This list is in no way a scientific endeavor – It is compiled from my own experiences as a child in the 80s. These movies have helped shape my oh so precious psyche. Enjoy!
“They’re here…” I’m sure, like most of these movies, the special effects look cheesy. Having said that, watching a grown man tear through his own face, no matter how cheesy, is still good-old-fashioned-horror-movie fun. This is nearly a flawless horror movie, not appropriately cheesy for a Halloween gathering, but great for a movie rental.
I’m hesitant to put this one in the horror movie category because it’s a classic in it’s own right. It’s yet another Stephen King inspired horror movie, 3rd on the list. The Shining has one of the most memorable lines ever, “Here’s Johnny!”. Turn the lights low, grab some popcorn, and get ready for the redrum.
Nightmare on Elm Street
No movie did more to scare me as a kid than this one. A man that stalks you in your dreams, has a full hand of knives, and a wicked sense of humor. Notice how no one wears red and green striped sweaters anymore? It’s not just a fashion no-no, it’s a Freddy flashback.
Friday the 13th
This movie set off a whole series of sequels, though Jason is surprisingly absent from this first movie. Want to win at trivia games? Remember this, Mrs. Voorhies. Once you see the movie, you’ll know what I mean.
An all-time favorite, Pinhead is one of the best monster/villains. His ability to inflict pain with absolutely no remorse goes beyond any other horror movie villain. Not to mention, his freakish appearance is enough to instill fear in the bravest of us. He looks like a unique mixture of Punk and Goth with just a hint of demon.
Children of the Corn
Based on a Stephen King novella, this is a tale every parent should watch. A town of children, led by a fanatical preacher, kills all the adults in the town. These children worship a force that lives in the corn fields. Think about that before sending little Timmy and Bobbie Sue to bed early without any dinner.
The Lost Boys
Every person I know that was a teenager in the 80s has seen this film and cherishes it. A group of young studs turn out to belong to the legion of the undead. Who has the awful task of hunting them down? How about the Two Coreys! Corey Haim and Corey Feldman. To make it even cooler, the vampires road motorcycles and had wicked cool 80s metal hair cuts.
A favorite, yet cheesy, horror flick. The whole movie isn’t great, but the last five minutes are totally worth the time investment. There’s a catchphrase at the end, which is also a spoiler, so I will not repeat it here, but you will be saying it at inappropriate times for years to come.
Yes, another movie about bringing the dead back to life. Really people, let the dead go! This time, it’s a sacred burial ground that gets them hopping; except that when they come back, they’re insane murderers. This movie, though not as gory as some others, is definitely a spooky little thriller.
An intense young med-student is hell bent on reanimating the dead, hence the name. Does he succeed? You bet your living cells he does. Not only can he bring back the dead, but he can reanimate individual body parts. For instance, he brings a severed head back to life. Very gory, and a cult classic as well.
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