The History of Slasher Films
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Slasher films mostly reached their peak in popularity in the late 1970's and 1980's when they had the most box office success.  Most of the popular Slasher's of today are primarily just remakes of those classic ones, or have completely wacky stories ("Thankskilling" would be a good example of that).

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Exploitation Film and Slasher

Exploitation Film and Slasher | The History of Slasher Films | Scoop.it
The Exploitation Film trope as used in popular culture, with a list of examples from all media.
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Slasher and Exploitation film go jand in hand. While exploitaition was around beforehand and is very broad, many slasher movies can be considered exploitation films.  Exploitation films are defined by their excessive amounts of graphic violence, sex, nudity, drug use, bizzarity, and lack of a message or moral intetnion. Many of these characteristics are obviously shared with Slasher films.

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Italian Giallo Films

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10 Brilliant Italian Giallo Films^10 Brilliant Italian Giallo Films^Giallo is the Italian mystery/horror genre that was most prominent from 1970 to 1975.
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Italian Giallo films had a large impact on American Slasher movies.  They were most prominent during the years of 1970-1975.  They were known for graphic violence, sex, and murder scenes, the murder scenes having the greatest influence on Slasher Films.

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Characteristics of Slasher Films

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The slasher film (sometimes referred to as bodycount films and dead teenager movies) is a...
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Most Slasher movies have very similiar characteristics and sometimes even plot lines.  The main characters are usual young and attractive people who are up to no good: partying, having sex, or using drugs, usually far off from society.  The violence will be graphic and bloody. Unusual weapons like machettes and chainsaw are often used.  Many people die in the movies, but there is usually one survivor ho defeats the enemy only to find out he isn't dead in the sequel.

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Halloween Vs. Friday the 13th

Halloween Vs. Friday the 13th | The History of Slasher Films | Scoop.it
 In the sordid history of slasher movies, two films can take credit (or blame, depending on your point of view) for being the foundation upon which the rest of the genre was...
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Friday the 13th (Sean s. Cunningham) and Halloween (John Carpenter) were really the irst Slasher films to achieve box office success.  They popularized the genre and both have had many sequels and many remakes, some even having occured in the past few years.

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Herschell Gordon Lewis: "Godfather of Gore"

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Splatter films began in 1963 with Herschell Gordon Lewis' release of "Blood Feast."  Critics say that this and some of his other films changed cinema forever.  The amounts of blood and gore used in the movie hadn't been seen before.  Without him movies involving lots of blood and gore, not just in the Slasher genre, may not exist.

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Black Christmas: The First if It's Kind

Black Christmas: The First if It's Kind | The History of Slasher Films | Scoop.it
The 1974 Bob Clark-helmed horror classic.
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While Hitchcock and other filmmakers paved the way for the traditional Slasher film (Hitchcock's "Psycho" is a great example), "Black Christmas" is considered by critics to be the first authentic Slasher movie.  It depicts a crazed serial killer who lurks throughout the halls of a sorority building, a plot line that can be seen used similarly in many other movies.  This movie was also one of the first horror films to use POV filming from the killers perspective, a technique widely used today.

 

 

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Anjan Purandare's curator insight, January 7, 2015 4:45 AM

Slashers are a very critical component of film history as we know it. Apart from inducing the unintended guffaw and the intended shiver, the gave us a few film makers who would go on to helm important Hollywood projects - notably Sam Raimi (Spiderman). Not to be left behind, our very own Ramsay Bros. (the entire family syndicate really!) who gave us classics in Veerana, Bandh Darwaza and others!

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History of Horror: Slashers | Retro Junk Article

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This articles claims that the genre of Slasher films would not exist without the existence of the real life murderer, Ed Gein.  Ed Gein lived during the 1900's and committed some very ghastly crimes.  In his house police found all kinds of body parts, including furniture wrapped in human skin.  Things so horrific you would imagine only to find in a Horror film.  Many writers and filmmakers have paid homage to him.

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