While it’s not my favourite sub-genre, I genuinely enjoy the thrills and jumps of a slasher flick. After watching a documentary on the subject (below), I have rekindled a long forgotten romance with the slashers, and thought I would write a little article on some of the first slashers I watched, and some of my favourites!
I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)
This was the very first slasher movie I saw, so that’s why it’s included first. Pretty cheap thrills but it has a special place in my heart. I watched this movie at a sleepover party and was so scared of it, haha! I was a huge fan of Ryan Phillipe, thought he was the bees knees!
The basic synopsis, is four teens driving home, drinking and having fun, accidentally hit a fisherman looking bloke one night. They panic and throw the body in the water and abandon the scene. After some months, Julie (Jennifer Love-Hewitt) returns from college to find a handwritten note, I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER!
One of the first of the genre, Halloween is a firm favourite of mine. The music and suspense in this flick is insane! And the expressionless mask that the psychotic murderer Michael Myers wears sends chills down the spine!
Michael Myers inexplicably slaughters his sister at six years old, and is sent to a mental institution. 15 years later, on Halloween night, he seeks revenge on attractive, sexually active teens. This movie kickstarted Jamie-Lee Curtis’ long running career.
Friday the 13th (1980)
Friday the 13th is one of the longest running film series, and possibly one of the best endings in a slasher film of all time. Set at Camp Crystal Lake, a bunch of teenagers (of course) are looking forward to summer fun, sun and sex, until their fun is cut short (ho-ho) by a crazed maniac.
This movie made $40 million dollars at the box office, which was insanely impressive of it’s time.
Considered one of the best films of 1984, a Nightmare on Elm Street creates real dread in wondering where reality ends and dreams begin. When teenagers in small town start dying, the main protagonist realises that Freddy Krueger, a child molester that was killed by the townsfolk not long back, is killing them in their dreams.
What is your favourite slasher movie? And what was the first you saw?