80s Horror Movies

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Having been born in 1979, I grew up as a child of the 80s which was a really interesting time for the horror movie genre. This was an era where things really started to get out of control; a time when it became more acceptable to use profanity, nudity, and excessive amounts of blood, guts and gore. It’s also an era with a burst of creativity with new concepts in the horror realm, some turning out to be master pieces that will be legends of their time, and others being so ridiculous that even those would form their own cult status amongst other 1980s horror movies.

In fact, the first horror film I ever saw was Return of the Living Dead, still one of my favorites. Interestingly, the 80s was a time when the zombie movie genre really started to take off, despite a number of classic zombie movies being made in the 70s such as Zombie Flesh Eaters and Dawn of the Dead, which really paved the way for a whole slew of low budget cheesy zombie films in the next decade.

And of course what really made 80s horror films so frickin’ sweet was the proliferation of slasher movies. Films like Friday the 13th and Nightmare on Elm Street were childhood favorites which spawned not only their own endless cycle of sequels but an entire sub genre of slasher films.

What a wonderful decade of horror movies don’t you think? And if you’re not sure, then go ahead and peruse the the reviews below. Enjoy.

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The Initiation (1984)

When a group of new pledges from the Delta Ro Kai sorority are given the task to sneak into a mall in the middle of the night to steal a security guard’s uniform as a prank, things get ugly when the young college co-eds start turning up dead. Not only that, but one of the [...]

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Gremlins 3 and Joe Dante Reddit Interview

After watching Gremlins 2 last night at a Midnight Movie showing, my friend and I got to talking about whether or not we’d ever get a Gremlins 3 movie sequel or even a prequel, when I remembered that there was a great AMA (ask me anything) interview with director Joe Dante on Reddit recently. It [...]

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5 Best 1980 Horror Movies

The following is my submission to the My Movie Year blogathon, hosted by Fandango Groovers Movie Blog. Be sure to check out all the other great entries. While the ridiculous decade known as the 80s was indeed a grand and quirky time in the horror movie world, there is one particular year that I feel [...]

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Cannibal Holocaust (1980)

A New York University anthropologist goes on an expedition to the Amazon rain forest to rescue a documentary crew who has been rumored to fall victim to the jungle’s hostile cannibal tribes. However, while Professor Harold Monroe is able to win favor and hospitality among one of the jungle tribes, he soon discovers the remains [...]

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Friday the 13th (1980)

Lets play a little game, answer this question and you can go free, who is the killer in Friday the 13th? Chances are that if you’ve never seen the movie and are of the younger generation that missed the wonderful decade of 1980 horror movies, then even though you think you know, you’d probably guess [...]

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The Fog (1980)

Amidst the one hundred year anniversary of the founding of Antonio Bay, a small sleepy fishing village on the Northern Californian coast, strange occurrences begin to happen as a creepy glowing fog rolls in from the sea. However, what the residents don’t know is that within the fog exists the spirits of a former leper [...]

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Humanoids from the Deep (1980)

In a small struggling fishing village, strange things begin to happen after a horrible fishing boat explosion and all the dogs in the village end up dead. As the quaint small town villagers go about their business, they soon begin to find that many of the young men are showing up half eaten while the [...]

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Return of the Killer Tomatoes (1988)

After the great tomato war has passed, all tomatoes are now outlawed, leaving the pizza industry in shambles as it tries to reinvent it’s pies using various other spreads that would leave any normal person gagging. At the same time, the notorious Dr. Gangreen is out to exact revenge for the previous fallen giant tomatoes [...]

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Return to Horror High (1987)

When a film crew shows up dead and butchered in front of the local high school, the town police investigate by questioning the one remaining survivor who tells their mundane tale through various flash backs. When we hear the story of the documentary production and re-enactment on a previous murder spree which took place at [...]

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7 Best WTF Scenes in The Shining

Since most people are already familiar with Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining 1980 version, it seemed appropriate to skip the traditional movie review and discuss some of the infamous scenes in the movie that aren’t necessarily creepy or scary but rather moments that make you think, man that shit’s f*&ked up.

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