Really Retro Slasher Villains

A knife-wielding cross-dresser… A killer who sports razor claws and a fedora… A sack-headed maniac prowling a deserted tourist spot… The murderous glare of a mysterious eyeball… These vintage villains from the 1920s to the 1950s prove that trends in slashing are as cyclical as fashion…

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12 Responses to “ Really Retro Slasher Villains ”

  1. Some excellent images there Ross. There’s something about old movies that have a style that no modern filmmaker can re-produce. Just finished watching Rope by Hitchcock again, and it’s easy to see how he gained his reputation. From style and strong storytelling, and not just gore. The second image in particular is extremely effective!

  2. Hell Yeah! Great pic’s Ross and I totally agree with Christian and love a bunch of these old classic’s. One of my all time favorites is the fantastic “The Body Snatcher” w/Boris Karloff. And speaking of Boris “The Old Dark House” pic 7 is awesome too and I have a crappy VHS of Pic 4 “The Ghoul”. Pic 2 is the pretty cool Vincent Price mystery “The Bat”.

    Thanks and great to see you guys helping keep this stuff alive.

  3. Wicked. I recently watched Rondo Hatton as ‘The creeper’ in House of horrors..loved it!

  4. Pardon my ignorance, but what movie is the 1st pic from?

  5. The first pic is from “Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer, Boris Karloff”. I’ll be quite impressed if anyone knows what film the 6th pic comes from.

  6. Would the mysterious pic 6 be “The Cat Creeps”?

  7. Believe it or not, it’s “The Laurel-Hardy Murder Case”.

  8. I love these stills! Nice addition to our ever growing gallery! I think #8 is my favorite.

  9. Check out Review Fix for some not so really retro slashers in our Media Home Entertainment Top Ten VHS List

  10. I should track these down. Haven’t seen any of them. Thanks for this article. :)

  11. Hello, could anyone tell me movie titles for pictures 1, 2 and 9, please?

  12. 1 is “Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer” 1949, 2 is “The Bat” 1959, and I’m not positive but I’m pretty sure 9 is “The Cat and The Canary” 1927.

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