Halloween is upon us all and everyone is diggin’ out their copies of Nightmare on Elm Street, Child’s Play, Friday the 13th etc & storming theaters to see the brand new Halloween flick! Freddy, Michael, Jason, Chucky, Leatherface, Ghostface, It’s really no secret, these guys are some of the most iconic ‘Slashers’ to grace the silver screen, but what about the other lesser known, but still cult classic slasher villains that don’t seem to get much credit around the Halloween season for their paths of destruction?
Well, let’s take a look at 10 cool movie slashers that simply deserve more credit for their onscreen evil, mayhem and unforgettable creepy ass slasher fashion stylings!! I’ve gone deeper than say Candyman, Pinhead & Leprechaun, so this ain’t the normal gang, but these oddballs all deserve a place at the big bad boys & girls table!
IRVING WALLACE from ‘Stage Fright’ (1987)
Here’s one of my all time favorite Slashers, this weird ass maniac from Michele Soavi’s cult classic ‘Stage Fright’ has definitely got the bizarre looks and creepy skills to cause a jam packed night of mayhem! One of the weirdest looking slasher’s in cinema, wearing huge Owl mask may make it awkward when stalking people, but it’ll surely scare the shit out of each and every one of them! I highly recommend giving this one a watch as it totally delivers on all levels! This dude deserves more slasher cred for sure!
THE PROWLER (1981)
This slasher from the Prowler who we’ll just call “The Prowler” is a definite force to be reckoned with, dressed uniquely in some cool military duds from WW2, he’s formulated a good solid look for himself, because of course we know fashion sense for a memorable slasher is simply a must. This guy’s a crazed military veteran who’s out for the kill in a small California town and pulls out all sorts of nasty kills on his victims with his military skills. The movie itself is one of the best in sea of highly forgettable trashy, often boring sea of slasher movies, add in the gory FX wizardry of Tom Savini and you’re in for a real treat!
MARY LOU from ‘Prom Night 2’ (1987)
Yep, I dig ‘Prom Night 2: Hello Mary Lou’ better than the first installment actually. It really doesn’t have much, if anything to do with the original at all and that’s fine by me. This one though does feature the supernatural killer “Mary Lou” a prom queen who in the 1950’s is burned alive on stage after being crowned by some jackass dudes. Later in the 80’s her spirit returns and she wreaks all sorts of mayhem upon the teens of her former high school. Mary Lou has a sort of “Freddy Kruger” type thing going on as she uses lots of wicked supernatural tricks to eliminate her prey! This one’s the best of the series and a total blast of a movie as well!
MANIAC COP (1988)
Maniac Cop is indeed a supernatural psycho and should be right up there with Freddy, Michael and the rest for sure! He’s got a great iconic look too as his face is all mashed up and of course he wears the blue cop uniform which is even more frightening now in 2018. He’s also played by the late icon Robert Z’dar, who was an imposing presence even without the make up. Maniac Cop’s strong as fuck and wherever the dude goes complete mayhem follows! It spawned some awesome sequels as well and the first two movies even star the legend himself, Bruce Campbell!!
CROPSY from ‘The Burning’ (1981)
A lot of people pass off ‘The Burning’ as just another ‘Friday the 13th’ knock off, but it’s hands down one of the best slasher movies out there. Yeah it’s got similarities to other of it’s more popular peer films of the era but it truly stands on it’s own as a grade ‘A’ slasher. It’s villain Cropsy is pretty damn memorable as well, he really concocts some truly crazy kills on the unsuspecting horny campers. He’s also got a bad ass look, with his burned up face from a bad prank gone wrong against him years ago, Crospy is a seriously troubled psychopath who deserved a sequel!! One of the best slasher flicks of all time for sure.
DOLLY DEAREST (1991)
I don’t give a shit if people call Dolly Dearest a full on rip off of Child’s Play! It totally IS and I love it! The killer freaky ass doll, “Dolly Dearest”, is possessed by the evil Mexican spirit ‘Sanzia’ and goes on a full on killing spree when a family takes the doll home from a haunted toy factory. Dolly is a tiny, fierce, force to be reckoned with, easily rivaling Chucky’s onscreen antic’s any day of the damn week. She also looks just as cool as ol’ Chuck, especially when she’s totally pissed off! I love the puppetry and animatronics used to bring her to life as well, Dolly Dearest is a professional killing machine you really don’t wanna fuck with!
MADMAN MARZ from ‘Madman’ (1982)
Here’s a supernatural slasher that’s one o’ Quentin Tarantino’s personal faves as he once showcased this movie at Alamo Drafthouse in Austin Texas. ‘Madman Marz’ is a huge hulking beast of a killer that likely inspired ‘Victor Crowley’ from the more recent “Hatchet” franchise. Kinda like ‘Candyman’, if you’re dumb enuff to say his name a bunch of times in the woods at night, he’ll show up to fucking annihilate you and anyone else hanging around being stupid. The ultimate hillbilly supernatural slasher Madman is one horror slasher flick you shouldn’t miss! Madman Marz would likely tear apart Leatherface with little effort in a slasher melee mega brawl!!
SAMANTHA From ‘Deadly Friend’ (1986)
Samantha from ‘Deadly Friend’ played by Kristy Swanson is surely a unique movie slasher, a teenage girl who’s nearly killed by her abusive father ends up getting the artificial intelligence of her genius buddy’s robot ‘BB’. Brain Dead Samantha merges with BB’s microchip and soon turns into a homicidal maniac. This cool largely forgotten flick from Wes Craven is a true oddity with a lesson to be learned-the dangers of merging artificial intelligence & humans run high when Samantha’s set loose upon the suburbs in the 1980’s!! Check this out as Samantha destroys this irritating lady from ‘Throw Momma From the Train’ with a damn basketball!
ACID SID from ‘Pledge Night’ (1990)
Here’s a great one from 1990 that features supernatural slasher ‘Acid Sid’ played by Joey Bellladona from the legendary metal band Anthrax! This freak deserves to be on the list for that reason alone, but add in his excellent horrific appearance and you’ve got a unique slasher in ol’ ‘Sid’. The frat pledger had to undergo some freak ass hazing before he turned into a psycho freakazoid: he had to take a bath in a tub filled with cornflakes and coffee grounds, vinegar and some other fucking disgusting unknown substances to join the dumb frat. However someone had replaced the water with pure acid and Sid died a horrible ass death-only to return from the dead looking like a total wicked badass and gets his ghastly revenge on the college campus! Sid’s got some devious kills planned out and this one’s a total horrible hoot to behold!
MEATCLEAVER MAX from ‘The Horror Show/AKA House 3’ (1989)
Brion James rips it up here in this supernatural slasher flick as a maniacal deranged killer who’s put to death in the electric chair while his nemesis Lance Henrickson happily watches. Well Max would fit right in with the likes of Freddy Krueger as his spirit returns to taunt & torture Lance’s family in their own home. He’s also out to frame him for murder! Brion James kicks ass here as this crazed supernaturally powered maniac, I alway thought Meatcleaver Max was cooler than Wes Craven’s “Shocker”, especially because the two movies often get confused together by lots of horror fans. Meatcleaver has a cool look as well as a frightening demeanor and James brings it in the role for sure! Check out one of his Krueger-esque shenanigans he pulls at the dinner table!