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List Rules 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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Wes Carpenter added A Nightmare on Elm Street Johnny Depp, Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp

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

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Scream Drew Barrymore, Rose McGowan, Courteney Cox

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The Texas Chain Saw Massacre Gunnar Hansen, Marilyn Burns, Edwin Neal

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BrandonMachado added Psycho Alfred Hitchcock, Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins

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A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors Patricia Arquette, Laurence Fishburne, Zsa Zsa Gábor

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Saw Danny Glover, Monica Potter, Shawnee Smith

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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Jessica Biel, R. Lee Ermey, Mike Vogel

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The Shining Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers

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

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Child's Play Brad Dourif, Catherine Hicks, Chris Sarandon

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Scream 2 Sarah Michelle Gellar, Courteney Cox, Heather Graham

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

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Halloween II Jamie Lee Curtis, Dana Carvey, Kyle Richards

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

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Wrong Turn Eliza Dushku, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Kevin Zegers

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The Strangers Liv Tyler, Gemma Ward, Scott Speedman

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Halloween Malcolm McDowell, Danny Trejo, Danielle Harris

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Charley Feldman added Final Destination Ali Larter, Seann William Scott, Devon Sawa

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Scream 4 Hayden Panettiere, Kristen Bell, Courteney Cox

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American Psycho Reese Witherspoon, Christian Bale, Willem Dafoe

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

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Scream 3 Courteney Cox, Jenny McCarthy, Carrie Fisher

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

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

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

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

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Charley Feldman added Final Destination 2 Ali Larter, A. J. Cook, Sarah Carter

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

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A Nightmare on Elm Street Rooney Mara, Connie Britton, Katie Cassidy

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Urban Legend Jared Leto, Tara Reid, Alicia Witt

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Halloween H20: 20 Years Later Jamie Lee Curtis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michelle Williams

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

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

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

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Saw II Emmanuelle Vaugier, Shawnee Smith, Dina Meyer

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

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Charley Feldman added Final Destination 3 Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Cory Monteith, Tony Todd

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Friday the 13th Part 3: 3D Betsy Palmer, Steve Miner, Richard Brooker

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Charley Feldman added My Bloody Valentine Don Francks, Cynthia Dale, Helene Udy

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

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Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives Corey Feldman, Tony Goldwyn, Ron Palillo

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Friday the 13th: A New Beginning Corey Feldman, Miguel A. Núñez^! Jr., Marco St. John

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