The Teenage Slasher Movie Book


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The definitive slasher movie reference!

"The ultimate treatise of terror."

"A magnificent read for the entirety of horror's spectrum of fans."
Fangoria magazine

"Brilliant read...10/10 butcher knives."
—Smash or Trash Indie Filmmaking weblog

"Exhaustive and lively."
Complex magazine

"The definitive book on the slasher genre."
Little White Lies magazine

The teenage slasher movie is the most reviled but successful of horror's subgenres. Taking its cue from Hitchcock, grind-house movies, and the gory Italian giallo thrillers of the 1970s, slasher movies brought a new high in cinematic violence and suspense to mainstream cinema.

For six bloody years (1978-1984)—the golden age of slashers—cinema screens and video stores were stalked by homicidal maniacs with murder and mayhem on their minds. The Teenage Slasher Movie Book details the subgenre's surprising beginnings, revels in its gory glory days, and discusses its recent resurgence. Packed with reviews of the best (and worst) horror flicks, and illustrated with an extensive collection of distinctive and often graphic color poster artwork from around the world, this 224-page book also explores political, cultural, and social influences on the slasher movie and its own effect on other film genres.

Inside The Teenage Slasher Movie Book, 2nd Revised and Expanded Edition you'll find a comprehensive guide to the genre; reviews of every conceivable slasher film of note; information on how the genre has now become a popular mainstay on the small screen; hundreds of stunning photos; and more.

Author J. A. Kerswell is perhaps the only vegan gorehound in existence. He fell in love with the slasher movie after watching Halloween II (1981) at an impressionable age way back in 1982. It's a love he's been unable to shake, through the best and the very, very worst the subgenre has to offer. Co-host of the wildly popular podcast The Hysteria Continues, and founder of the slasher movie website Hysteria Lives! (, which has been reporting on "slasher trash with panache" for over two decades, he knows more about the subgenre than anyone should.

From legendary popular films like Psycho, Halloween, Friday the 13th, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and Scream to classics and little-known gems like Eyes Without a Face, The Single Girls, Scream Bloody Murder, and The Love Butcher, this extensive volume explores every notable horror movie and proto-slasher.

A must-have for horror movie fans!