What are the best slasher movies of all time?

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    This movie from 1978 by John Carpenter is maybe the idiosyncratic film of the genre. Halloween night is an American horror film that tells a story about a mental patient named Mike Myers who stalks and kills people.


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    Jasmine He
    Written on October 2, 2017
    "Halloween, the movie has turned into a classic cult thriller SLASH (pardon the pun) horror movie where Michael tries to kill you. There are many, many sequels to plan your viewing pleasure and it is perfect for around the Halloween Holiday. Michael, of course is mentally insane, and pure evil. What is more evil than killing your own sister? "
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    #2Friday the 13th

    Friday the 13th

    Friday the 13th is an American slasher film directed by Sean S. Cunningham in 1980. Set in a summer camp, the story follows a group of teenagers who are murdered by an unknown killer. The film is the first among the Friday the 13th franchise and runs for 95 minutes.


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    Virginia Gutiérrez
    Written on October 2, 2017
    "One of the most popular horror movies of all time, a cult classic and instantly recognizable both for the theme and the name. The story follows a bunch of camp goers and counsellors who are readying a cursed and abandoned camp property for reopening. In true slasher movie style, the characters are terrorized by an unknown and unidentified killer and the body count starts piling right away. This movie has been highly rated for being very original."
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    #3The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

    The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

    The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is an American horror film directed by Tobe Hooper in 1974, starring Marilyn Burns, Allen Danzinger, and Paul A. Partain. The film revolves around a group of teenagers who fall victim to a family of cannibals.


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    Jose Burton
    Written on October 2, 2017
    "Growing up in Texas This was the movie to watch during Halloween time. We grew up knowing that this was real and that there were others In Texas that would do this kind of evil things. If you like horror movies and the sub genres then this would be worth a watch you won't regret it."


According to Wikipedia, Slasher films is a sub-genre of horror films involving a violent psychopath stalking and murdering a group of people, through the use of bladed tools.


Did you know that the Golden Age of slasher films was in 1978-1984? The Golden Age of Slasher films was influenced by the Italian Giallo films such as Peeping Tom and Psycho.

The film Psycho has been named as one of the most shocking films of all time. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock and written by Joseph Stefano, Psycho is a 1960 slasher film and a movie adaptation that is about a Phoenix secretary who ends up at a secluded motel after stealing money from her employer, the motel’s disturbed owner-manager, and its aftermath. It was released on September 8, 1960, and gained a cumulative worldwide gross of $50 million dollars. The movie stars Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, John Gavin, Vera Miles, and Martin Balsam. Psycho was nominated for four Academy Awards in 1961, including Best Actress in Supporting Role, Best Director, Best Cinematography Black-and-White, Best Art Direction-Set Direction, Black-and-White. It has now considered being one of Hitchcock's best films and praised as a major work of cinematic art by international film critics and scholars. According to Wikipedia, after Hitchcock's death in 1980, Universal Studios began producing follow-ups: three sequels, a remake, a television film spin-offs, and a contemporary prequel TV series. 
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    #4A Nightmare on Elm Street

    A Nightmare on Elm Street

    A Nightmare on Elm Street is a 1984 American slasher film by Wes Craven. The first film of its franchise, the plot revolves around a group of teenagers who are stalked and killed in their dreams. The movie runs for a total of 91 minutes.


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    Susan Patterson
    Written on June 22, 2017
    "I first saw A Nightmare on Elm Street when I was far too young--probably younger than ten--and it scared me so much that it was hard for me to sleep for years afterwards. Definitely a good movie and a classic, but keep your young children away from it."
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    #5Child's Play

    Child's Play

    Child's Play is an American supernatural psychological slasher film from 1988, directed by Tom Holland. The film revolves around a doll possessed by the soul of a dangerous serial killer hell-bent on revenge.


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    Teresa Harris
    Written on March 29, 2017
    "Child's Play and slasher movies in general are not favorites, but this is a classic and one of the best of the genre. It hasn't held up as well as some 80's movies, but slasher movies aren't exactly realistic, so it's okay that this feels very 80s and a bit cheesy at times when you watch it now. As long as you know that going in, I can't imagine not enjoying watching the demonic doll."
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    #6Alice, Sweet Alice

    Alice, Sweet Alice

    The first movie of Brooke Shields is this slasher movie about a preteen young girl called Alice that becomes the suspect in the killing of her younger sister during her first Communion. The movie became famous for the iconic use of a translucent mask and a yellow raincoat by the killer and for the use of a child as a killer


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    Roger Fox
    Written on August 14, 2017
    "I like this movie alright. It's kind of old. Not really as bloody as slashes would get later. There is one sort of interesting twist, not really if you've read the title. It's okay, good not too great, really. Watch it or don't, I don't care."
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    #7Prom Night

    Prom Night

    Prom Night is Canadian slasher film directed by Paul Lynch in 1980, starring Leslie Nielsen and Jamie Lee Curtis. The plot revolves around a series of murders during a local prom night.


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    Aaryan Singhal
    Written on October 2, 2017
    "Prom Night is an atrocious movie and I definitely wouldn't consider it to be one of the best slasher movies of all time. This is a bad solution to what I am looking for."
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    #8Black Christmas

    Black Christmas

    Black Christmas is a 1974 film produced and directed by Bob Clark. This movie is one of the first slashers movies and is a cult classic. It starred Olivia Hussey, Keir Dullea, Margot Kidder, and more. 


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    Anthony Price
    Written on January 1, 2017
    " Black Christmas was a genre defining movie and still remains a favorite of many slasher film enthusiasts. It set the precedent for what defined this genre of film and has been copied but never fully surpassed. I found this movie entertaining and would recommend it."
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    Scream is a slasher film directed by Wes Craven released in 1996 starring Neve Campbell and Courtney Cox. It follows the story of high school student Sidney Prescott (Campbell) who becomes the target of a mysterious killer known as Ghostface. 


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    Nicholas Freeman
    Written on March 2, 2017
    "Lots of horror fans have an unreasonable nostalgia for movies from the 70s. Without it, the might come to the agreement that Scream is the best horror film ever made. It's funny without winking at the audience. It's scary without being unrealistic or supernatural. Most of all, it's a lot of fun and infinitely re-watchable."
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    #10Sleepaway Camp

    Sleepaway Camp

    Sleepaway Camp is a dark classic cult slasher movie that has what has been considered by many critics as the most shocking endings among horror movies of all time. The plot is simple, a group of teenagers in a summer camp starts to die mysteriously and the cause seems to be a strange secret from the past.


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    Henry Chapman
    Written on April 26, 2017
    "Sleepaway Camp is a terrible movie, the plot is overused. There's a group of teenagers and they get murdered one by one. Sound familiar? "
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    #11The Burning

    The Burning

    This exploitation slasher was maybe one of the inspirations of A Nightmare on Elm Street due to its burned down killer ending with the life of the youngster that go on vacation to a summer camp like on Friday the 13th. This movie is one of the most terrific slashers of his time with an interesting plot and atmosphere. A hidden cult movie.


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    James Payne
    Written on October 2, 2017
    "Everyone loves a good slasher movie and horror movie and The Burning delivers just that. A fan movie that draws from a Nightmare on Elm Street, it is a ton of fun and has a great ending to go with it. I definitely recommend it to horror movie buffs."
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    #12My Bloody Valentine

    My Bloody Valentine

    My Bloody Valentine is one of the cult slasher classics. This Canadian movie is set in a mining town where everyone follows the legend that tells that a killer will start murdering everyone that celebrates Valentine's Day. When a group of young people doesn't follow the old tale and start celebrating the day, people start turning up dead.


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    Emily Duan
    Written on July 17, 2017
    "This is a totally classic movie. I liked the listing on Amazon becuase it's one of my favorite places to buy movies. The only thing is that there are other featured recommendations below the main movie listing so you could scroll through those to see which you wanted to check out."
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    #13A Bay of Blood

    A Bay of Blood

    A Bay of Blood by Italian director Mario Bava is the evolution of the Giallo genre to slasher, two genres with a lot of things in common. The plot tells the story of a rich countess that dies leaving a big estate as a trophy for all of those that want to get the inheritance. But someone is killing them one by one in one of the killing sprees with the most body count of its time.


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    George Morgan
    Written on August 20, 2017
    "I do not think this is a good solution . This is a 1971 Italian horror movie. It was picked up in the United States and changed to various names. It is a slasher movie in which the slasher kills about a dozen people However I would not specify it as one of the best slasher movies of all time even though it was a precursor to many including Friday the 13th. A list of 20 of the best can be found at many sites including http://www.ranker.com/list/the-best-slasher-movies/all-genre-movies-lists"
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    #14The House that Screamed

    The House that Screamed

    This Spanish movie by Narciso Ibañez Serrador is one of the precursors of the slasher genre and an inspiration for Argento's Suspiria. In a boarding school house for wayward girls, the girls have sexual escapades trying to avoid the repressive laws of the school symbolized in the figure of the head mistress. But suddenly the girls in the house starts vanishing and seems that there is a killer on the loose hidden in the corridors of the manor. 


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    Sandra Lira
    Written on April 22, 2017
    "I don't see the need for the sexual escapades. I'm also not a fan of horror movies. I think their could be another way for the girls to avoid repressive laws besides sex. Maybe something like marching, revolting, etc. this is a horror film. It should be more inventive. "
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    #15The Last House on the Left (1972)

    The Last House on the Left (1972)

    The Last House on the Left is a horror and thriller film written and directed by Wes Craven. This movie was first released on August 30, 1972. It tells the story of two girls who were kidnapped and tortured by a group of psychos.


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    Sharon Ortiz
    Written on October 19, 2017
    "The last house on the left is a pretty good slasher movie from Wes Craven. Watching it in 2017 I was still able to be scared and anxious. Awesome film."
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    #16Dementia 13

    Dementia 13

    Dementia 13 is the first mainstream movie directed by Francis Ford Coppola. The movie was produced by Roger Corman and is an exploitation of Psycho, the Hitchcock movie. The movie is one of the first antecedents of the slasher genre and shows part of the Coppola point of view about filmmaking. The plot shows a well developed gothic atmosphere in which there is a murderer that is killing people in an ancient estate.


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    Christina Hart
    Written on October 2, 2017
    "I did not have high expectations for this one and let me tell you it was just as well. Boy, this that movie age badly or what. It might also be that it was never very good to start with, of course. It does deserve many points for being a pioneer in the exquisite arts of slasher movies and there are some good ideas here and there, but the execution is so sloppy I found myself shaking my head for a good 75% of the movie. I'd say its greater value is the fact that it's the first movie Francis Ford Coppola directed. You've come a long way , baby..."
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    Saw is a mystery and psychological thriller directed by James Wan. it was first released in 2004. The story tells about two strangers who wake up in a room and discover they are pawns in a deadly game of a notorious serial killer. 


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    The crazy guitar man Pvt ltd
    Written on September 18, 2018
    "amazing but watch only the first one. Rest suck"


Best What are the best slasher movies of all time
1HalloweenMovies 132 Paid
2Friday the 13th Movies 111 Paid
3The Texas Chain Saw MassacreMovies 79 Paid
4A Nightmare on Elm StreetMovies 55 Paid
5Child's PlayMovies 54 Paid
6Alice, Sweet AliceMovies 49 Paid
7Prom NightMovies 47 Paid
8Black ChristmasMovies 37 Paid
9ScreamMovies 35 Paid
10Sleepaway CampMovies 31 Paid

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