The 80’s the best time for films, music, maybe not video games, but definitely the best for the other stuff. Everything was done to the excess. Don’t kill 2 people in a horror film kill 13, and make each kill more violent than before. Don’t gun down 10 people in an action film, take out 75 and be sure to make lots of quips after each kill. We had everything in the 80’s Jason, Myers, Freddy, and more in the horror realm and Stallone, Schwarzenegger, Willis and more in the action realm. Heck we had Chase, Murray, Aykroyd, Murphy and so many more for our comedy films. It was a glorious time to be a film lover. I mean my God even the best posters were from back then. So it was only fitting to celebrate this time in a new series of pieces entitled The Best of the 80’s. Today I am going to look at the top 10 Horror films of the 80’s Now please keep in mind this is my opinion. I would love to hear yours a well though as there are just so many out there to choose from
10) The Thing: Not as high on my list as it is on some peoples, this is a great film. From the acting, pacing, direction, its one hell of a story with amazing effects and a great story. In remote Antarctica, a group of American research scientists are disturbed at their base camp by a helicopter shooting at a sled dog. When they take in the dog, it brutally attacks both human beings and canines in the camp and they discover that the beast can assume the shape of its victims. A resourceful helicopter pilot (Kurt Russell) and the camp doctor (Richard Dysart) lead the camp crew in a desperate, gory battle against the vicious creature before it picks them all off, one by one.
9) The Blob: Remakes, as you know were done properly in the 80’s In fact The Thing is a remake, as is this classic the Blob, which features fantastic special effects. In a tiny California town, high school students Brian (Kevin Dillon), Meg (Shawnee Smith) and Paul (Donovan Leitch) discover a strange, gelatinous substance that melts the flesh of any living creatures in its path. The deadly substance gets into the town's sewer system, where it begins growing uncontrollably, occasionally emerging to feast on unsuspecting townspeople. A military clean-up crew is sent to eliminate the menace, but it may end up doing more harm than good.
8) Nightmare on Elm Street: The film that started the Freddy Krueger Franchise. Before Freddy became a one line killer he hardly spoke at all, in one of the most original horror films ever made. In Wes Craven's classic slasher film, several Midwestern teenagers fall prey to Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund), a disfigured midnight mangler who preys on the teenagers in their dreams -- which, in turn, kills them in reality. After investigating the phenomenon, Nancy (Heather Langenkamp) begins to suspect that a dark secret kept by her and her friends' parents may be the key to unraveling the mystery, but can Nancy and her boyfriend Glen (Johnny Depp) solve the puzzle before it's too late
7) Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer: Billed as “He’s not Freddy, He’s not Jason, He’s Real”! this is one amazing film. Gruesome in parts but heavily disturbing its one of the most chilling films ever made. Henry (Michael Rooker) is released from prison following his mother's murder. He supplements his job as an exterminator with a series of indiscriminate and violent murders. Fellow jailbird and drug dealer Otis (Tom Towles) becomes a willing accomplice in Henry's bloody killings. But as the depravity escalates and Henry forms a bond with Otis' sister, Becky (Tracy Arnold), things start to get out of hand. The film is based on the true-life story of serial killer Henry Lee Lucas.
6) Evil Dead II: Dead By Dawn: Basically a remake of the original Evil Dead but with less characters and more slapstick style laughs mixed in with the over the top gore. Ash Williams (Bruce Campbell) once again battling horrifying demons at a secluded cabin in the woods. After discovering an audiotape left by a college professor that contains voices reading from the Book of the Dead, Ash's girlfriend Linda (Denise Bixler) becomes possessed by evil spirits that are awakened by the voices on the tape. Ash soon discovers there is no escaping the woods.
5) Silent Night Deadly Night: The Santa slasher that had picket lines around the theaters. My grandma protested the film in our area, because she was insane. Parents feared their children would see commercials of a Santa killer during prime time sitcoms. To be honest I’ve always enjoyed the film, in fact I make it a point to watch it every holiday season. You've made it through Halloween, now try and survive Christmas Santa's Here! He knows when you've been naughty Shocking... disturbing... The movie they tried to ban. If "A Nightmare on Elm Street" gave you sleepless nights, or if "Halloween" made you jump in every shadow or if every "Friday the 13th" was more frightening than the others... THEN BEWARE! After seeing his parents murdered in front of him a young boy spends most of his life in an orphanage where he is abused by the mother superior. When he becomes a teenager, he gets a job as a toy store Santa. When seeing two people having sex in the store brings on flashbacks of his parents, his turmoil leads him to become a Santa serial killeral killer
4) Friday The 13th IV: The Final Chapter: The greatest of all the Friday the 13th films was actually part 4. A great story, the introduction of Tommy Jarvis, amazing gore effects, everything was perfect about this film. Its easily the most beloved of the franchise, and it really was intended to be the final film of the series. But that didn’t happen. A carefree lakeside vacation is interrupted by the re-emergence of killer Jason Voorhees (Ted White). After he escapes from a morgue, leaving bodies in his wake, Jason travels to Camp Crystal Lake where a group of friends is staying. The teens meet some locals: Tommy (Corey Feldman) and Trish (Kimberly Beck), as well as secretive hiker Rob (Erich Anderson). As the group of teenagers engages in drunken debauchery, their numbers begin to dwindle, and pieces of the past resurface.
3) The Fly: Another remake makes the list. This is one of the best films ever made. I don’t mean just in terms of horror. It’s a well acted love story as well. Boy meets girl, boy falls in love with girl, boy mutates into a fly. I remember watching this on cable late night at least 3 times a week when it hit. It’s a fantastic film and a true classic in every sense of the word. When scientist Seth Brundle (Jeff Goldblum) completes his teleportation device, he decides to test its abilities on himself. Unbeknownst to him, a housefly slips in during the process, leading to a merger of man and insect. Initially, Brundle appears to have undergone a successful teleportation, but the fly's cells begin to take over his body. As he becomes increasingly fly-like, Brundle's girlfriend (Geena Davis) is horrified as the person she once loved deteriorates into a monster.
2) Fright Night: Simply put, the greatest vampire film ever made, hands down. This to me is one of the greatest films of all time. A great cast, humor, an amazing performance by Roddy Mcdowall, and some great special effects. This is the quintessential Vampire film. Teenage Charley Brewster (William Ragsdale) is a horror-film junkie, so it's no surprise that, when a reclusive new neighbor named Jerry Dandridge (Chris Sarandon) moves next-door, Brewster becomes convinced he is a vampire. It's also no surprise when nobody believes him. However, after strange events begin to occur, Charlie has no choice but to turn to the only person who could possibly help: washed-up television vampire killer Peter Vincent (Roddy McDowall).
1) Halloween III: Season of the Witch: In what may very well be an unpopular choice Halloween III is my favorite horror film of all time. Sure it doesn’t have Michael Myers in it, which really made fans turn against it back in the day but it has a druid cult making masks to sacrifice children on Halloween. It’s got to be one of the most original films ever made. Thankfully over the years more and more people have come around to enjoying the film for what it was as opposed to hating it due to the lack of Michael Myers. Hospital emergency room Dr. Daniel "Dan" Challis (Tom Atkins) and Ellie Grimbridge (Stacey Nelkin), the daughter of a murder victim, uncover a terrible plot by small-town mask maker Conal Cochran (Dan O'Herlihy), a madman who's planning a Halloween mass murder utilizing an ancient Celtic ritual. The ritual involves a boulder stolen from Stonehenge, the use of Silver Shamrock masks and a triggering device contained in a television commercial -- all designed to kill millions of children.