Fact or Fiction: Classic ’80s Slasher Films
From Friday the 13th to The Slumber Party Massacre, the golden age of slasher movies exploded during the 1980s. Some of the best slasher movies ever created happened within a single decade. This includes a mixture of cult classic horror films, serial killer horror films, and horror films starring a masked killer chasing around the final girl throughout the entire film.
The final girls in slasher movies are always the last girl that survives the serial killer in order to tell the true story of the events that happened. Sometimes, the final girl will get her revenge and kill the masked killer. This has now become one of horror’s most well-known tropes.
Besides the classic horror movie story where the serial killer or masked killer gets an ending, the slasher film introduced fans to killers being almost immortal and always coming back for another film.
Do you know enough about the ’80s slasher movies to be able to tell fact from fiction?
Slasher films are horror movies usually featuring a rugged, resilient, merciless killer murdering a bunch of people using a knife or some kind of bladed weapon. The subgenre of horror films became very popular in the '80s when iconic films like A Nightmare on Elm Street, Child's Play, Halloween, and Friday the 13th were released.
But for every slasher film that made it big at the box office, there were 50 more just like them, normally on a smaller budget. Some of them have become cult classics as they have built a fan following over the decades. These slasher films almost always feature a young woman — aka the final girl — in the lead role who survives the masked killer and lives to tell the story.