Friday, April 4, 2014

101 Maniacs: Admin's Top Slashers 70-61

*As of 2014*

Inspired and tempted by this delicious countdown,  Here be my personal Top 101 Slasher movies that really stood out the most!

Note: These are in no particular order (save the last ten) and they're all personal picks, so, nope. Your faves or your order does not matter here! Muahahaha!...ha!

70. A Bay of Blood (Italy, 1971)
One of the more notorious entries to the giallo sub-genre doubling as a twisty take on a proto-slasher, complete with overly gruesome killing and random teenagers tossed in for a heightened count as a group of money-grabbers have their bloodlust awakened when a large sum of land is suddenly up for grabs! 

Bloody Best Bits: I could go with the crowd and say that the scene involving a skewered couple would be my fave scene, but I'm actually gonna go with the opening scene here. You can't beat the twist of of having the a murderer killed moments later after he'd done the dirty deed!

69. TAG: The Assassination Game (1982)
The very slasher film that proves my point that it's not always about the weapon that makes a slasher film but rather it is format! In a campus where assassinating someone with a toy gun is the latest craze, one obsessed participant gets too much into the game and begins shooting people dead for real after refusing defeat.

Bloody Best Bits: A really intense moment where our gunner sneaks behind the bleachers to kill off a target during broad daylight, in front of a small crowd! 

68. Jason X (2001)
I still don't understand why the lukewarm approach to this? Maybe in par with Jason Takes Manhattan in terms of cheesiness, Jason X still drove a powerful adrenaline when it comes to futuristic mayhem. After being cryogenically encased for decades, time may have changed but the old slaughtering ways still prove to be as dangerous as Jason wakes up homicidal inside a research ship in deep space.

Bloody Best Bits: Jason goes hand-to-hand against with a cyborg babe, leading to his momentary death and his revival: As an Upgraded Cyborg!

67. Pumpkinhead (1988)
It may have a 7 foot tall monster but Pumpkinhead used enough of our clichés and backdrops to be included and considered a slasher! After his beloved son dies from an accident, a grieving father makes a deal with a witch and summons a powerful demon to sic vengeance at those responsible.

Bloody Best Bits: That tear-jerking performance by Lance Henriksen as his character cradles and washes his dead son's body. (I blame the beautiful score that went on during this, too!)

66. Chopping Mall (1986)
When a trio of new-age security robots (for its time) malfunction due to a freak lightning storm, it spells nothing but bad news for eight couples who decided to stay in after mall hours as these killbots are packing heat! Best served with a bowl of freshly popped popcorn smothered in cheese sauce!

Bloody Best Bits: A classic kill: chick's head got blown up by a laser.

65. Evil Dead Trap (Japan, 1988)
A late 80s slasher entry from the Land of the Rising Sun, a small group of co-workers from a TV Station decides to play detective and solve a mystery involving a snuff tape delivered to them one night. What they find in the murder scene, however, was far more dangerous than they imagined.

Bloody Best Bits: The tape itself is rather disturbing to watch. Then there's the impaling scene that looks awfully well-done. (Japan and your ultra-violence! What will you think of next?)

64. All The Boys Love Mandy Lane
Invited to hang out on some boy's ranch over the weekend, Mandy Lane somehow lured in a psycho with a romantic obsession and will kill anybody that gets in his way. A sleepy little dead-teen flick that looks so refreshingly calm, it's almost eerie and uneasy.  

Bloody Best Bits: A killer thinks resourcefully as he saves a single bullet by using his shotgun to mutilate a girl's mouth instead of shooting her. (Wait til' you hear how it sounds, too!)

63. Sorority Row (2009)
A supposed "re-imagining" of the cult classic "The House on Sorority Row", it's better off as a stand-alone movie just like Silent Night (2012). A group of girls starts to get killed off one by one by a cloak-wearing madman, apparently linking the spree to a murder the girls themselves committed and kept quiet about for some time.

Bloody Best Bits: A champagne bottle shoved down to a throat before the hapless victim got her neck punctured. Talk about overkill, mate!

62. House of Wax (2005)
Sure it's nothing subtle, but this in-name-only "remake" of a Vincent Price classic delivers all the gooey goods a slasher can offer! A group of teens en-route to a football game painfully discovers a small town's secret, as mad killers with a talent for making life-like wax figures begins to add them to their collection of macabre masterpieces.

Bloody Best Bits: Oh, where to start? The entire "waxing scene" was dreadfully fun. Then there's Paris Hilton getting a rusty pipe through her head. More of the latter actually... 

61. Gutterballs (2008)
A cult fave of the trashiest kind. When a pantyless bowler gets raped in a disco-themed bowling joint, the following night spells bloody vengeance to those responsible and those who just happens to be around, when a bowling-bag wearing maniac starts to pick them off  in various bowling-themed murders. Not for the weak of stomach, ideologically sensitive and lovers of bowling!

Bloody Best Bits: I hate rapists. So imagine my glee when one of them gets anally raped with a sharpened bowling pin!


  1. I'm with you on Jason X and House of Wax - what's not to love from both of these? However, All the Boys Love Mandy Lane? Total crap.

    1. meh, ATBLML got me with its eerie dreamy tone. What can I say? I can be a softy!