There is no better time to watch teen horror movies than there is in the summer! Thanks to Netflix’s Fear Street Trilogy, my love for the slasher and teen horror genre has been rekindled. The first two films pay homage to some of the best in the genre such as Scream (1996) and Friday the 13th (1980).
So as a treat for our beloved readers, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best teen horror and slasher movies for you all to enjoy during this Summerween. Enjoy!
1. Friday the 13th (1980)
A group of camp counselors is stalked and murdered by an unknown killer in Cyrstal Lake. There would be no point in making this list if we didn’t mention this film! Friday the 13th helped launch a series of slasher movies in the ’80s that seemed to punish teens for being sexually promiscuous. Plus it has one of the best killers reveals of all time! Available to stream on Starz.
2. The Evil Dead (1981)
Five friends travel to a cabin in the woods where they unknowingly unleash demons from a mysterious book and tape recordings. There’s nothing more frightening than unleashing self-possessing demons that terrify you by laughing menacingly at you. Bruce Campbell’s portrayal of Ash has made him a horror icon in the genre with his signature chainsaw arm. Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead trilogy continues to be is a cult classic among the horror community. Available to rent or buy.
3. Scream (1996)
A year after the murder of her mother, Sidney Prescott is terrorized by a new killer who targets her friends by using horror movies as part of a deadly game. There just hasn’t been any other horror movie that has delivered an intro like Scream. The death of Drew Barrymore’s character subverted expectations by showing moviegoers that no matter how likable a character is, they are not safe! Available to stream on HBOMAX.
4. I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)
Four young friends bound and haunted by a tragic accident are reunited when they find themselves stalked by a hooked serial killer who knows what they did last summer. Another slasher film on the list depicts the perils of teen drinking. Starring teen heartthrobs, Jennifer. Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe, and Freddy Prinze Jr. Available to stream on HBOMAX.
5. Halloween (1978)
Fifteen years after murdering his sister on Halloween night, Michael Myers escapes from a mental institution to kill again in the small town of Haddonfield, Illinois. Halloween is only a few months away but after the release of the Halloween Kills trailer, we’re adding this to the list so you can rewatch the entire franchise before the release.
6. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
A couple of friends en route to visit one of their grandfather’s graves, fall victim to a family of cannibalistic psychopaths, including Leatherface. Texas Chainsaw was filmed in the ’70’s grindhouse fashion that delivered frights in a raw and gruesome portrayal that changed the landscape from the stylistic horror films. The intensity of some of these scenes is both frightening and incredible(by technique)!
7. The Cabin in the Woods (2011)
Five friends vacation at a remote cabin in the middle of the woods, where they get more than they bargained for when they discover the truth behind the cabin in the woods. There has never been a film quite like The Cabin in the Woods that is both meta and original. Available to stream on Peacock.
8. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
The malevolent spirit of a deceased child murderer seeks revenge by invading the dreams of the children whose parents were responsible for his untimely death. 1984 introduced the world to Freddy Krueger, a burned killer who famously wears a razor glove to terrorize his victims. The Nightmare franchise is iconic with the remarkable talent Robert England has portrayed to his Freddy character. The following films in the series showcase Krueger’s sick characteristics by adding cheesy jokes and dark humor. A must-watch for this season!