Road to Halloween: Top 5 Slasher Films

Written by Rachel Ganzewinkel October 22, 2012

Alright folks, Halloween is that special time of year where everyone has the hankering for a scare. And sometimes being scared is considered equal to being grossed out by moderate to insane levels of gore, torture, and death (and not necessarily in that order). I am going to count my favourite (and therefore clearly the best) slasher films out there to date.

5. “Halloween” (John Carpenter, 1978)

Michael Myers is one of those iconic crazies that will haunt your dreams and probably cause many paranoid nights alone. His giant stature, unmatched strength, and his habit of showing up out of nowhere and catching up to whichever victim he’s going after no matter how fast they run and how slow he walks is beyond creepy. After being put into a psychiatric hospital after murdering his sister at a young age, adult Myers escapes and terrorizes the living shit out of a group of teenagers as his useless and should-be-fired doctor tries to track him down. With its minimal soundtrack of the tune that sends shivers up your spine, this classic is a must. However, I must warn you, DO NOT see the Rob Zombie remake. Just…don’t. Believe me. It’s just not the same.

4. “Scream” (Wes Craven, 1996)

This movie started an annoying cultural phenomenon by overusing the hell out of the killer’s mask. While the effect of the mask out of context has extended far beyond the level of farce, within the movie it is still crazy effective. Wes Craven is a horror genius and he uses the horror movie tropes as an entire plot to “Scream”. When this “ghostface killer” starts killing a bunch of teenagers, a group of teens start noticing familiar horror movie patterns and begin to navigate their way through this living nightmare by following them. It might sound like parody but it so isn’t. The body count and amount of blood is nothing to laugh at here.

3. “I Spit on Your Grave” (Meir Zarchi, 1978 or Steven R. Monroe, 2010)

This was the most appropriate photo I could show. It is seriously that intense.

Ok, this one is definitely not for the light of heart, seriously. It’s about a woman who goes to a cabin by herself to write but then ends up being brutally raped multiple times and then comes back from being left for dead to get murderous revenge on her attackers. It has all of the most terrifying things you could ask from a slasher. What’s awesome is that this women takes her destiny in her own hands instead of needing a guy to save the day. Also, her methods of revenge are insane!! What she does with a manual hedge trimmer is wrong, just, so wrong. I really wouldn’t recommend this to anyone who isn’t used to seeing slasher movies as its content is pretty intense. It’s only reserved for those who have a good head on their shoulders and who may be a bit desensitized to movie violence. Also, either version will do as the original screenplay plays a big part in the remake.

2. “Saw I, II, and III” (James Wan, 2004/ Darren Lynn Bousman 2005 and 2006)

The “Saw” movies get a bad rap for no real reason. The first one was an original piece of amazing horror glory with an ending that blew everyone’s mind to pieces. Even as the same premise was repeated for each following movie the effect lessened a little but it was still pretty awesome. The torture ideas are brilliant and terrifying as the main killer Jigsaw takes people and puts them in tortuous life and death situations because they do not value their own life in the outside world, so they must prove they do value it by beating his unbelievably crazy tasks. Each movie is a bit different and the first three are actually great horror movies when the idea was fresh and the writers were actually inspired to create something shock-inducing. I wish they stopped after the third one, it would’ve definitely been the greatest horror trilogy ever.

1. “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre” (Tobe Hooper, 1974)

This movie was made on a shoestring budget and its grainy, gritty, home-movie feel makes it so much more horrifying. It’s about five friends going to visit one of their grandpa’s old house when they get hunted down by a clearly incestuous, crazy, cannibalistic family and their feature crazy- Leatherface. He is known as such due to penchant for wearing the skin of his past victims on his face as he runs at his new victims with a dirty chainsaw. It’s suspenseful with very little soundtrack which gives an eerie feel overall through the blood curdling screams to those tense, silent moments. It says it’s “based off a true story” which makes this bloody tale even scarier. The original holds up so well in this genre that the remakes and the sequels to remakes are silly. Just stick to this one and you’re brain will have ideas for nightmares for the rest of your life!


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About Rachel Ganzewinkel

Rachel loves movies and writing and has found the perfect amalgamation in writing movie reviews for We Eat Films. In between movie watching and the real-life world of work, she enjoys tea, reading, writing, and wearing over-size sweaters (while occassionally doing some of these simultaneously).

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