Tuesday, 5 November 2013

05 - Great Eighties Horror

You’ve watched the trailers for sixties and seventies horror, so to nobody’s surprise we move onto the eighties. I make no apology for the mainstream nature of these choices again.

NOTE: These are NOT the best. This is not an official Top Six List (why would you do a top six?) – they’re just good movies, and they’re in approximate date order rather than order of preference. I’ve also avoided slasher movies again, as they’ll get their own entry later.

An American Werewolf in London (1981) Not much to say about this one – if you haven’t seen it, please see it. If you’ve not seen it, and the trailer isn’t enough, come back later in the month for a longer list.

The Thing (1982) Is this a remake, or is it a re-adaptation? No, it’s a horror movie with a great story and incredible special effects. That’s all that matters.

Videodrome (1983) How eighties is that trailer? Again, it’s Cronenberg being Cronenberg, this time with added Debbie Harry, and also James Woods and his belly vagina slot.

Gremlins (1984) Comedy horror is still horror, especially when it hits both targets so well. This is my favourite Christmas movie, by the way.

The Fly (1986) See the comments from The Thing above, and add in Cronenberg being Cronenberg, Geena Davis being Geena Davis, and Jeff Goldblum being very, very Jeff Goldblum.

The Monster Squad (1986). Yes, it’s a kids' movie. It’s a kids' movie with one of the best werewolves ever. It takes the classic Universal monsters, and makes them fit into the eighties without warping them beyond recognition.

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