Welcome back to my 31 Days of Halloween series. Today is Day #7, and I’m listing 6 of my favorite horror movies from the ’80s.
Just the mere mention of the campy sometimes over-played horror movies from the ’80s 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 its counterparts, from the 50s and 60s. 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.
20 Chilling Horror Honorable Mentions from the ’70s
Texas Chainsaw Massacre ~ 1974
Carrie ~ 1976
Phantasm ~ 1979
Alien ~ 1979
The Last House on the Left ~ 1972
The Legend of Hell House ~ 1973
The Amityville Horror ~ 1979
Salem’s Lot ~ 1979
The Exorcist ~ 1973
The Omen ~ 1976
Let’s Scare Jessica to Death ~ 1971
It’s Alive ~ 1973
The Evil ~ 1978
When A Stranger Calls – 1979
Black Christmas ~ 1974
The Tenant ~ 1976
Invasion of the Body Snatchers ~ 1978
Don’t Look Now ~ 1973
The Fury ~ 1978
Sisters ~ 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.
My Favorite 80’s Horror Movies
1. 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 it’s a favorite so it makes the cut].
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
|6. April Fools Day ~ 1982 [Stream + Rent or Buy on Amazon]
STORY: When a group of college students decides to spend spring break at the secluded island estate of their wealthy classmate, Muffy St. John (Deborah Foreman), what starts out as a fun, hedonistic weekend turns into something more sinister.
This list truly brings back memories of every Halloween and some fun weekends. My movie collection out of control.
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