Slasher film

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A slasher film is a film in the subgenre of horror films involving a psychopath stalking and murdering a group of people, usually by use of bladed tools.wikipedia
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Giallo

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Critics cite the Italian giallo films and psychological horror films such as Peeping Tom (1960) and Psycho (1960) as early influences.
Especially outside of Italy, giallo refers specifically to a particular Italian thriller-horror genre that has mystery or detective elements and often contains slasher, crime fiction, psychological thriller, psychological horror, sexploitation, and, less frequently, supernatural horror elements.

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

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Notable slasher films include The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974), Black Christmas (1974), Halloween (1978), Phantasm (1979), Friday the 13th (1980), My Bloody Valentine (1981), A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), Child's Play (1988), Candyman (1992 film), Leprechaun (film) (1993), Scream (1996) and I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997).
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is a 1974 American slasher film directed by Tobe Hooper and written and co-produced by Hooper and Kim Henkel.

Halloween (1978 film)

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Notable slasher films include The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974), Black Christmas (1974), Halloween (1978), Phantasm (1979), Friday the 13th (1980), My Bloody Valentine (1981), A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), Child's Play (1988), Candyman (1992 film), Leprechaun (film) (1993), Scream (1996) and I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997).
Halloween is a 1978 American slasher film directed and scored by John Carpenter, co-written with producer Debra Hill, and starring Donald Pleasence and Jamie Lee Curtis in her film debut.

Black Christmas (1974 film)

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Notable slasher films include The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974), Black Christmas (1974), Halloween (1978), Phantasm (1979), Friday the 13th (1980), My Bloody Valentine (1981), A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), Child's Play (1988), Candyman (1992 film), Leprechaun (film) (1993), Scream (1996) and I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997).
Black Christmas is a 1974 Canadian slasher film produced and directed by Bob Clark, and written by A. Roy Moore.

Horror film

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A slasher film is a film in the subgenre of horror films involving a psychopath stalking and murdering a group of people, usually by use of bladed tools.
Some sub-genres of horror film include low-budget horror, action horror, comedy horror, body horror, disaster horror, found footage, holiday horror, horror drama, psychological horror, science fiction horror, slasher, supernatural horror, gothic horror, natural horror, zombie horror, first-person horror, and teen horror.

My Bloody Valentine (film)

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Notable slasher films include The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974), Black Christmas (1974), Halloween (1978), Phantasm (1979), Friday the 13th (1980), My Bloody Valentine (1981), A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), Child's Play (1988), Candyman (1992 film), Leprechaun (film) (1993), Scream (1996) and I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997).
My Bloody Valentine is a 1981 Canadian slasher film directed by George Mihalka and written by John Beaird.

Michael Myers (Halloween)

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Several slasher film villains grew to take on anti-heroic characteristics, with the franchises following the continued efforts of a villain, rather than the killer's victims (for example, Michael Myers, Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, Chucky, Harry Warden, and Leatherface).
Michael Myers is a fictional character from the Halloween series of slasher films.

Psycho (1960 film)

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Critics cite the Italian giallo films and psychological horror films such as Peeping Tom (1960) and Psycho (1960) as early influences.
Often ranked among the greatest films of all time, it set a new level of acceptability for violence, deviant behavior and sexuality in American films, and is widely considered to be the earliest example of the slasher film genre.

Final girl

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The final girl trope is discussed in film studies as being a young woman (occasionally a young man) left alone to face the killer's advances in the movie's end.
The final girl is a trope in horror films (particularly slasher films).

Peeping Tom (1960 film)

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Critics cite the Italian giallo films and psychological horror films such as Peeping Tom (1960) and Psycho (1960) as early influences. That same year Michael Powell released Peeping Tom, showing the killer's perspective as he murders women to photograph their dying expressions.
However, it attracted a cult following, and in later years, it has been re-evaluated and is now widely considered a masterpiece, and a progenitor of the contemporary slasher film.

Chucky (character)

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Several slasher film villains grew to take on anti-heroic characteristics, with the franchises following the continued efforts of a villain, rather than the killer's victims (for example, Michael Myers, Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, Chucky, Harry Warden, and Leatherface).
Charles Lee "Chucky" Ray is a fictional character and the main antagonist of the Child's Play slasher film franchise.

Prom Night (1980 film)

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George Archainbaud's Thirteen Women (1932) tells the story of a sorority whose former members are set against one another by a vengeful peer who crosses out their yearbook photos, a device used in subsequent films Prom Night (1980) and Graduation Day (1981).
Prom Night is a 1980 Canadian slasher film directed by Paul Lynch, written by William Gray, and starring Jamie Lee Curtis and Leslie Nielsen.

Graduation Day (film)

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George Archainbaud's Thirteen Women (1932) tells the story of a sorority whose former members are set against one another by a vengeful peer who crosses out their yearbook photos, a device used in subsequent films Prom Night (1980) and Graduation Day (1981).
Graduation Day is a 1981 American slasher film co-written, co-produced and directed by Herb Freed.

I Know What You Did Last Summer

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Notable slasher films include The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974), Black Christmas (1974), Halloween (1978), Phantasm (1979), Friday the 13th (1980), My Bloody Valentine (1981), A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), Child's Play (1988), Candyman (1992 film), Leprechaun (film) (1993), Scream (1996) and I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997).
I Know What You Did Last Summer is a 1997 American slasher film directed by Jim Gillespie, written by Kevin Williamson, and starring Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe, and Freddie Prinze Jr..

Michael Powell

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That same year Michael Powell released Peeping Tom, showing the killer's perspective as he murders women to photograph their dying expressions.
His later controversial 1960 film Peeping Tom, while today considered a classic, and a contender as the first "slasher", was so vilified on first release that his career was seriously damaged.

Laurie Strode

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Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis), the heroine in Halloween, is an example of a typical final girl.
In academic materials, Strode is widely cited as one of the earliest and most influential examples of the "final girl" slasher film archetype.

The Haunted House of Horror

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This grotesque style translated to Andy Milligan's The Ghastly Ones (1969), Twisted Nerve (1968), Night After Night After Night (1969) as well as The Haunted House of Horror (1969).
The Haunted House of Horror, also titled Horror House and The Dark is a 1969 British film, an early type of "slasher film".

Splatter film

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Although the term "slasher" is often used informally as a generic term for any horror film involving murder, film analysts cite an established set of characteristics which set these films apart from other subgenres, such as splatter films and psychological horror films.
In the 2000s – particularly 2003–2009 – a body of films was produced that combined elements of the splatter and slasher film genres.

Jump scare

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The Spiral Staircase also features an early use of jump scares.
Prior to the 1980s, jump scares were a relatively rare occurrence in horror movies; however, they became increasingly common in the early 80s as the slasher subgenre increased in popularity.

Jamie Lee Curtis

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Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis), the heroine in Halloween, is an example of a typical final girl.
Her next film, Prom Night, was a low-budget Canadian slasher film released in July 1980.

Schizo (1976 film)

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Pete Walker broke taboos by advertising his films' negative reviews to attract viewers looking for the depraved, using a "no press is bad press" mantra with The Flesh and Blood Show (1972), Frightmare (1974), House of Mortal Sin (1976), Schizo (1976) and The Comeback (1978).
Schizo is a 1976 slasher film directed by Pete Walker and starring Lynne Frederick.

The Town That Dreaded Sundown

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The Town That Dreaded Sundown (1976), based on the Phantom Killer case, and Another Son of Sam (1977), based on the Son of Sam slayings, cashed-in on headlines and public fascination.
The Town That Dreaded Sundown is a 1976 American slasher film directed and produced by Charles B. Pierce, and written by Earl E. Smith.

The Comeback (1978 film)

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Pete Walker broke taboos by advertising his films' negative reviews to attract viewers looking for the depraved, using a "no press is bad press" mantra with The Flesh and Blood Show (1972), Frightmare (1974), House of Mortal Sin (1976), Schizo (1976) and The Comeback (1978).
The Comeback (also known as The Day the Screaming Stopped) is a 1978 British slasher film directed by Pete Walker starring Jack Jones, Pamela Stephenson, and David Doyle.

The Spiral Staircase (1946 film)

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Robert Siodmak's The Spiral Staircase (1946), based on Ethel White's novel Some Must Watch, stars Ethel Barrymore as a sympathetic woman trying to survive black-gloved killers.
It has also been cited as one of numerous progenitors to the slasher film, specifically due to its female-centric cast and point-of-view cinematography deployed during scenes in which the killer stalks his victims.

Wes Craven

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Wes Craven modernized the Sawney Bean legend in The Hills Have Eyes (1977) by building upon themes presented in The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.
He was known for his pioneering work in the genre of horror films, particularly slasher films, where he mixed horror cliches with humor and satire.