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We’ve already established the fact that a mass audience like getting spooked. This is the reason why horror films are the rage now and they have been the rage since time immemorial. The adrenaline rush that some get from watching a good work of horror is unparalleled by any. Now, there are different ways in which you might make this happen. Just like this, there are also different genres of horror or thriller that one might have to check out if they are into this kind of entertainment. With this article, we will look at one genre that has created a separate niche for itself: Slasher Films.

What exactly are slasher films? This is a subgenre of horror that usually involves a certain level of violence. Due to this gory and grotesque nature of the genre – these films may not be everyone’s cup of tea. Slasher films involve, well, a slasher. They may feature the murder of killing of a person or a group of people in a disturbing manner. These also feature some tools or weapons that the slasher might use to do the deed. Sounds scary? Well, these films are just that and more.

Now you’ve read the description and have decided that you should maybe give these movies a try. What next? Watching them, of course! If you are someone that would like to explore the genre but are feeling lost, you are in the right place. Below are six slasher films that you should definitely not watch if you are home alone! Read on if you’re trying to trick yourself into a week’s worth of nightmares!

1. Halloween

Halloween came out in the year 2018 and it instantly became popular due to its creepy nature. It was directed by David Gordon Green and features Jamie Lee Curtis, Andi Matichak, Virginia Gardner, Judy Greer, Will Patton, and Haluk Bilginer in lead roles. The casting is perfect and the characters do justice to the storyline. The movie deals with the aftermath of the characters’ escape from killer Michael Myers.


Halloween (2018)

This is one of the most popular slasher films out there and if you could only check it out, you will know why. Halloween is a film that does not shy away from adding all the gory details that make these kinds of movies what they are. This is the reason why it is hailed as a film that could make even the most cold-hearted person a little uncomfortable. That being said, one should proceed to watch this film with caution much like all other movies on this list.

2. The Cabin in the Woods

This is a movie that is not only scary but also funny. How, you ask? Well, you would have to watch the movie to find out because words won’t suffice what The Cabin in the Woods has in store for you. This is a film that is laden with its funny moments, as our earlier statement will have you know. But don’t be fooled but this little factor, the movie also has its own share of jump scares that will make your heart jump to your throat! You have to believe us when we tell you that you’ll have to be mentally prepared to watch this film.

The Cabin in the Woods

The Cabin in the Woods (2012)

The Cabin in the Woods premiered in 2012, and Drew Goddard directed it. The plot follows a bunch of college friends as they vacation in a cabin that is surrounded by thick woods. But little do they know that this innocent little place follows dangerous secrets of its own. This movie is entertaining, engaging, and very very frightening.

3. I Know What You Did Last Summer

A bunch of teens, one summer vacation. What could go wrong? Well, a lot, from the looks of it. I Know What You Did Last Summer is one of the most popular slasher films on this list not only because of its great storyline and the way it stays true to the genre but also because of the number of popular faces that this movie features. This one is truly for fans of pure and unadulterated horror because the movie delivers and how? Decades after its release, it is still talked about in communities where this genre is enjoyed.

I Know What You Did Last Summer - Slasher Films

I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)

This film’s cast is what takes the cake. The movie features popular stars like Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Ryan Phillippe, Freddie Prinze Jr., Muse Watson, Bridgette Wilson, and Anne Heche. The plot follows everything that happens after a bunch of students try and hide an accidental hit and run they were involved in during the summer. The movie is intense and will back a few yelps here and there.

4. A Nightmare on Elm Street

This 2010 film is another popular pick on the list. It was directed by Samuel Bayer and bagged several nominations for the genre. The storyline is fresh and entertaining and can only be seen and felt – not explained in words. It deals with a man who kills people in their dreams – okay at least we tried!

A Nightmare on Elm Street - Slasher Films

A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)

If the cast does not make you want to watch the film then the storyline and the aesthetic definitely will. This is one story that is so popular amongst people that it scares them to no end. With some films, we almost forget the fact that the events are fictional. A Nightmare on Elm Street can definitely be called one of those films. If you think we’re hyping the movie up in vain, we would have to let you know just how wrong you are! This is a film that is everything people peg it to be and more.

5. Hush

This movie is relatively new when pitched against the other players on this list but this does not reduce its fear factor even by an iota. Hush is a film that is so full of scary moments that it becomes one continuous nightmare in the best way possible. This level of fear does not mean that the storyline is glitchy. The plot is detailed and all the characters are quite well established. The movie has something for everyone, well of course – except people who get jumpy watching horror films.

Hush came out in the year 2016 with the popular Mike Flanagan behind its direction. The plot of the movie follows a deaf writer. She has made her way into the woods to distance herself from people and live in isolation. Little does she know that this stint of hers will lead her to the fight of her life- one she might not return alive from. The movie’s cast features the following stars in lead roles:

  • Kate Siegel as Madison Young
  • John Gallagher Jr. as The Man
  • Michael Trucco as John Stanley
  • Samantha Sloyan as Sarah Greene
  • Emilia Graves as Max

This movie is a great pick if you are going for something more current and new. But beware, it is definitely not for the fainthearted.

6. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

It would be a shame if we did not include this title in our list because it is the biggest player here. This is not a single film but a series of movies. And let us tell you that every single one of them passes off as a stand-alone film. They are equal parts terrifying and intriguing  – a great element for any kind of cinema let alone slasher films.

Leatherface - Slasher Films


The first film in the series came out in 1974 and the latest one in 2017 called Leatherface. This is a series of films that is very popular amongst fans as the storyline is consistent and the casting always manages to be on point. If you are looking to binge a series of horror films for some reason other than to give yourself a heart attack, this is a good series to pick. There are no plot holes that we know of and it will give you the horror experience you are looking for all while providing you with a good plot to bank on.

So there you have it, a list of five of the best slasher films that you could ever lay your eyes on. If you are one to start the year off on this note – trust us with this recommendation and pick and choose from the list. And when you’re done with it – you’re left asking for more, you know where to find us! Happy streaming and oh, word of advice? Don’t forget to lock your doors!

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I'm Vijayalakshmi Devanathan, a 20-year-old queer writer and journalist. I'm a huge film buff who's also passionate about art, culture, literature and rockabilly. My pronouns are they/them and you can reach out to me at

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