#BadNamesForASlasherFlick via Hashtag, You’re It!: @BrandNewMcMann The Top Picks


We all know the rules of how to survive a horror movie. No sex. No drugs. Don’t go investigate that noise in the woods. Never run upstairs. When you think the killer is dead he really isn’t. Never say “I’ll be right back” because you won’t. Oh and did i mention no sex and no drugs? Because those, unfortunately, are the big two. But we know all these rules thanks to what is referred to as “The Golden Age” of the Slasher Movie. 1960’s critically acclaimed “Psycho” by Alfred Hitchcock legitimized the horror movie as a popular trend in Hollywood. It was even nominated for 4 Academy Awards. By the early 70’s however, horror movies turned to more exploitation movies focusing more on sex and violence with such films as “The Last House On The Left”, “The Hills Have Eyes”, and “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre”. Horror aficionados will argue 9endlessly) EXACTLY which would be considered the very first Slasher movie but most agree that the main example would be John Carpenter’s 1978 “Halloween”. On only a budget of $300,000, this movie would go on to rake in over $70,000, 000 worldwide. Thus began the Golden Age of the Slasher Movie. Following the success of “Halloween” other Slasher greats were made such as “Friday The 13th”, “Prom Night”, “April Fool’s Day”, “Sleepaway Camp”, “Happy Birthday To Me”, Chirstmas Evil”, “My Bloody Valentine”, “Terror Train”, “Silent Night, Deadly Night”, “The Slumber Party Massacre”, and “The House On Sorority Row”. These are just a FRACTION of the Slasher movies that came out in just the 80’s alone. Movie studios liked Slasher movies because they were cheap to make and made them lots of money. Slasher movies were big business, and they still are today! The, usually masked, psychotic killer stalking a group of teens and slowly picking them off one by one in more and more inventive ways is what Slasher movies are all about. Throw in the advent of what is now known as the “final girl” and you have movie gold. The explosion of home rental viewing in the late 80’s early 90’s really cemented the love for the Slasher movie. What a better way to spend a Saturday night than with a group of friends all huddled together on the couch, munching popcorn, and screaming at the latest machete death from Jason Voorhees. Buuuuut the genre is now ever 40 years old. I couldn’t even begin to count the total number of Slasher movies that have been made. But they can’t all be gems. For every “Halloween” there’s a “Motor Home Massacre. For every “Friday The 13th” there’s a “The Dorm That Dripped Blood”. For Every “A Nightmare On Elm Street” there’s a “The GingerDead Man”. You get where I’m going with this……BAD Slasher movies. And that is what I asked Twitter’s help with this week in naming some more bad Slasher titles with the hashtag #BadNamesForASlasherFlick. So check out the top list below and don’t forget to join me every Tuesday at 11 am EDT for the next exciting episode of “Hashtag, You’re It” Huh, I wonder what that noise was in the other room? I’m home alone so I should go investigate it. Hang on, I’ll be right back……………

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