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.
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.
The first true space horror movie, a feverish nightmare on board a worn-down space freighter.
Friday the 13th (1980)
The classic summer camp killer story, introducing the world to hockey-masked Jason Voorhees.
Evil Dead (1981)
The inspiration for every cabin-in-the-woods horror since, Evil Dead shocked audiences with its zombie gore.
Did you know that Kanopy has a whole horror and thriller section available to stream right now with your library card?
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?
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