When it comes to October and spooky month watchlists, it’s always good to have at least a few slashers in there; or if you’re like Alex and Ryan, almost your entire list will entail serial killers, chase scenes, gore and an unnecessary amount of nudity in the woods. Many of their nights this month have consisted of cracking open a couple of beers and doing double features, and although they came up with some good ones (The Guest / You’re Next, Insidious / Sinister, Wrong Turn / The Hills Have Eyes), the most fun came from a double feature of Friday The 13th Part 2 and The Burning. Not only were they both released in 1981, but one of the biggest things they share is how underrated they remain to this day. For this double feature recommendation, Ryan writes about the iconic slasher series second installment while Alex writes about how that series in particular tainted the success of a criminally underrated camp slasher.
From an early age, the slasher genre has held a special place in my heart and has been a major component in my love for film. Some of my fondest memories as a kid were being cuddled up with my mom or grandmother and getting to witness films like Friday The 13th and Candyman for the first time. As a kid you just feel rebellious and cool getting to watch these movies, but you don’t truly understand yet what you like about them.