You are with a group of friends late at night, all huddled up in someone’s bedroom scrolling through Netflix, arguing whether you’re going to watch a rom-com or an old, nostalgic animated movie. Then, one friend cackles in the corner with an evil grin, a stolen remote and an old slasher film in hand.
Every movie begins about the same: creepy, off-setting scenery and a character that seems just a bit off right out of the gates. Then, a flash forward, and you’re put into the life of your protagonist, whatever situation they may be in. But you know within the next hour, one of them is going to die right before you, probably in an extremely gory way.
Enter the world of slasher films, a subgenre of horror films that revolves around a killer, unsuspecting victims and a ton of gore. They’re mostly loved for their interesting subplots, the violence and the fun you have when you’re scared of such a spooky film. Of course, there are those who despise slashers and would neve
r watch one by choice. Usually the anti-slasher folks deny that they don’t watch the films because they are scared of the potential embarrassment at being afraid.
These stories, despite your personal opinion on them, are a staple of American culture, and they tend to resurface around Halloween. Slasher movies are an unavoidable part of Halloween culture, whether the movies themselves or someone wearing a bloodied hockey mask. These stories are beloved by many and held in high regard, despite their usually low quality; it is simply an ingrained part of people’s nostalgic views of Halloween.
This Halloween, I suggest you watch at least one slasher film, as they are an integral part of the holiday. Embrace them, for the stories of Jason Voorhees, Freddy Kruger, Micheal Myers and Leatherface will live on through these movies. I urge you to take part in an immortalized cultural phenomenon.