The Top 5 Slasher Stand Alones of the New Millenia

Being alone after their time

Let’s face it, the heyday of slasher films was the 80’s. But since then, we have seen a few good, solid entries into the genre, most of them recently. Another thing that slasher films are known for are their sequels. They just never end! But sometimes, no matter how successful or loved a slasher film is, sometimes it just stands alone as a one shot. Here are the top 5 slasher stand alones of the post y2k world!!

#5 Satan’s Little Helper:


This movie came out in 2005 and featured a very original concept for the genre. A little kid obsessed with a video game called “Satan’s Little Helper” encounters a killer in a devil costume and, thinking he is the character from the game, accompanies him as he goes on a killing spree through the town. The kid thinks it’s all part of the video game until the killer starts targeting his family…

This movie was entertaining. It’s a bit of a black comedy as well as horror and, though none of it is especially guffaw inducing, there are a lot of amusing moments here and there. The plot, again, is very original. And you never find out who the killer is, despite some suggestions offered up for the audience.

#4 High Tension



This is a French slasher film that debuted in 2003. It is about a girl name Marie who goes to spend some time with her friend Alex’s family. Suddenly a killer shows up and murders Alex’s parents and kidnaps Alex. It is up to Marie to pursue the killer and try to rescue her friend. But is all as it seems?

This is a very gritty slasher film infamous for its twist ending. Again, it has a very original concept and, the first time through, the ending will blow you away!

#3 Carved



Another foreign film, ‘Carved’ is a Japanese slasher film released in 2007. It’s about an urban legend called “The Slit-Mouthed Woman”, an entity that steals children. When children start disappearing, though, it starts to seem like there may be some truth to the legend…

Carved is a great film simply for it being a slasher movie from a different cultural perspective. If you love j-horror and slasher movies, this is the best of two worlds. It’s like if you combined ‘Candyman’ with ‘The Grudge’. It’s a must watch.

#2 Venom


This is an old school style slasher movie that came out in 2005. It’s about some kids who are hunted down by a tow truck driver named Ray Sawyer after he died in a car wreck and was bitten by snakes that had been used to milk the evil out of people.

This film missed it’s time. It is a true old-school slasher film, in the vein of other throwbacks like ‘Hatchet’ (not on this list due to having sequels). The killer is powerful, unkillable, and relentless. The film itself is thoroughly enjoyable. This movie, sadly, missed its main audience. If it had been released in the 80’s it would doubtlessly have spawned a half dozen sequels and Ray Sawyer may be a household name right next to Jason Voorhees.

#1 Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon



This movie being on this list is a bit of a cheat. It’s the only one on here where they are trying to make a sequel (or in this case, prequel) with a film called Before the Mask. However, the prequel is stuck in development hell and who knows if it will ever see the light of day?

BTM was released in 2006. It is the only slasher movie to feature found footage, although that filming style is only used for the first half. It takes place in a world where Freddy, Jason, Michael, and Chucky all exist and follows a film crew as they document the next slasher legend, Leslie Vernon, as he prepares to make his first appearance.

This is one of the greatest slasher movies from any time and any franchise. It deconstructs the slasher genre down to its core and you can’t go five minutes without finding an easter egg for famous slasher films. Kane Hodder and Robert Englund both make appearances, too! The the character of Leslie Vernon, played by Nathan Baesel, is not just a villain; he’s actually a character you grow to like. This is a thoroughly enjoyable movie and I could watch it over and over (and I do) and that is why it is the number one stand alone slasher film of the new millenia!

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  • dbo
    11 August 2014 at 10:41 pm - Reply

    Completely agree with #1 it is such a great movie, I really hope they can get the next installment off the ground as I think it has a chance to become a great series if handled properly.