Top Ten 80’s Horror Films

Top Ten 80’s Horror Films

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The 80’s was a popular decade for horror films. The era contained a whole mess of horror flicks, some good and some really bad. Despite the big hair, Boy George hats, and jackets with the sleeves pushed up, these top ten 80’s horror films have stood the test of time.

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The Lost Boys (1987)

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The Lost Boys (1987) - Joel Schumacher – Teenage vampires run loose and try to recruit a teenage boy. But his brother and two friends, claiming to be expert vampire hunters, vow to stop the undead. But it is Grandpa who has the best line in the movie.

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Fright Night (1985)

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Fright Night (1985) – Tom Holland – A perfect blend of comedy, satire, and horror. A man moves into an old house next door to a boy and his family. When the boy discovers the man is a vampire, he attracts some unwanted attention.

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Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

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Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) – Wes Craven – This movie is probably one of Wes Craven’s best films and certainly the best of the Nightmare series. Freddy Kruger once terrorized children with a glove with razor knives. When teenagers start dying in their sleep with knife-like wounds, it’s apparent the disfigured killer has come back.

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The Thing (1982)

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The Thing (1982) – John Carpenter – One of John Carpenter’s earlier films and a remake of a cheesy black and white movie. An arctic research station gets invaded by an alien that can change shape. One of the biggest thrills was finding out who was the real alien through a memorable blood test.

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Re-Animator (1985)

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Re-Animator (1985) – Stuart Gordon - Just because you are dead doesn’t mean all your troubles are over. A brilliant doctor has developed a serum that can bring dead people back to life. Unfortunately, the serum has not been perfected and the dead are not always cooperative.

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Poltergeist (1982)

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Poltergeist (1982) – Tobe Hooper – Always thoroughly check out a house that you want to buy. A family moves into a house that turns out to be haunted. Their young daughter even gets sucked into the television and the mother has to go in to retrieve her.

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An American Werewolf in London (1981)

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An American Werewolf in London (1981) – John Landis – Sometimes overlooked, this film was still a classic due to its horror elements and campiness. Two American friends are backpacking across some moors in Britain one night when they are attacked by a werewolf. One survives and when the full moon rises, he goes on a bloody rampage through London.

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Friday the 13th (1980)

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Friday the 13th (1980) - Sean S. Cunningham – Despite the rest of the franchise, the original Friday is worthy because it had an intriguing storyline. It also introduced us to the killer Jason (although it wasn’t really him). Definitely one of the forerunners to teen slasher films.

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Day of the Dead (1985)

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Day of the Dead (1985) – The third in George Romero’s zombie series, the undead have over-run the world. A group of survivors are hiding out in an underground complex and trying to find a solution to the zombie problem. But not everyone is on the same page on exactly how to do that.

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Evil Dead 2 (1987)

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Evil Dead 2 (1987) – Sam Raimi – Although the first The Evil Dead was more true horror, the second film’s campiness was what made it great. A guy named Ash takes his girlfriend on a romantic trip to a cabin in the woods. But he decides she may not be the right girl for him when she reads the Necronomicon and turns into a zombie.

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