The HBO Max spin-off Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin has slasher elements, and co-creators Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Lindsay Calhoon Bring were interested in doing that. As Aguirre-Sacasa told The New York Post, “The idea of doing a horror/slasher version of ‘PLL’ where [the unknown assailant] ‘A’ was a villain like Jason from ‘Friday the 13th’ or Michael Myers from ‘Halloween’ or Freddy Krueger …feels like a way that we can honor the original show, and yet do something new and explore a new genre.”
While watching season 1 of Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin, fans can check out some similar slasher films, whether they also focus on teenagers with secrets or a friend group who are running from a killer.
The latest film Scream (2022) is the perfect pick for fans of PLL: Original Sin as both feature characters who talk about their love for horror movies and how their experiences feel just like the films that they have enjoyed. Scream (2022) is also one of the most thrilling slashers of the year.
Some of the best characters in the Scream franchise have been part of a friend group, and Imogen Adams, Tabby Hawthorne, Mouse Honrada, Noa Olivar, and Faran Bryant bond in the pilot episode and vow to help each other beat Karen Beasley at her mean girl game.
Fear Street: Part One: 1994 offers up many slasher elements, as Ryan Torres dons a Ghostface-like mask and kills Heather Watkins in a shocking and nostalgic opening scene. Deena Johnson, Sam Fraser, Simon, and Kate team up to discover more about their eerie town of Shadyside and find out the truth about why there are so many murders.
The characters in this first Fear Street film are searching for the truth, just like Imogen and her pals are, and they’re smart and mature teenagers who feel like they don’t fit in but would rather focus on what’s important than dwell on not being popular.
In Tragedy Girls, Sadie Cunningham and McKayla Hooper are obsessed with true crime, and they begin killing people and framing someone else for it. The movie definitely has a darker premise than most teen slashers.
Since the film is ultimately about high school friendship, it would be perfect for fans of PLL: Original Sin. The focus is on how Sadie and McKayla’s relationship shifts as they get deeper into the chaotic mess that they’ve created.
While it might be a bit cheesier than the best ’90s horror movies, I Know What You Did Last Summer is still a favorite for many. It has the structure of a classic slasher movie: a group of friends make a mistake one night and then a killer stalks them the following summer.
The movie gets fairly dark at times, as Julie James and her former best friend Helen Shivers investigate and realize that their supposedly idyllic hometown has become creepy and dangerous. Julie also has trouble connecting with Helen, who misses Julie and feels that she has ignored her ever since that awful night.
As the Wilsons head off on a family vacation in Us, they are targeted by the doppelgängers Red, Abraham, Umbrae, and Pluto. The characters learn the truth about their wife and mother Adelaide in the brilliant and creative film by Jordan Peele that has an intense atmosphere.
Us is of Tabby’s favorite films, and at the beginning of season 1 of PLL: Original Sin, she screens it along with Get Out at the movie theater where she works. Tabby appreciates the thought that Peele puts into his work and she dreams of making movies herself one day.
Tabby would definitely go see Bodies Bodies Bodies in the theater, and while she loves to look at the horror genre with a critical eye, she would likely enjoy it and would appreciate the sense of humor that the A24 film has.
When a group of friends party at a mansion, they play a game that becomes all too real, which makes them think that one of them is actually a killer. These characters are in a similar boat to Imogen and her friends, as they all wonder who they can trust and how much longer they have to investigate the mystery before they’re really in trouble.
There are many unforgettable horror movie final girls and the 2015 film The Final Girls takes a look at this trope in a more creative and detailed manner. Max Cartwright is grieving her mom, Amanda, who starred in a slasher film called Camp Bloodbath. The movie is fun and offbeat, putting Max and her friends into Camp Bloodbath where they lean on each other, joke around, and attempt to survive.
Like the main characters in PLL: Original Sin, Max and her pals are caring and know that working together is the only way to stay alive. Both the spin-off series and the horror film have a good sense of humor and some light moments.
The 2008 remake of April Fool’s Day isn’t critically beloved, but the original film from 1986 is more well-done and it has a lot in common with Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin. A friend group is having fun at a fancy house on an island, where Muffy has created many pranks for them. But when they start dying, they realize that there’s a killer among them.
April Fool’s Day is about friendship and revenge, which are themes of PLL: Original Sin, as Imogen, Tabby, Noa, Mouse, and Faran wonder if they can teach Karen a lesson while realizing that their lives are now heading in a scary, dangerous direction. The movie also suggests that people can never really know their good friends.
The first Final Destination movie is considered a slasher, as Death comes after the characters who were supposed to die on a flight to Paris. PLL: Original Sin has a creative villain, as a terrifying man follows Imogen and her friend group around Millwood, just like this franchise.
Final Destination‘s scary death scenes are long, detailed, and some of the most alarming and haunting from any slasher film. The deaths of Imogen’s mom Davie and Kelly’s twin Karen have been shocking and it seems that more deaths are sure to happen later on in season 1 of the PLL spin-off.
There are several slashers about friend groups living in small towns and dreaming of leaving. Makani Young moves to Nebraska and lives with her grandma, she becomes targeted by a killer in There’s Someone Inside Your House.
Makani has a lot in common with Imogen and the other characters, as she has a tough past that she has to work through and overcome. Both the Netflix film and the HBO Max spin-off feature young adults with big secrets that they would rather that other people don’t hear about, which gives the killer a motive.
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