the new york ripper (1982)

hisanakubi  asked:

Hey Tena! I really love your blog, esp the horror movies post! :) I'm starting to get really into slasher movies and I was wondering if you maybe had some suggestions for me ! I've seen all the Screams and Friday the 13th so far and was looking for more ideas! Thank you! (:

I’ve always got horror suggestions!

Let’s start with a few proto-slashers (i.e., those films that helped mold the formula for the modern slasher.  They may not be as gory, but they’re important to what the slasher film would eventually become):

  • M (1931) - Fritz Lang
  • Peeping Tom (1960) - Michael Powell
  • Psycho (1960) - Alfred Hitchcock
  • A Bay of Blood (aka Twitch of the Death Nerve) (1971) - Mario Bava (I could have placed this in the next category, but the influence of this film in particular on the Friday the 13th franchise is quite noticeable)
  • Torso (1973) - Sergio Martino
  • Axe (1974) -  Frederick R. Friedel
  • Black Christmas (1974) - Bob Clark
  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) - Tobe Hooper
  • The Town that Dreaded Sundown (1976) - Charles B. Pierce
  • Alice, Sweet Alice (1976) - Alfred Sole
  • Massacre at Central High (1976) - Renee Daalder
  • The Hills Have Eyes (1977) - Wes Craven

Giallo films (personally recommended in order to best understand the genesis of the slasher subgenre):

  • Blood and Black Lace (1964) - Mario Bava
  • The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970) - Dario Argento
  • Five Dolls for an August Moon (1970) - Mario Bava
  • A Lizard in a Woman’s Skin (1971) - Lucio Fulci
  • Short Night of Glass Dolls (1971) - Aldo Lado
  • The Cat O’ Nine Tails (1971) - Dario Argento
  • Four Flies on Grey Velvet (1971) (Dario Argento)
  • Don’t Torture a Duckling (1972) - Lucio Fulci
  • The Red Queen Kills Seven Times (1972) - Emilio Miraglia
  • What Have You Done to Solange? (1972) - Massimo Dallamano
  • Seven Deaths in the Cat’s Eye (1973) - Antonio Margheriti
  • Eyeball (1975) - Umberto Lenzi
  • Deep Red (1975) - Dario Argento
  • The House with Laughing Windows (1976) - Pupi Avati
  • Tenebrae  (1982) - Dario Argento
  • Delirium: Photo of Gioia (1987) - Lamberto Bava
  • Stage Fright (1987) - Michele Soavi

Basic list of slasher films (as in, the most commonly-cited examples of the subgenre):

  • Halloween (1978) - John Carpenter
  • Terror Train (1980) - Roger Spottiswoode
  • Prom Night (1980) - Paul Lynch
  • Maniac (1981) - William Lustig
  • My Bloody Valentine (1981) - George Mihalka
  • The Burning (1981) - Tony Maylam
  • The Funhouse (1981) - Tobe Hooper
  • Hell Night (1981) - Tom De Simone
  • Just Before Dawn (1981) - Jeff Leiberman
  • The Prowler (1981) - Joseph Zito
  • Happy Birthday to Me (1981) - J. Lee Thompson
  • The Slumber Party Massacre (1982) - Amy Holden Jones (this was allegedly a feminist parody of slasher films, but ends up being more excessive, and less entertaining.  Noteworthy only for this information)
  • Sleepaway Camp (1983) - Robert Hiltzik
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) - Wes Craven
  • April Fool’s Day (1986) - Fred Walton
  • Child’s Play (1988) - Tom Holland
  • I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997) - Jim Gillespie
  • Saw (2004) - James Wan 
  • Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon (2006) - Scott Glosserman
  • Hatchet (2006) - Adam Green

Other slasher films:

  • Motel Hell (1980) - Kevin Connor
  • Mother’s Day (1980) - Charles Kaufman
  • Nightmare (1981) -  Romano Scavolini
  • Madman (1981) -  Joe Giannone
  • The New York Ripper (1982) - Lucio Fulci
  • Curtains (1983) - Jonathan Stryker
  • The House on Sorority Row (1983) - Mark Rosman
  • The Initiation (1984) - Larry Stewart
  • Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984) -  Charles E. Sellier Jr.
  • Blood Diner (1987) - Jackie Kong
  • Slaughterhouse (1987) - Rick Roessler
  • Satan’s Little Helper (2004) - Jeff Leiberman
  • Hostel (2005) - Eli Roth (I’m not a fan, but you may feel differently)
  • Them (2006) - David Moreau and Xavier Palud

Standout slasher films (those of exceptional quality, or with traits that set it apart from others):

  • Tourist Trap (1979) - David Schmoeller
  • Alone in the Dark (1982) - Jack Sholder
  • The Stepfather (1987) - Joseph Ruben
  • Candyman (1992) - Bernard Rose
  • Dr. Giggles (1992) - Manny Coto
  • Wolf Creek (2005) - Greg Mclean
  • High Tension (2006) - Alexandre Aja

LGBT slasher films (because I felt like it):

  • Make a Wish (2002) - Sharon Ferranti
  • Hellbent (2004) -  Paul Etheredge-Ouzts
  • You’re Killing Me (2015) - Jim Hansen

Additionally, you could look into German krimi films, which are essentially the sister subgenre to the giallo (and which I unfortunately do not have much personal experience with).

Hope this helps! :D

31 Days of Halloween: Day 1

Poughkeepsie Tapes (2007)

The Poughkeepsie Tapes is a documentary-style horror film about investigators that find tapes in an abandoned house that document years and years of a serial killer’s murders. I heard a lot about this movie before watching it. It was disturbing and gritty but not as much as I was expecting, unlike when I first watched Cannibal Holocaust after hearing so much about it. Nonetheless I really enjoyed this movie, every tape they watched of the killer felt real which is why this movie was so disturbing to me since everything that happens could really happen and has.

The New York Ripper (1982)

The New York Ripper is an Italian giallo film about a detective that is hunting down a serial killer that is randomly killing women around New York City. The killer speaks in this weird Donald Duck-like voice which is both creepy and a bit cheesy at the same time. I absolutely love Italian horror, especially Lucio Fulci’s films but I had never seen this film until now and I loved it just as much as I thought I would.