The Best Slasher Movies

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List Criteria: Top slasher flicks and horror splatter films

A list of the best slasher movies. These are some of the best slasher films ever made, but if you feel we've missed one, please feel free to add it to the list yourself. Some of the films listed here could well be considered among the greatest horror films ever made. Which ones are your favorites? Vote them up, and don't forget that you can always re-rank this list, too.

Slasher films took off like a fire storm after the late 70s when Halloween became the highest grossing independent film of all time. Few thinly sliced genres can boast the sheer amount of icons slasher movies have given us: Freddy, Jason, Mike Myers. In a lot of cases, these slasher films have become incredibly successful movie franchises, raking in millions over a period of decades.

From A Nightmare on Elm Street to Friday the 13th to the wildly popular Scream series, these films have some serious staying power. Fans of slasher films are pretty darn loyal. Once you find a great horror movie franchise they love, they rarely waver from it.

Most of these movies are horror films, but there are a few on this list of the best slasher films that are comedic. That said, they're still not for kids... unless your kid enjoys blood, guts, and inappropriate amounts of gore. So put down your knife and grab your popcorn, because if you like slasher films then the movies on this list are for you.
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    Halloween is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Slasher Movies

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    Jamie Lee Curtis, Kyle Richards, Donald Pleasence

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    A Nightmare on Elm Street is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Slasher Movies

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    Johnny Depp, Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp

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    Scream is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Slasher Movies


    Drew Barrymore, Rose McGowan, Courteney Cox

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    Friday the 13th is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Slasher Movies


    Kevin Bacon, Tom Savini, Betsy Palmer

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    Psycho is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Slasher Movies

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    Alfred Hitchcock, Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins

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    The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Slasher Movies


    Gunnar Hansen, Marilyn Burns, Edwin Neal

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    Scream 2 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Slasher Movies

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    Sarah Michelle Gellar, Courteney Cox, Heather Graham

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    A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: D... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Slasher Movies


    Patricia Arquette, Laurence Fishburne, Zsa Zsa Gábor

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    Saw is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Slasher Movies

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    Danny Glover, Monica Potter, Shawnee Smith

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    The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Slasher Movies


    Jessica Biel, R. Lee Ermey, Mike Vogel

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    The Shining is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Slasher Movies


    Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers

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    Halloween II is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Slasher Movies


    Jamie Lee Curtis, Dana Carvey, Kyle Richards

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    I Know What You Did Last Summe... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Slasher Movies


    Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Anne Heche

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    Child's Play is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Slasher Movies


    Brad Dourif, Catherine Hicks, Chris Sarandon

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    The Hills Have Eyes is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Slasher Movies

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    Emilie de Ravin, Vinessa Shaw, Ted Levine

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    Candyman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Slasher Movies

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    Virginia Madsen, Tony Todd, Vanessa A. Williams

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    Halloween is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Slasher Movies


    Malcolm McDowell, Danny Trejo, Danielle Harris

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    Black Christmas is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Slasher Movies

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    Margot Kidder, Andrea Martin, Olivia Hussey

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    Wrong Turn is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Slasher Movies


    Eliza Dushku, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Kevin Zegers

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    The Strangers is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Slasher Movies


    Liv Tyler, Gemma Ward, Scott Speedman

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    The Evil Dead is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Slasher Movies

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    Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi, Ted Raimi

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    Scream 4 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Slasher Movies

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    Hayden Panettiere, Kristen Bell, Courteney Cox

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    Final Destination is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Slasher Movies

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    Ali Larter, Seann William Scott, Devon Sawa

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    The Hills Have Eyes is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Slasher Movies


    Dee Wallace, Michael Berryman, John Steadman

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    Friday the 13th Part 2 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Slasher Movies

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    Betsy Palmer, Lauren-Marie Taylor, Warrington Gillette

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    The Last House on the Left is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Slasher Movies


    Martin Kove, Steve Miner, Fred J. Lincoln

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    American Psycho is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Slasher Movies


    Reese Witherspoon, Christian Bale, Willem Dafoe

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    A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: T... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Slasher Movies


    Robert Englund, Lisa Wilcox, Brooke Bundy

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    Final Destination 2 is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Slasher Movies

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    Ali Larter, A. J. Cook, Sarah Carter

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    Scream 3 is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Slasher Movies


    Courteney Cox, Jenny McCarthy, Carrie Fisher

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    A Nightmare on Elm Street is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Slasher Movies


    Rooney Mara, Connie Britton, Katie Cassidy

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    Halloween H20: 20 Years Later is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Slasher Movies

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    Jamie Lee Curtis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michelle Williams

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    The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: T... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Slasher Movies

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    Jordana Brewster, Matt Bomer, Diora Baird

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    Friday the 13th is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Slasher Movies


    Jared Padalecki, Danielle Panabaker, Amanda Righetti

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    Friday the 13th: The Final Cha... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Slasher Movies


    Corey Feldman, Crispin Glover, Judie Aronson

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    Child's Play 2 is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Slasher Movies


    Jenny Agutter, Brad Dourif, Beth Grant

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    Urban Legend is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Slasher Movies


    Jared Leto, Tara Reid, Alicia Witt

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    Freddy vs. Jason is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Slasher Movies


    Evangeline Lilly, Kelly Rowland, Monica Keena

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    Final Destination 3 is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Slasher Movies

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    Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Cory Monteith, Tony Todd

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    Wes Craven's New Nightmare is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Slasher Movies


    Wes Craven, Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp

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    Trick 'r Treat is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Slasher Movies


    Anna Paquin, Leslie Bibb, Brian Cox

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    I Still Know What You Did Last... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Slasher Movies


    Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jack Black, Brandy Norwood

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    My Bloody Valentine 3D is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Slasher Movies

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    Jensen Ackles, Jaime King, Megan Boone

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    The Hitcher is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Slasher Movies


    Jennifer Jason Leigh, Rutger Hauer, C. Thomas Howell

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    Saw II is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Slasher Movies


    Emmanuelle Vaugier, Shawnee Smith, Dina Meyer

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    Maniac is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Slasher Movies

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    Caroline Munro, Tom Savini, Sharon Mitchell

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    Prom Night is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Slasher Movies

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    Jamie Lee Curtis, Brittany Snow, Leslie Nielsen

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    A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: F... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Slasher Movies


    Robert Englund, Hope Lange, Clu Gulager

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    Friday the 13th Part 3: 3D is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Slasher Movies


    Betsy Palmer, Steve Miner, Richard Brooker

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    Halloween II is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Slasher Movies


    Malcolm McDowell, Octavia Spencer, Danielle Harris

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