William Lustig Written by:
C.A. Rosenberg, Joe Spinell Starring:
Joe Spinell, Caroline Munro and Abigail Clayto Cinematography by:
Robert Lindsay Score by:
I warned you not to go out tonight
This film is a little disturbing. Spinell's performance is what makes this movie, I think. This may sound weird, and it is, I guess, but Spinell plays one of the best psychopathic slashers I have yet seen. And then to top off his performance, we have some great effects from Tom Savini, as well as an atmospheric score, and haunting theme, by Jay Chattaway, and some stylish cinematography by Robert Lindsay. Plus I like the gritty New York setting. One of Lustig's best, I think, and easily one of the better slashers to emerge from the 80s slasher craze.
Sean S. Cunningham Written by:
Victor Miller Starring:
Betsy Palmer, Adrienne King and Jeannine Taylo Cinematography by:
Barry Abrams Score by:
They were warned...They are doomed...
And on Friday the 13th, nothing will save them.
Credited by a lot of people for really kicking off the 80s slasher binge, this movie is actually one of the better of the bunch. Not a great film, by any means, but the score, and in particular the main theme, by Harry Manfredini, is iconic. Plus it's got some nice twists. Many a slasher afterward would use the "alone in the woods, with a maniac" theme. A few are in this list, actually.
Wes Craven Written by:
Wes Craven Starring:
Heather Langenkamp, Johnny Depp and Robert Englund Cinematography by:
Jacques Haitkin Score by:
If Nancy Doesn't Wake Up Screaming
She Won't Wake Up At All
Reinvented the tired slasher formula by introducing some fantasy into it. A very good example of a fantasy / horror film. This is the one that got me interested in slasher films. Obviously known best for creating the iconic Freddy Kreuger, this film also boasts one of my favourite horror scores of all time, by Charles Bernstein. In terms of 80s slasher synth scores, this is the cream of the crop, I think. It adds a lot of atmosphere to the film. Overall not a great movie or anything, but will always be one of my favourites.
Tony Maylam Written by:
Harvey Weinstein, Tony Maylam, Peter Lawrence, Bob Weinstein Starring:
Brian Matthews, Leah Ayres and Brian Backer Cinematography by:
Harvey Harrison Score by:
A legend of terror is no campfire story anymore!
I'm sure everyone thinks this is just a knockoff of Friday the 13th, but it's more than that. In fact, according to the director, the screenplay for this movie existed before Friday the 13th came out, but it wasn't made until after. I'm sure many people pass this one up thinking it's just a knockoff, but it's worth a watch. It has a great score by Rick Wakeman, of Yes fame, and some occasionally stylish cinematography, by Harvey Harrison. Plus the effects are done by Tom Savini. The acting is all pretty solid as well, and it even features a young Jason Alexander (George, from Seinfeld), with a full head of hair!
Jeff Lieberman Written by:
Mark Arywitz, Jeff Lieberman, Jonas Middleton Starring:
George Kennedy, Mike Kellin and Chris Lemmon Cinematography by:
Dean King, Joel King Score by:
Robert Q. Lovett