Slashers. Do I have to tell you this genre is awesome? Do I really need to spell it out for you? Well, okay then, here goes. Shkbchdcunjusdfubhjib! Sorry. Did my best. Words can’t begin to describe how much I love slashers. Even the bad ones. These gory horror films typically involve a knife or axe wielding killer (usually male) stalking and killing people (often drunk, attractive teenagers in the woods) in graphically violent ways until there’s only one survivor. Killer-icons include: Michael Myers, Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, Chucky, Ghostface and Leatherface. Whoa whoa whoa, wait! Leatherface?! Yeah, spoiler: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is on this list.
Some consider Chainsaw to be a slasher, some don’t. It definitely has slasher elements and Leatherface is a typical slasher villain (although the hitchhiker is the one with the knife), but it’s not a typical slasher film (the killer didn’t come to the victims, they came to him). It’s more like a semi slasher. But that’s good enough for me. It all boils down to what your definition of a slasher film is; Just the films from ‘the Golden Age of slashers’ (1978 – 1984) when the genre was most popular? Or is it important to include films like Chainsaw that came out when the slasher genre wasn’t an established genre yet? Pissed at my decisions? Send your comments below.