More Monstrous Than Monsters

Slasher Theory


What is a monster? You know it when you see it, right? Fangs…claws…wings—horrific entities that extract fear from helpless humans.

Anyone can see the demon behind the horns, but what about the demon behind the smile? They say people are the most scary of all monsters. Unassuming citizens can slip past our defenses and stab us in the back. We’d never see it coming. A monster may have a mouth full of teeth, but a slasher understands your vulnerabilities.

The slasher’s dark attributes define what it means to be a true monster

Monsters are limited by sharp teeth and claws. A slasher is limited by their hellish imagination, and this sick sense is sharper than any tooth. So…what is really a monster?

Is a monster something with teeth?

Or is the true monster defined by its actions?

After all…

Godzilla ain’t so scary if the pissed off lizard-thing isn’t rampaging through Tokyo. Godzilla becomes scary when it opens its mouth and barfs a beam of atomic energy. Jason ain’t so scary if he’s not harassing teenage campers who are trying to get laid. If Jason didn’t feel the need to machete people to death, then he’d just some dude wearing a shitty hockey mask…and that’s not very scary.

If you happen to open your door and see a hockey mask wearing individual, AND if this individual just so happens to split your neighbor’s head in half with an axe, then, yeah, that’s some scary shit.

Not so scary if he’s trying to solicit Girl Scout Cookies.


If people are capable of being monsters, then monsters are everywhere. They’re stuffing their faces at the local mall. They’re clogging the roads. They’re purchasing Frosted Flakes at the grocery store. How many monsters did you walk past today? You’ll never know, and that’s the slasher’s sharpest weapon—your inability to perceive the real threat.

Anyone with a brain in their cranium can see the potential threat caused by a 100ft tall lizard-thing. Who can see the danger hidden behind a smile?



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17 Comments on More Monstrous Than Monsters

  1. Holy shit! I couldn’t watch even a quarter of the machete video. Lol. After reading this, I don’t know if I’ll be safe hanging out with you again! Who can see the danger behind a smile? Scary stuff!!

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  2. I want my mummy!!!



  3. If people are capable of being monsters, then monsters are everywhere..

    I love that….there are indeed monsters around us…

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  4. I walked past three today. My son is almost 19 and could never be monstrous. The dog is..he’s a pooch. The two before school kids in my daucare walked right past me into the bedroom and were awesome as usual. But then, a 3yo boynster and 6yo bro-ster. The cat lept passing me and jumping over the little one, who really needed to play dead before I bore fangs. So one 3yo, one 6yo, the cat, and, no, I’m still an angel; so 3 today.

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    • I apologize for my late response. Little monsters can be the most dangerous! Don’t be afraid to exchange your halo for a pitchfork. No one likes pitchforks. Never trust a cat.


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  5. I have traded the halo for q spatula for 3yo’s butt. He’s getting worse. I need a tiny straight jacket or q guillotine.

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