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Proto-Slashers #5: Homicidal (1961)

Proto-Slashers: Looking at the flicks that paved the way for Halloween and the heyday of slasher movies. Homicidal (1961) I love William Castle movies… The Tingler, The House on Haunted Hill, Mr. Sardonicus, Macabre, I Saw What You Did, 13 Ghosts, The Night Walker, Straight-Jacket. I mean, what’s not to love? Castle made movies that [...]

Proto-Slashers #4: Hands of the Ripper – 1971

Proto-Slashers: Looking at the flicks that paved the way for Halloween and the heyday of slasher movies. Hands of the Ripper (1971) Suppose an infamous serial killer had a baby daughter who witnessed her father murder her mother. Years later, the memory of the event buried, the daughter commits a series of murders herself. That’s [...]

Proto-Slashers #3: Fright – 1971

Proto-Slashers: Looking at the flicks that paved the way for Halloween and the heyday of slasher movies.

Proto-Slashers #2: Blood and Lace – 1971

Blood and Lace (1971) Proto-Slashers: Looking at the flicks that paved the way for Halloween and the heyday of slashers. “Lurid”. What a great word. It promises the taboo and the gruesome. And it’s the perfect word to describe “Blood and Lace”, the 1971 picture from AIP. In fact, the sleaze factor is a key [...]

Proto-Slashers #1: “Dementia 13" – 1963

“Little fishies in a brook, Papa’s hanged you on a hook” Do we agree that “Psycho” is the grandfather of slasher flicks, and that “Halloween” is the film that jump-started the craze during its heyday? If so, that means there was a solid 18 year gap between Hitchcock’s and Carpenter’s flicks, but it doesn’t mean [...]