An Introduction: The Canon of Classic Horror Slasher Film Franchises

Halloween is over, and as the monsters, slashers, and trick-or-treaters fade into the night to be replaced with Christmas iconography, I am left with a hollow feeling. “Mr. Stark, I don’t feel so good.”

October is one of my favorite months of the year, and not just because of my wedding anniversary. October marks the changing of the seasons, the influx of pumpkin spice into the bloodstream of the world, and the only time when talking about horror movies regularly is okay and not a potential warning sign that there is a serial killer nearby.

The status of horror movies has changed over the years and continues to chase the fads of what’s popular; nothing new here. However, with a new Halloween film in theaters and a renewed interest in bringing back the Friday the 13th franchise, now is a great time to wax nostalgic on some of the classic slasher film franchises.
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