The slasher movie genre is a niche in the horror genre. The provenance of the genre can be traced back to the 1960s, when visionary auteurs like Alfred Hitchcock turned a new leaf in the book of Hollywood. The films are usually panned by critics and generally don’t do well at the box office either. The kitschy potboilers though did find success in the formative years of the conception of its idea. Over the years, its popularity has faded. Neither do the film-makers or the audiences like to be a part of such films. The genre is survived by remakes, sequels and reboots, which lack imagination and the original essence of the movies. The golden period for the slasher genre was the 1980-2000 period, when it gained popularity and saw directors come up with new ideas. The following list comprises of top slasher movies ever. You might be able to watch some of these good slasher movies on Netflix. Most of the these are slasher horror films. There are also a couple of 80s slasher movies.
10. Cabin in the Woods (2012)
This was Drew Goddard’s directorial debut. The story chronicles the deadly sojourn of five friends in a remote cabin in the woods, getting hunted by retrograde zombies and two obscure technicians from an underground facility. The film attempted at “revitilizing the slasher genre”, and a satire on torture porn. The film opened to rave reviews, with critics praising “It is an astonishing meta-feat, capable of being funny, strange, and scary – frequently all at the same time.” The film was a commercial success as well, grossing $66 million world-wide. It is actually remembered as the re-birth of the slasher genre.
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9. Black Christmas (1974)
The film was directed by Bob Clark. The story follows a group of sorority sisters who are receiving threatening phone calls, while being stalked and murdered during the holiday season by a deranged murderer hiding in the attic of their sorority house. The film opened to mixed reviews, with critical acclaim following after re-consideration. It is credited for originating the unsolved ambiguous identity for the killer. The film has achieved a cult status and is one of the most revered piece of cinema in the slasher genre.