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Why the Slasher Villains of the ‘90s Were All About Psychological Scares

Iconic Slasher movies like HalloweenFriday the 13thPsycho and The Texas Chain Saw Massacre shaped the genre, but a glut of poor copycats bloated the market and nearly killed the Slasher for good. Then came the ’90s, when the villains ditched their knives and wielded a new kind of weapon: the psychological torment of fear itself. From Freddy Kreuger to Candyman to the terrifying Hannibal Lecter, get the inside scoop of how the Slasher movie evolved with the real-life terrors of the times.

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Featuring Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp, Tony Todd, Tobin Bell and many others, Eli Roth explores the psychological scares in the Nightmare on Elm StreetCandymanScreamSilence of the Lambs, Saw and more.

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