A subgenre of horror both maligned and beloved, it’s high time we took a stab at it.
Along the way we have dedicated episodes to the Friday the 13th, Halloween and Nightmare on Elm Street franchises which is a tipoff that we are fans of the format but we have never focused specifically on the history of the genre and the template upon which they are built. The whole crew got together to talk slashers and in this first instalment we spend time discussing the nostalgia factor of the prime era 1978 through 1986, debate where credit (blame) should be placed for inspiring the subgenre, and attempt to define the characteristics of what makes up the slasher formula. Did Agatha Christie originate the slasher? Why was the subgenre so prevalent in the 80′s? Is Psycho a slasher film? These and many more topics were discussed in our general genre talk. Specific titles to come next week.
Schlock corner was truly frightening this week as we attempted to do math on the podcast cracking the slasher film body count formula (it’s remarkably accurate). Things wrap up with a response to a blog editorial. Moral of the story – if you enjoy the podcast, please tell a friend (and thanks for listening).
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