Saturday, February 11, 2012

The Top 30 - Part 3/3: No. 10-1

A list counting down the top 30 movies belonging to the slasher, splatter, or giallo genres. Most of these films are essential viewings for anyone who calls themselves a fan of the genres, and each of these movies brings something unique to the table - whether it is through its plot, style, execution, or nostalgic interest. Sequels, prequels, remakes, reboots, re-imaginings, and spin-offs are not on the list - only the original vehicle material... except for Friday the 13th Part 2, which I consider to be an original of the series (and the first film, to me, is simply a prequel to the Jason-saga started in Part 2).

10. FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 2 (1981)
Director: Steve Miner
An unknown assailant disguised by a white hood stalks and kills camp counselors staying at a camp nearby Camp Crystal Lake, a.k.a. "Camp Blood", where murders occurred five-years before.

09. THE BURNING (1981)
Director: Tony Maylam
After being horribly burned by a prank gone wrong, a former camp counselor seeks revenge on the teens who disfigured him, who are now the lead counselors at a summer camp.

08. DEEP RED (1975)
Director: Dario Argento
A musician sees the murder of a famous psychic and must team up with a feisty reporter to solve the mystery while evading the killer's strikes on their own lives.

Director: Wes Craven
In the dreams of his victims, a child murderer - brandishing horrible burns, razor sharp knives for fingers, and a green and red sweater - stalks the children of the lynch mob that killed him.

06. SCREAM (1996)
Director: Wes Craven
A killer is murdering teenagers, and an offbeat group of friends use their knowledge of horror movie cliches to try and survive the danger while also attempting to solve the mystery.

Director: Georges Franju
Accompanied by his assistant, an insane but brilliant doctor murders young women throughout the country, hoping to use their faces to preserve the beauty of his now deformed daughter.

Director: Tobe Hooper
After hearing reports of grave robbing in rural Texas, five friends set out to make sure their relative's grave is in tact and encounter a chainsaw wielding maniac and his cannibalistic family.

Director: Bob Clark
During Christmas break, sorority sisters receive increasingly threatening phone calls from a madman who is already inside their house.

02. PSYCHO (1960)
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
A woman embezzles $40,000 from her employer and flees town, eventually staying at a quiet motel run by a shy young man and his dominating mother.

01. HALLOWEEN (1978)
Director: John Carpenter
15-years after killing his sister, a psychotic murder escapes from his mental hospital and returns to his hometown to relieve his original murder over and over and over.

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