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The Best Teen Slasher Movies 

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List Rules Horror slashers films about teenagers in high school or college

List of the best teen slasher movies. Almost as long as there have been horror movies, there have been teen slasher films. The genre got a huge surge in the late 70s and 80s when nearly every new horror movie featured a group of teenagers getting slaughtered by a mysterious and terrifying killer. Although the genre died off a little, it has recently gotten a huge resurgence with 80s horror remakes and new tales. These stories range from groups of hikers running from a mystifying monster with a chainsaw to high school students dying off one by one. These films are popular because they don’t just include horror elements, but also themes of romance, friendship and endurance.

Many of the films on this list have the same sort of characters: the innocent female, the jokester sidekick, the ditzy popular girl, the jock and the nerd, all playing at the same stereotypical roles. However, the concepts of each movie can be wildly different, from traditional horror to a campy take on the genre.

What are the best teen slasher movies ever made? This list features masked killers that will haunt you in your sleep for years to come, gruesome deaths and badass fighters you will never forget. Vote for your favorite.

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Scream is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Teen Slasher Movies
1996

Actors: Drew Barrymore, Rose McGowan, Courteney Cox, Liev Schreiber, Neve Campbell, + more

Directed by: Wes Craven

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Halloween is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Teen Slasher Movies
1978

Actors: Jamie Lee Curtis, Kyle Richards, Donald Pleasence, Sandy Johnson, Charles Cyphers, + more

Directed by: John Carpenter

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A Nightmare on Elm Stree... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Teen Slasher Movies
1984

Actors: Johnny Depp, Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp, John Saxon, Lin Shaye, + more

Directed by: Wes Craven

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Friday the 13th is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Teen Slasher Movies
1980

Actors: Kevin Bacon, Tom Savini, Betsy Palmer, Irwin Keyes, Laurie Bartram, + more

Directed by: Sean S. Cunningham

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Scream 2 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Teen Slasher Movies
1997

Actors: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Courteney Cox, Heather Graham, Liev Schreiber, Jada Pinkett Smith, + more

Directed by: Wes Craven

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I Know What You Did Last... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Teen Slasher Movies
1997

Actors: Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Anne Heche, Ryan Phillippe, Freddie Prinze, + more

Directed by: Jim Gillespie

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Final Destination is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Teen Slasher Movies
2000

Actors: Ali Larter, Seann William Scott, Devon Sawa, Tony Todd, Amanda Detmer, + more

Directed by: James Wong

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The Texas Chain Saw Mass... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Teen Slasher Movies
1974

Actors: Gunnar Hansen, Marilyn Burns, Edwin Neal, John Henry Faulk, Jim Siedow, + more

Directed by: Tobe Hooper

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The Cabin in the Woods ... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Teen Slasher Movies
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Directed by: Drew Goddard

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Urban Legend is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Teen Slasher Movies
1998

Actors: Jared Leto, Tara Reid, Alicia Witt, Joshua Jackson, Rebecca Gayheart, + more

Directed by: Jamie Blanks

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Scream 4 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Teen Slasher Movies
2011

Actors: Hayden Panettiere, Kristen Bell, Courteney Cox, Anna Paquin, Alison Brie, + more

Directed by: Wes Craven

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Scream 3 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Teen Slasher Movies
2000

Actors: Courteney Cox, Jenny McCarthy, Carrie Fisher, Liev Schreiber, Neve Campbell, + more

Directed by: Wes Craven

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The Faculty is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Teen Slasher Movies
1998

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Directed by: Robert Rodriguez

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Halloween II is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Teen Slasher Movies
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Actors: Jamie Lee Curtis, Dana Carvey, Kyle Richards, Donald Pleasence, Ana Alicia, + more

Directed by: Rick Rosenthal

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Final Destination 2 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Teen Slasher Movies
2003

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Directed by: David R. Ellis

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Saw is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Teen Slasher Movies
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Halloween: H2O is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Teen Slasher Movies
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Final Destination 3 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Teen Slasher Movies
2006

Actors: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Cory Monteith, Tony Todd, Amanda Crew, Chelan Simmons, + more

Directed by: James Wong

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I Still Know What You Di... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Teen Slasher Movies
1998

Actors: Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jack Black, Brandy Norwood, Jennifer Esposito, Freddie Prinze, + more

Directed by: Danny Cannon

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The Last House on the Le... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Teen Slasher Movies
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Directed by: Wes Craven

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Prom Night is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Teen Slasher Movies
1980

Actors: Jamie Lee Curtis, Brittany Snow, Leslie Nielsen, Antoinette Bower, Jeff Wincott, + more

Directed by: Paul Lynch

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House of Wax is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Teen Slasher Movies
2005

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My Bloody Valentine is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Teen Slasher Movies
1981

Actors: Don Francks, Cynthia Dale, Helene Udy, Keith Knight, Alf Humphreys, + more

Directed by: George Mihalka

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Final Destination 5 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Teen Slasher Movies
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Sleepaway Camp is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Teen Slasher Movies
dee123 added 1983

Actors: Mike Kellin, Katherine Kamhi, Robert Earl Jones, Felissa Rose, Christopher Collet, + more

Directed by: Robert Hiltzik

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