1. Texas Chainsaw Massacre
A group of teenagers breakdown in the middle of nowhere, their search for help only brings them face to face with a family of sadistic cannibals and murderers.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is one of the most unsettling low-budget slasher films, coming right when horror film genre split in Hollywood, transitioning from vampires and monsters from far off lands, to home-grown brutality.
A suspenseful fight to the death between escaped child killer Michael Myers and the teenage girls of his home town, just remember that the best way to survive is to remain a virgin
Although considered one of the first slasher movies, Halloween is surprisingly tame in terms of blood and gore, instead its the building suspense that makes this film a classic, giving the genre 99% of the codes & conventions that slashers followed for the 80s and 90s.
3. My Bloody Valentine
Following an explosion in a coal mine and a series of murders, miners come serial killer disappears, twenty years later miners start dying again.
Coming at the height of the Canadian horror explosion, My Bloody Valentine flipped the genre on its head, swapping the expected victims of teenage girls for the much more masculine coal miners.
4. A Nightmare on Elm Street
A ghost paedophile attacks teenagers through their dreams, either stay awake or prepare to fight.
With by far the most iconic villain of the slasher genre, Freddy Krueger is both ban and monster, hunting his victims both male and female when they are at their most vulnerable.
Teens start dying at the hands of a masked killer, this time however they are following new rules
Injecting fun back into the genre that had long seemed as dead as the characters on-screen, moving with the times and changing the previously agreed upon rules of horror.