Ten slashers to watch instead of Halloween

Hopefully, you’ve seen the new Halloween by now. Either you’re feeling a little letdown or are excited to see some more carnage. Either way, we’ve got you covered.

Of course, your first move should be to watch the original or the incredibly great sequel. We covered the entire history of the franchise last year, so you can read all about that here.

Now, based on nothing more than my personal choices, here are ten other movies that you’ll either find much better than 2018’s Halloween or will keep your bloodlust sated. For now.

  1.  Bay of Blood: If you’re gonna watch a slasher, start at the beginning. After all, so much of the Friday the 13th films were ripped off scene for scene from this one. Plus, few movies of this ilk have a director as established as Mario Bava at the helm.
  2. The Prowler: While not the finest stalk and kill movie you’ll ever watch, it may have the best special effects in the history of the genre, thanks to Tom Savini. From the very first scene, you know that you’re watching a movie that has no interest in playing nice.
  3. TerrifierArt the Clown may be a new character, but nearly everyone who watches his first solo film walks away freaked out and ready for more (if the sheer gore contained within doesn’t send them screaming for the door).
  4. Blood Beat: The only movie I’ve ever seen where a samurai spirit kills people in time to a sex scene. Perhaps the strangest movie on this list.
  5. Happy Birthday to Me: You’ve seen the poster, but you may not have seen the movie. Trust me — this one is an underrated piece of bloody magic.
  6. Terror Train: Can’t get enough Jamie Lee? How do you feel about costume parties on trains and David Copperfield?
  7. Popcorn: Sure, it’s a mess of a film, but it’s also original and packed with plenty of great murders. It’s finally easy to find, too!
  8. Don’t Go in the Woods…Alone!: This is a poorly made, sloppy and scuzzy piece of goofball goredom. And I’ll watch it over nearly everything made in the last five years.
  9. Stagefright: An owl masked maniac takes on an entire theater full of actors in a movie where blood literally sprays like geysers.
  10. Pieces: The movie that goes all the way, this one can upset even the hardiest of blood lovers. It’s also one of the funniest movies I’ve ever seen, perhaps not intentionally.

It’s hard to keep this list to just ten, because I could have also picked Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason LivesAbsurd, The ComebackThe New York RipperBlack Christmas and even the strangest slasher I’ve seen lately, the Bigfoot starring Night of the Demon.

What’s your favorite? What would you recommend that someone else watches? I’m interested in your feedback!

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