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The slasher movie is the bread-and-butter of the horror genre: give a guy a mask, a giant, glistening blade and a few busty cheerleaders to carve up and you’re almost guaranteed to sell a couple million tickets. At the Cutting Edge, we’re, of course, not encouraging you to use your knives for anything violent, but at the same time, we’d be remiss if we didn’t spend a second during the Halloween season to recognize some of the most brutal slashers in film history. Here’s our top 4.
When it comes to knife-wielding villans of the silver screen, few can match the body count of Jason Voorhees from The Friday the 13th Series. Over twelve movies–one of which occurs 400 years in the future– Jason has slaughtered an incalculable number of victims. Many have come to a grisly end on the blade of Jason’s machete, a blade which has helped the franchise slash its way to movie sales of over $450 million.
Based off of the serial killer Ed Gains, who allegedly once constructed a belt made from human nipples, Norman Bates is the terrifying protagonist of the 1960 Alfred Hitchcock movie Psycho. Bates manages a lonely motel, where he lives with his mother’s corpse and is smitten by a young female guest, who he then decipatates with a butcher knife. After murdering a private detective who investigates her death, he is eventually caught and sentenced to an insane asylum.
Dolls aren’t scary, unless of course they try to kill you. In the Child’s Play series, which includes six movies since 1998, a serial killer named Chucky uses a voodoo spell to transfer his soul into a toy store doll before dying. During the next six films, he slashes, strangles and mangles those who get in his way of attempting to becoming human again.
Jason Bateman, played by Christian Bale in the 2000 movie American Psycho , is a yuppie, status-obsessed Wall Street banker with a penchant for bloodshed. Whether he’s carving up a defenseless homeless man with a pocket knife or slaughtering a rival with an axe, this guy’s got a bevy of murderous blades in tow at all time. He’s also a big fan of unleashing deeply profound, sensitive critiques of 80s pop music before commencing murder. Alas, I will leave you with such an example. And if you have any more horror movie villans to add to this list, shout them out in the comment section below.