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The Best Slasher Movies

Updated November 11, 2020 94.8k votes 4.9k voters 122.7k views183 items

List RulesTop slasher flicks and horror splatter films

Here is 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.

Slashers took off like a fire storm after the late 70s when Halloween became the highest grossing independent film of its time. Few thinly sliced genres can boast the sheer amount of icons slasher movies have given us: Freddy, Jason, Mike Myers, and other supernatural serial killers. In a lot of cases, these good 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. If you're looking specifically for splatter film, we have a list on that too.

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    Halloween
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    Halloween

    Jamie Lee Curtis, Kyle Richards

    Released1978

    Directed byJohn Carpenter

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    Halloween II
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    Jamie Lee Curtis, Dana Carvey

    Released1981

    Directed byRick Rosenthal

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    The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
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    The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

    Gunnar Hansen, Marilyn Burns

    Released1974

    Directed byTobe Hooper

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    Friday the 13th
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    Kevin Bacon, Tom Savini

    Released1980

    Directed bySean S. Cunningham

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

    Released1998

    Directed bySteve Miner

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    Psycho
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    Alfred Hitchcock, Janet Leigh

    Released1960

    Directed byAlfred Hitchcock

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    The Hitcher
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    Jennifer Jason Leigh, Rutger Hauer

    Released1986

    Directed byRobert Harmon

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    You're Next
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    Sharni Vinson, Barbara Crampton

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    The Strangers
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    Liv Tyler, Gemma Ward

    Released2008

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    Sleepaway Camp
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    Mike Kellin, Katherine Kamhi

    Released1983

    Directed byRobert Hiltzik

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    The Hills Have Eyes
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    Dee Wallace, Michael Berryman

    Released1977

    Directed byWes Craven

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    The Burning
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    Holly Hunter, Jason Alexander

    Released1981

    Directed byTony Maylam

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    A Nightmare on Elm Street
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    Johnny Depp, Robert Englund

    Released1984

    Directed byWes Craven

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    Candyman
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    Virginia Madsen, Tony Todd

    Released1992

    Directed byBernard Rose

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    Halloween
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    Malcolm McDowell, Danny Trejo

    Released2007

    Directed byRob Zombie

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    Child's Play
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    Brad Dourif, Catherine Hicks

    Released1988

    Directed byTom Holland

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    The Funhouse
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    Elizabeth Berridge, Kevin Conway

    Released1981

    Directed byTobe Hooper

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    The Collector
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    Daniella Alonso, Madeline Zima

    Released2009

    Directed byMarcus Dunstan

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

    Released1997

    Directed byJim Gillespie

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    The Slumber Party Massacre
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    Robin Stille, Michael Villella

    Released1982

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    Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers
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    Danielle Harris, Donald Pleasence

    Released1989

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    Halloween II
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    Malcolm McDowell, Octavia Spencer

    Released2009

    Directed byRob Zombie

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    Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon
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    Robert Englund, Zelda Rubinstein

    Released2006

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    Hostel
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    Eli Roth, Ashley Robbins

    Released2005

    Directed byEli Roth

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    Scream
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    Drew Barrymore, Rose McGowan

    Released1996

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