Everyone knows about Jason, Freddy and Michael Myers and their prolific kill counts. This list picks out 5 other slashers that deserve your attention. Oh, and expect a lot of SPOILERS!
My Bloody Valentine 3D (2009)
Poor Harry. He survived a cave-in and it was traumatic … because he murdered his miner buds to survive! I won’t give away the twist, but never has a pick ax received so much on-screen love. It’s got both a high body count and gory content. My Bloody Valentine 3D isn’t for the squeamish by any means.
The cast makes this one stand out and Harry really is a tragic figure. You gotta love a killer that takes a beating, gets knocked down, but keeps coming for you.
Happy Birthday To Me (1981)
Let’s give the ladies some slasher love. Happy Birthday To Me came with the flood of slasher flicks during the late 70s through late 80s. It doesn’t make much sense, but you have to admire the unique kills this one offers (Shish Kebab skewers, free weights, motorcycle chains). Plus, it’s cheesy as all get out. I always pick this one as a favorite.
The Burning (1981)
The Burning is the first horror movie I’d ever seen. A babysitter let me watch it on cable one night. It scared me shitless at the time. I’ll never look at garden shears the same way again (or without a pop-culture reference).
The story is nothing special: A disfigured man (Cropsey) gets revenge on pesky, horny teens at a camp.
Let me guess … you heard that one before, eh? Anyway, this slasher flick knows it’s about the body count and it delivers. It also has many TV stars from the late 80s and 90s. Watch their younger selves get whacked!
The Strangers (2008)
The late 2000s offered up some great slasher flicks. The Strangers has to be my favorite from the that period. Liv Tyler and Scott Speedman play a couple going through some issues, when Liv answers the door well after midnight. Then, 3 Halloween-masked psychos stalk them all night long. There isn’t much gore in this one, but the tension is enough to drive you crazy.
BTW – Skip the sequel from 2018.
Cherry Falls (2000)
In 2000, the indie horror comedy, Cherry Falls, hit the screens. Virgins were on the chopping block this time. That’s right: You wanted to be a horny, sex-having teen in a slasher flick to escape Lora Lee’s knife, ax and other sharp objects. Of course, there’s a twist ending and it’s open to sequel possibilities. I think it’s just as witty as Heathers, too.
Jacob ‘Jake’ Rice grew up with ghost stories and monster hunting. Today, he searches for paranormal critters, writes about urban legends, and hunts a ghost or two.