When it comes to the murky world of horror, few subgenres are as forever popular as the slasher movie.
Its roots may be in the 1970s, but the fact that Michael Myers is once again terrorising Haddonfield on the silver screen right now in Halloween Kills is testament to how popular the slasher subgenre continues to be. Of course, Michael himself is one of the most beloved characters in all of horror, but not everybody gets the chance to take the spotlight like the infamous Shape.
Much like is so often the case in any genre of film, period, there are countless slashers that have flown completely under the radar of mainstream audiences and even the radar of many a horror fan. These pictures may not feature big bads quite as impressive as the aforementioned Myers, Jason Voorhees, Ghostface or the usual heavy hitters, but they still have their own respective devilish delights and sinister charms to offer up to horror hounds.
Taking all of that into consideration, then, here are ten hidden gem slasher movies that would make for absolutely ideal viewing for those looking for something a little different to the regular mainstream horror features we all know and love.
Admittedly, Skinner is somewhat of a mixed bag of a movie, but it totally deserves a mention on this list as a) most people have never heard of it, and b) Ted Raimi is absolutely fantastic as the film's headline act.
Raimi is famed for being a great character actor and for small roles in the likes of brother Sam's Spider-Man trilogy, the Evil Dead franchise, Xena: Warrior Princess and seaQuest DSV, but it's pretty rare to see Ted get to take centre-stage in a lead role.
In Skinner - which has nothing to do with Armin Tamzarian (hey, Simpsons fans!) - Raimi gets to do his best Norman Bates and Hannibal Lecter as uber-creep Dennis Skinner. Viewed by the outside world as your standard everyman character, Dennis spends his spare time scouring the streets looking for people to skin.
Having moved to a small town and become a lodger at the house of Ricki Lake's Kerry, ol' Den finds his past coming back to haunt him as one of his previous victims (Traci Lords) hunts him down. Still, that doesn't stop Skinner from slicing 'n' dicing up other poor fools, all while he develops a major crush on Lake's Kerry.