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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    Halloween 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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    A Nightmare on Elm Street Johnny Depp, Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp

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


    Friday the 13th Kevin Bacon, Tom Savini, Betsy Palmer

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


    Scream Drew Barrymore, Rose McGowan, Courteney Cox

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

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    Psycho 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


    The Texas Chain Saw Massacre 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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    Scream 2 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


    A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors 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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    Saw 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


    The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 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

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    The Shining Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers

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    I Know What You Did Last Summe... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Slasher Movies


    I Know What You Did Last Summer Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Anne Heche

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    Halloween II is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Slasher Movies


    Halloween II Jamie Lee Curtis, Dana Carvey, Kyle Richards

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


    Child's Play 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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    Halloween is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Slasher Movies


    Halloween Malcolm McDowell, Danny Trejo, Danielle Harris

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


    Wrong Turn Eliza Dushku, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Kevin Zegers

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

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    Candyman Virginia Madsen, Tony Todd, Vanessa A. Williams

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    Black Christmas is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Slasher Movies

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    Black Christmas Margot Kidder, Andrea Martin, Olivia Hussey

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

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    The Strangers Liv Tyler, Gemma Ward, Scott Speedman

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    Scream 4 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Slasher Movies


    Scream 4 Hayden Panettiere, Kristen Bell, Courteney Cox

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    Final Destination is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Slasher Movies

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    Final Destination Ali Larter, Seann William Scott, Devon Sawa

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    The Hills Have Eyes is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Slasher Movies


    The Hills Have Eyes Dee Wallace, Michael Berryman, John Steadman

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    The Last House on the Left is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Slasher Movies


    The Last House on the Left Martin Kove, Steve Miner, Fred J. Lincoln

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    Scream 3 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Slasher Movies


    Scream 3 Courteney Cox, Jenny McCarthy, Carrie Fisher

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    Final Destination 2 is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Slasher Movies

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    Ali Larter, A. J. Cook, Sarah Carter

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    A Nightmare on Elm Street is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Slasher Movies


    Rooney Mara, Connie Britton, Katie Cassidy

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    Friday the 13th Part 2 is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Slasher Movies

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    Friday the 13th Part 2 Betsy Palmer, Lauren-Marie Taylor, Warrington Gillette

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    Halloween H20: 20 Years Later is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Slasher Movies

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    Jamie Lee Curtis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michelle Williams

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    American Psycho is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Slasher Movies


    American Psycho Reese Witherspoon, Christian Bale, Willem Dafoe

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    The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: T... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Slasher Movies


    The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning Jordana Brewster, Matt Bomer, Diora Baird

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    A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: T... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Slasher Movies


    A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master Robert Englund, Lisa Wilcox, Brooke Bundy

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    Friday the 13th is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Slasher Movies


    Friday the 13th Jared Padalecki, Danielle Panabaker, Amanda Righetti

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


    Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter Corey Feldman, Crispin Glover, Judie Aronson

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    Urban Legend is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Slasher Movies


    Urban Legend Jared Leto, Tara Reid, Alicia Witt

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    The Evil Dead is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Slasher Movies

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    The Evil Dead Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi, Ted Raimi

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    Final Destination 3 is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Slasher Movies

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    Final Destination 3 Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Cory Monteith, Tony Todd

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    Child's Play 2 is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Slasher Movies


    Child's Play 2 Jenny Agutter, Brad Dourif, Beth Grant

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    Freddy vs. Jason is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Slasher Movies


    Freddy vs. Jason Evangeline Lilly, Kelly Rowland, Monica Keena

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    I Still Know What You Did Last... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Slasher Movies


    I Still Know What You Did Last Summer Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jack Black, Brandy Norwood

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    Prom Night is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Slasher Movies


    Jamie Lee Curtis, Brittany Snow, Leslie Nielsen

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    Wes Craven's New Nightmare is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Slasher Movies


    Wes Craven's New Nightmare Wes Craven, Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp

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    The Hitcher is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Slasher Movies


    The Hitcher Jennifer Jason Leigh, Rutger Hauer, C. Thomas Howell

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    My Bloody Valentine 3D is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Slasher Movies

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    My Bloody Valentine 3D Jensen Ackles, Jaime King, Megan Boone

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


    Saw II Emmanuelle Vaugier, Shawnee Smith, Dina Meyer

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    Trick 'r Treat is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Slasher Movies


    Trick 'r Treat Anna Paquin, Leslie Bibb, Brian Cox

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

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    Caroline Munro, Tom Savini, Sharon Mitchell

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    Halloween II is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Slasher Movies


    Halloween II Malcolm McDowell, Octavia Spencer, Danielle Harris

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    A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: F... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Slasher Movies


    A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge Robert Englund, Hope Lange, Clu Gulager

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

    added by Charley Feldman
    Hostel Eli Roth, Ashley Robbins, Jay Hernandez

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