Horror Movie Podcast Ep. 101: The 1980s Slasher Film Movement Part 1 — 1980-1981


Right now, he’s out there. Watching, waiting… Don’t look … he’ll see you. Don’t breathe … he’ll hear you. Don’t move … you’re dead! —The Burning (1981)

At long last, HORROR MOVIE PODCAST is finally bringing you our themed episodes on The 1980s Slasher Film Movement, because we’re Dead Serious About Slasher Movies… In Episode 101 here, Jay of the Dead, Wolfman Josh and Dr. Shock are joined by the original Creepture himself, from Wilmington, North Carolina, slasher expert GregaMortis from Land of the Creeps horror podcast!

We take about three and a half hours to discuss the phenomenon that is the ’80s Slasher Film Movement, and we hit some of the ’80s Slashers highlights from 1980 and 1981. We also bring you three Feature Reviews of The Boogey Man (1980) and The Prowler (1981) and The Burning (1981). This episode is a must-listen! Join us!

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I. Introduction
— Welcome GregaMortis from Land of the Creeps horror podcast
HMP’s SLASHER MADNESS (courtesy of Kagan Breitenbach)

[ 0:10:36 ] II. Theme Discussion: The Phenomenon of the ’80s Slasher Film Movement

[ 0:30:22 ] III. A Sampling of Slasher Films From 1980
Wolfman Josh’s List, including all of the films discussed on the episode. Not necessarily an exhaustive list of slashers from 1980.

Anthropophagous (1980)
Christmas Evil aka You Better Watch Out (1980)
Don’t Answer the Phone! (1980)
Don’t Go In the House! (1980)
Dressed To Kill (1980)
Friday the 13th (1980)
Funeral Home (1980)
He Knows You’re Alone (1980)
House on the Edge of the Park (1980)
Macabre (1980)
Maniac (1980)
Motel Hell (1980)
Mother’s Day (1980)
New Year’s Evil (1980)
Night Of The Demon (1980)
Nightkill (1980)
Phobia (1980)
Prom Night (1980)
Schizoid (1980)
Silent Scream (1980)
Terror Train (1980)
The Boogey Man (1980)
The Grim Reaper (1980)
The Long Island Cannibal Massacre (1980)
The Prey (1980)
To All A Good Night (1980)

[ 1:27:43 ] IV. Feature Review: THE BOOGEY MAN (1980)
GregaMortis = 7.5 ( Rental or Buy for $10 or less )

[ 1:34:28 ] V. A Sampling of Slasher Films From 1981
Wolfman Josh’s List, including all of the films discussed on the episode. Not necessarily an exhaustive list of slashers from 1981.

A Day of Judgement (1981)
Absurd (1981)
Bloody Birthday (1981)
Blood Splash (1981)
Bloody Moon (1981)
Blow Out (1981)
Corpse Mania (1981)
Dark Night Of The Scarecrow (1981)
Deadly Blessing (1981)
Delusion (1981)
Don’t Go Into the Woods! (1981)
Early Frost (1981)
Friday the 13th Pt 2 (1981)
Eyes of a Stranger (1981)
Final Exam (1981)
GhostKeeper (1981)
Graduation Day (1981)
Halloween II (1981)
Happy Birthday to Me (1981)
Hell Night (1981)
Home Sweet Home (1981)
House Of Death (1981)
Just Before Dawn (1981)
Madman (1981)
My Bloody Valentine (1981)
Night School (1981)
Nightmare (1981)
No Place To Hide (1981)
Road Games (1981)
Satan’s Alter (1981)
Scream (1981)
Shadows Run Black (1981)
Si Yiu (1981)
Small Town Massacre (1981)
Stormbringer (1981)
Student Bodies (1981)
The Burning (1981)
The Fan (1981)
The Final Terror (1981)
The Funhouse (1981)
The House by the Cemetery (1981)
The Phantom Killer (1981)
The Prowler (1981)
The Slayer (1981)
The Unseen (1981)
X-Ray aka Hospital Massacre (1981)

[ 2:19:38 ] VI. Feature Review: THE PROWLER (1981)
Jay of the Dead = 9.5 ( Must-See / Buy it! )
Wolfman Josh = 9.5 ( Buy it! )
Dr. Shock = 9.5 ( Buy it! )
GregaMortis = 9.5 ( Buy it! )

[ 2:37:30 ] VII. Feature Review: THE BURNING (1981)
Jay of the Dead = 8 ( Buy it! )
Wolfman Josh = 9 ( Buy it! )
Dr. Shock = 8 ( Buy it! )
GregaMortis = 9 ( Buy it! )

VIII. Wrap-Up / Plugs / Ending
— Slasher Madness ROUND 1 results

JOIN US NEXT WEEK FOR: Horror Movie Podcast Ep. 102: The 1980s Slasher Film Movement – 1982-1983! with returning special guest, GregaMortis of Land of the Creeps!

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Hear Jay of the Dead help review “Halloween II” (1981) in Episode 215 of Ron Martin’s Resurrection of Zombie 7 horror podcast

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61 thoughts on “Horror Movie Podcast Ep. 101: The 1980s Slasher Film Movement Part 1 — 1980-1981

  1. Oh man! First off, Happy 100th+ episodes guys!! (I tried to comment a few days ago, but my phone dropped my cell signal).

    My late mom would’ve loved this episode, as she loved slashers (but strangely enough – not Mother’s day).

    GREAT movies selections, guys – and loved that you had Gregamortis on, too! I listen to Land of the Creeps a lot – and I always love listening for his news on which distributor is re-leasing the best blu-rays of each movie, among his reviews, haha!

    Dark Night of the Scarecrow is one of my all-time underrated favorites! I about died when you guys started talking about it! That was a movie that I had really vague memories of from seeing it too young, and found out the name of it finally, years later.

    I figured you guys were going to mention When a Stranger Calls, but then I saw that it was released in ’79 and not ’80 (totally thought it was 1980 for some reason). Close, but no cigar – hah!

    Anyway, great episode guys! Looking forward to ’82-84! (or, wherever you all pick back up on).

    • Hello Bonnie, thanks so much for the kind words and always great hearing from listener’s. I will continue to try to give updates each episode. Dark Night Of The Scarecrow is amazing. I could never praise that movie enough.

  2. Also, I forgot to mention – I just found out last week that Tom Savini was a combat photographer in Vietnam (I think you guys mentioned briefly while covering the Prowler). That makes total sense when you look at his entire body of work…I read online that he has tried his best throughout his career to depict the most anatomically accurate violence…which…yeah…

  3. Just wanted to say how happy seeing your guy’s podcast show up in my feed makes me. I’m subscribed to a lot of shows, but yours is the only one that gives me that excitement. I’m on fall break from university right now, and this is my first night back, so I’m about to take my dog on an extra long walk through an old schoolyard and a cemetery and start digging into this episode. Thank you guys so much, I really appreciate the work that goes into every episode.

    I call myself a horror fan, and I know I’m not doing my millennial generation any favors here, but the 80s slasher genre is not something I’m super familiar with. I read a lot, so my knowledge is pretty good, but I haven’t actually watched a lot of the big ones – and if I have it’s been years. I really want to get into it. I’ve become so used to the gloss of modern horror films and I think the dark, sort of grainy aesthetic of the 80s movies is something I need to give its proper due. Sometimes, I find it hard to connect to. I watched Intruders a few months back (which I heard of on this podcast) and the whole thing was so offputting and, frankly, unenjoyable. Then again, my roommates and I have been watching scary movies all month long, and we went back to 1988 one night and watched a movie called Scarecrows. We all loved it. Tt was such a refreshing change from what we had been doing, but then next night we were back in the 00s with Husk. So take me on a journey guys, and I solemnly swear to give this stuff another chance. I’ve been watching modern horror films for far too long, and though that well is far from dry, its time to check out a different well.

    I’m supposed to be on fall break. Why am I writing pseudo essays?

  4. Oh man. I suddenly feel totally at odds with the community when it comes to Slasher preferences. I think every single movie I voted for in Slasher Madness got knocked out expect for Slaughter High. April Fools Days over Happy Birthday To Me? Guys! (though I must admit they are pretty close).

    And I’m totally calling Josh out on saying that The Burning is a better movie than Basket Case. It’s definitely a better example of the slasher genre and I do agree with his point that the extended summer camp sequences help to provide an atypical grounding in reality and ultimately make the film more effective due to the additional character/world building. It’s also a much more professional looking movie but Basket Case is waaaay more unique, clever, darkly humourous and characterful. The complexity of the relationship between Duane and Belial is far more interesting and remarkable than anything in The Burning and the whole grotty, grimy New York vibe along with all the wonderfully vivid and peculiar background characters give Basket Case a much more artful, self aware kind of charm.

    Don’t get me wrong. I love The Burning; it’s close to being my favourite slasher of all time, but Basket Case is a truly unique piece of cinema, unbound by too much reliance on formula, which just makes it a better movie to me.

    I’ve also got to disagree with the general host consensus that The Prowler is Savini’s greatest work. Probably his greatest work in the slasher genre and the effects are inarguably exceptional but come on, does its comparatively restrained gore really trump Day of the Dead’s bat-shit kaleidoscope of gruesome experiments, amputations, zombies in all manner of decomposing states, and gut ripping death scenes? No way!

    Of course it’s all subjective really and I’m just being a big contrary jerk but in all seriousness this was such a fantastic and fun episode. And I’ve come away with a good few movies that I’ve yet to see but am excited to check out. Wonderful job gentlemen and extra props to Jay for getting it edited in such a timely fashion!

  5. An added note to my comment about Jason Voorhees being the King of 80’s slashers. The film series dominated the 80’s. Eight films in 10 years.
    My personal favorite is Michael Myers.
    And to Gregamortis, Hello from the other Greg.
    Another stellar episode.

  6. For some reason The Prowler flew under my radar, along with numerous others mentioned in the episode, but WOW.
    This experience was quintessential slasher and can be placed amongst the greats.
    Clearly using the slasher formula and a whodunit style. I LOVE this film.
    I’m still shocked by its greatness and Season 7 opener for the Walking Dead.
    A double whammy of gore.

  7. An entire 3.5 hour episode on just two years in one sub-genre! That’s HMP haha. So many recommendations to add to my lest. GregaMortis, I’m looking forward to seeing The Boogey Man! It was awesome to hear you on this episode!!!!

  8. I also agree about 1981, there are just so many excellent choices. Personally, I have to say 1984 is also in contention for just a handful of titles. I believe the winner of Slasher Madness will either be from 81 or 84.

      • You’re such a nasty woman Wolfman! Just for the record, my pick for the ultimate winner is currently loosing it’s current head to head :( I’m kinda shocked.

        What do you think about doing a prize give away for one someone who guesses the correct winner? I would supply the prize. Probably a slasher of their choice on blu or dvd.

        • Some of my favorite picks didn’t make it into the second round. This is rigged for sure. Chucky didn’t make it into the second round? Come on!

  9. I want to thank Gregamortis for bringing up the Boogey Man. While I will agree and say its more of a supernatural flick over a traditional slasher film, but I will say the score and the atmosphere is so good. I too saw this movie as a young child and this one really scared the piss out of me. I mean what a scary and simple premise, but done so good…at least for its time. I’ll admit I haven’t seen it in a while so Im not sure if it still holds up, but the memories I have still hold strong. I cant wait to hear more about the slasher genre. Easily my favorite genre as well and the whole reason I watch horror. The formula never gets old in my opinion.

  10. Hey HMP team,

    I’m a relatively new listener and already big-time fan of yours! Just stopping by to say THANK YOU for an incredible show and yet another killer episode (teehee). Congratulations on crossing that 100-episode threshold, as well!
    I must say, you have spoiled me in your knowledge and appreciation of horror and have now made it very difficult for potential partners–you’ve raised that horror-fan bar significantly!
    Thank you for all the incredible recommendations and for opening up such a welcoming community for gore nerds like me.
    Lots of love from L.A.!

      • Hey Kagan,

        Woah it’s you! Love the intro music, btw.
        Yes, I’m a slasher fan and lover of all things creepy. I’m the kind of person who watches horror films all year-long, so this podcast feels like home ?

        • haha Same!

          It wasn’t until the last couple years that I went into full swing. It’s actually rare that I watch a non-horror these days. And agreed, HMP feels like home for sure. Can’t imagine not having it to listen to!

          • I’m embracing more horror movies, more frequently, and HMP is my trusty guide. It’s tough getting friends to watch with, but I’m strategically trying to build some more fans within my own circles lol

        • Welcome Emily. It’s nice to have another lady other than Allison with an i haha (sorry Allison!)

          If you care for other movies that aren’t horror then I would recommend giving Movie Podcast Weekly, The Sci-fi Podcast, and Movie Stream Cast a try. They’re all in the same family podcasting network and feature two of the hosts of this podcast along with some other equally awesome individuals. There should be links on the side bar for each of these. Just a thought in case you were looking for more entertaining (and educational?) material to listen to.

          • Thanks for the warm welcome, Juan! More ladies FTW :)

            Thanks for pointing out the other podcasts! I love all movies but it’s so hard to find people who care as deeply about the horror genre as HMP, so I’m happy I’ve found y’all.

            I also really enjoy podcasts (Any NoSleep, The Black Tapes listeners here?) so I will definitely be adding those to my list. Good looking out!

          • Haha Allyson! I was totally kidding. Of course there are great horror gals here :)

            There aren’t many of you though, which is why it’s always a treat to have another lovely gal amongst us stinky men.

  11. Just a quick comment from Jay of the Dead:
    I’m feeling conflicted deep in my soul for not, at least, mentioning Kubrick’s “The Shining” among the 1980s slashers… Not that these are exhaustive lists, as we’ve said many times, but it’s one of the greatest horror films ever made and a true masterpiece. And a slasher, to some extent…

    However, while I do think it qualifies as a slasher flick, technically, I think it’s a hybrid film with many other elements. And I feel like most of the things we discussed in this episode were full, purebred ’80s slasher films that follow the formula almost 100 percent in most cases.

    So, for the record, just putting it out there to ease my troubled mind, I do believe “The Shining” is a slasher flick, but I don’t believe it’s a conventional, purebred slasher. I think it’s a hybrid, but still worth mentioning, at least in the comments here.

    Thanks for letting me get that off my chest. I feel much better now.
    Jay of the Dead

    P.S. Slasher fans! E-mail me your favorites and your one-sentence comments (see example below) about the slasher flicks of 1982 and 1983 by Wednesday, Oct. 26! HorrorMoviePodcast@gmail.com

    Example of what I’m looking for:
    Jay of the Dead: “The Prowler” (1981) – The quintessential example of an ’80s slasher flick with post-Vietnam subtext and featuring Tom Savini’s best, most convincing kills!

    • Come on, Jay! Sure there are small elements that The Shining has in common with the slasher genre but there’s no way a movie with a body count of ONE can classify as a full blown slasher*

      This sub genre is SO specific and that specificity is reflected on just how close to the formula almost every slasher movie stays. Group of people, picked off one by one in varying ways by a killer. That does not describe The Shining in the least. And although Jack Torrance is definitely as iconic a horror antagonist as the villains from the big slasher franchises, his violent tendencies represent a smallish percentage of the films overall scare factor.


      I’m going to say April Fools Day is the exception to the rule here because in spite of the twist it still holds to the formula and expects us to believe a group of characters are being dispatched in various ways one after another right up until that controversial ending.

    • Funny, I was actually having the conversation with a friend that listened to the show with me as to know if The Shining would count as a slasher or not.

    • Yeah, for me I categorize The Shining as a horror epic. Whatever the hell that means. It simply doesn’t check enough boxes to be a slasher even though it very loosely fits some of the definitions. The film doesn’t revel in its kills, it revels more in it’s claustrophobic psychology paranormal world. Also the usage of nudity in the Shining, used as a grotesque hallucination sequence, isn’t remotely similar to the usage of nudity in something like the Friday the 13th films, which is typically pure sexual exploitation. Also the complete lack of a mystery of the killers identify or intent, and at the very least victims who are unaware that they are being stalked. When the actual axe murderer portion starts up there’s no mystery as to the killers identity and both Wendy and Danny and for that matter, through the use of the Shining, even Dick Hallorann probably knows what Jack is up to.

      • I’m not disagreeing with you guys, because I also don’t see The Shining as a slasher, but I do see what Jay’s trying to say and agree that there are elements that do fit the sub-genre. Having said that, including it in a slasher list is a mistake, Jay. So, I’m kind of with you, but mostly against you.

  12. Great episode. You guys have the best rapport with each other. And GregaMortis had some great commentary.

    The House by the Cemetery is on my list. As well as Happy Birthday to Me.

    You guys are the best, and Jay, your voice was made for radio.

  13. Awesome episode and thanks for reading some of my picks and comments.

    Adding Boogeyman, the Prowler, and Schizo to my list. However, I have a question about Schizo. Is the one Greg was referring to directed by Pete Walker? Just curious because it is showing a release year of 1976 but for some reason when I type it in IMDB I also get a movie called Nightmare with an 81 release date; thought maybe that was an alternate title.

    And thanks Josh for bringing up Terrior Train; such a great slasher and I don’t think it gets enough praise. Also it is a way better example of s New Years Eve slasher; I think New Year Evil is awful.

  14. In regards to the slasher madness tournament, I guess I’m not shocked Silent Night Deadly Night moved on since it has a lot of fans but I really want someone to explain to me why.

    I really hate this movie. I just don’t think it works on any level. There is zero suspense or mystery to the proceedings and it has one of the worst killers ever in a slasher film. And has much as Jay complains about something like the camp antics in The Burning, how does Silent Night Deadly Night get a pass. There are twenty minutes of this movie that feel like a retail store employee training video.

    And while Friday 2 is a lot of fun, Psycho II is a much better film. Just my opinion but I can’t be alone.

    • I totally agree with everything you said here Jonathan. I voted for Psycho II because it’s way more of an interesting film than Friday Part 2. Frifay 2 is great but the Psycho sequel offers far more complex characters and is infinitely more intelligent and compelling. I do understand those features not necessarily being what people want from a slasher movie though.

      And the popularity of Silent Night Deadly Night is a bit of a mystery to me too. I find it extremely dull and can only guess that it’s as renowned as it is mainly due to the controversy that surrounded it and put it on the map as (arguably) the most notable Christmas slasher. Compare it something like Black Christmas though and it looks like a piece of crap.

    • Jonathan
      Here’s my case for Silent Night Deadly Night…It has some awesome memorable kills (Deer antler impaling, sledding decapitation), some memorable minor characters/quotes (“Let’s get Sh*tfaced!!” and the creepy grandpa in the beginning), and some classic random T&A. These are the hallmarks of the 80’s trashy slashers. “Silent Night” has them all.
      But for me, the complicated psychology of the killer is really well done and unique. It shows the how/why he becomes the killer Santa, and we almost feel sympathetic to the killer. The harrowing rape/murder of the parents, the cruel nuns at the orphanage, etc. We really saw how this killer was severely twisted in terms of sex/violence. To me this seemed pretty realistic in an otherwise ridiculous plot. The sex/violence connection was, I feel was done better here than in other slashers.

  15. I sincerely would listen to you guys go on for hours (please feel free to make us a 3 hour episode per-year for this topic, I’d listen to that)

    Not only have you guys bring back memories of awesome flicks, but you made me add so much to my to-watch list! And it’s a pure joy to have GregaMortis join you for this (Darling, you sold me on the Boogey Man, it’s downloading as we speak).

    And Jay… I frowned when I heard you say that you should just skip talking about Jason Voorhees… How could you?!?!?! I’m happy Josh caught you on that! You can’t Just skip him like that. Jason is… how do kids say these days… “Bae”?

    Anyways, great episode, can’t wait to hear the upcoming ones :)

    And I’ll leave you guys on something I made couple weeks ago… expresses my excitement for this Slasher subject

  16. Two hours & forty minutes in & this has to be one of the five best episodes you guys have done. Can’t wait to finish it tomorrow.

    Great mentioning of Hell Night, GregaMortis. Wish that film would get a proper release. It was nice to hear that, although you completely disagree with where I placed You Better Watch Out, you respected it. The Boogeyman rocks!

    For some reason my brain repelled Motel Hell. Excellent film. Would replace Final Exam at #20.

    I completely forgot about Terror Train as a New Years film, Josh. My mistake. However, buddy, you are completely wrong about The Burning overtaking Madman.

    I have got to give The Prowler another shot. Seen it a few times but just kind of passed over it while compiling my list.

    With honorable mentions, I sent Jay a list of 35 films. Of those, ten are from ’80 & 11 from ’81. Easily the two best years. Zero from ’85 & ’89.

    • I’m afraid I’m with Josh on The Burning vs Madman. The latter left me underwhelmed and while I can definitely appreciate the appeal of its lo-fi, rough-shod ambience I recall the characters being super annoying and the kills being kind of lacklustre while The Burning has characters I actually found myself rooting for and some really memorable, gruesome kills. And a horribly burned dude with garden sheers is way spookier and more unique to me than just a big hairy mountain man. But I do applaud you sticking up for the movie that most would consider the underdog of the pair.

  17. VUDU has a Movies On Us category. With ads but still a number of these movies are on there! As well.as Amazon Prime, Shudder and Netflix…..

  18. Best episode so far guys. So many great films mentioned. Can’t wait for part 2. The slasher era of the early 80’s is the greatest of all movie genres IMO!

  19. It took me three days to listen to this full podcast… What the serious heck, folks? That was some dead serious horror stuff right there- in depth analysis and conversation and I really don’t have much to add, which is far different from my normal rambling responses to this podcast. I’m also in the down swing from my busy time of year and just trying to catch my breath:

    There are just so many movies mentioned that it honestly overwhelms me. This feels like it just my have been TOO big an undertaking, even for the intense crew you’ve put together. Love hearing Gregamortis on the podcast as I am an occasional fan of his podcast. If I had more time I would listen more often but find that my schedule this past summer has been awful for doing those things I love- anyway, good to hear your voice and hear your input on these slashers.

    Feature Review thoughts:

    The Boogeyman: Honestly, I am not a fan of this film- though it probably remains Ulli Lommel’s most competent work. I find most of his work is usually stilted and the stories don’t make a lot of sense. This movie, however, does have some intriguing visuals and a nice concept. It’s a 4 out of 5 for me and a low priority rental.

    The Prowler: I really enjoy this movie and I love the effects throughout. It’s gory, it’s well shot, and the ending is very haunting. I find that this movie, however, gets lost in the shuffle of the time period and it lacks an extra bit of something that kept it from really leaving it’s mark. It was probably the lack of real iconography- the killer was swaddled in cloth and lacked that final bit of really memorable imagery. It needed a better mask. 8 out of 10. Must See.

    The Burning: This is a weird one to talk about because it feels like you can’t discuss it without also discussing Madman- the two “Cropsey” films were being shot at almost the same time. One had to change it’s script when the productions found out about one another- they were shot very close to one another. These two films are neck and neck in many ways- and so the question often comes up: Which is the better Camp Slasher? This one or That one? Now, I land firmly in the Madman Marz camp- it just feels like a better movie to me. With that said, I still think The Burning is quite good. 8 out of 10 and a must see.

    REGARDING Deadly Blessing: I think it’s a well made film- and while I agree that it is a slasher film, describing it as such could be seen as a bit of a spoiler since we spend most of the movie believing there may be a demon or a that the perpetrators may be a religious cult. Little odd story- I remember seeing the commercial for this all the time when it was hitting the theaters… I was only about five or six years old and I remember being scared to death when I watched a spider come down and enter a woman’s open mouth. There is some creepy imagery that Craven uses throughout the film. 7 and a low priority rental, must see for Craven completists.

  20. Back listening after nearly 6 months (That back catalogue could take a while to clear) and probably my second favourite type of horror is featured, First being psychological horror, third being zombies although they are currently banned in my house due to an incident with the 3 and 6 year olds….

    I would love to see the slasher genre make a resurgence, but in the self referential post-Scream era have genre fans become too savvy and less likely to watch a slasher without tongue in cheek?

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