Now before I begin, technically speaking, the slasher film may have started with 1978’s Halloween or even a little earlier. But the slasher film hit its stride in the 80’s and became a genre – a product of the 80s.
For me though, the slasher film wasn’t a genre of horror. It was horror. The first horror movies I saw were slasher films and by sheer blind luck, they became the films of my youth.
Through the advent of glorious VHS (Video Home System) slasher films found a new, albeit underage, audience in my friends and I – and arguably the rest of our generation. I’m only guessing, but we’re probably the first generation to have access to these movies way before we, or our parents, knew any better.
I was easily 6-8 years old when I saw A Nightmare On Elm Street with my Indian friends. And I wasn’t much older when my school friends and I started renting slasher films most every weekend (there were plenty of them to keep us busy by that time, and we weren’t all that discerning).
Side note: Yes, I had Indian friends and school friends. It was the 80’s and if teen movies got anything right – cliques were how you survived.
Given what you’ve just read it’s probably not surprising that I still enjoy watching horror movies to this day. Though I’m a little more discerning now, a little more critical, I like to think.
Take Hulu’s horror anthology series, Into the Dark for example. It’s a holiday based horror anthology, so there’s one for Halloween, a few actually. There’s at least one for Christmas Day, one for New Year’s Day, one for Valentine’s Day, and even one for April Fool’s Day. There even seems to be one based on Back-To-School Day, which I’m pretty sure isn’t a holiday (unless you’re a parent).
The point, Hulu’s definition of “holiday” is pretty broad. And yet, there’s no Diwali installment – dun, dun, dun.
But Mac’, Diwali’s not a scary holiday like Halloween or Valentine’s Day. It’s not even on the same day every year! And, besides, a lot of people in the states haven’t heard of Diwali.
Hey Internet, I hear ya.
First bonus point for knowing Diwali’s sometimes in late October or early November, that’s impressive. But I’m gonna have to disagree with you. I don’t think the date or people’s awareness of the holiday matter at all.
Horror movies, and by that I mean slasher films, aren’t about the details. They’re about the victims. And if you disagree, just ask Candyman – all he wants is a victim.
The horror movies I relish most have a few basic commonalities: a very angry killer, a very twisted backstory, and friends just looking to have some, ahem, fun. And if you distill that down a little you end up with: a very angry killer, a very twisted backstory, and friends just looking to have some pg-rated fun – a Diwali slasher film in the making.
Look, in it’s simplest terms (and those are the only terms an Indian kid born and raised in 1980’s Texas is gonna understand) Diwali is basically Indian New Years.
It’s about celebrating family and friends, lighting candles and fireworks, and having a party. Yes there’s a religious aspect to it but I can’t do it justice here and I wouldn’t expect a Diwali based slasher film to either.
By now, Internet, you’re probably thinking, Look Mac’ why don’t you stop criticizing the fact that there’s no Diwali slasher film stateside and do something to correct the fact. Well Internet, without further adieu let me introduce:
This post and the horror story coming soon came together pretty fast, so don’t expect too much. Still, I liked the idea and the timing, Diwali is this weekend, so why not. Please check back this Friday for all the gory Deadwali details.
And until then let’s discuss what niche horror movies you’d like to see, in the comments below!
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