Updated: Oct 14
One of the most iconic subgenres in Horror is the Slasher genre. When one thinks of Slasher Films, images of knife-wielding maniacs, gratuitous nudity, gore, and late teens partygoers come to mind. Slasher films are iconic because there is a certain audience expectation that comes with each film, but these trends were made by certain films and were subverted in others. What films and scripts were able to withstand the test of time and became iconic or made iconic characters?
These are the Top 7 Slasher Scripts You Must Read!
1. Halloween (1978)
(Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%; Audience Score: 89%)
Critic’s Consensus: Scary, suspenseful, and viscerally thrilling, Halloween set the standard for modern horror films.
Why you must read: Halloween may be the first Slasher Film, but it may be the most impactful. The simplicity of the antagonist in comparison to the more complex cast makes a great dichotomy. By taking away Michael Myer’s humanity, it makes him stand out as an antagonist and his realistic kills makes him all the more terrifying.