The Best Slasher Movies

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List Criteria: 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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    Halloween 
	is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Slasher Movies

    the people's #1 & added by Wes Carpenter
    Jamie Lee Curtis, Kyle Richards, Donald Pleasence

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    A Nightmare on Elm Street 
	is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Slasher Movies

    most listed & added by Wes Carpenter
    Johnny Depp, Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp

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    Scream 
	is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Slasher Movies

    ranked low on reranks
    Drew Barrymore, Rose McGowan, Courteney Cox

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    Friday the 13th 
	is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Slasher Movies


    Kevin Bacon, Tom Savini, Betsy Palmer

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    - 167
    Psycho 
	is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Slasher Movies

    added by BrandonMachado
    Alfred Hitchcock, Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins

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    The Texas Chain Saw Massacre 
	is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Slasher Movies


    Gunnar Hansen, Marilyn Burns, Edwin Neal

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    Scream 2 
	is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Slasher Movies

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Sarah Michelle Gellar, Courteney Cox, Heather Graham

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    A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: D... 
	is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Slasher Movies


    Patricia Arquette, Laurence Fishburne, Zsa Zsa Gábor

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    The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 
	is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Slasher Movies


    Jessica Biel, R. Lee Ermey, Mike Vogel

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    Saw 
	is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Slasher Movies


    Danny Glover, Monica Potter, Shawnee Smith

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    - 134
    The Shining 
	is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Slasher Movies


    Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers

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    - 178
    I Know What You Did Last Summe... 
	is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Slasher Movies


    Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Anne Heche

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    - 105
    Halloween II 
	is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Slasher Movies


    Jamie Lee Curtis, Dana Carvey, Kyle Richards

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    - 157
    Child's Play 
	is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Slasher Movies


    Brad Dourif, Catherine Hicks, Chris Sarandon

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    The Hills Have Eyes 
	is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Slasher Movies

    added by ChrisTanakis
    Emilie de Ravin, Vinessa Shaw, Ted Levine

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    - 147
    Candyman 
	is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Slasher Movies

    added by ChangesDownClub
    Virginia Madsen, Tony Todd, Vanessa A. Williams

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    - 177
    Halloween 
	is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Slasher Movies


    Malcolm McDowell, Danny Trejo, Danielle Harris

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    - 84
    Black Christmas 
	is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Slasher Movies

    added by NadiH
    Margot Kidder, Andrea Martin, Olivia Hussey

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    - 135
    Wrong Turn 
	is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Slasher Movies


    Eliza Dushku, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Kevin Zegers

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    - 102
    Friday the 13th Part 2 
	is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Slasher Movies

    ranked low on reranks
    Betsy Palmer, Lauren-Marie Taylor, Warrington Gillette

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    - 96
    The Strangers 
	is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Slasher Movies

    ranked low on reranks
    Liv Tyler, Gemma Ward, Scott Speedman

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    Scream 4 
	is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Slasher Movies


    Hayden Panettiere, Kristen Bell, Courteney Cox

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    - 22
    The Evil Dead 
	is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Slasher Movies

    ranked low on reranks & added by daniel.claeys3
    Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi, Ted Raimi

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    - 44
    Final Destination 
	is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Slasher Movies

    ranked low on reranks & added by Charley Feldman
    Ali Larter, Seann William Scott, Devon Sawa

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    + 145
    - 88
    American Psycho 
	is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Slasher Movies

    ranked low on reranks
    Reese Witherspoon, Christian Bale, Willem Dafoe

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    The Last House on the Left 
	is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Slasher Movies


    Martin Kove, Steve Miner, Fred J. Lincoln

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    The Hills Have Eyes 
	is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Slasher Movies


    Dee Wallace, Michael Berryman, John Steadman

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    - 108
    Final Destination 2 
	is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Slasher Movies

    added by Charley Feldman
    Ali Larter, A. J. Cook, Sarah Carter

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    - 150
    A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: T... 
	is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Slasher Movies

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Robert Englund, Lisa Wilcox, Brooke Bundy

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    - 168
    Scream 3 
	is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Slasher Movies


    Courteney Cox, Jenny McCarthy, Carrie Fisher

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    + 162
    - 82
    Halloween H20: 20 Years Later 
	is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Slasher Movies

    ranked low on reranks
    Jamie Lee Curtis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michelle Williams

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    - 141
    The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: T... 
	is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Slasher Movies


    Jordana Brewster, Matt Bomer, Diora Baird

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    - 161
    A Nightmare on Elm Street 
	is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Slasher Movies


    Rooney Mara, Connie Britton, Katie Cassidy

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    - 118
    Friday the 13th 
	is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Slasher Movies

    ranked low on reranks
    Jared Padalecki, Danielle Panabaker, Amanda Righetti

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    - 86
    Friday the 13th: The Final Cha... 
	is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Slasher Movies


    Corey Feldman, Crispin Glover, Judie Aronson

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    - 139
    Urban Legend 
	is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Slasher Movies


    Jared Leto, Tara Reid, Alicia Witt

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    - 167
    Freddy vs. Jason 
	is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Slasher Movies


    Evangeline Lilly, Kelly Rowland, Monica Keena

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    - 96
    Child's Play 2 
	is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Slasher Movies


    Jenny Agutter, Brad Dourif, Beth Grant

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    - 104
    Wes Craven's New Nightmare 
	is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Slasher Movies


    Wes Craven, Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp

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    - 106
    The Hitcher 
	is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Slasher Movies


    Jennifer Jason Leigh, Rutger Hauer, C. Thomas Howell

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    Trick 'r Treat 
	is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Slasher Movies


    Anna Paquin, Leslie Bibb, Brian Cox

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    - 116
    I Still Know What You Did Last... 
	is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Slasher Movies


    Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jack Black, Brandy Norwood

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    + 145
    - 171
    My Bloody Valentine 3D 
	is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Slasher Movies

    often listed & added by Wes Carpenter
    Jensen Ackles, Jaime King, Megan Boone

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    - 64
    Maniac 
	is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Slasher Movies

    added by galenandrews
    Caroline Munro, Tom Savini, Sharon Mitchell

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    - 100
    Final Destination 3 
	is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Slasher Movies

    added by Charley Feldman
    Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Cory Monteith, Tony Todd

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    - 95
    Saw II 
	is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Slasher Movies


    Emmanuelle Vaugier, Shawnee Smith, Dina Meyer

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    + 123
    - 133
    Prom Night 
	is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Slasher Movies


    Jamie Lee Curtis, Brittany Snow, Leslie Nielsen

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    + 59
    - 20
    Friday the 13th Part 3: 3D 
	is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Slasher Movies

    ranked low on reranks
    Betsy Palmer, Steve Miner, Richard Brooker

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  49. 49
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    - 35
    The Burning 
	is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Slasher Movies

    added by caretaker797
    Holly Hunter, Jason Alexander, Fisher Stevens

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    - 152
    Halloween II 
	is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Slasher Movies


    Malcolm McDowell, Octavia Spencer, Danielle Harris

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