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I have alot actually.

I'm a fan of Halloween, Friday the 13th, Psycho, Childs Play, I really can't think of anymore because I'm familiar with those.



Scream

Puppet Master ( For the puppet Blade)

Scary movie ( If that counts. LOL)


Jeepers Creepers


I can't think of anymore.
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Scream is superb. Probably my favourite horror film, let alone slasher film.

BTW, I'm still not having films such as Silence Of The Lambs or Se7en as slasher films.



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Im with Anneke on this one addicted to slasher movies and also love the saw films really clever and have great storylines well directed and overall decent films the first one was the best IMO maybe because it was the first in the genre. As well as saw ye the original Texas chainsaw massacre is one of my favourites as well another amazing film.
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The sequels are rubbish and ruin it, but the original is gold...

Can Saw be considered a slasher movie?

I've always felt a slasher had a pretty set in stone set of rules in which they're made by. The rules that Scream parodied so well. Saw is more of a self mutilation movie I would say, with what are condidered good intentions to go along with them.

But then again maybe it is a slasher film, who knows...



Can Saw be considered a slasher movie?

I've always felt a slasher had a pretty set in stone set of rules in which they're made by. The rules that Scream parodied so well. Saw is more of a self mutilation movie I would say, with what are condidered good intentions to go along with them.

But then again maybe it is a slasher film, who knows...
Ahhh, this again. Well, I'll try to provide an answer for ya: Saw is widely considered as a slasher movie. Even though it doesn't seem to be like the cheesy string of 80's horror flicks that made the slasher genre famous, it fits the definition of a slasher film fine.
Out of Wikipedia:
The slasher film is a sub-genre of the horror film typically involving a psychopathic killer stalking and killing a sequence of victims in a graphically violent manner.
But... if one chooses not to accept it in the slasher category, I can understand. It ain't your average slasher fare.



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Saw is such a pile of rubbish in almost every way. The opening premise and set-up had a ton of potential, but they destroyed any chance they had at building actual suspense when they decided to inter-cut an incredibly trite and silly police procedural into the film. Danny Glover acts like he hit his head on the way to make the film, as he fumbles around glassy-eyed, talking to himself throughout the film. Just when tension starts to build, we cut away to some of the most banal and boring dialogue and situations I have seen in any film. Add to this the moronic writer, Leigh Whannel, who insisted on playing one of the leads. This guy is THE WORST actor I have ever seen. Ever. I wonder how many times they had to shoot each of his scenes. The only thing he can do is whine in a high pitched voice. His screenwriting consists of having a character do something, then having another character yell while it is going on so as to make sure we know it is happening, then cutting to two flatfeet cops describing another instance of something happening while we see a flashback within a flashback of the event they are talking about. It's like show and tell in Kindegarten.

I really think if they had just stayed in the room with the two men, revealing clues to the viewer as they were found, this film could have been pretty damn good. Alas, the creators must have started with that idea, but when they only ended up with a 20 minute film, they decided to attach a detective story to the film. This effectively destroys the claustrophobic tension they managed to build in the opening moments.

Alas, what do amateur film makers do when they get stuck trying to figure out how to expose facts in their film?

FLASHBACKS

Silly, boilerplate flashbacks or silly Rube Goldberg devices attached to characters that just don't matter. Oh, some junkie had to claw a key out of some dudes tummy? WHO CARES? Who is this chick? We don't care about these random people! They have nothing to do with the characters in the film; they don't move the story along in anyway. The scenes are just tacked on to shock the audience out of their interminable boredom. Also, they are set up in some of the worst, cheapest sets I have ever seen in a film. Actually, there aren't any sets, just dark rooms with trash on the floor and some piles of barbed wire.

Finally we get to the film's twist ending, which is pure nonsense, hamstringing any sort of MO the alleged killer or...errr...trap setting guy could have had. Why are we shown several people who apparently don't respect life enough, caught in traps, and then given a very specific reason as to why, only to have that reason not apply to the two people who are actually important characters in the film? The twist is absolutely incoherent in every way. It's a cheap gag meant to surprise the audience, nothing more. It changes nothing that has come before, makes us re-evaluate nothing, and instead of making the audience want to rewatch the film in a new light, like say, The Usual Suspects or The Sixth Sense, it instead made me want to head directly to the bar to fire shots of vodka down my throat at high speed in an effort to forget what I had just seen.

I will say, there is some damn good comedy in the film. The scene during which Dr. Gordon is yelling into his cell phone is HILARIOUS. It is so poorly done, that I am bent in half laughing with tears coming out of my eyes by the time he gets to sentence two in the scene. The trouble is, the scene is not meant to be comedic in nature.

Last but not least, I abhor the incredibly terrible editing in this film. The spastic camera moves and super choppy edits don't build tension, they destroy it. This is a director unsure of his skills, so he just "fixes it in post".

Say, let's get back on topic, which was slasher films. Saw is just not a slasher film, by any stretch of the oimagination. I would call it a splatter film or perhaps torture porn.

Best Slasher film: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (Hooper, 1974)



By the by - The Slasher film was popularized in the 70s, not the 80s, with the above film and 1978's Halloween.
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... Say, let's get back on topic, which was slasher films. Saw is just not a slasher film, by any stretch of the oimagination. I would call it a splatter film or perhaps torture porn...
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Can Saw be considered a slasher movie?
It can be, but it's not.



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Am I the only one who thinks that Richard Franklin's Psycho II is a really good flick?
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It's been a long, long time since I saw it, but I remember thinking that it got way too much flack. Obviously it was the first sequel to a truly classic film (as opposed to the two later sequels) but, on its own merits, I thought it was a pretty good film. Not seen it for about 15 years though, so I may think differently now.



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I'm going to try to watch that and The Stepfather (1987) some time soon, but the latter isn't even on DVD and I don't have the VHS. There was a time when I watched Psycho and Psycho II back-to-back at the theatre and it was difficult for me to differentiate them quality-wise, so I'm guessing that II is still very good. The Stepfather is a movie my friends and Brenda went back to the theatre to see because not only was it a legit slasher masterwork, it was an incredible black comedy. What Swedie thinks of American Psycho, I think of The Stepfather. That was a film I was yelling at the screen responding to all the characters' lines and actions, but none more than the awesome Terry O'Quinn.




I'd like to see Psycho on the big screen, seeing the first two as a double bill would be great.

Also, completely agree with you about The Stepfather. You can get it as a R2 disc, go to the UK version of amazon or play.com and find it easily.



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I'm going to try to watch that and The Stepfather (1987) some time soon, but the latter isn't even on DVD and I don't have the VHS.
Yep, I love both. It drives me crazy, because I've had the sequel to The Stepfather for a few years, now. Why they won't put the first one on DVD, is beyond me.



They are remaking The Stepfather with uber-cool Dylan Walsh as the title character, it looks alright and I'm interested in seeing the orig because it looks way better based on the trailers. Too bad there's no way for me to see it.

Actually I just checked and you can download it. I don't like to download movies unless it's something that's unavailable everywhere else, so I might do it for The Stepfather.



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First off, I despise most remakes.

As long as it's not too pricey, I'll check into that download. I'm a tight-ass.

Let's see, I like or love Halloween, Psycho, The Stepfather, Friday the 13th, Scream, He Knows You're Alone (Along with many other cheesy films that no one much has heard about!), and so on . . .

Movies like Saw are crap, in my opinion. At one time they had that nasty DVD box cover just a few feet away from Strawberry Shortcake. There stood my daughter, looking around, and she almost saw them. I dropped all of them behind the huge shelf, and yep, they are still there. The schmucks!

Yes, I've shared that story before, but it still pisses me off.



FAVORITE HORROR MOVIES
The Shinning
Puppet Master
Friday the 13th
Halloween
Nightmare on Elm Street
No Country for old Men