Give Me Good 80's Horror Recommendations

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  1. Steve_Knutzen

    Steve_Knutzen Screenwriter

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    I've been on an 80's horror binge as of late. Need some recommendations. I'm a bit of a gore hound but I'm a fan of more atmospheric horror as well. More obscure titles are preferred.
    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. BarryS

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    Some of my favorites:

    The Thing
    Nightmare on Elm Street
    The Evil Dead
    Evil Dead 2
    Return of the Living Dead
    Bad Taste
    Near Dark
     
  3. Justin_S

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    Here is a slew of superb ones:

    Re-Animator
    The Hitcher
    Dead and Buried
    Phenomena
    Society
    Hellraiser 1 & 2
    Videodrome
    The Dead Zone
    The Thing
    Prince of Darkness
    Brain Damage
    Tenebre
    Opera
    Cujo
    The Fly
    The Fog
    Christine
    Evil Dead 1 & 2
    Halloween 3: Season of the Witch
    Demons
    Day of the Dead
    Return of the Living Dead
    City of the Living Dead (aka The Gates of Hell)
    The New York Ripper
    The Howling
    Silver Bullet
    Night of the Creeps
    The Keep
    Maniac
    Fright Night 1 & 2
    The Blob remake
    The Prowler
    The Burning
    Near Dark
    The Initiation
    The Funhouse
    Pranks (aka The Dorm that Dripped Blood)
    Terror Train
    Happy Birthday to Me
    The Nest
    Slugs
    Alligator
    The Changeling
    A Nightmare on Elm Street 1 & 3
    From Beyond
    Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things
    Dead Ringers
    They Live
    Curtains
    Sleepaway Camp
    An American Werewolf in London

    And believe me, there are lots more!
     
  4. Justin_S

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    Ah hell, here are a few more stellar ones:

    The Serpent and the Rainbow
    Deadly Blessing
    Scanners
    The Vanishing
    Macabre
    Stagefright
    The Church
    Lair of the White Worm
    House
    The Beast Within
    The Beyond
    The House by the Cemetery
     
  5. Dave Poehlman

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    Ahhh.. the 80's were rife with horror flicks.. they don't make 'em like that any more. These lists take me back.

    All of the above are good, but, I think Hellraiser was one of my favorites. As was Re-animator. And you can't go wrong with Johnny Depp getting disemboweled in Nightmare on Elm Street.

    Also, I enjoyed The Gate. Had some pretty good effects for the day.

    And for balls-out cheesy heavy metal horror: Trick or Treat
     
  6. James_Kiang

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    I don't recall it having all that much gore, but one I had a lot of fun with was April Fool's Day.
     
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    No one mentioned The Shining or Poltergeist, two definitive 80s horror films, yet? [​IMG]
     
  8. Chauncey_G

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    Here's a couple of grade-B faves:
    The Toxic Avenger
    C.H.U.D.
    [​IMG]
     
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    For "atmosphere" try an obscure little film:
    The Sender (Paramount, 1982)
     
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    C.H.U.D.
    Any horror movie that gets recognition in THE SIMPSONS more than once has to be good! [​IMG]
    Actually, I want to pick this one up for the commentary, heard it was good.
     
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    Prince of Darkness
    i absolutely loved this movie. it's about a bunch of people who go to a church basement and essentailly open the gate to hell. plus a cameo by alice cooper? how much better can you get!
     
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    Fright Night is a cool horror-comedy, so is Vamp. The original Sleepaway Camp isn't scary at all but fun anyway.
     
  13. Lets see.

    Friday the 13th
    Nightmare on Elm St
    Hellraiser
    Hellbound
    Halloween (I believe late 70's but close enough)
    Clive Barker's Night Breed
    Phantasm
     
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    I wouldnt step on a man hole cover for years after seeing CHUD.

    Re-Animator (One of my fav movies)
    Evil Dead and sequel
    The Fog
    The Thing
    Fright Night
    American Werewolf in London
    Hellraiser Hellbound

    ..stand out as the best to me(off the top of my head, Im sure Im forgetting some).
     
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    Rawhead Rex
     
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    I think

    The Fly

    is absolutely terrific, very underrated.
     
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    I can't believe nobody mentioned: Silent Night Deadly Night 1 and 2. I believe part 1 was banned in some areas of the world. I absolutely loved them both.

    These were mentioned before, but I thought I'd add my personal fave's:

    Evil Dead 2
    Day of the Dead (best.gore.ever.)
    Dawn of the Dead
    Nightmare on Elm St. 1 and 3
    Re-Animator

    Back then I was about 12, but a huge fan of gore.
     
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    People have mentioned a few 70's films, so I'm going to add Exorcist III, which came out around '90 or '91. REALLY underappreciated flick. Not much gore, but great atmosphere and an interesting story. (And one all-time incredible el-spooko shot with a nurse in a hallway. . .if you've seen it, you know what I mean!)
     

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