A slasher movie is only as good as it’s villain and today on NerdiPop we are bringing you our top 5 Slasher designs. Please note this isn’t our top 5 Slashers but rather the best designed Slashers out there.
The Miner (My Bloody Valentine)
The Miner, from the movie My Bloody Valentine, is truly creepy, with his face and eyes hidden away behind a gasmask. This gives us the impression of dark pits where his eyes are suppose to be. The mining helmet and the light shining his way, potentially blinds anyone who would come into his way. With a simple coverall and his signature pickaxe the Miner will give anyone nightmares if they are unfortunate enough to run into him.
From the twisted mind of Clive Barker comes Pinhead, the lead character from Hellraiser and the Hellbound heart. As his name implies Pinhead has quite a bit of nails hammered into his head. As part of the Coenobites, it is his job to take those who solve the lament configuration to Hell so that they can get their rewards for doing so. Portrayed by Doug Bradley on the screen Pinhead is a truly great character, more Dracula than say Freddy Kruger. With the scarlet gospels coming out this year and Clive Barker closing the door on his Hell series of books, it’s sad knowing that Pinhead will be killed off, but who knows, we will have to wait and see.
Michael Myers (Halloween)
Michael Myers is the Original Boogie Man, the one who inspired the slasher genre with John Carpenter’s seminal masterpiece, Halloween. The Face of Michael Myers is actually an old William Shatner Mask painted white. Even though it’s Shatner’s face it’s still very creepy. The black pits looking at you as he walks towards you with the knife in his hand is very creepy. Michael Myers set the standard for the modern Slasher film and became one of cinema’s biggest boogie men.
Jason (Friday the 13th)
Jason has gone through more costume changes than Lady Gaga in concert, but for all the design changes Jason has pretty much been consistent for the past 7 or 8 movies he has been in. He wasn’t really in the first Friday the 13th – he only made his appearance in Part 2 and finally got that classic hockey mask which has become part of the character in Part 3. From the half decomposed Zombie Jason (Friday the 13th part 8) to the Cyborg uber-Jason (Jason X) and to the eventual rebooted Jason where was back alive (Friday the 13th 2009), Jason has been a staple of the horror and the slasher genre for years. Hopefully we will see the masked maniac return again some time soon. As they say they always come back for one last good scare.
Freddy (Nightmare on Elm Street)
They say that the key to a memorable character is if you can identify the character just from their silhouette – and Freddy has that in spades. From his trademark knife glove, fedora, red and black sweater and his clown prince of horror attitude, Freddy was responsible for a whole generation being afraid to go to sleep. He might have gotten more silly with each passing movie until he eventually became almost a parody of himself, but Freddy will always be there waiting in your dreams – as he himself said “Every town has a Elm Street”.