ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Lana Revok is the curator of STARTS TODAY!, a collection of vintage movie newspaper advertisements which can be found on Twitter. Her ads have also been featured in DRIVE-IN ASYLUM, SCARY MONSTERS and TEEN MOVIE HELL.
Here are my top ten favorite slashers. It was hard to narrow it down to ten so I tried to stick to the late 1970’s/1980’s golden age of slashers to make my decisions a little easier.
10.) Memorial Valley Massacre (1989): A feral Willie Aames lookalike spends a long holiday weekend violently offing campers in what has got to be one of the most entertainingly bad films horror films ever made.
9.) Visiting Hours (1982): Michael Ironside gives one of his most chilling performances in what I consider to be the second best slasher film ever set in a hospital.
8.) Eyes of a Stranger (1981): I didn’t actually see this one until much later in life but boy, did it creep me the hell out! And top notch gore effects from Tom Savini to boot!
7.) He Knows You’re Alone (1980): What can I say? I’m a sucker for a severed head in a fish tank.
6.) When a Stranger Calls (1979)/ When a Stranger Calls Back (1993): Sure, the opening scenes are iconic but I find both films terrifying from beginning to end.
5.) Prom Night (1980): A Vaseline smeared nightmare of revenge fueled by the beautiful melancholic sounds of spooky disco music.
4.) Terror Train (1980): Love the boozy New Year’s Eve atmosphere and freaky masks.
3.) Friday the 13th Part 3 (1982): I’m a huge Friday the 13th fan in general but this installment is my favorite by far. It’s a genuinely scary film filled with memorable characters and death scenes. The last shot of Jason in the window traumatized me for life!
2.) My Bloody Valentine (1981): Speaking of memorable death scenes, the extended version of My Bloody Valentine features some of the most jaw dropping slasher effects ever! The kind of stuff that will make you say “OH MY GOD!!” out loud no matter how many times you’ve watched it. Plus it’s got a great story, great cast and a jammin’ theme song that will get stuck in your head forever. Just a really fun movie all around!
1.) Halloween (1978)/ Halloween 2 (1981): There isn’t much left to say about these two underwear staining classics that hasn’t been said before but I will admit that I find Part 2 to be a little bit scarier than Part 1. #nucleartake