31 Days of Halloween

31 Days of Halloween: Binge-Worthy 80’s Horror Flicks

Hello Friends and welcome to my 31 Days of Halloween. Today I’m listing 6 binge-worthy horror movies from the 80’s.

80’s Horror Movies

Just the mere mention of the campy sometimes over-played horror movies from the 80’s is a testament to my age.  Yes I’m an 80’s kid, and believe it or not, I never watched any horror movies as a teen.  I was scared out of my mind because they seemed so darn real.

The evolution of horror hadn’t come full circle during this time but it’s definitely a long way from it’s counterpart, 50s and 60s horror movies.  Directors and film-makers were experimenting and pushing the limits beyond what your imagination would be. The modern-day horror movie was beginning to mirror real life-horrors.

70’s Horror Honorable Mentions

For my binge-worthy series, I skipped the 70’s but it doesn’t mean I skipped out entirely.  Here are just a few of some classic 70’s horror flicks.

Texas Chainsaw Massacre ~ 1974
Carrie ~ 1976
Phantasm ~ 1979
Alien ~ 1979
The Last House on the Left ~ 1972
Dawn of the Dead ~ 1978
The Legend of Hell House ~ 1973

I saw my first horror movie [Nightmare on Elm Street, The Dream Warriors] at the age of 20.  I was terrified.  This movie was pivotal as to what I thought horror movies were all about and afterward I thought … “is this it?” “This is what I’ve been afraid of all these years?”

This prompted me to go back and look at every movie I deemed scary, and from that point on, I had a special love for the genre.

So here is my list of 80s binge-worthy horror movies.

80s horror flicks

Movie Backstory’s

Halloween Movie1. Halloween ~ 1978 [Stream, rent or buy on Amazon]
STORY: On Halloween night of 1963, 6-year old Michael Myers stabbed his sister to death. After sitting in a mental hospital for 15 years, Myers escapes and returns to Haddonfield to kill. [Technically this would fall under the ’70s, but this movie gained popularity in the ’80s].

The Fog2. The Fog ~ 1980 [Stream, rent or buy on Amazon]
STORY: According to legend, six sailors killed when shipwrecked 100 years ago in Antonio Bay, California, will rise to avenge their deaths when a strange glowing fog appears. The town is commemorating the centenary of the shipwreck and Father Malone discovers that the ship was wrecked by six founder fathers of the town. The vengeance of their victims will be the death of six people.

promnight3. Prom Night ~ 1980 [Stream, rent or buy on Amazon]
STORY: A masked killer stalks four teenagers who were responsible for the accidental death of a little girl six years earlier, at their high school’s senior prom.

Lost Boys4. The Lost Boys ~ 1987 [Stream + Rent or Buy on Amazon]
STORY: Strange events threaten an entire family when two brothers move with their divorced mother to a California town where the local teenage gang turns out to be a pack of vampires.

Elm street5. A Nightmare on Elm Street ~ 1984 [Stream + Rent or Buy on Amazon]
STORY: In classic horror film genre that launched a movie franchise, a pedophile who was murdered by a lynch mob returns years later in terrifying nightmares of his killers’ teenage children.

creepshow6. Creepshow ~ 1982 [Stream + Rent or Buy on Amazon]
STORY: Stephen King and George A. Romero – conjure up five shocking yarns, each a virtuoso exercise in the ghouls-and-gags style of classic ’50s horror comics.

Final Thoughts

This list truly brings back memories of every Halloween and some fun weekends.  [Can you guess the theme?]  I own every single movie on this list plus their sequels.  [I know I have issues] My movie collection out of control.

Thanks so much for visiting, and checking out my 31 Days of Halloween Series. Make sure to check out my other post, 6 Binge-Worthy B-Movie Horror Flicks.  Don’t forget to “like”, “comment”, “subscribe”. –– Peace —

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