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Monday, May 27, 2024

Five Summer Slashers to Stream This Week

Summer’s official start may not be for a few more weeks, but tell that to the weather. The blistering hot sun is already here, bringing with it buzzy box office releases and lots of exciting new horror. That includes this week’s theatrical release of In a Violent Nature, an experimental slasher that frames the bloody events from the perspective of the undead killer. 

On the small screen, Pretty Little Liars: Summer School is currently embracing sun-scorched slasher thrills on Max. So, this week’s streaming picks belong to summer slashers of all varieties, from quintessential summer camp slashers to comedic riffs on the subgenre.

Here’s where you can stream them this week.

For more Stay Home, Watch Horror picks, click here.

The Burning – MGM+, Prime Video, Tubi

The Burning - summer slashers

When a group of campers decide to scare the crap out of Camp Blackfoot caretaker, Cropsy, they giggle as they sit outside his cabin window and wait for the worm and candle-filled skull they’ve set by his bed to elicit the intended scare. It goes horrifically awry and leaves Cropsy disfigured. Five years later he’s released from the hospital and sets his sights on the Camp once more for revenge. This summer camp slasher boasts gnarly deaths, gory makeup effects by Tom Savini, and a great killer design in Cropsy.

Party Hard, Die Young – AMC+, Shudder

Party Hard Die Young

This European slasher harkens back to the post-Scream slasher craze, but with a modern polish. Meaning if you’re feeling nostalgic for the teen slashers of yesterday, this is a worthwhile watch. For Julia, her friends, and hundreds of recent high school graduates, a getaway to a Croatian island resort is supposed to offer the best time of their lives. Instead, it turns into a fight for survival. It’s a straightforward, no frills slasher under bright neon haze and a contemporary setting. That’s not a bad thing here. While the killer’s ultimate motivation is familiar, the killer’s identity isn’t as predictable. The summery slasher was shot on location at X-Jam, so expect a lot of strobe effects during the rave scenes for those sensitive.

Tourist Trap – AMC+, freevee, Peacock, Pluto TV, Prime Video, the Roku Channel, Shudder, Tubi

Tourist Trap killer

A flat tire derails a summer road trip, stranding a group of friends at a secluded roadside museum that’s filled to the brim with creepy mannequins. These mannequins seem to have a life of their own as well as a blood lust. Of course, if you’ve seen this cult classic, then you know there’s much more than meets the eye here. The feature debut by director David Schmoeller (Puppet Master) boasts atmosphere for days and one haunting score by Pino Donaggio. Tourist Trap offers one of the best summer slashers not set at a camp. It’s not just the scorching heat that makes now a great time to watch this pick; there’s also a new Tourist Trap movie in the works.

Tucker and Dale vs. Evil – Hoopla, Kanopy

Blood soaked character in summer slasher Tucker and Dale

Director Eli Craig delivers huge laughs through reframing the slasher from the perspective of its hapless “killers.” Tucker (Alan Tudyk) and pal Dale (Tyler Labine) expected a peaceful summer getaway after purchasing their dream vacation home – a decrepit cabin in the woods. Instead, they’re inundated by a snobby group of college kids who’ve mistaken the duo as murderous hillbillies; and they won’t stop killing themselves on their property. It’s splatstick with a whole lot of heart, made even more memorable for its subversion of slasher tropes and the lead performances by Tudyk and Labine. 

X – Hoopla, Netflix, Paramount+

Ti West X Brittany Snow

A group of aspiring adult filmmakers load up in a van and drive from Houston to the boonies for their production, in the middle of a blistering hot summer in 1979. Their shoot becomes a bloodbath thanks to the property’s unhinged owners. The lean, straightforward narrative gets straight to the goods and never wastes time on heavy exposition. It’s all in the little details and the talented cast making these characters feel lived-in with a shared history. X demonstrates why Ti West should be given full reign to go full throttle on deranged, savage, and intense horror comedies more often. It’s a great summer slasher with a sequel on the way very soon.

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