Inspired by my good friends over at The Gentlemen's Guide to Midnite Cinema(one of my favorite podcasts out there), I decided to write up a list of my favorite slasher films. It's a tough list to write because there is an obvious challenge in whether or not to include Italian films in the list. I decided to just stick with non-Giallo type stuff for the most part. I was very close to adding De Palma's DRESSED TO KILL to my list but thought better of it. While truly an American Giallo, DRESSED is clearly more Hithcock than true slasher I suppose, but I feel like it can surely be called a slasher film even if not in the traditional sense horror fans are used to. If I was to allow for Italian films, I know I'd mention things like TORSO, TENEBRE, and maybe NEW YORK RIPPER. Of course, Mario Bava's deliciously stylish BLOOD AND BLACK LACE would be near the top too. I toyed with the idea of including MASSACRE AT CENTRAL HIGH, a film I like quite a bit, but decided to leave that out as well. It further pained me to select just one FRIDAY THE 13th film. It is a series that was quite formative to me as a youngster and one that I still have great love for. If I was to include a few more entries, I'd mention FRIDAY THE 13th PART 3 and PART 4 without any question. The second installment in the series stands above the rest for me though I must say. Hooded Jason will always win out over hockey-masked Jason. He's just creepier with his one eye peering through that sack. You will of course notice the distinct absence of THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE. Not sure if it is my lack of enthusiasm in general for this film(which I understand is completely blasphemous) or what exactly that made me exclude it. It is certainly a masterpiece of sorts in terms of horror filmmaking, just not one I appreciate all that much. I also didn't mention more recent efforts like MUTE WITNESS or the even more recent COLD PREY, both of which I enjoyed. So what is left is a list of films, most of which will be quite familiar to hardcore slasher film fans. I recommend you see all of them if the genre is one you enjoy. I am also always on the lookout for recommendations if there are some that you yourself enjoy a great deal. I linked trailers to each of the movies on my list with a couple exceptions so you can get a taste of any that you might not have seen.
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