STALKIN' ABOUT MY GENERATION
The slasher movie was staple of the 70's and 80's. However, with found-footage and supernatural horror taking centre stage since the turn of the century, they've taken something of a back-seat. However there are still some gems out there. For those of you who need to get their stalk'n'slash fix - but don't necessarily want to see people with shoulder pads and fruzzy hair, here are a few of our favourite modern slasher titles.
Please don't hate us. We are aware that Cherry Falls isn't the greatest slasher film ever made. However, released in 2000, it is still imbued with that trashy, teeny aura that soon became a rarity within the genre. If we're being honest, one of the main reasons this film is on the list is the fantastic tagline; 'If you haven't had it...you've had it'. Yep, Cherry Falls is about a serial killer who makes it his business to start offing local teenage virgins. Neat twist eh? Usually, in slasher films, virgins are the ones who are safe and it's the slutty chicks th.....oh you know, who am I kidding? The plot and ending are pretty bonkers – the film 'climaxes' in a huge orgy that the students set up in an effort to take themselves off the killers list. Beyond the absurdity, it's actually quite a subversive and humorous take on the slasher sub-genre.
Whilst most slasher movies have darkly comic moments, Severance is a film that triumphantly fuses out and out comedy with traditional slasher fare. Any film that can make you laugh quite regularly but that also maintains a dark and foreboding atmosphere is a rare thing. Chris Smith's British-German comedy-horror follows a group of co-workers who head to rural Hungary on a team-building trip. Office politics is suddenly not the biggest problem when someone stars offing the gang one by one. Severance is like The Office fused with a nasty slasher movie and if that doesn't appeal to you then something is wrong with you. Even Danny Dyer is bearable.
BEHIND THE MASK: THE RISE OF LESLIE VERNON
Released in 2006, Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon is a film that may have gone under the radar for general audiences. However, if you haven't seen this mockumentary yet then track it down ASAP. The film follows a journalist and her film crew who travel to a small town to document a serial killer who is offing people in classic slasher movie fashion. It's all very meta and satirical – but in a good way. It pays homage to 80's slashers and fittingly includes appearances from legends such as Robert Englund, Kane Hodder and Zelda Rubinstein. However the main reason Behind the Mask is on the list is because it treats the it's slasher origins with love and affection and is as witty as it is gory.
Scandinavian horror films have risen to prominence since the turn of the century. Dead Snow, Trollhunter, Wither and Let The Right One In have all caught the imaginations of audiences. 2006's Cold Prey is another to add to that list. Roar Uthaug's icy psycho-thriller harks back to 80's stalk'n'slash heyday as a group of teenagers on a snowboarding holiday in the Norwegian mountains are forced to seek shelter in an abandoned hotel. However, it's not long before they discover that there's a chance that maybe one of the old guests hasn't quite 'checked out' yet. Tense, beautifully shot and containing some really decent central performances, Cold Prey is a reminder that slasher films can still be great fun – and producers agree, with WWE Studios having already optioned an English language remake.
A film about a group of tourists on a haunted swamp tour in New Orleans who are hunted down by the vengeful spirit of a deformed dude named Victor Crowley sounds pretty cool right? Well it is! Adam Green's splatter flick includes a great ensemble cast too – including horror icons Robert Englund, Tony Todd and Kane Hodder. Hatchet has a great 80's vibe to it, a great script and a brilliant bad guy too. Hey, any villain that can still seem menacing whilst sporting dungarees deserves some respect. Hatchet also includes some hilariously entertaining and over-the-top death scenes. Two following sequels were decent enough but neither were quite as good as the original.
ALL THE BOYS LOVE MANDY LANE
We certainly do. The film that propelled Amber Heard into the limelight, ATBLML (as no one is calling it) is a teen slasher fli