Now nine times out of ten, if there’s a Top 10 on this blog its reader voted on. Today however, that’s not the case! This Top 10 is simply me picking the ten slasher films or just any 10 horror films. And this isn’t a list of films I get the most joy out of, because trust me for some we may be leaving quality at the door and just picking them for pure enjoyment and guilty pleasure. After all, things can be soo bad they are good right?
You see the list I’m listing today is for the somewhat lesser known or loved slasher films of the world. I know there are a few exceptions here and there, but your typical originals of the big four (Friday the 13th, Halloween, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre) won’t be found here, even if some of their sequels that are loved to a much lesser extent does make my list.
So, that being said here is my list of “10 Under-appreciated Slasher Films I Love”, hope some of you share my fondness of some of these.
10: Halloween II (1981)
While most will live and die behind their idea that the original Halloween is the greatest slasher of all-time, I must admit that I actually would pick part two over one in most situations when I just want to watch a Halloween films. Michael Myers having a run at the world’s least active hospital has always been a cool visual to me. Maybe some of the mystic was killed, but when does that not happen in a sequel?
09 Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives (1986)
You have reached the point when they finally just said “Screw it” and made Jason pretty much a super zombie. While if you are looking for different in Friday the 13th you could look to The New Blood, I happen to like the wacky ways of part six. It also doesn’t hurt when you realize that the dude playing Jason is possible one of the nicest guys in the world.
08 Eyes of a Stranger (1981)
We have anchor women taking the law into their own hands while they have a sister in the house that comes across as possibly the greatest deaf, dumb, and blind kid since the one sung about in “Pinball Wizard”. Overall, this story of a creepy neighbor packs some cool gore and is pretty darn interesting.
07 Nightmare (1981)
Quality wise I wouldn’t call Nightmare the best in the world. But this is a movie that is just so insane at times you can’t help but want to watch it. This films packs great gore with a twist or two added in for good measure. Unfortunately if you want to check this out on DVD you have to be ready to open that wallet wide. Also unfortunately I don’t feel the movie is worth the price. Still, it is fun.
06 Humongous (1982)
It is hard to tell if Adam Green was trying to rip off Friday the 13th, Madman, or Humongous the most when he made Hatchet, but Humongous is a perfect example of a retard strong mongoloid. And this big fellow is the spawn of a woman being rapped. It isn’t Shakespeare by any means, but as far as B-String slashers go it is a hoot to watch.
05 Nightmare at Shadow Woods (aka Blood Rage) (1987)
What you have here might be the most interesting set of twins since the Cobra twins from G.I. Joe. One is a good boy that seems to get his brother’s evil deeds pinned on him while the evil one leaves people chopped up inside the woods. I really wish this movie was easier to get your hands on. Maybe one day someone like Scream Factory or Synapse can give us an awesome edition of it.
04 The Nail Gun Massacre (1985)
Since chainsaws were already taken I guess one has to just what is left in the shed before setting out on a proverbial massacre. It was also filmed in Texas if anyone has any confusion as to what iconic film this might have been trying to somewhat duplicate. Of course the end result isn’t in the same league as the movie it seems to try to duplicate someway in title, but the film sure does have some awesome art. And the visual of our Nail Gun shooter isn’t too bad either.
03 The Mutilator (1985)
I’m not sure if I really enjoy this movie this much or I’m just driven by the fact that all that is out there is old VHS tapes and awful bootlegs of it. Mutilator isn’t all that great, but it does have an atmosphere to it. Also, the quest to find a good enough print for a legit DVD release has become the stuff of legends around these parts.
02 Pieces (1982)
Here is your prime example of “so bad it’s good”. As crazy as the story in Pieces gets, I am at a point where I’m forced to consider it genius. Even if you didn’t get enough out of the awesome splatter that consumes this movie, the very last minute or so will make you remember it for better or for worse.
01 Intruder (1989)
Intruder wasn’t the type of slasher that got sequels, but it is by far one of my all-time favorites. Maybe that is because it packs what might be the coolest on screen death ever. Maybe it is because they found a way to stick the camera pretty much everywhere. Intruder stars those creative Raimi boys and their friends. This also means we get to see Bruce Campbell for all of three minutes. This might not be Evil Dead, but it is better than Thou Shalt Not Kill Expect, and it beats out about 95% of 80s slashers in my book.