#2: Black Christmas 1974:
Black Christmas, directed by Bob Clark, is often credited as being the very first slasher flick of its kind, and really signals the beginning of the teen slasher movie genre. A house of sorority sisters settling down for the holidays are plagued by a series of obscene prank calls, followed by crimes of increasing severity by a mystery sex-offender/murderer. Black Christmas was the very first film to use the "killer-cam" technique, and in my opinion it uses this technique in the most effective method to-date.
The use of suspense is excellent and increases right through the movie, there is the use of really horrifying images that stay with you (especially if you are lucky enough to live in a big, old house with vents and an attic...) and the classic horror theme of the lead female character knowing something is terribly wrong yet having those around her downplaying it or flat out not believing it. The film has also served as a major influence for virtually every single slasher flick that has come out since.
What makes this film so disturbing and scary is the killer....he is so depraved and creepy, and downright bizarre that it really stays with you. Another bonus is you get to watch the lead protagonist Margot Kidder, aka the Most Beautiful Woman in the World!
Do yourself a favour and check out this gem, educate yourself on the history of the ever-popular slasher film, and get ready to feel like someone is watching you whenever your alone for the next month!!!
Happy Viewing ^_^