It is human nature to embrace the intrinsic feeling of manufactured fear. Obviously, nobody wants to go toe-to-toe with a real-life murderer (I mean, unless you're into that kind of stuff?), but watching some on-screen slashers is always a guaranteed way to get that blood flowing. Luckily, with the best slasher movies on Netflix, it's easier to get your adrenaline pumping like never before. With a wide variety of gruesome films, the flagship streaming service can be your go to for all things gory.
Friday the 13th is arguably one of the most iconic, well-known horror franchises ever created. The centerpiece for this franchise is, of course, Jason Voorhees - the king of all psycho killers. Though he had a slow start, only appearing in flashbacks and hallucinations in the original Friday the 13th (1980), he quickly became an icon as he slashed his way through film after film (there are currently 12, but who knows if they'll make more). But how did Jason go from an innocent kid who drowned in a lake to the subject of a collective pop culture nightmare?
Slasher films were all the rage back in the 80s. From the late 70s through the mid 90s, that was the format of horror movies. This was also the time of the horror sequel. Horror movies were becoming franchises, rather than just one offs. The most famous being Halloween, Friday the 13th, and of course, A Nightmare on Elm Street. If we include the crossover with Friday the 13th, they made eight Nightmare films over the course of 19 years. Now let’s take a look at why Nightmare far surpasses its peers.
The horror genre has always been littered with incredible villains. From unknown creatures and demons to your run of the mill psychotic serial killers, there is no denying the lasting effect these antagonists have in pop culture today. Everyone can list one or two names from a horror movie that has kept them up at night. It's the reason people continue to indulge in the genre year after year, to satisfy their need to be scared.
This October we get to see the return of one of horror film's greatest evils, The Shape! Now you may be looking at the photo above and be thinking "Um, that's Michael Myers though," and I'd tell you you're right, but before the countless sequels that followed the original Halloween film, there was just The Shape. That was all that was left of that little boy who murdered his sister on Halloween night. David Gordon Green's Halloween film will not only be the first new film in the franchise since 2002's Halloween Resurrection, but will basically cancel out every film that followed the first film, essentially bringing the character back to his original roots.
Claire loved to travel and explore abandoned old things, like buildings and cemeteries. She heard about this old cabin in the woods where a man would hunt humans, take them to his cabin, and no one would ever hear from them again, or so the stories say. No one has ever actually found the cabin; people have just heard many stories about them. This intrigued Claire, and she set off to find the cabin. This was two weeks ago.
No matter how much blood and gore splatters the screen when you're watching a horror movie, you can always comfort yourself by repeating the ancient, childhood mantra of, “It's only a movie. It isn't real.”
I was a child then, not the monster I am now. I remember it like it was yesterday. It burns in my mind till this very day. I was six years old going on seven, it was raining the day it happened, so that’s why I despise any kind of rain, even a storm, it just reminds me too much of that day. And it was on my birthday so I hate my birthday also …. It was that day, I found my dad dead in the kitchen, with a knife stuck in his back. But I didn’t know my mother had done it till I was ten. Five years had to pass for me to know, she even confessed it, that crazy woman confessed it. I feared her from then on. It was not until I turned ten that I knew I could call somebody, but who? To take my mother away and get her some help so she won’t do this again.
Slasher movies, much like their monsters, never seem to die. The genre's foundations were laid by films like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and solidified by John Carpenter's infamous Halloween. Since those days, we've seen hundreds of masked murderers, supernatural and otherwise, be labeled as slashers. While many of their myths have faded into obscurity, there are several names that stand tall. Michael Myers, Freddy Krueger, Chuckie, Leatherface. But perhaps the most recognizable, and one of the most infamous among them, is the hockey-masked avatar of teenage demise Jason Voorhees.