Top 10 slasher movies ever

by CaligulaAzrael | created - 17 Nov 2011 | updated - 17 Nov 2011 | Public

A short list of my favourite slasher movies.

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1. Psycho (1960)

R | 109 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

8.5
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97 Metascore

A Phoenix secretary embezzles $40,000 from her employer's client, goes on the run, and checks into a remote motel run by a young man under the domination of his mother.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, John Gavin

Votes: 476,143 | Gross: $32.00M

Of course, this is not exactly a slaher flick, more a precursor of the genre. Hitchcock's masterpiece that changed everything.

2. Peeping Tom (1960)

Not Rated | 101 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

7.7
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A young man murders women, using a movie camera to film their dying expressions of terror.

Director: Michael Powell | Stars: Karlheinz Böhm, Anna Massey, Moira Shearer, Maxine Audley

Votes: 24,311 | Gross: $0.08M

Another "prototype" of the genre, not as perfect as his colleague from the same year, but his influence is still invaluable.

3. Friday the 13th (1980)

R | 95 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

6.5
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19 Metascore

A group of camp counselors are stalked and murdered by an unknown assailant while trying to reopen a summer camp which, years before, was the site of a child's drowning.

Director: Sean S. Cunningham | Stars: Betsy Palmer, Adrienne King, Jeannine Taylor, Robbi Morgan

Votes: 94,409 | Gross: $39.75M

Best teen-slasher ever. Not exactly a good movie, but very pleasant and atmospheric.

4. Halloween (1978)

R | 91 min | Horror, Thriller

7.8
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78 Metascore

Fifteen years after murdering his sister on Halloween night 1963, Michael Myers escapes from a mental hospital and returns to the small town of Haddonfield to kill again.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Donald Pleasence, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tony Moran, Nancy Kyes

Votes: 176,633 | Gross: $47.00M

Carpenter's classic that started one of the biggest legends in the horror world.

5. Scream 3 (2000)

R | 116 min | Horror, Mystery

5.5
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56 Metascore

While Sidney and her friends visit the Hollywood set of Stab 3, the third film based on the Woodsboro murders, a new Ghostface begins to terrorize them once again.

Director: Wes Craven | Stars: David Arquette, Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, Liev Schreiber

Votes: 106,375 | Gross: $89.14M

I've chosen the third part, because it's my favourite one from the series. "Ghostface" goes to Hollywood!

6. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

R | 91 min | Horror

7.5
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78 Metascore

Several people are hunted by a cruel serial killer who kills his victims in their dreams. While the survivors are trying to find the reason for being chosen, the murderer won't lose any chance to kill them as soon as they fall asleep.

Director: Wes Craven | Stars: Heather Langenkamp, Johnny Depp, Robert Englund, John Saxon

Votes: 167,875 | Gross: $25.50M

Wes Craven creates one of the most notorious psychopaths in cinema's history. "How sweet! Fresh meat!"

7. My Bloody Valentine (1981)

R | 90 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

6.2
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46 Metascore

A decades-old folk tale surrounding a deranged murderer killing those who celebrate Valentine's Day turns out to be true to legend when a group defies the killer's order and people start turning up dead.

Director: George Mihalka | Stars: Paul Kelman, Lori Hallier, Neil Affleck, Keith Knight

Votes: 13,915 | Gross: $5.67M

Slasher flick about Valentine's Day? Alright! I highly recommend the uncut version, which still is quite rare.

8. Black Christmas (1974)

R | 98 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

7.2
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During their Christmas break, a group of sorority girls are stalked by a stranger.

Director: Bob Clark | Stars: Olivia Hussey, Keir Dullea, Margot Kidder, John Saxon

Votes: 24,306 | Gross: $4.05M

Well, the movie isn't bloody or brutal, but it has tension and atmosphere. Very entertaining.

9. April Fool's Day (1986)

R | 89 min | Horror, Mystery

6.2
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Nine college students staying at a friend's remote island mansion begin to fall victim to an unseen murderer over the April Fool's Day weekend.

Director: Fred Walton | Stars: Deborah Foreman, Griffin O'Neal, Clayton Rohner, Jay Baker

Votes: 11,602 | Gross: $12.95M

Climatic picture with a surprising ending.

10. Sleepaway Camp (1983)

R | 84 min | Horror

6.3
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Angela Baker, a traumatized and very shy young girl, is sent to summer camp with her cousin. Shortly after her arrival, anyone with sinister or less than honorable intentions gets their comeuppance.

Director: Robert Hiltzik | Stars: Felissa Rose, Jonathan Tiersten, Karen Fields, Christopher Collet

Votes: 18,869 | Gross: $11.00M

This one wouldn't be anything special, if not the question of the final scene - it's just staggering!