Bonkers.
Like when computers become sentient and build giant robots to wipe out the human race, at some point every film genre becomes self aware… Here, a group of horror movie-savvy high school kids try to escape a ghost-faced serial killer on campus.
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Good luck wading through the torrents of blood and dismembered teens in this collection of slasher nasties and Halloween festive frights! If you’re planning an epic movie marathon dedicated to all things murder and gore, this selection will do you just right … until the time comes when you have to venture out into a dark hallway and go to bed.
What are some of your favourite splatter/slasher films like ‘Halloween’?
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