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The Best R-Rated Slasher Movies 

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List of R-Rated slasher movies, ranked from best to worst with movie trailers when available. This list takes the best R-Rated slasher movies and pits them against each other to see once and for all what the greatest R-Rated Slasher movie of all time is. This list of popular R-Rated slasher movies includes information like who directed the film, when it was released and which actors starred in the movie. If you think the top R-Rated Slasher movie isn't as high as it should be then be sure to vote it up so it can take its rightful place among the other great R-Rated Slasher films on this list. If you're trying to find a specific R-Rated Slasher film you can search this list and filter to find what you're looking for.

List contains movies like Psycho and Halloween.

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Jamie Lee Curtis, Kyle Richards, Donald Pleasence

Released: 1978

Directed by: John Carpenter

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Kevin Bacon, Tom Savini, Betsy Palmer

Released: 1980

Directed by: Sean S. Cunningham

Friday the 13th is a 1980 American slasher film directed by Sean S. Cunningham and written by Victor Miller. The film concerns a group of teenagers who are taken out one by one while attempting ...more

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Johnny Depp, Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp

Released: 1984

Directed by: Wes Craven

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Psycho is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best R-Rated Slasher Movies
Alfred Hitchcock, Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins

Released: 1960

Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock

Psycho is a 1960 American horror film directed by Alfred Hitchcock. The film centers on an encounter between a secretary, Marion Crane, who ends up at a secluded motel after taking money from ...more

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Betsy Palmer, Lauren-Marie Taylor, Warrington Gillette

Released: 1981

Directed by: Steve Miner

Friday the 13th Part 2 is a 1981 American horror film directed by Steve Miner. It is a direct sequel to Friday the 13th, picking up five years after that film's conclusion. The film marks the ...more

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Patricia Arquette, Laurence Fishburne, Zsa Zsa Gábor

Released: 1987

Directed by: Chuck Russell

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Danielle Harris, Donald Pleasence, Kathleen Kinmont

Released: 1988

Directed by: Dwight H. Little

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Jamie Lee Curtis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michelle Williams

Released: 1998

Directed by: Steve Miner

Halloween H20: 20 Years Later, is a 1998 American slasher film and is the seventh installment in the Halloween film series. It is directed by Steve Miner and starring Jamie Lee Curtis, LL Cool ...more

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Wes Craven, Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp

Released: 1994

Directed by: Wes Craven

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Betsy Palmer, Steve Miner, Richard Brooker

Released: 1982

Directed by: Steve Miner

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Corey Feldman, Crispin Glover, Judie Aronson

Released: 1984

Directed by: Joseph Zito

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Corey Feldman, Tony Goldwyn, Ron Palillo

Released: 1986

Directed by: Tom McLoughlin

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Evangeline Lilly, Kelly Rowland, Monica Keena

Released: 2003

Directed by: Ronny Yu

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Sarah Michelle Gellar, Courteney Cox, Heather Graham

Released: 1997

Directed by: Wes Craven

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Hayden Panettiere, Kristen Bell, Courteney Cox

Released: 2011

Directed by: Wes Craven

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Courteney Cox, Jenny McCarthy, Carrie Fisher

Released: 2000

Directed by: Wes Craven

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Robert Englund, Hope Lange, Clu Gulager

Released: 1985

Directed by: Jack Sholder

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Robert Englund, Lisa Wilcox, Brooke Bundy

Released: 1988

Directed by: Renny Harlin

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Danny Glover, Monica Potter, Shawnee Smith

Released: 2004

Directed by: James Wan

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Jamie Lee Curtis, Tom Atkins, Dan O'Herlihy

Released: 1982

Directed by: Tommy Lee Wallace

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Brian Cox, Garcelle Beauvais, Joan Allen

Released: 1986

Directed by: Michael Mann

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Eliza Dushku, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Kevin Zegers

Released: 2003

Directed by: Rob Schmidt

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Viggo Mortensen, Ken Foree, Tom Everett

Released: 1990

Directed by: Jeff Burr

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Anthony Hopkins, Ralph Fiennes, Edward Norton

Released: 2002

Directed by: Brett Ratner

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Dennis Hopper, Bill Moseley, Kinky Friedman

Released: 1986

Directed by: Tobe Hooper

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