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Proto-Slashers #11 – Alice, Sweet Alice (1976)

Looking at the flicks that paved the way for Halloween and the heyday of slasher movies. ALICE, SWEET ALICE (1976) Proto-Slashers frequently contain more plot and depth of character than later straight up classic slashers. A case in point is Alfred Sole’s killer-on-the-loose feature “Alice, Sweet Alice” (a.k.a. “Communion”, a.k.a. “Holy Terror”). Set in 1960′s [...]

Proto-Slashers #10 – The Spiral Staircase (1945)

Looking at the flicks that paved the way for Halloween and the heyday of slasher movies. THE SPIRAL STAIRCASE (1945)

Proto-Slashers #9: Jaws (1975)

Proto-Slashers: Looking at the flicks that paved the way for Halloween and the heyday of slasher movies. JAWS (1975) That’s right… Jaws. The story of a killer who terrorizes a small community, leaving many of its inhabitants slashed to bits. Of course, the killer here is a shark and its weapon is its teeth, but [...]

Proto-Slashers #8: Repulsion (1965)

Proto-Slashers: Looking at the flicks that paved the way for Halloween and the heyday of slasher movies. REPULSION (1965) Roman Polanski’s first English-language film, Repulsion is a bonafide, certified Retro Slashers classic, and one of the greatest horror movies ever made. It stars Catherine Deneuve as Carol, a repressed young beautician, sharing an apartment with [...]

Criterion Releases Proto-Slasher Classic

On July 29, the Criterion Collection will release Roman Polanski’s proto-slasher classic “Repulsion” starring Catherine Deneuve. This 1965 flick features Deneuve as a paranoid psychotic who loses all grip on reality when her sister/roommate goes away for the weekend. Ceilings crack, hands reach out of walls, a bunny corpse starts to rot, and Deneuve finds [...]

Proto-Slashers # 6: The House That Screamed (1969)

Proto-Slashers: Looking at the flicks that paved the way for Halloween and the heyday of slasher movies. The House That Screamed (1969) Someone is killing the students at a private girls school. Sounds like the premise for any one of countless 80′s slasher flicks, but in this case it’s the plot of the 1969 proto-slasher, [...]