17 January 2022

‘Scream’: The 5 most entertaining slashers to watch after

With the return of Ghostface to the big screen, we list 5 slasher films to keep you on the edge of your seat…

It’s been over ten years since we last hid behind our sofas watching Scream’s notorious masked murderer chase after a bunch of unknowing teens. But since then, slasher films have upped their game. Nowadays, there’s more to the movies than knife wielding lunatics and college students who make regrettable decisions (like running up stairs away from the killer, rather than out the door). We’ve selected a handful of films to keep horror-lovers happy following the release of the latest instalment of the Ghostface franchise: Scream.

Black Christmas 

Here, you want to watch the original Black Christmas (1974),and not the remake. A group of sorority sisters (Olivia Hussey and Margot Kidder) begin to recieve some seriously creepy, vulger phone calls at their home. Then, one of their housemates goes missing, and a nearby teen girl is murdered.

As the girls start to connect the dots, no one realises quite how close to home the culprit is… While not as bloody as the slashers we’ve come to expect today, it’s a seminal title in the genre.

The Final Destination franchise

What do you get when you put together an ensemble cast and a particularly persistent grim reaper? A slew of slasher classics, of course. Although the films have varied in terms of quality, you can’t go wrong with the first three. Basically, it revolves around a group of teenagers attempting to escape death after surviving a mass-casualty accident — thanks to the protagonist having a timely premonition.

After managing to escape deady airplane crashes and faulty rollercoasters, you can’t help but root for them… even as they’re picked off one by one in freak accidents.

Happy Death Day

If you’re willing to sit down to watch a movie and come away thinking you have no clue what just happened, this is the film for you. Basically, in a similar vein to Groundhog Day, something bizarre happens where our heroine, Jessica Rothe, relives the same day over and over again. It always ends in the same way – with her being brutally murdered. Rothe then (naturally) takes it upon herself to stop being perpetually killed by some baby-masked slasher who seems to just have too much time on their hands. It’s bloody and it’s super, super fun. 

The Scream franchise

They are probaby some of the most iconic slasher films out there, and with one of the most iconic casts. 

Starring the likes of Courteney Cox, Rose McGowan, Drew Barrymore, Matthew Lillard and Neve Campbell, the Scream franchise is perfect to watch if you want a real horror fright night. The films don’t only bring Edvard Munch’s memorably uncomfortable 1893 painting ‘The Scream’ to life, they also bring a new meaning to cult horror. Ask anyone to name a scary movie and they’ll say Scream.

Watch it if you want to shout at the screen as you watch yet another person run upstairs to escape.

The Cabin in the Woods

What first seems like a rote slasher film takes an unexpected turn in the wild third act. After travelling to a remote cabin, American college students, dressed in cliché sports jackets, walk straight into a game. They unknowingly summon a group of blood hungry zombies and become involved in a ritual of human sacrifice. It’s wildly entertaining, and promises to subvert all your expectations of a slasher film without skimping on the gore — if you’re into all that…

  • Writer Ry Gavin
  • Banner Image Credit Paramount Pictures / Scream

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