Want to know why so many films depict teens being murdered on national holidays? Ever wondered what would motivate a dentist to kill? Need to figure out why there are so many slasher film porn parodies? This talk will chart the progression of the slasher film from its origins, through its hey-day in the 80s, up to the present. Along the way, we’ll revisit the bad dancing, wild special FX, and bizarre homicides that make the slasher a fan-pleasing staple of horror cinema.