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rhett
07-04-2002, 10:33 AM
Hey guys, I thought it would be neat if we all listed our favorite slasher films of the 80's. In order not to saturate the lists, lets not include any sequels. Here are mine:

1. Friday the 13th
2. Prom Night
3. A Nightmare On Elm Street
4. My Bloody Valentine
5. Maniac
6. Terror Train
7. Sleepaway Camp
8. The Burning
9. April Fool's Day
10. Silent Night, Deadly Night

Honorable Mentions: Final Exam, Hell Night, The Prowler, Happy Birthday to Me, Madman, Graduation Day, House on Sorrority Row, The Final Terror, The Funhouse.

mcchrist
07-04-2002, 11:32 PM
1. Truth or Dare: A Critical Madness
2. Nightmare
3. Sorority House Massacre
4. Blood Cult
5. Violent Shit
6. Death Spa
7. There Was a Little Girl
8. The Initiation
9. 555
10. The Mutilator

dvdasia62
07-04-2002, 11:42 PM
I really can't stand the "slasher" genre at all but I absolutely loved "Maniac". It was so unrelenting and effective that I needed to take a shower after watching it! :)

Cydeous
07-05-2002, 12:00 AM
1. Maniac
2. Friday the 13th
3. The Burning
4. My Bloody Valentine
5. The Prowler
6. Mother's Day
7. Terror Train
8. The Slayer
9. Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker
10. Happy Birthday to Me

mcchrist
07-05-2002, 01:25 AM
I don't consider Maniac a slasher at all. Slasher's to me, are films about mass murderers. Maniac was about a Serial Killer, the same goes for Henry as well. I'm a huge fan of true crime and the like, and there is a huge difference between the two. That's why I can't put something like Maniac in with slashers. I know it sounds morbid, but think of it in Capitalistic terms. Killing for quantity over Killing for quality. Mass murderers kill for the sake of killing, where a serial killer kills to fulfill a need.

Maniac is not a slasher.

dvdasia62
07-05-2002, 02:03 AM
I think it is the epitome of a slasher film in it's presentation so I'll go along with nearly every publication and call it a slasher. :)

rhett
07-05-2002, 02:21 AM
Originally posted by mcchrist
3. Sorority House Massacre
Interesting pick mcchrist. I personally think it is one of the worst movies I have ever seen, but I also like Final Exam, so more or likely my taste is skewed. I am just wondering though, what did you like about the movie?

Vdlman
07-05-2002, 03:52 AM
1.) Friday the 13th
2.) A Nightmare on Elm Street
3.) Maniac
4.) The Slumber Party Massacre
5.) Silent Night, Deadly Night
6.) Sleepaway Camp
7.) The Prowler
8.) My Bloody Valentine
9.) Mother's Day
10.) The Burning

Honorable Mentions: Christmas Evil, Happy Birthday to Me, Nightmare, Graduation Day, Madman, The House on Sorority Row, Slaughter High, and Hide and Go Shriek.

Hellbilly
07-05-2002, 11:07 AM
1. Friday The 13th
2. Happy Birthday To Me
3. April Fool's Day
4. Hell Night
5. Sleepaway Camp
6. Prom Night
7. House On Sorority Row
8. Hospital Massacre
9. Madman
10. The Burning

Honorable mention: And All Through The House (1989), that TALES FROM THE CRYPT episode.

KillerCannabis
07-06-2002, 08:38 PM
Mine, in no particular order:

1. Friday the 13th
2. Nightmare on Elm Street
3. Maniac
4. April Fool's Day
5. Sleepaway Camp
6. The Shining
7. Silent Night, Deadly Night
8. Madman

I'm only doing 8. I'm too stoned to think.

mcchrist
07-07-2002, 01:29 AM
Take a closer look at my list Rhett, I like all the titles I listed, but I'm not too keen on slashers myself. Sorority in my mind was a little better than average. I want my slashers gritty and pointless. Sorority or Fill in the Blank, it doesn't matter to me, any title that I listed fits the bill.

Trout
07-07-2002, 04:23 AM
A site that I recommend for almost all the films in the slasher craze would have to be Hysteria! (www.south-over.demon.co.uk)

I know I posted this before, but it is such a cool site that is needs a second posting.

Mark Relford
07-07-2002, 07:06 AM
1. Maniac
2. The Burning
3. Slaughter High (big time guilty pleasure.)
4. Terror Train
5. My Bloody Valentine
6. The Stepfather
7. The Mutilator (uncut version only)
8. Friday the 13th
9. Silent Night Deadly Night
10. Visiting Hours

It's a shame that the slasher movie is dead.:( I haven't seen a good one in ages.

mcchrist
07-07-2002, 11:11 PM
The slasher movie is dead, there is a reason for that but it would take me three days or so to type it up. The slasher is dead because the cold war is over.

Slasher points to consider:

1. The killer is an unstoppable force
2. The victims are youth participating in lewd and unsavory behavior
3. The victims are corrupted (such as toying with a ouija board or something that summons or offends the killer) and eventually they are slaughtered.

Seigfried Kracour (I think that's how you spell his name) once wrote a book saying that the film is the unspoken cry of an entire people. He was talking about the coincidences and the correlations between the german expressionist silent cinema and the Third Reich.

POLL:

The unstoppable force in the typical American slasher film could be seen as being the communists...

-or-

I'm talking out of my ass... American cinema is dead.

CJ
07-08-2002, 03:29 AM
In no particular order of preference:

1: Friday the 13th
2: The Prowler/Rosemary's Killer (Uncut)
3: The Burning
4: Happy Birthday to Me
5: Mardi Gras Massacre (Simply for its high cheese value)
6: Maniac
7: Psycho from Texas (Again, very cheesy, but has nostalgia value)
8: My Bloody Valentine
9: Madman
10: Sleepaway Camp

There are many others too, like Slumber Party Massacre, The House on Sorority Row, The Toolbox Murders and Eyes of a Stranger. All of which have something in them to recommend them.

Joel Groce
07-09-2002, 07:34 AM
I know we weren't gonna do sequels but "Halloween 2" is one of my favs and stands out so much for me that I have to give it some space here. Also, "Alone in the Dark" is killer!

Mark Relford
07-10-2002, 09:39 AM
Originally posted by Joel Groce
"Alone in the Dark" is killer!

Gotta agree. This slasher has a great cast of lunatics.

AceRimRat
07-10-2002, 11:45 PM
My problem with a list is that a lot of my favorite '80s slashers are sequels - some of which I prefer to the originals!

But here's a list, in no particular order:
1. Friday the 13th (my favorite of the series probably Final Chap.)
2. The Prowler
3. Maniac
4. Madman
5. House on Sorority Row
6. My Bloody Valentine
7. Prom Night
8. Terror Train
9. April Fool's Day
10. All the generic slashers I used to rent as a kid but can't remember the names of. You know what I'm talking about, gang. Those slashers with maybe one good kill, that was hidden at the back of the video store, and has never been rented before or since, but remains fondly remembered.

A few questions/problems/issues spring to mind:

Would NOES3 count as a slasher? I didn't include it because it's a sequel, but I don't know if it fits the classic definition.

I would include Halloween 2 as well, but it's a sequel and the original is from the late '70s, isn't it?

Also, I've somehow managed to miss both Sleepaway Camp and The Burning, so I didn't include these, though I'm very much hoping to see them soon.

moogong
07-12-2002, 07:56 PM
In no order..

Friday the 13th
Maniac
Nightmare on Elm Street
Hell Night
Prom Night
Slaughter High
Slumber Party Massacre
Hollywood Chainsaw Hooker
Sleepaway Camp
The Prowler

STREET TRASH
07-12-2002, 08:07 PM
I really liked...

Maniac
Happy Birthday to Me
Don't Go in the Woods
Dressed To Kill
Sleepaway Camp
Don't Open 'til Christmas
The Mutilator
Slaughterhouse
Unhinged
I, Madman

indiephantom
08-28-2003, 04:53 PM
also in no order...

A Nightmare on Elm St.
The Stepfather
The Slumber Party Massacre
Happy Birthday to Me
The Prowler
Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter
Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning
Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives
Halloween II
The Final Terror

John
08-28-2003, 11:39 PM
These are in no order and contain no sequels.......

Maniac
Happy Birthday to Me
Sleepaway Camp
Friday the 13th
Prom Night
Terror Train
A Nightmare on Elm Street
April Fool's Day
The Burning
My Bloody Valentine

mariah
08-29-2003, 01:14 AM
The Prowler
My Bloody Valentine
Friday The 13th
April Fool's Day
The Burning
Madman
Happy Birthday To Me
Slaughter High
Terror Train
Sleepaway Camp

Ash28M
08-29-2003, 01:48 AM
1. Friday the 13th
2. A Nightmare On Elm Street
3. Maniac
4. Prom Night
5. Alone in the Dark
6. I, Madman
7. Hell Night
8. Terror Train
9. The Burning
10. House on Sorority Row

Getting a brain cramp towards the end of the list.

H0MOSareGAY
08-29-2003, 08:46 AM
Originally posted by mcchrist
1. Truth or Dare: A Critical Madness
2. Nightmare
3. Sorority House Massacre
4. Blood Cult
5. Violent Shit
6. Death Spa
7. There Was a Little Girl
8. The Initiation
9. 555
10. The Mutilator
Oh c'mon, where is F13?

onebyone
08-29-2003, 09:11 AM
What a tasty thread this is. Thanks Rhett.

In no special order because I am far too flighty for that:

1. Friday the 13th
2. Intruder
3. Sleepaway Camp 2 (I like it so much better than the others I have to count it. )
4. A Nightmare on Elm Street
5. The Burning
6. Silent Night, Deadly Night
7. The Prowler
8. Hospital Massace
9. Alone in the Dark
10. My Bloody Valentine

I would have had The Stepfather up there as it is one of my favorite movies ever but I am not sure of its slasher status.

Others in my head are New Year's Evil, Sorority House Massacre **whistles innocently past Rhett,** Terror Train, Madman, Prom Night, Slaughter High, The Initiation, April Fool's Day, and The Funhouse.

mcchrist
08-29-2003, 09:18 AM
Oh c'mon, where is F13?

If it deserved on that list, it would be there.

vjmild@aol.com
08-31-2003, 06:01 AM
No order:
Just before dawn
the Burning
the Prowler
my bloody valentine
Halloween 2
Friday the 13th pt. 5 (fucking badass movie)
Texas chainsaw massacre 2
Madman
Pieces
Happy birthday to me

SaviniFan
08-31-2003, 07:59 AM
*Black Christmas
*Halloween
*Friday The 13th
*Madman
*Slumber Party Massacre
*Sorrority House Massacre
*Terror Train
*Prom Night
*My Bloody Valentine
*The Burning

Cujo108
08-31-2003, 08:03 PM
BLACK CHRISTMAS and HALLOWEEN don't count, as they're 70s films. ;) BC is the best slasher film of all time though, and one of my top 5 favorite films.

SaviniFan
09-01-2003, 04:27 AM
Doh! I forgot that it was an 80's only slasher thread. Ok, so lemme replace Black Christmas and Halloween with:

*Happy Birthday To Me
*Silent Night Deadly Night

onebyone
09-01-2003, 04:52 AM
Originally posted by Cujo108
BLACK CHRISTMAS and HALLOWEEN don't count, as they're 70s films. ;) BC is the best slasher film of all time though, and one of my top 5 favorite films.

It was odd doing a favorite slasher list and not having those 2. It just seemed wrong somehow.

Eddie Quist
09-01-2003, 09:41 PM
1.) Slumber Party Massacre
2.) My Bloody Valentine
3.) The Burning
4.) Sleepaway Camp
5.) Friday the 13th
6.) Sorority House Massacre
7.) Last Slumber Party
8.) The Mutilator
9.) The Prowler

There's my new sequel-free list!! :D It's only 9, but it will do...

SaviniFan
09-02-2003, 01:52 AM
Hey Eddie, he said no sequels. If I can't mention 70's slashers, then you can't have sequels! ;)

Eddie Quist
09-02-2003, 03:45 AM
Originally posted by SaviniFan
Hey Eddie, he said no sequels. If I can't mention 70's slashers, then you can't have sequels! ;)

Whoops. :nervous:

Let me re-edit it....

WesReviews
09-02-2003, 08:51 AM
I know the rules go "no sequels" but, come on rhett...some of the sequels WERE better than the originals. :) Anyway, here's my list.

1. The Burning
2. Terror Train
3. April Fool's Day
4. My Bloody Valentine
5. Friday the 13th Part 2
6. Happy Birthday to Me
7. Madman (fucking sue me! :) )
8. The Initiation
9. Prom Night
10. House on Sorority Row

It is of my belief that Nightmare on Elm Street isn't a slasher. Rather, a monster movie with certain conventions of the slasher sub-genre. Same with Friday the 13th Parts 3-10. Only 1, 2, and 5 are true-blue slashers in the Friday series.

There are still PLENTY of slashers I have yet to see, but list is what I consider "the greats" right now. :)

John
09-02-2003, 01:32 PM
BLACK CHRISTMAS and HALLOWEEN don't count, as they're 70s films.

It was odd doing a favorite slasher list and not having those 2. It just seemed wrong somehow.

I agree!! I had to go back and look at my list just to make sure they weren't on there. Fortunately, I stayed in the 80's all the way. :D