20 best slashers of recent years

Slasher is a subgenre of horror films that became popular in the 80s. In a separate category, the genre is distinguished by its key features – a group of young people, a maniac who kills victims one at a time, unconventional murder weapons, mountains of corpses and a sea of ​​blood. We offer a collection of the best slashers among the latest movies and other horror films released in the 21st century.

Wrong Turn: Legacy (2021)

The selection opens with a film that has become a restart of the cult franchise. This time, the spooky adventure begins on a hike along the Appalachian Trail. In real life, the picturesque place is famous for numerous murders and tragic deaths. A youth company comes to Harper’s Ferry to go hiking. In these parts, lost children will encounter forest hermits, who settled their community closed from outsiders in the mountains even before the Civil War.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original title:
Wrong Turn: The Foundation

Actors:
Charlotte Vega, Adyne Bradley, Bill Sage …

Country:
Germany, USA, UK

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.6, IMDb – 5.4

Age restrictions:
18+


Nanny. Queen of the Damned (2020)

The collection of new slashers was replenished with a sequel to the film about a teenager Cole and his sexy nanny who worships the devil in her spare time and is the leader of a satanic cult. Two years have passed since the events of the first film. Cole grew up, and his problems became more serious than omissions with peers. The guy cannot forget the terrible events, goes to a psychologist and takes pills. The situation is aggravated by the fact that no one believes him, because the bodies of the cult members were never found. Among the students of the school, a grandiose party is planned on the beach, where Cole will have a new meeting with enemies.

Original title:
The Babysitter: Killer Queen

Actors:
Judah Lewis, Jenna Ortega, Emily Alyn Lind…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.0, IMDb – 5.8

Age limit:
18+


Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019)

A horror story in the style of Stephen King and gloomy urban legends, set in the backwoods. After a run-in with a bully on Halloween, several guys find themselves in an abandoned mansion on the outskirts of the city. Once upon a time, a girl Sarah lived in this house, writing down terrible stories in her book. Soon these stories will become reality for a group of teenagers who, quite by accident, found this book.

Original title:
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

Actors:
Zoe Margaret Colletti, Michael Garza, Gabriel Rush …

Country:
USA, Canada, Hong Kong

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 6.2

Age restrictions:
16+


They (2019)

A horror film has all the typical hallmarks of a good slasher movie – a group of teenagers, psychopathic maniacs, sophisticated murders and rivers of blood. A group of young people leave the nightclub on Halloween to continue the party in the so-called house of fear. The suburban attraction promises to make the worst nightmares of visitors come true. Soon the guys will understand that the promise will be fulfilled in full, and something sinister is hiding under the masks of clowns.

Original title:
Haunt

Actors:
Katie Stevens, Will Brittain, Lauryn Alisa McClain …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.7, IMDb – 6.3

Age restrictions:
18+


Experiment “Behind the Glass” (2019)

Eight celebrities are at the center of the horror plot at once – bloggers, actors, athletes and singers . The heroes participate in an online show for a large monetary reward. On the appointed day, all participants arrive at the luxurious mansion, and the game begins. What was conceived as a harmless entertainment, gradually turns into a bloody nightmare. The organizers of the show come up with new tasks, sophisticated in their cruelty, and the life of the players now directly depends on their implementation.

Original title:
Funhouse

Actors:
Walter Skarsgård, Gigi Sol Guerrero, Carolina Benefield…

Country:
Sweden, Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.7, IMDb – 6.3

Age restrictions:
18+


Hellfest (2018)

A horror film in the slasher genre invites the viewer to an interesting festival. Hellfest is a spooky themed place where the organizers try to scare the guests in every possible way. A group of guys who decide to visit a trash place have no idea that actors are not hiding under all the masks. One uninvited guest of the festival is a serial killer, ready to shred everyone indiscriminately.

Original title:
Hell Fest

Actors:
Amy Forsythe, Rain Edwards, Bex Taylor-Klaus …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.5, IMDb – 5.5

Age restrictions:
18+


Halloween (2018)

Spirit-possessed killer Michael Myers returns to the screen, armed with his huge knife. The release of the eleventh part of the cult franchise was timed to coincide with the fortieth anniversary of the first horror. This time, the butcher will be confronted by his sister Lori. The woman lives in a hermitage and has been preparing for this meeting for many years. Lori’s relatives think she’s a crazy, gun-crazed old woman, but she knows that one day Michael will return, and she needs to be ready to stand up for the family.

Original title:
Halloween

Actors:
Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, Andy Matichak …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.8, IMDb – 6.5

Age restrictions:
18+


Bloodfest (2018)

The list of slashers of recent years is complemented by another film with a thrash story about teenagers. A group of friends are going to Bloodfest, a bloody festival dedicated to the most famous films of the horror genre. Among them is Dax, who witnessed the murder of his mother as a child and is a huge fan of horror films. The organizer of the event has his own plans for the guests – what if we make them participants in real bloody plots?

Original title:
Blood Fest

Actors:
Robbie Kay, Seychelle Gabriel, Jacob Batalon …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.2, IMDb – 5.4

Age restrictions:
18+


Happy Death Day (dilogue, 2017 and 2019)

On her birthday, popular student Trish gets caught in a time loop . Every time a girl goes to a party , she is killed by the same masked man, and then everything repeats again. To break the chain, Trish needs to know the identity of the killer. The sequel to the highly rated teen slasher uses the same idea of ​​a time paradox, and the same heroine solves the problem. However, in the sequel, she will have to save not herself, but the lives of her closest people.

Original title:
Happy Death Day 2U

Actors:
Jessica Roth, Israel Broussard, Phi Wu, Suraj Sharma…

Country:
USA, Japan

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 6.6

Age limit:
18+


The Last Girls (2014)

The selection continues with a fantasy horror film with a comedic component. The main character Max lost her mother in a car accident. By the way, her mother dreamed of becoming an actress and starred in her youth in one low-profile slasher. It so happened that on the anniversary of the death of a woman, Max and several of her friends get inside this horror. Now they will have to confront the cinematic maniac – after all, it is not known what will happen if the characters die in the film.

Original title:
The Final Girls

Actors:
Taissa Farmiga, Malin Akerman, Alexander Ludwig …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.9, IMDb – 6.6

Age restrictions:
16+


You’re in deep trouble! (2013)

The Davison family encounters a gang of bloodthirsty sadists and murderers during a country holiday. Family members will have to lay siege to the vacation home, fighting for their lives. However, the gang of raiders did not expect that among the victims there is a young girlfriend of the eldest son of the Davisons, who is not as simple as it seems. The girl has a secret from the past that makes her a dangerous opponent.

Original title:
You’re Next

Actors:
Sharni Vinson, Nicholas Tucci, Wendy Glenn …

Country:
USA, UK

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.2, IMDb – 6.6

Age restrictions:
18+


Nobody Survived (2012)

The top of older slashers includes a film for fans of not just a bloody massacre, but interesting twisted plots. A gang of thugs decided to have some fun with a couple of guys traveling with a small trailer. As it turned out later, their choice was not the best. Under the mask of an ordinary guy, something ruthless and terrible is hiding, and the contents of the trailer will make even hardened criminals experience fear. Soon the villains will feel in the place of the victims.

Original title:
No One Lives

Actors:
Luke Evans, Adelaide Clemens, Lee Tergesen …

Country:
USA, UK

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 6.0

Age restrictions:
18+


Cabin in the woods (2011)

The plot of the movie starts like a standard slasher movie. Abandoned house where typical characters gathered – jock, nerd, good girl and sexy beauty. The guys find an old book and read aloud a spell that unleashes a whole squad of zombies. Further, the viewer is waiting for sharp plot twists, and it is simply impossible to predict the events. In order to prevent spoilers from leaking out to the masses, fake scenes were specially written for the screen tests of the leading actors.

Original title:
The Cabin in the Woods

Actors:
Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchison …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 7.0

Age restrictions:
18+


Killer Vacation (2010)

The killer black comedy has not left the top of the best teen slashers for more than 10 years. Two village boys Tucker and Dale are going to a newly bought summer house on the shore of a picturesque forest lake. On the way, they intersect with a group of students who have decided to break away on the weekend in the same area. Tucker and Dale’s video is not the most presentable, so the city guys take them for local scumbags and decide to fight back.

Original title:
Tucker and Dale vs Evil

Actors:
Tyler Labine, Alan Tudyk, Katrina Bowden …

Country:
Canada, USA, India, UK

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 7.5

Age restrictions:
18+


Collector (dilogue, 2009 and 2012)

He masterfully knows how to set traps for victims in their own home. He also collects people by taking one survivor from a crime scene. In the first part of the dilogy, the burglar Arkin gets into the wrong house, getting into the hunting grounds of the collector. A set of torture instruments is not the worst thing a criminal has in his arsenal. And in the sequel to the horror film, the viewer will be able to see what the lair of a mysterious maniac looks like.

Original title:
The Collector

Actors:
Josh Stewart, Juan Fernandez, Carly Scott Collins…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 6.4

Age restrictions:
18+


Scream in the dorm (2009)

The now classic slasher takes the viewer to a student dorm where several female students manage to hide their friend’s death and escape justice. Soon everyone receives an SMS from an unfamiliar number – someone knows what they did. At the prom, the girls begin to die one after another at the hands of an unknown maniac, who is hiding under the mantle of a graduate.

Original title:
Sorority Row

Actors:
Briana Evigan, Lea Pipes, Rumer Willis …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.7, IMDb – 5.1

Age restrictions:
18+


My Bloody Valentine (2009)

On Valentine’s Day, due to the negligence of workers in one of the coal mines, an explosion occurs that claimed the lives of five miners. Twelve years have passed, and the mayor of the city decides to restore the good tradition of celebrating Valentine’s Day throughout the city. At the same time, Tom returns to his hometown, and terrible events begin to happen with his arrival. The sheriff’s lover is killed – her heart is cut out and placed in a candy box. While the residents suspect Tom, the killings continue.

Original title:
My Bloody Valentine

Actors:
Jensen Ackles, Jamie King, Kerr Smith…

Country:
USA, Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 5.4

Age restrictions:
18+


Friday the 13th (2009)

A remake of the movie of the same name, where a maniac in a hockey mask kills people one by one. A motley group of young people find themselves in a country house not far from the infamous Crystal Lake children’s camp. The place is famous for repeated massacres and disappearances of vacationers. Weekend at the summer house in full swing – loud music, sex, drugs and alcohol. No one expects to see behind him a hefty man in a leather coat and with a huge machete in his hands.

Original title:
Friday the 13th

Actors:
Jared Padalecki, Danielle Panabaker, Amanda Righetti…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.9, IMDb – 5.5

Age restrictions:
16+


Stay Alive (2006)

Late in the evening, an avid gamer , Loomis, tests the video game Lost. The novelty is based on events from the life of a mysterious aristocrat of the 17th century, nicknamed the Bloody Countess. Soon the game character Loomis is killed, and then the guy himself dies. To honor the memory of a friend, his comrades decide to play this game too. Suddenly, one by one, the guys begin to die, and they are killed in the same way as the characters in the game. Now, in order to survive, friends will have to defeat the Bloody Countess.

Original title:
Stay Alive

Actors:
John Foster, Samira Armstrong, Frankie Muniz …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.4, IMDb – 5.1

Age restrictions:
16+


House of Wax (2005)

The original idea, high-quality effects and make-up made this film one of the best slasher films that received good reviews from the audience. A youth company goes on a road trip, hoping to get to a football match . As a result of mysterious traffic accidents, the guys find themselves in an abandoned city. In search of an auto repair shop and locals, the friends enter a museum of overly realistic wax figures.

Original title:
House of Wax

Actors:
Elisha Cuthbert, Chad Michael Murray, Brian Van Holt, Paris Hilton…

Country:
Australia, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 5.4

Age restrictions:
16+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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