Horror Movie Month: Slasher Flicks

The second installment in our Halloween horror movie roundup: slashers!

The Classic Horror years paved the way for the late 70s and 80s, later to become known as a veritable cornucopia of horror. Shocking levels of blood, gore, and outright terror became the new norm.

Think of a horror cliche and it’s almost certain you’ll find its origins in the slasher era. Masked killers, babysitters, summer camps, the group of teens, the secret relative. The slasher was a hugely popular phenomenon and it spawned a decade and more of sequels and imitations.

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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
Based on the true story of the Ed Gein killings and widely considered the earliest true ‘slasher’, this was the beginning of modern pop culture’s fascination with the serial killer.


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Halloween (1978)
The origin of the modern horror cliche: the babysitters and the masked, knife-wielding maniac.

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Alien (1979)
The first true space horror movie, a feverish nightmare on board a worn-down space freighter.

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Friday the 13th (1980)
The classic summer camp killer story, introducing the world to hockey-masked Jason Voorhees.

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The Shining (1980)
Stanley Kubrick turned Stephen King’s creepy novel into an unbearable tale of madness and murder in an empty mountaintop hotel.

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Evil Dead (1981)
The inspiration for every cabin-in-the-woods horror since, Evil Dead shocked audiences with its zombie gore.

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The Thing (1982)
Alien horror with a twist: the aliens are on earth, and they look just like us…

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A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
World, meet Freddy Krueger: murderous stalker of teenage dreams.

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Day of the Dead (1985)
George A. Romero introduced the modern zombie concept, and followed it up with… even more zombies. 

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Babysitters, hockey masks, summer camps, zombies, cabins in the wood… it’s like playing horror cliché bingo!  Which one of your favourite slashers did we miss out?