Friday, October 18, 2013

Flashback Friday - Awesome 80s Horror

With Halloween just 13 days away, I thought I'd use the next couple Flashback Friday posts to delve into the macabre, to excavate the terrifying, to unearth the otherworldly. Today I'm going to talk about some of my favorite horror movies from the 1980s. Having been born in 1987, I'm in this weird place when it comes to being an 80s kid or a 90s kid. I kind of have the best of both worlds. Watching a lot of cable TV as a kid, I got to watch a lot of awesome movies, especially horror films. We also had a couple of really great movie stores in Flatwoods, first Movie House Video then Monster Video, which specialized in scary flicks.

I've put together a few of my favorite horror movies from the 1980s. This is (as are all of my Flashback Friday lists) by no means exhaustive, I just wanted to showcase a few of my favorites, which is also why my posts aren't usually ranked.

I've always loved to be scared. I watched Are You Afraid of the Dark and read Goosebumps and Fear Street like it was my job, graduating to Stephen King when I got a bit older. I think it's a sign of a good movie when it stays with you for days, weeks, even months after. Though they both came out in the 1990s, a couple of examples of this is Jurassic Park and Ernest Scared Stupid. The former I didn't actually see until it premiered on NBC, but I watched it in its entirety and continued to have dreams about dinosaurs for weeks after. My mom took me to see the latter and the opening scene with the troll scared me so much I begged her to take me home. Yes, I know I'm a weenie.

But without further ado, here are a few of my favorite 80s horror movies:

The Fly (1986)
A remake of a classic from 1958, though this one definitely holds its own.

The Fog (1980)
John Carpenter. That's pretty much all you have to say.

 An American Werewolf in London (1981)
The visual effects of the transformation scene were pretty great for the time. It's still a favorite. (I also liked An American Werewolf in Paris, for the record.)

Pet Sematary (1989)
Seriously, this movie freaked me the heck out when I was a kid.

Poltergeist (1982)
And this one too. I didn't look at my TV the same way.

What tops your list of 80s horror? Share in the comments!

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