Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Best 80's Horror Films - Part I


80's Horror Movies - Part I
(1980-1984)

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100 Movies and Counting...

TOO SCARY 2 WATCH now presents a list of 80's horror films (arranged by year) that we believe may be worth checking out, if you love 80's scary movies like we do. The list (divided into two parts) will continue to be updated as we continue to find more movies that we feel are worthy of adding. So be sure to check out both lists!




Jason, Freddy, Chucky, Pinhead, Pumpkinhead


... We've done our best to create a versatile list pulling from a variety of different horror genres; Cult classics, slashers, monsters, zombie -- we've got good movies, cheesy movies, fun movies, popular movies, underrated movies, remakes, and more! 

It can be argued whether some of the movies on the list belong in the horror genre (depending on how one defines horror) ... nevertheless (with versatility in mind), we've include some that are cult classics, some that are horror comedies, some that are sci-fi action horror, some that are psychological thrillers, along with others that may be open for interpretation.
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Disclaimer

Not all of the movies on the list, in our opinion, are actually good movies, but were chosen to be included for a variety of different reasons. -- Some are staple horror films of the eighties, some are popular horror films of the eighties, some are cult films, some have greatly influenced horror movies of the modern era, while others were remakes or sequels to classic horror films from decades past.

Thanks and enjoy!  
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Harvard scientist Eddie Jessup's (William Hurt) mind-altering experiments on himself, involving a hallucinatory drug and an isolation chamber, get out of control when his handiwork shuttles him back and forth on the evolutionary spectrum -- from human to ape-man. Equal parts sci-fi actioner, 1960s psychedelic trip and farce, the film was based on a Paddy Chayefsky novel and received Oscar nominations for music and sound. Blair Brown co-stars.

Director: Ken Russell
R-Rated
102 mins

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Censored in several countries for its gratuitous violence, this controversial faux documentary from director Ruggero Deodato presents footage from a team of New York University filmmakers mysteriously lost in the Amazon jungle. The film, allegedly recovered by Professor Harold Moore, reveals the deplorable treatment of a tribe of suspected South American cannibals and, ultimately, the fate of the crew that initially set out to film the natives.

Director: Ruggero Deodato
Unrated
96 mins

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When composer John Russell (George C. Scott) loses his wife and daughter in a car wreck, he seeks solace by renting a secluded estate outside Seattle. But the mansion is haunted by the presence of a child who died there more than 80 years ago. Now, Russell must find out who that child was -- and why there seems to be a cover-up about his existence. Peter Medak directs this chilling horror classic that inspired visual elements in other films.

Director: Peter Medak
R-Rated
115 mins


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(AKA The Gates of HellBraindead)

After a priest's suicide in the church's cemetery, the gates of Hell open and the dead begin to rise. Peter (Christopher George), a New York City reporter, and Mary (Catriona MacColl), a young psychic, race to close the gates of Hell before All Saint's Day passes. If they fail, an onslaught of zombies will rise to feast upon the flesh of the living.

Director: Lucio Falci
NR
92 mins



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5. The Fog (1980)

While an old, weather-beaten fisherman tells a ghost story to fascinated children huddled by a campfire, a piece of driftwood in a child's hands begins to glow, and an eerie fog envelops the seaside community of Antonio Bay. From its midst emerges demonic victims of a century-old shipwreck seeking revenge on the small town. Director John Carpenter's follow-up to his breakout film, Halloween, stars Jamie Lee Curtis and Janet Leigh.

Director: John Carpenter
R-Rated
91 mins




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Twenty years after several mysterious deaths shut it down, Camp Crystal Lake reopens -- but the place clearly hasn't shaken its "death curse," as a deranged killer terrorizes the teen counselors in this original version of the classic slasher flick. Gruesome makeup and effects, a nubile cast (including a young Kevin Bacon) and an iconic villain make this horror film a genre-defining classic for the ages.

Director: Sean S. Cunningham
R-Rated
95 mins


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La casa sperduta nel parco (original title)

Time to party hardy. Hardly! It's more like time to bail when two psychotics gate-crash a perfectly delightful get-together and turn it into a gore-fest with a huge body count. Directed by Ruggero Deodato, House on the Edge of the Park makes no pretense -- it's an exploitation flick complete with ritualistic torture.

Director: Ruggero Deodato
Not-Rated
90 mins
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8. Maniac (1980)

Although his mother mistreated him and is now dead, Frank (Joe Spinell), a photographer by day, misses her. In a grotesque act of reminiscence, he kills young women at night and puts their scalps on mannequins masquerading around his New York apartment. He befriends a fellow photographer, but soon his day and night lives begin to meld, blurring the lines of reality. William Lustig directs this disturbing tale known for its graphic violence.

Director: William Lustig
Not-Rated
88 mins




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Prom queen Kim Hammond (Jamie Lee Curtis) is one of four teenagers terrorized by a dark secret from the past in this classic slasher film. Six years prior to the prom, four kids antagonize another child, which results in her death. Flash forward to high school, and the same four begin receiving vengeful phone calls from a witness to the "accident." Come prom night, the four friends will meet their axe-wielding stalker. Leslie Nielsen co-stars.

Director: Paul Lynch
R-Rated
89 mins



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10. The Shining (1980)

On the wagon and out of lucrative work thanks to his alcoholism and family troubles, aspiring novelist Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) accepts a position as the off-season custodian at an elegant but eerie hotel so he can write undisturbed. But shortly after Jack, his wife (Shelley Duvall) and his young son (Danny Lloyd) settle in, the ominous hotel begins to wield its sinister power in this chilling horror classic helmed by Stanley Kubrick.

Director: Stanley Kubrick
Writer: Stephen King
 R-Rated
143 mins



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A fraternity prank goes wrong and lands one student in a mental institution. Four years later, when his frat brothers host a costume party on a train to celebrate their graduation, the student sees this as his opportunity to exact revenge. He sneaks on the train and begins killing the partygoers one at a time, masking himself in the costumes of his victims. Will anyone make it off the train alive? Features Jamie Lee Curtis and David Copperfield.

Director: Roger Spottiswoode
R-Rated 
87 mins
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No sooner does an all-American family takes possession of a baronial English manor when all manner of peculiar things occurring, including signs that point to the disappearance of a young girl during a solar eclipse decades before. Bette Davis stars as the woman who spends all her days searching the dense woods for her missing daughter. Lynn-Holly Johnson co-stars in Disney's suspenseful take on haunted houses.

Director 1: John Hough
PG 
84 mins

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John Landis writes and directs this bloody yet black humor-injected thriller that tells the story of American backpacker David (David Naughton), who, after surviving a vicious werewolf attack that left his friend, Jack (Griffin Dunne), dead, becomes a murderous werewolf himself. Prowling the streets of London, David learns that his living-dead victims will wander in limbo until he is dead. This film garnered an Oscar for Best Makeup.

Director: John Landis
R-Rated
97 mins

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Curiosity killed the cat -- or in this case, the professor. The loopy academic (Raimondo Barbieri) unseals a mysterious underground crypt, only to unleash dozens of ripe, flesh-hungry zombies, who march into the night in search of prey. Luckily for them, a house party is in full swing right next door to the cemetery. Karin Well, Gianluigi Chirizzi and Simone Mattioli co-star in this gory horror flick directed by Andrea Bianchi.

Director: Andrea Bianchi
Not-Rated
85 mins
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Years after a summer camp janitor (Lou David) is severely burned and disfigured as the result of a teenage prank gone awry, he's released from the local insane asylum and returns to the scene of the crime to seek revenge against those who harmed him. Several yet-to-be-famous stars pop up in this classic teen horror flick, including Oscar winner Holly Hunter and Jason Alexander of "Seinfeld."

Director: Tony Maylam
R-Rated
91 mins


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For years, the coastal town of Potters Bluff has harbored a dark secret. It seems that a number of strangers who have crossed through Potters Bluff have been brutally murdered, only to turn up in town as locals after being killed. Sure that there must be some explanation, the sheriff and the town mortician try to uncover the mystery and find something more shocking than they could have imagined. James Farentino and Melody Anderson star.

Director: Gary Sherman
R-Rated
94 mins





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During an unplanned stop at a remote cabin deep within the woods, a group of teens falls prey to a mysterious supernatural force. As his pals become possessed and turn into flesh-eating zombies, Ash (Bruce Campbell) struggles to keep his cool and save his own skin. Written and directed by Sam Raimi, this special effects-laden, low-budget cult classic co-stars Theresa Tilly, Betsy Baker and Ellen Sandweiss.

Director: Sam Raimi
Not-Rated
85 mins




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Five years after the horrible bloodbath at Camp Crystal Lake, Paul (John Furey) opens up a new camp close to the infamous site, ignoring warnings to stay away. A sexually-charged group of counselors follow -- including child psychologist major Ginny (Amy Steel). When the counselors learn that the sole survivor of the previous massacre was killed shortly after, they worry that Mrs. Vorhees's son Jason might be out to avenge his mother's death.

Director: Steve Miner
R-Rated
86 mins

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Carnival of Terror (Original Title)
  
Teenage fun begets terror when two young couples spend the night inside a creepy carnival funhouse, where even the most harmless of objects can take on a distorted and sinister glare. Things really heat up when the kids play witness to a brutal murder at the hands of a disfigured killer who traps them inside with no way out and forces them to relive their waking nightmare. Elizabeth Berridge (Amadeus) co-stars.

Director: Tobe hooper
R-Rated 
95 mins

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This bloodier sequel picks up where the original ended, with an injured Jamie Lee Curtis recuperating in the hospital from her showdown with murderous psycho Michael Myers. What she doesn't know is that Michael is licking his wounds in a nearby room. After Michael busts loose, he embarks on a new killing spree while Dr. Loomis (Donald Pleasence) tries to track him down. First-timer Rick Rosenthal directs John Carpenter's script.

Director: Rick Rosenthal
Writer: John Carpenter
R-Rated
92 mins
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Virginia (Melissa Sue Anderson) has just survived a tragic accident that's blacked out parts of her memory. But now she's back at school with her popular friends, and she's glad to start over. Days before she turns 18, however, the trauma resurfaces as her friends die off one by one, victims of an as-yet-unknown killer. Virginia begins to wonder whether it's her, but since she can't remember certain moments, she's not quite sure.

Director: J. Lee Thompson
R-Rated
110 mins
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Four college pledges are forced to spend the night in a deserted old mansion where they get killed off one by one by the monstrous surviving members of a family massacre years earlier for trespassing on their living grounds.

Director: Tom DeSimone
R-Rated
101 mins
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Quella villa accanto al cimitero (original title)

A young family moves into a house with a past: the previous owner was the deranged Dr. Freudstein, whose monstrous human experiments have left a legacy of bloody mayhem. Now, home sweet home is about to become a horrific hell on earth.

Director: Lucio Fulci
Not-Rated
87 mins
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After a traumatic experience at work, TV reporter Karen White (Dee Wallace) checks into a plush California resort called The Colony to rest. Yet, on her first night there, the howling outside her window leads her to discover that she's in a colony of werewolves. Now she must expose the secret -- if she can survive! Rife with in-jokes, horror film references and genuine scares, this John Sayles-penned howl fest is a werewolf classic.

Director: Joe Dante
R-Rated
91 mins
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A few friends take to the woods for some R & R, foolishly nay-saying the warnings of the local sheriff and a madman who cries about demons in the forest. Soon, though, the "interlopers" hope they'll live to regret their decision. A crazed, deformed killer begins stalking and slaying them one by one as punishment for invading "his" woods. Chris Lemmon, Gregg Henry, George Kennedy and Deborah Benson-Wald star. Jeff Lieberman directs.

Director: Jeff Lieberman
R-Rated
90 mins
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Twenty years ago in the sleepy mining town of Valentine Bluffs, a fatal mining disaster occurred on Valentine's Day while some of the crew was decorating for a party. The sole survivor of the accident killed the remaining crewmembers and warned the town not to celebrate Valentine's Day again. When a group of teenagers decides to defy that order, a murderous maniac in mining gear begins dispatching townsfolk in bloody and creative ways.

Director: George Mihalka
R-Rated
90 mins
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On the night of her graduation dance in 1945, Rosemary and her date were brutally murdered by a prowler thought to be a jilted soldier home from the war. The killer was never found. Thirty years later, the dance is held again for the first time since that horrific evening, and the grads are ready to party ... but once again, something terrible awaits the teens of this sleepy town. Who will meet their grisly ends at the hands of The Prowler?

Director: Joseph Zito
R-Rated
88 mins

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Shunned for their unparalleled psychic powers (and ability to make people's heads explode), a faction of rogue "scanners" schemes to take over the world -- and the only thing standing in their way is a young telepath reluctantly thrust into the fray. Michael Ironside and Stephen Lack star in David Cronenberg's gruesome sci-fi horror film, a work that earned numerous accolades and put the director firmly on the American cinematic map.

Director: David Cronenberg
R-Rated
103 mins
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Dr. Bain (Donald Pleasence) precariously presides over an eerie asylum that houses its fair share of eccentrics and very dangerous figures, including the murderous Frank Hawkes (Jack Palance) and the holier-than-thou Byron "Preacher"Sutcliff (Martin Landau). Not even the arrival of kindly Dr. Dan Potter (Dwight Schultz) on the scene can keep everyone in check. And when the lights go out mysteriously all over town, mayhem starts to rule.

Director: Jack Sholder
R-Rated 
92 mins


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This chilling sequel (more of a prequel, really) to The Amityville Horror relates the events that led up to arrival of the Lutz family at 112 Ocean Avenue, as detailed in the first film. Soon after the Montelli family moves into the Amityville house, they notice strange occurrences, and before long the eldest son (Jack Magner) becomes possessed and kills the entire family. James Olson plays a priest determined to perform an exorcism on the boy.

Director: Damiano Damiani
R-Rated
99 mins

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Based on the E.C. comic books of the 1950s, this horror anthology includes radioactive meteorites, a creepy Father's Day party, a monster in a crate and thousands of cockroaches. Venerable horror director George Romero (Night of the Living Dead) and screenwriter Stephen King are responsible for the creepfest, which features performances by Leslie Nielsen, Hal Holbrook, Ted Danson, Adrienne Barbeau, Ed Harris, E.G. Marshall and even King himself.

Director: George A. Romero
Writer: Stephen King
R-Rated

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Even taking an axe to the head, Jason Voorhees (Richard Brooker) is still donning a hockey mask and stalking targets. This time, he hits up "Higgin's Haven" to terrorize Chili (Rachel Howard), Chuck (David Katims), Chris (Dana Kimmell), Shelly (Larry Zerner), Debbie (Tracie Savage), Vera (Catherine Parks) and Andy (Jeffrey Rogers). The friends' idyllic summer in the woods, which was supposed to be all about sex, is about to take a bad turn.

Director: Steve Miner
R-Rated
96 mins

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Life is pleasant for the close-knit Freeling family (headed by Craig T. Nelson and JoBeth Williams) until a host of otherworldy forces invades their peaceful suburban home, transforming their house into a swirling supernatural sideshow that's centered around their angelic young daughter (Heather O'Rourke). This must-see horror classic earned two Oscar nods for its special effects and another for its haunting score.

Director: Tobe Hooper
PG
114 mins
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It's all fun and games till someone gets an eye poked out, and that could easily happen when escaped psycho Russ Thorn runs amok with a power drill, terrorizing teens with his grisly antics. Young Trish Devereaux (Michele Michaels) throws a slumber party and, naturally, a gaggle of randy boys turns up. But when Thorn crashes the bash, the mood turns gruesome. As the teens go toes up one by one, three brave girls draft a plan to stop the killer.

Director: Amy Holden Jones
R-Rated
82 mins
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Shortly after American mystery novelist Peter Neal (Anthony Franciosa) lands in Rome on a book tour, a rash of grisly murders -- patterned after the slayings in his new novel -- sweep the city. With the police scratching their heads, Neal launches his own investigation. Veronica Lario portrays Neal's ex-lover and John Saxon plays his publicist in this twisty giallo shocker from Italian horror-meister Dario Argento.

Director: Dario Argento
R-Rated
110 mins
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Scientists working in Antarctica are forced to abandon their research after a helicopter crashes near their camp, bringing a lone dog into their midst. But the plot thickens when the otherworldly canine changes form in the middle of the night. As it turns out, the dog is a shape-shifting alien that can attack animals -- and unsuspecting humans. Kurt Russell stars in this creepy John Carpenter-directed remake of the 1950s classic.

Director: John Carpenter
R-Rated
108 mins
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After hitting a German shepherd with her car, young actress Julie (Kristy McNichol) adopts it and nurses it back to health. When she discovers that her pet has been trained to viciously attack black people, she convinces dog trainer Keys (Paul Winfield) to try to cure the animal. Samuel Fuller directs this controversial, chilling drama based on Romain Gary's 1970 memoir, Chien Blanc. Burl Ives co-stars.

Director: Samuel Fuller
PG
90 mins
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To debunk the Amityville house's infamous reputation and take advantage of a rock-bottom asking price, skeptical journalist John Baxter (Tony Roberts) buys the place and settles in to write his first novel. But as soon as the ink on the deed has dried, people who have come into contact with John and the house (including Meg Ryan) begin to meet with shocking fates. Is it all just coincidence, or is the house really the gateway to hell? Note: This is the 2D version, not the 3D.

Director: Richard Fleischer
PG
93 mins
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Geeky student Arnie Cunningham (Keith Gordon) falls for Christine, a rusty 1958 Plymouth Fury, and becomes obsessed with restoring the classic automobile to her former glory. As the car changes, so does Arnie, whose newfound confidence turns to arrogance behind the wheel of his exotic beauty. Arnie's girlfriend Leigh and best friend Dennis reach out to him, only to be met by a Fury like no other. Based on Stephen King's chilling novel.

Director: John Carpenter
Writer: Stephen King
R-Rated
109 mins
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Based on horrormeister Stephen King's best-selling novel, Cujo chronicles a tale of man's best friend turned satanic killer. Slobbery St. Bernard Cujo is much loved by owners Donna Trenton (Dee Wallace) and her son, Tad (Danny Pintauro), but when a rabid bat bites Cujo, he morphs from happy pup into crazed canine. In the nail-biting climax, Donna and Tad barricade themselves in their car, with 200-pound Cujo skulking nearby.

Director: Lewis Teague
Writer: Stephen King
R-Rated
95 mins
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When an invisible attacker beats and rapes Carla Moran (Barbara Hershey), the mother of three seeks comfort from her friends and family, who dismiss her story as insane. But a psychiatrist (Ron Silver) and a team of paranormal experts come to believe Carla and devise a plan to trap the mysterious Entity. The thriller blends chilling horror with kinky exploitation, as exemplified in the scene in which Carla's breasts are fondled by unseen hands.

Director: Sidney J. Furie
R-Rated
120 mins
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An American writer goes to a remote Welsh manor on a $20,000 bet: can he write a classic novel like "Wuthering Heights" in twenty-four hours? Upon his arrival, however, the writer discovers that the manor, thought empty, actually has several, rather odd, inhabitants. Written byJack Witzig <tomveil@interstat.net>

Director: Pete Walker
PG
100 mins
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After a confrontation with their housemother (Lois Kelso Hunt), seven sorority sisters plot revenge -- which leads to an accidental death. Despite the girls' efforts to cover up their crime, they find themselves targeted by someone -- or something -- who knows what they did. Directed by Mark Rosman (A Cinderella Story), this gleefully low-budget 1980s horror flick features ample doses of sex and gore.

Director: Mark Rosman
R-Rated
92 mins
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Fetching Miriam (Catherine Deneuve) -- a 2,000-year-old vampire -- gave John (David Bowie) the gift of eternal life hundreds of years ago, choosing him as her lover and companion. But now Miriam wants to put the bite on Dr. Sarah Roberts (Susan Sarandon), a specialist in premature aging. Because John has begun aging so rapidly, Sarah is a much more appetizing alternative, prompting Miriam to make the choice of a lifetime.

Director: Tony Scott
R-Rated
97 mins

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45. Jaws 3-D (1983)

When a baby great white shark accidentally finds its way into a Florida theme park, the manager (Louis Gossett Jr.) decides to keep it as the centerpiece for a new exhibit. But he didn't anticipate that its angry mother would come looking for her child. As the deadly creature wreaks havoc, park employee Mike Brody (Dennis Quaid) works with his brother and girlfriend to destroy it -- with the assistance of two dolphins named Cindi and Sandi.

Director: Joe Alves
PG
98 mins


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46. Psycho II (1983)

Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins) comes home in the terrifying sequel to one of Alfred Hitchcock's most suspenseful movies. After years of rehab in a mental institution, Norman returns to the family home, but is he really free of the henpecking from his "mother"? Vera Miles reprises her role from the original movie, still haunted by Norman's brutal murder of her sister years before. Meg Tilly and Dennis Franz co-star. Richard Franklin directs.

Director: Richard Franklin
R-Rated
113 mins


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47. Sleepaway Camp (1983)

When the happy and hormonal teenage campers of Camp Arawak begin to die in a series of horrible accidents, they discover that someone -- or something -- has turned their summer of fun into a vacation to dismember. Has a dark secret returned from the camp's past ... or will an unspeakable horror end the season forever? This gruesome cult classic stars Felissa Rose as the mysterious introvert Angela.

Director: Robert Hiltzik
R-Rated
84 mins



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In this homage to Rod Serling's hit TV series, a bigot (Vic Morrow) experiences prejudice; a man (Scatman Crothers) helps the elderly regain their youth; a woman (Kathleen Quinlan) discovers a town controlled by an odd child; and a passenger (John Lithgow) sees something horrifying on the wing of his plane. Directors John Landis, Steven Spielberg, Joe Dante and George Miller helm this anthology of four classic tales of fantasy and horror. 

Director 1: John Landis
Director 2: Steven Spielberg
Director 3: Joe Dante
Director 4: George Miller
PG
101 mins

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Sleazy TV executive Max Renn (James Woods) is looking for cheap, exciting programming for his fly-by-night channel when he fortuitously stumbles across a fuzzy satellite feed showing torture, punishment ... and possibly murder. A conspiracy is afoot as two competing groups fight for the 20th century's soul, using the airwaves as their battlefield. Renn searches for the truth, all the while obsessed by an on-air chanteuse (Deborah Harry).


Director: David Cronenberg
R-Rated
87 mins

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A young couple (Linda Hamilton and Peter Horton) find themselves stranded in the rural town of Gatlin, Neb., and fall into the sinister hands of a mysterious religious sect of children who murder all of the town's adults at the command of their leader. The children perform bloody sacrifices to their cornfield-dwelling deity (known only as "He Who Walks Behind the Rows"). Their two new visitors are next in line for crucifixion!

Director: Fritz Kiersch
Writer: Stephen King
R-Rated
92 mins

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Beneath the streets of New York City are hundreds of miles of tunnels unfit for anything human, but now, something horrible is loose in the sewers of Manhattan. The city's homeless population is mutating. These "Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers" -- aka C.H.U.D. -- are hideous, hungry and headed for the streets. Photojournalist George Cooper (John Heard) and his girlfriend, a cop and a crazy bum try to save everyone. 

Director: Douglas Cheek
R-Rated 
96 mins

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On the surface, "Little Red Riding Hood" seems nothing more than a dark children's tale with an ending that exemplifies the proverbial triumph of good over evil. But director Neil Jordan's retelling makes it a lush and complicated mystery. An adolescent girl, Rosaleen (Sarah Patterson), encounters the first stirrings of womanhood as she's preyed upon by wolves. Angela Lansbury, David Warner and Stephen Rea co-star.

Director: Neil Jordan
R-Rated 
95 mins
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53. Firestarter (1984)

Stephen King's spine-tingling tome is the inspiration for this 1980s thriller starring Drew Barrymore as Charlie, an 8-year-old girl with a dubious gift: the ability to ignite fires with just a glance. But her gift quickly proves to be a curse after a mysterious government agency sets out to capture the girl so they can study her -- and then destroy her. Can Charlie and her loving father (David Keith) outrun them long enough to save their lives?

Director: Mark L. Lester
Writer: Stephen King
R-Rated 
115 mins



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Hockey-masked psychopath Jason Vorhees is back in business at Camp Crystal Lake in the fourth (but far from final) installment of the popular horror franchise. As randy teens are slain one by one, Tommy Jarvis (Corey Feldman) concocts a plan to distract the killer. Makeup master Tom Savini provides much of the wince-inducing gore, and actor Crispin Glover turns in an atypical performance as a stud in training.

Director: Joseph Zito
R-Rated  
91 mins
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After losing their academic posts at a prestigious university, a team of parapsychologists (Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray and Harold Ramis) goes into business as proton-pack-toting "ghostbusters" who exterminate ghouls, hobgoblins and supernatural pests of all stripes. An ad campaign pays off when a knockout cellist (Sigourney Weaver) hires the squad to purge her swanky digs of demons that appear to be living in her refrigerator.

Director: Ivan Reitman
PG  
105 mins
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When a man brings home an adorable creature from Chinatown as a Christmas present for his son Billy, the shopkeeper's sage advice -- no midnight snacks, no water, mood lighting only -- goes unheeded. As a result, devilish green creatures with a million vices take over the small town on Christmas Eve. This 1980s hit was written by Chris Columbus and executive produced by Steven Spielberg, and is not recommended for your littlest monsters.

Director: Joe Dante
PG 
106 mins
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Tormented by recurring nightmares, sorority pledge Kelly must come to terms with her visions to get through an initiation that requires her to spend the night in an empty department store. But an escaped psychopathic killer is targeting the pledges.

Director: Larry Stewart
R-Rated  
97 mins

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Years after being burned alive by a mob of angry parents, child murderer Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund) returns to haunt the dreams -- and reality -- of local teenagers in Wes Craven's spine-chilling slasher classic. As the town's teens begin dropping like flies, Nancy (Heather Langenkamp) and her boyfriend, Glen (Johnny Depp, in his big-screen debut), devise a plan to lure the monster out of the realm of nightmares and into the real world.

Director: Wes Craven
R-Rated 
92 mins

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Earth has been ripped to shreds after a run-in with a killer comet, and those who have survived are in a fight for their lives in this campy cult classic. Valley girl Reg (Catherine Mary Stewart) and her sister (Kelli Maroney) discover they're two of the lucky few. But scientists are after them, and now they must run. Why? Because the researchers believe they need the blood of survivors to concoct a drug that can save them all from further ruin. 

Director: Thom Eberhardt
PG-13 
95 mins
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Years after witnessing his parents perish at the hands of a burglar disguised as Santa Claus, Billy Chapman dons a Kris Kringle suit of his own and goes on a terrible holiday killing spree, finally returning to the abusive orphanage that raised him. 'Tis the season for yuletide mayhem! Charles E. Sellier Jr. directs this horror cult favorite, co-starring Robert Brian Wilson and Lilyan Chauvin.

R-Rated 
85 mins
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In the year 2029, the ruling super-computer, Skynet, sends an indestructible cyborg (Arnold Schwarzenegger) back in time to 1984 to kill Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) before she can fulfill her destiny and save mankind.

Director: James Cameron
R-Rated 
107 mins
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2 comments:

Astral Writer said...

Awesome list of 80s horror movies. We like A Nightmare on Elm Street the most. Remember watching the first and second Freddie movies in the movie theaters.

Back in the 80s as kids, the Gate movie was scary. Great 80s horror movies. Thanks.

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Nigel Nix said...

RETURN oF tHE lIVING dEAD is my favourite!

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