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Thursday, October 12, 2023

Who's your slasher daddy?


  • Who’s your Slasher Daddy?

  • Slasher films have carved an indelible niche in the annals of horror cinema, delivering equal measures of terror and adrenaline to audiences worldwide. The best slashers are not just defined by their brutal kill sequences but by the iconic antagonists who wield the knife, chain, or glove. Characters like Freddy Krueger from "A Nightmare on Elm Street", Jason Voorhees of "Friday the 13th", and Michael Myers from "Halloween" have become emblematic of the genre, transcending their celluloid origins to become mainstays in popular culture. These relentless killers, with their uniquely terrifying aesthetics and backstories, have been both feared and celebrated, making slasher films some of the most enduring and influential in the subgenre .

  • Freddy “Springwood Slasher” Kruger 

  • Unlike other slashers who rely primarily on physical strength, Freddy haunts the dreams of his victims. This power to infiltrate dreams and turn them into nightmares is both original and terrifying, as sleep is an essential and inescapable part of life. Freddy’s burned face, striped sweater, and bladed glove are instantly recognizable. This unique look sets him apart from other slasher villains. Many slashers like Michael Myers ("Halloween") or Jason Voorhees ("Friday the 13th") are portrayed as largely silent and emotionless killing machines. Freddy, on the other hand, often taunts his victims with dark humor and sadistic pleasure, making him more dynamic. Freddy's character has a detailed backstory that adds layers to his evil nature. He was a child murderer in life, and after his death, he was empowered by dream demons to continue his reign of terror from the afterlife. The line between dreams and reality is blurred in "A Nightmare on Elm Street." This challenges viewers' perceptions and taps into a deeper, psychological kind of fear. One never knows if they're safe or if they're about to be confronted by Freddy. Freddy’s dream-based powers allow for a wide range of creative and terrifying scenarios. The surreal dream landscapes can be customized to each victim's personal fears, making each encounter unique and unpredictable. The "A Nightmare on Elm Street" series spawned multiple sequels, a television series, and even a crossover film with another iconic slasher, Jason Voorhees. Freddy's influence can be seen in various pop culture references and Halloween costumes every year. Freddy's character has been analyzed in academic circles, with scholars looking into the societal and psychological implications of the series. The character has sparked debates on topics from the nature of dreams to societal revenge fantasies. Freddy Krueger's blend of psychological terror, dark humor, and a strong backstory makes him a standout for many fans of the genre. Freddy Krueger's unique method of killing, compelling backstory, distinct personality, and iconic appearance solidify his position as the best in the business. Whether he's making you laugh or scream, Freddy ensures you'll never look at bedtime the same way again.

  • Jason Voorhees 

    Few figures in horror cinema are as instantly recognizable as Jason Voorhees. His signature hockey mask and machete not only define his appearance but have also become emblematic of the slasher genre itself. Unlike many other horror villains, Jason doesn't need elaborate makeup or special effects to be intimidating. His simplicity, which combines the everyday (a hockey mask) with the foreboding (a bloody machete), makes his image enduring and universally frightening. Jason's story and character have undergone evolution across films, adding layers to his persona and keeping audiences intrigued. From the trauma of drowning as a child to his resurrection and subsequent rampages, Jason's narrative is rich with a combination of supernatural elements and human tragedy. The different portrayals of Jason, whether it's the undead version or the more human iteration, provide depth and variety to his character that's uncommon in the slasher genre. Every great slasher requires an equally great setting. Camp Crystal Lake serves as an eerie backdrop for Jason's reign of terror. The very idea of a serene summer camp turned into a haunting ground plays on the fears of safety turned upside-down. 4. Relentless Determination: One of the most defining characteristics of Jason Voorhees is his relentless pursuit of his victims. Unlike other slashers who might engage in mind games or theatrics, Jason is a force of nature. He never tires, never stops, and seems impervious to harm. This relentless determination, combined with his superhuman strength, makes him an unstoppable force, further establishing him as one of the most formidable adversaries in horror cinema.Perhaps the strongest testament to Jason's status as the best slasher is his cultural impact. From video games to merchandise and countless parodies, Jason Voorhees has transcended the 'Friday the 13th' films to become a pop culture icon. His influence extends beyond horror aficionados to the general public, solidifying his position in the pantheon of great horror villains.

    Charles Lee Ray aka Chucky 

    Unlike many other slashers who are humans or human-like figures, Chucky is a doll. The very idea of a children's toy turning deadly gives the 'Child's Play' series an immediate and unique hook. This deviation from the norm challenges the audience's perception of innocence, playing on the unsettling juxtaposition of a beloved children's toy and a murderous psychopath.One of Chucky's standout qualities is his distinctive personality. While many slashers are often silent stalkers like Michael Myers or Jason Voorhees, Chucky is different. He is vocal, sarcastic, and has a dark sense of humor. This character depth gives the audience a clear insight into his motivations and feelings, making him a more multidimensional villain. Over the series, viewers even explore aspects of Chucky's former human life as Charles Lee Ray, further fleshing out his character. The 'Child's Play' series has managed to evolve Chucky's character and the story around him. From being a straightforward killer doll in the earlier movies to delving into more black comedy in the sequels, and then exploring his origin story – Chucky has witnessed a wider range of narrative shifts compared to other slashers. This ability to adapt and stay relevant is a testament to the character's strength in the horror genre.  Chucky is not just about the kills. Over the course of the films, he displays a wide array of emotions, from anger and frustration to moments where he shows a twisted sense of love and desire, especially towards Tiffany, his equally deranged doll partner-in-crime. This emotional complexity makes him stand out, as he's not just a one-note killing machine. Chucky has left an indelible mark on popular culture. He has been referenced in numerous movies, TV series, and even music, evidencing his far-reaching impact. His iconic catchphrases, look, and the sheer audacity of his character make him instantly recognizable, even to those who might not be horror enthusiasts. Chucky's staying power in the horror genre is attributed to his distinctive characteristics, the evolution of his narrative, his cultural impact, and the emotional depth woven into his storylines. These factors combine to make him a compelling and unforgettable slasher figure in cinema.

    When you find out it wasn’t just a phase aka The Cenobites 

    The Cenobites, led by Pinhead, are iconic figures from Clive Barker's "Hellraiser" series. They are distinct from many other "slasher" villains in horror cinema in that they represent a more surreal, supernatural, and philosophically complex type of evil. When most people think of "slashers," they often think of characters like Michael Myers ("Halloween"), Jason Voorhees ("Friday the 13th"), and Freddy Krueger ("A Nightmare on Elm Street"). These characters tend to have a more straightforward, relentless pursuit of their victims, whereas the Cenobites have a more ritualistic and elaborate method of torment that focuses on the limits of human sensation and suffering.The Cenobites, particularly in Clive Barker's original vision, are not purely evil. They are explorers in the further regions of experience, and they blur the lines between pleasure and pain. This adds a philosophical layer that many other slasher films don't have. The Cenobites have a unique and memorable design, with Pinhead being one of the most recognizable figures in horror cinema. While the Cenobites are popular, characters like Michael Myers, Jason, and Freddy might have a broader cultural impact due to the sheer number of sequels and the widespread popularity of their respective franchises. Some fans find the surreal and psychological horror of the Cenobites to be scarier than the more straightforward approach of other slasher villains. Others might find the relentless, unstoppable nature of characters like Michael or Jason to be more terrifying.

    Michael “ The Shape “ Myers

     Introduced in John Carpenter's "Halloween" in 1978, Michael Myers has been a recurring character in numerous sequels, reboots, and spin-offs spanning decades, which speaks to his enduring appeal.Michael's white, emotionless mask and jumpsuit are instantly recognizable and evocative. The mask, originally a William Shatner Captain Kirk mask painted white, is unnerving due to its lack of expression. Unlike other slashers who often have explicit reasons for their actions (revenge, trauma, etc.), Michael's motives are vague. Dr. Loomis, his psychiatrist, describes him as pure evil, suggesting he kills simply because it's in his nature. This inexplicability makes him all the more terrifying. Michael's methodical, relentless pursuit of his victims is one of his defining traits. No matter how much distance his targets put between themselves and him, he always seems to be just a few steps behind.Carpenter's use of lighting, the unforgettable score (which he composed), and steady camera work all contribute to a sense of looming dread, with Michael Myers at the center of it. Michael Myers paved the way for future horror icons like Jason Voorhees and Freddy Krueger. His success demonstrated the commercial viability of the slasher sub genre in cinema. Despite his mask and superhuman resilience, Michael Myers is ostensibly human. This mix of humanity and seeming invulnerability makes him both more relatable and more terrifying than supernatural entities or creatures. Throughout the series, there's always been an air of mystery about Michael. From his motives to his uncanny ability to survive, he is an enigma, which only adds to the fear factor.

    Ghostface Killer (no relation) 

    There are several reasons why some fans might consider Ghostface from the "Scream" franchise as one of the best slasher characters. Unlike many slashers who are a single individual, Ghostface is a mantle taken on by different characters throughout the "Scream" series. This means you never truly know who is behind the mask in each movie, adding to the suspense.The "Scream" franchise, especially the first film, is known for its self-awareness. Characters in the film discuss the "rules" of horror films, and Ghostface plays into and sometimes subverts these rules. This gives the movies a fresh take on the slasher genre. Ghostface killers usually have personal motivations rooted in jealousy, betrayal, or revenge. This makes their reasons for killing more understandable (though not justified) compared to supernatural or inexplicable motives of some other slashers.Ghostface is a human, not a supernatural entity. This makes the character more grounded and, for some, scarier because of the realism. Anyone could be Ghostface, which adds a layer of paranoia and fear.The Ghostface mask, inspired by Edvard Munch's painting "The Scream," is simple yet haunting. It's easily recognizable and has become synonymous with modern horror.The nature of Ghostface allows the character to evolve with the times. As cultural norms and societal fears change, so too can the motivations and methods of Ghostface.The "Scream" franchise was helmed by legendary horror director Wes Craven, who previously created "A Nightmare on Elm Street." His experience and vision brought a unique touch to the character and series.


    "Leatherface" is a central figure in the horror genre, particularly within the subgenre of slasher films. The character comes from the 1974 horror classic "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre," directed by Tobe Hooper. Several reasons contribute to Leatherface's legendary status in the world of slasher movies:The Texas ChainSaw Massacre is considered one of the pioneering films of the slasher genre. At its release, the raw and visceral nature of the movie was unlike much of what had come before. The character of Leatherface and some of the film's events were loosely (very loosely) inspired by real-life serial killer Ed Gein, who also made items from the skin of his victims. This connection to a real-life killer added an additional layer of terror for audiences. Leatherface's appearance, particularly the mask made of human skin and the roaring chainsaw, became immediately identifiable and has since become a symbol of horror. Unlike some horror villains who have elaborate backstories, Leatherface is largely an enigma. His motivations are primal and basic, which makes him all the more terrifying. Leatherface and his family represent a perverted version of the American family and tap into fears of rural isolation, cannibalism, and the breakdown of societal norms. Upon its release, the movie faced bans and controversies due to its graphic nature and perceived violence (even though the film is less graphically violent than its reputation suggests). This notoriety only fueled its legendary status.The Texas ChainSaw Massacre and Leatherface set the stage for numerous other slasher films and influenced many filmmakers within the horror genre.

    Daniel Robitaille aka Candyman

    "Candyman" delves into topics of race, class, and urban legend, presenting a layered narrative that's not only about a malevolent spirit seeking vengeance but also about societal issues that are very real.The film's moody and atmospheric tone separates it from many other slasher films. Its setting in the Cabrini-Green housing projects of Chicago provides a chilling and grounded backdrop to the supernatural tale. Unlike many slashers, "Candyman" is not just about a faceless killer pursuing victims. The story delves into the origin of the Candyman character, providing a tragic background that allows audiences to feel empathy for him. Tony Todd's portrayal of the titular character is iconic. His deep voice and imposing presence give the Candyman character both a menacing aura and a tragic depth. The films invites interpretation and discussion. Themes of legend, collective memory, and the perpetuation of fear are all explored, making "Candyman" a film that can be rewatched and analyzed multiple times. While many slasher films rely heavily on jump scares and gore, "Candyman" evokes horror through its narrative and the implications of its story. The film is more psychological than many of its counterparts.

    These killers have become not just staples of horror, but pop culture icons in their own right. The best slashers blend suspense, unique kill sequences, and sometimes even delve into the psychological motivations of their villains. They keep audiences on the edge of their seats, anticipating the next scare while silently cheering for the resourceful final girl or boy. In conclusion, the best slashers in film succeed not just because of their ability to terrify, but due to their profound influence on the larger cinematic and cultural landscape. I purposely did not number the list because I know everyone has their own opinion. Who's your king of the killers, your sultan of slash? Put in the comments and I'll see you next time. 

    Monday, October 9, 2023

    "Screams in the Autumn Air: Your Fall Horror Must-See List

    As the crisp autumn breeze sweeps through, a wave of pumpkin spice permeates the air, and leaves don their vibrant hues, one thing is certain – it's horror season! For all the horror enthusiasts out there, including myself, this is a time of sheer delight. In this article, I'll guide you through some of the most spine-tingling offerings this season has in store for us, along with where you can catch them. And, of course, I'd love to hear your movie and show recommendations in the comments!

    Talk to Me: A Terrifying Twist from Unlikely Creators

    One of this year's standout horror movies is "Talk to Me," brought to us by Indie Studio A24. What makes this film even more intriguing is its creative minds behind the scenes - none other than Daniel and Michael Phillipou, renowned YouTubers celebrated for their uproarious comedy sketches.

    "Talk to Me" takes a familiar premise and gives it a unique twist. A group of adventurous youngsters decides to dabble in the dark arts by summoning spirits with an embalmed hand. At first, it's all fun and games until the supernatural world hits a little too close to home. For Mia, one spirit's eerie resemblance to her mother unleashes a cascade of terrifying events.

    With an R rating, "Talk to Me" is not for the faint-hearted, so maybe keep it away from the little ones and let them enjoy the brothers' RackaRacka YouTube channel. The good news is, you can watch it anywhere, be it Video on Demand or DVD.

    VHS 85: A Nostalgic Trip to 80's Horror

    For those who appreciate the found footage subgenre, the VHS series is a must-watch. Introduced in 2010, this anthology series has had its ups and downs, with the quality fluctuating from sugar-sweet to utterly dreadful. However, it has found new life on Shudder, where recent installments have been nothing short of exceptional.

    "VHS 85" promises to be a thrilling ride back to the 80s, potentially quenching our thirst for nostalgia horror while we impatiently await the return of "Stranger Things." The series explores moments in time, providing directors with creative challenges they've eagerly embraced.

    Don't miss out on this one; you can only catch it on the Shudder app. If you're a true horror aficionado, Shudder is a subscription worth every scream.

    American Horror Stories Season 3: A Spine-Chilling Halloween

    The original American Horror Story series has had its ups and downs, but its spinoff series, "American Horror Stories," has been consistently impressive. What's particularly exciting is when the spinoff ties back to the original, creating a web of interconnected tales.

    This Halloween season, "American Horror Stories" is set to send shivers down your spine once more. Season 3 is arriving with a bang, as on October 26, it kicks off with a chilling four-episode special. While details are scarce, one thing is for sure – it's going to be a terrifyingly good time. You can catch it on FX and Hulu.

    Five Nights at Freddy’s: From Pixels to the Silver Screen

    "Five Nights at Freddy's," a video game series that started in 2011, has become a cultural phenomenon, spawning countless reaction videos and fan devotion. Now, it's making its leap to the big screen, courtesy of Blumhouse. This film has been in development purgatory for what feels like an eternity, and it's finally seeing the light of day.

    The question on everyone's mind is whether the eerie tale of animatronics and child murders will translate well to the cinema. Blumhouse certainly believes it will, and we're hoping for the birth of an exciting new horror franchise.

    "Five Nights at Freddy's" will be haunting theaters and the Peacock app on October 27. If you ask me, this is a movie that demands a big-screen experience to truly immerse yourself in its bone-chilling world.


    As the fall season ushers in the supernatural, horror aficionados have an abundance of spine-tingling entertainment options to choose from. Whether you're seeking the unnerving depths of "Talk to Me," the nostalgic thrills of "VHS 85," or the interconnected horrors of "American Horror Stories," this season has something for everyone. And don't forget the highly anticipated leap of "Five Nights at Freddy's" from pixels to the silver screen.

    So, grab your popcorn and get ready for a scare-filled autumn. And if you're hungry for more horror, make sure to follow Amerime Media for all the latest updates and recommendations on the thrilling world of horror entertainment. Your next frightful adventure awaits – don't miss out!

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