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The Absolute Best Slasher Movie, According To Reddit's Horror Fans

The horror genre has been around for decades, and it continues to scare, torture, and entertain horror and non-horror fans alike. Take slasher films: There's nothing quite like a seemingly normal situation upended by a killer chasing innocent people clinging to survival skills to get the blood pumping. Plenty of viewers flock to the slasher subgenre around Halloween, but true slasher movie fans watch the likes of Psycho, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and Halloween year-round.

There has long been argument over what was the "first" slasher film, but the "Golden Age" of slasher flicks began in 1978 with John Carpenter's Halloween. It's hard not to think of this classic when doling out tricks and treats on All Hallows' Eve because it's just that good. There will forever be back-and-forth concerning which slasher movie was the first, but when it comes to the best? According to Reddit users on the r/horror subreddit, popularly known as Dreadit, the winner has been decided.

John Carpenter's Halloween is obviously the best slasher flick

It shouldn't be a surprise that Halloween is considered the absolute best slasher movie because it has all the makings of what a slasher film should be. This movie is the highest-grossing independent film of all time in North America because of the storyline, the cast, and, of course, the sheer terror it invokes the first time a moviegoer watches it. One of the main factors that make a great slasher film is to have a strong but well-grounded "final girl." Jamie Lee Curtis plays the iconic role of Laurie Strode, and it's hard to think that any other actress could've pulled it off. Her "girl next door" personality paved the way for every final girl after her, and even decades later, she's still known best for that role.

Another reason why Halloween is so memorable and well-liked is for its main antagonist, Michael Myers. There's nothing scarier than a masked man walking around, speaking no words, with no apparent reason for racking up a body count. Without a doubt, a picture of Michael Myers might bring up nightmares and nostalgia for horror fans because he really was just a man that invoked sheer terror and creepiness, while having the ability to keep up with his victims by ... walking.

When it comes down to it, Halloween is the king of the slasher movies, at least in the Reddit world.