[31 Days of Halloween] Day 11: Best Slasher
Adam Wingard’s 2011 film You’re Next. Hands down. I’ll never forget seeing it for the first time and having my mind blown. Antagonists with a compelling motive and opportunity, plot twists, relentlessly brutal kills, and a badass final girl?! That’s a recipe for a perfect slasher film, if you ask me. I love everything about it. It’s one of my favorites to put on for movie night and I love sharing it with friends who have never seen it before. - Megan Casady
Scream is a great slasher movie precisely because it’s a tribute to slasher movies, both acknowledging and defying their typical conventions and basking in its cleverness. It’s fun, it’s scary, and it surprises you from the opening scene, raising the stakes and telling you immediately that although it honors slasher and horror movie conventions, it doesn’t necessarily abide by them. - Mary Morris
I could list Halloween in almost every category here, but I'll take a break from Carpenter's iconic film to tell you Ghastly readers about my runner up: Stevan Mena's Malevolence. It's not rocket science why I would hold this one so close to my heart, it's the closest to a modern day Halloween that we will ever get (with the exception of David Gordon Green's amazing new film called, well...Halloween), both in spirirt and in tone. A less is more approach, a great setup and a killer that is absolutely terrifying.
Malevolence is a film that should be held up there with the Halloween and Friday the 13th's, it's THAT good and it does the From Dusk Till Dawn thing well, making you think it's one type of film, before pulling the rig from underneath you and given you one hell of a ride. Check it out and tell me I'm wrong...I'll reply with "no." That's all. - Jerry Smith
For me it’s Stagefright Aquarius. A film that takes place in a playhouse where a group are rehearsing for their production. A masked felon starts killing off the cast members bit by bit. The killer has an amazing mask of my favorite animal, an owl. This is an under-appreciated slasher that I think a lot of people should see. – Rachael Hauschild
I think I’ll have to say The Burning. It’s a classic setting a summer camp which we know is always fun, but it does things that are totally different to really set itself apart. The killer has a great backstory and look to him; the kids aren’t all likable but they’re still fun characters; and it has one of the greatest scenes ever when Cropsy attacks all the kids on the boat in broad daylight. – Michele Eggen
Scream is my favorite but I’m not going to sit here and tell you that the best, the cream of the crop, the top of the list, isn’t Halloween. John Carpenter’s blueprint for the slasher genre, the foundation and start of it all, is a masterpiece in cinema. It’s not just the best slasher, it’s one of the best horror movies ever made. It remains effective, stays scary, and it will. Forever. - Ryan Larson