Entertainment 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
Scream is a 1996 American slasher film written by Kevin Williamson and directed by Wes Craven. The film stars Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, Drew Barrymore, and David Arquette. Released on ...more
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Halloween is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Teen Slasher Movies
1978
Halloween is a 1978 American independent slasher horror film directed and scored by John Carpenter, co-written with producer Debra Hill, and starring Donald Pleasence and Jamie Lee Curtis in her ...more
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A Nightmare on Elm Street is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Teen Slasher Movies
1984
A Nightmare on Elm Street is a 1984 American supernatural slasher horror film written and directed by Wes Craven, and the first film of the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise. The film stars ...more
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Friday the 13th is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Teen Slasher Movies
1980
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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Scream 2 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Teen Slasher Movies
1997
Scream 2 is a 1997 American slasher film created and written by Kevin Williamson and directed by Wes Craven, starring Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jamie ...more
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I Know What You Did Last Summe... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Teen Slasher Movies
1997
I Know What You Did Last Summer is a 1997 American slasher film based on the 1973 novel of the same name by Lois Duncan. The film changes many aspects of the book, which was not a slasher novel. ...more
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The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Teen Slasher Movies
1974
This movie is a 1974 American slasher film, directed and produced by Tobe Hooper, who cowrote it with Kim Henkel. It stars Marilyn Burns, Paul A. Partain, Edwin Neal, Jim Siedow and Gunnar ...more
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Final Destination is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Teen Slasher Movies
2000
Final Destination is a 2000 American horror film directed by James Wong. It is the first installment of the Final Destination series. The screenplay was written by James Wong, Glen Morgan, and ...more
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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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The Cabin in the Woods is a 2012 American horror comedy film directed by Drew Goddard in his directorial debut, produced by Joss Whedon, and written by Whedon and Goddard. The film stars Kristen ...more
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Scream 3 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Teen Slasher Movies
2000
Scream 3 is a 2000 American slasher film and the third installment in the Scream franchise. Directed by Wes Craven and written by Ehren Kruger, the film stars Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, and ...more
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Urban Legend is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Teen Slasher Movies
1998
Urban Legend is a 1998 slasher film starring Jared Leto and Alicia Witt. The film is based on the premise that a mad man is using the methods of described in certain urban legends as a means to ...more
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Scream 4 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Teen Slasher Movies
2011
10 years after the third movie. Courteney Cox and David Arquette return as Gale Weathers Riley and Deputy Dewey Riley. Neve Campbell also returns as Sidney Prescott. A killer is after a new ...more
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Saw is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Teen Slasher Movies
sarawalchak added 2004
Saw is a 2004 horror film written by Leigh Whannell and directed by James Wan, in Wan's directorial debut. In the film, Adam (Whannell) and Lawrence (Cary Elwes) awaken chained in a large ...more
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Final Destination 2 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Teen Slasher Movies
2003
Final Destination 2 is a 2003 supernatural American horror film directed by David R. Ellis. The screenplay by J. Mackye Gruber and Eric Bress was from a story by Gruber, Bress, and series ...more
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The Faculty is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Teen Slasher Movies
1998
The Faculty is a 1998 science fiction horror film written by Kevin Williamson and directed by Robert Rodriguez. The film stars Josh Hartnett, Elijah Wood, Shawn Hatosy, Jordana Brewster, Clea ...more
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I Still Know What You Did Last... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Teen Slasher Movies
1998
I Still Know What You Did Last Summer is a 1998 slasher film and a sequel to the 1997 film I Know What You Did Last Summer. Directed by Danny Cannon, the film was written by Trey Callaway, and ...more
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Halloween II is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Teen Slasher Movies
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Halloween II is a 1981 slasher horror film directed by Rick Rosenthal, and written and produced by John Carpenter and Debra Hill. It is the second installment in the Halloween series and is a ...more
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Prom Night is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Teen Slasher Movies
1980
Prom Night is a 1980 Canadian slasher film directed by Paul Lynch, based on a story by Robert Guza, Jr., and starring Leslie Nielsen and Jamie Lee Curtis. The story concerns a group of high ...more
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Halloween: H2O is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Teen Slasher Movies
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Final Destination 3 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Teen Slasher Movies
2006
Final Destination 3 is a 2006 American horror film, and the third installment of the Final Destination franchise. It was directed and co-written by James Wong, who also directed and co-wrote the ...more
21
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The Last House on the Left is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Teen Slasher Movies
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The Last House on the Left is a 1972 American exploitation-horror film written, edited, and directed by Wes Craven and produced by Sean S. Cunningham. The story is inspired by the 1960 Swedish ...more
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House of Wax is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Teen Slasher Movies
2005
House of Wax is a 2005 American-Australian horror film directed by Jaume Collet-Serra and stars Chad Michael Murray, Elisha Cuthbert, Brian Van Holt, Paris Hilton, Jared Padalecki, Jon Abrahams, ...more
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Final Destination 5 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Teen Slasher Movies
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Final Destination 5 is a 2011 American horror film written by Eric Heisserer and directed by Steven Quale. It is the fifth installment of the Final Destination franchise. It stars Nicholas ...more
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Sleepaway Camp is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Teen Slasher Movies
dee123 added 1983
Sleepaway Camp is a 1983 exploitation slasher film written and directed by Robert Hiltzik who also served as executive producer. The film came at a time when slasher films were in their heyday, ...more
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My Bloody Valentine is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Teen Slasher Movies
1981
My Bloody Valentine is a 1981 slasher film directed by George Mihalka and written by John Beaird. The film tells the story of a group of teenagers who decide to throw a Valentine's Day party ...more