Slasher movies have always been a sub-genre that has as many fans as detractors.

For every horror geek who loves them (like me), there are those that see them as formulaic, overly graphic or even misogynistic.

Taking an in-depth look at the conventions, successes and failures of this particular breed of genre flick are Calum Waddell and Naomi Holwill with this splatter-packed documentary.

An entertaining journey through the genre, taking things right back to Psycho, this package will probably have horror fans revisiting a lot of these classics, or hunting down the promoted films you haven’t seen yet – if you are anything like me anyway.

Waddell slices the doc into sections looking at the genesis of the genre, the convention, the final girl etc, while roping in the likes of Tobe Hooper, Adam Green and even Corey Feldman to have their say.Trap_poster1

And the good news is that the on-camera interviewees all have something interesting to say – not that surprising actually if you have spent any time with horror film makers.

Sure, chunks of the running time are given over to the real titans of the genre – the Halloweens, Friday the 13ths and Texas Chainsaw Massacres, but equal billing is given to the likes of lesser-known fare like The Tourist Trap.

In fact, sitting through the film is almost like sitting down with an imaginary checklist – seen, seen, need to see etc.

And the whole thing is imbued with a welcome sense of fun – after all, the slasher film was always a genre that was probably best enjoyed in a crowd environment, with nobody taking things too seriously.

Thankfully Waddell clearly has a genuine love for the films he is covering and that comes across in the level of detail afforded the likes of Black Christmas through to more modern fare like Behind The Mask: The Rise Of Leslie Vernon.

This type of material has been covered before of course – in 2006’s Going To Pieces – but any self-respecting horror fan would be pretty stupid to pass up the opportunity to check this out and wallow in some of the more memorable moments of yesteryear.

 

EXTRAS: A veritable feast – not only do you get commentaries, festival footage and outtake interviews, but a whole extra disc with a bonus documentary and a host of classic slasher trailers

 

 

About The Author

Simon Fitzjohn

Simon is a journalism tutor in London, who also just happens to be a movie fanatic, with a craving for the darker side of cinema. He has written two books, one on the horror films of director Bob Clark (2014) and the other on the history of the character Norman Bates (2015). His third book, on the work of British exploitation director Pete Walker, is due in 2017.