The slasher horror effort that cut up the Toronto International Film Festival in 2011 has finally made its way to theaters. Sharni Vinson stars as a girlfriend eager to meet her beau’s family over a reunion weekend in their remote vacation home. But her anxieties about meeting the parents gets shoved aside when the house comes under assault by a mysterious band of masked murderers. Joe Swanberg and AJ Bowen co-star; Adam Wingard directs. Read our full review here.
You’re Next has received a wide swath of praise for its blend of grotesque violence and cutting comedy. If you like your slashers with a slice of humor, you’ll appreciate these sharp stories that take the slasher genre into strange and sensational directions.
Scream (1996) Wes Craven’s meta-comedy offered a turning point in the genre, reminding mainstream audiences how smart horror could be. The sleepy bliss of the suburban town Woodsboro is abruptly shattered when a pair of local teens are brutally murdered with no apparent motive. This sends Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) and her friends into a frenzy of speculation, where everyone they know becomes suspect. David Arquette, Rose McGowan, Courteney Cox, Matthew Lillard and Skeet Ulrich co-star; Craven directs. Plus, you can make your own marathon as Scream 2, Scream 3 and Scream 4 are also streaming.
The Cabin in the Woods (2011) A horror movie that won over fans of the genre as well as those who typically avoid it, this self-aware story took Craven’s model to the next level, playing on convention then demanding the audience consider why these tropes exist. While there’s a lot of clever commentary laced within Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard’s script, this slasher also functions on the base level of being fulluy frightening and satisfyingly funny. Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchinson, Fran Kranz and Jesse Williams co-star; Goddard directs.
Severance (2006) You think your job is bad? In English writer-director Christopher Smith’s follow-up to the subway-set thriller Creep, the typical slasher in the woods tale gets a sly twist. Rather than sex-crazed co-eds, Smith centers his story on a batch of barely friendly office workers who’ve been forced into the forest for the dreaded team-building retreat. But trust falls are soon the least of their worries when then cross paths with some killer commandos hell-bent on cutting down the entire department. Toby Stephens, Laura Harris and Danny Dyer star; Smith directs.