(This is Part 2 of 5 in a series on horror movies.  If you haven’t already, please read about The Supernatural, For the Disturbed as well as the series introduction.)

Growing up in the era of the Slasher was a great experience for someone who fell in love with horror movies so young. I remember cuddling up to a blanket on the cold basement floor as I watched the unstoppable Michael Myers do his thing.

But let me back up a little bit – what exactly is a slasher?  Typically, a slasher is a a movie where the victims (usually women in the 80s and 90s) are killed by knives or other sharp weapons in a sequential fashion. They don’t necessarily need to be gory, or even have a large body count. Later movies like Scream (1996) played with the rules of slashers (even recounting some of them in the movie itself), but the idea of sequential victims usually stays strong.