Many, myself included, consider the 1980’s as the golden decade for slasher films. Halloween, Nightmare on Elm Street, and Friday the 13th came to power during this time. Below is our list of the top 10 Slasher Films from the 1980’s
I love slasher films and if you couldn’t guess that about me it’s time to unplug your internet and throw it out the window. Yes, I also know that you can’t throw the internet out the window but I felt that I was on a roll.
I was lucky enough to grow up in the 1980s and spent most of my weekends either at the local Mom and Pop video store renting slasher flicks OR watching one of the 3 “movie” channels we had hoping for a scary movie to come on. I take pride in the fact that I have seen almost all Slasher Films from the 1980’s and like to think that I am somewhat of an expert on them.
With that being said I found this list to be incredibly challenging as there are so many good slasher films that came out in the 1980’s and it was difficult to narrow them down to the 10 best Slasher Films from the 1980’s.
I know that I left several awesome ones off this list so be sure to check out the honorable mentions at the end as well as most of them are awesome as well.
Without further ado, here is my personal list:
The Top 10 Slasher Films from the 1980’s.
#10 Child’s Play 1988
Synopsis – A single mother gives her son a much sought-after doll for his birthday, only to discover that it is possessed by the soul of a serial killer.
Boy if I had a nickel for every birthday present I got that just so happened to be possessed I could quit my day job!
#9 Prom Night 1980
Synopsis – At a high school senior prom, a masked killer stalks four teenagers who were responsible for the accidental death of a classmate six years previously.
The first Jamie Lee Curtis film on the list… Guess there’s more to come did ya?
#8 Hell Night 1981
Synopsis – Four college pledges are forced to spend the night in a deserted old mansion, where they are stalked by the monstrous survivor of a family massacre years earlier.
Hmmm…All my fraternity did was make me memorize the Greek alphabet. I’d rather had to stay in a haunted house, lucky bastards!
#7 My Bloody Valentine 1981
Synopsis – A decades-old folk tale surrounding a deranged murderer killing those who celebrate Valentine’s Day turns out to be true to legend when a group defies the killer’s order and people start turning up dead.
I’m waiting for the Peanuts remake. It’s My Bloody Valentine Charlie Brown!
#6 Children of The Corn 1984
Synopsis – A young couple is trapped in a remote town where a dangerous religious cult of children believe everyone over the age of 18 must be killed.
Was it just me or did everyone below the age of 18 think this was a great idea… It couldn’t happen now because most kids under 18 can’t even wipe their own butts.
#5 Nightmare on Elm Street 1984
Synopsis – Several people are hunted by a cruel serial killer who kills his victims in their dreams. While the survivors are trying to find the reason for being chosen, the murderer won’t lose any chance to kill them as soon as they fall asleep.
To this day I hate having Freddy Kruger nightmares!
#4 Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 1986
Synopsis – A radio host is victimized by the cannibal family as a former Texas Marshall hunts them.
My brother and I still quote this movie from time to time. It’s when the crazed sheriff played by Dennis Hopper finally faces the family and the first words out of his mouth were “Boys…you never should’ve been doing this.”
#3 Friday the 13th 1980
Synopsis – A group of camp counselors are stalked and murdered by an unknown assailant while trying to reopen a summer camp which, years before, was the site of a child’s drowning.
With a twist ending that would rival “The Sixth Sense” back in the day and took summer camps from a place where you’d hope to lose your virginity to a place where you’d just be lucky if you survived…in the minds of kids being sent to one anyway.
#2 Halloween 2 1981
Synopsis – While Sheriff Brackett and Dr. Loomis hunt for Michael Myers, a traumatized Laurie is rushed to a hospital, and the serial killer is not far behind her.
The second of Jamie Lee Curtis’ films and the sequel to the movie that is credited with starting the slasher craze. Can’t get enough of this film!
#1 Nightmare on Elm Street 3 Dream Warriors 1987
Synopsis – A psychiatrist familiar with knife-wielding dream demon Freddy Krueger helps teens at a mental hospital battle the killer who is invading their dreams.
Growing up I had sleep paralysis without ever knowing. It wasn’t until seeing this film that I taught myself how to control my dreams as much as possible. Furthermore, I was able to become sort of a “dream warrior” myself.
Truth of Dare?: A Critical Madness 1986
Synopsis – Mike Strauber catches his wife Sharon in bed with his best friend Jerry. He gets mad and takes off to embark on an adventure of murder and self-mutilation in demented games of truth or dare.
One of the first straight to DVD horror movies and it revolutionized the way we played the game. Of course, we didn’t dare each other to let a grenade go off in our hands but we did jump off a lot of things and a firecracker or two may have been thrown at each other but it was “harmless” fun. My brother didn’t need all of his fingers anyway!
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