Stabbing violins, a crossdressing psycho and Janet Leigh’s iconic shower scene: Hitchcock’s masterpiece only had two murders but laid the groundwork for future
slashers. Knife + psycho = pure horror.
Blood and Black Lace (1964)
This proto-slasher from Mario Bava is set in the fashion world where models are slaughtered by a killer in a trench coat, trilby and face mask. Stylishly nasty.
Black Christmas (1974)
Although overshadowed by Halloween, this Canadian ho-ho-horror movie was the first to employ a seasonal title, POV sequences and a psycho who torments a sorority house of Christmas crackers.
Originally titled The Babysitter Murders, this B-movie was supposed to be fast ‘n’ forgettable. But Carpenter’s suspense went beyond the bargain basement remit. No tricks; a real treat.
Friday the 13th (1980)
Unlike its increasingly crappy sequels, the original Friday wasn’t a total bad omen. With more boobs, more gore and two psycho villains, it’s a greasy Big Mac to Halloween’s rare steak.
Wes Craven’s self referential, severed tongue-in-cheek postmodern pastiche winks at us as it runs through slasher conventions. It’s smart, bloody and bloody funny.
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