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Back to my yoof, favorite 80's horrors.

Discussion in 'Movie Forum' started by NickBull, Jun 27, 2002.

  1. NickBull

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    I'm trying to think of all the Horror films I enjoyed in my teens. I saw some real dross.

    Favorites would have to be (I can' remember them all) :-

    Last House on the Left
    Halloween
    Friday 13th
    Evil Dead
    Dawn of the Dead
    Zombie Flesh Eaters
    Phantasm
    Day of the Dead
    RE-animator
    The Burning
    I think I must have blanked out most of the worst ones, but I seem to rememebr going to the cinema to see

    Texas Axe Massacre (truely attrocious)
    On video :-
    Basket case


    I have to give up. I just can't rememebr a fraction of the hundreds of horror films I saw.
     
  2. juboy

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    Surely can't discuss 80's horror films without mentioning:

    Hellraiser
    The Thing
    Child's Play
    The Shining
    Fright Night
    The Hidden
    Children of the Corn
    An American Werewolf In London
    Pet Sematary

    And of course... A Nightmare on Elm Street!
     
  3. Azrikam

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    Don't forget...

    Sleepaway Camp
    RawHeadRex (great little flick based on a Clive Barker short story)
    The Dead Zone
    Waxwork
    The Changeling (was that 70's? Either way, it scared the hell out of me)
    Phantasm
     
  4. NickBull

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    Hellraizer, of course, one of my favorites.

    Got a pin head tattoo on my arm.

    There were so many horrors around at that time.
    I rememebr a strange italian Zombie film where the Zombies 'materialised' from notning, some of the action was in a Theme park.

    Can;t forget Rabid either and the other Cronenberg ones I've forgotten about!
     
  5. juboy

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    Another very overlooked zombie horror film (OK, it was out in 1994 but what the hell) was 'Dellamorte Dellamore' aka 'Cemetary Man'.

    Excellent gore film with real style.
     
  6. mikey

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    I remember Shivers with the bath scene and the 'bug' splatting the old lady's umbrella. It doesn't travel well though, saw it a couple of years back and it seemed really cheesey.

    Another one was John Carpenter's The Fog. I remember driving home in the fog from that along the seafront
     
  7. NickBull

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    I still quite live shivers and Rabid (just got it on DVD).

    The fog was pretty good, very subtle sort of horror.
    The Thing was one of my all time best films for ages.
     
  8. Delorian

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    Although I use the tem horror loosely, Braindead. I think it was made in the 80s, it was directed by Pete Jackson, aka Mr. Lord of the Rings.

    Absolulty class, I dunno if you can get it on DVD yet, but everybody should have a copy of this movie.
     
  9. Bonesy

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    Evil dead,
    Friday 13th 1 and 2
    Dawn of the dead (shopping mall one)
    Rabid
    Scanners
    Brood
    City of the living dead(is that the one with the shark and eye?)

    and Bad Taste for fun.

    overrated - exorcist, halloween,
     
  10. Squirrel God

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    I remember lots of those. In fact, bought Hellraiser on DVD just a week ago :)

    What about The Lost Boys? Was that 80's?
     
  11. jag

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    I thought I'd add Cannibal Holocaust as an extreme video nasty!

    Also,

    Alien (can't believe no-one has mentioned this yet)
    Poltergeist
    The Fly
    Return of the Living Dead
    Howling
    American Werewolf
    Amityville Horror
     
  12. juboy

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    "Alien (can't believe no-one has mentioned this yet)"

    Probably because it came out in 1979 ;)

    Lost Boys was 1987... in fact, can you believe Joel Schumacher directed that, Flatliners and Falling Down all within the space of 6 years?!?

    Jesus, all three of the movies are stunning classics. Just a shame about the subsequent Batman movies really :rolleyes:
     
  13. jag

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    I think half of the films mentioned were released in the mid to late 70s.
     
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    None of the ones from my second post in this thread were.

    Although you do have a point with Dawn of the Dead, Rabid etc. but then Bonesy always was a few years behind :p

    BTW, film with the shark/zombie fight and wooden eye spiking was Fulci's 'Zombie Flesh Eaters'. You could have had 'New York Ripper' in your list though, that was 1982.

    Quack, quack.
     
  15. NickBull

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    I was goign to say films of the 70's and 80's ut changed it for some reason.

    We can include anything.

    Creepshow.
    The Keep
    Mausoleum

    I can rememebr a small fraction of what I probably saw.
     
  16. juboy

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    House
    Inferno
    Phenomena
    Scanners
    Xtro
    C.H.U.D.

    And, in a different league altogether from those films is the absolute classic 'Near Dark'. A must-see if you haven't already.
     
  17. Dittohead

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    The Toxic Avenger 1 + 2
    Maniac
    Opera
    The House By The Cemetary
    The Thing

    Some of the Nightmare On Elm Streets were great 1 + 3 especially, The Burning was good.

    If anyone is interseted in seeing the uncut versions of pretty much every video nasty check out Blackest Heart Media
     
  18. Bonesy

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    See juboy, I knew what Nick meant really -

    Nick, can we hijack your thread to add another element -

    Which is your funniest death/splatter/gore effect from only those films mentioned so far -

    Mine is the girl going down the stairs in the wheel chair in friday 13th part two.

    and the chap trying to climb through the elevator roof in dawn of the dead when he isn't quite quick enough.

    anyone going to beat those?
     
  19. gringottsdirect

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    My favourite '80s horror film was John Carpenter's take of the Stephen King book Christine, my relationship with my first car was similar. Evil Dead was close second.
    '70s would be The Excorcist, I was going for The Ammityville Horror but couldn't spell it.
    Scariest ever has to be the old B & W Night Of The Demon with Dana Andrews and the steam train/demon. That gave me nightmares for weeks.
    Funniest would be any George Romero films with Zombie types, every time I walk 'round a mall or supermarket they're right with me.:devil:
     
  20. Squirrel God

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    Rosemary's Baby too.
     
  21. gringottsdirect

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    Not sure it was that funny, was it?:clown:
     
  22. Squirrel God

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    I meant as well as The Exorcist for 70's :mad: ;)


    No one's mentioned The Omen movies yet :eek: I really enjoyed them :) The first one was the best though.
     
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    Going off topic a bit but does anyone remember a BBC1 halloween special thing called Ghostwatch. It was set up as a documentary about a house which was supposedly haunted by the ghost of an old man and the programme makers set up their cameras in the house on halloween to record any funny goings on.

    Craig Charles was in it as the field reporter while I think it was Michael Aspel who was back in the studio. It was done really well and I remember totally believing it all the way thru until the credits came up at the end and you realised it was fake.

    Forget all these horror films, that programme scared the sh*t outta me at the time, late 80s I think, or maybe early 90s.
     
  24. Squirrel God

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    I remember that. I stopped believing it as soon as the hammy actors came in ;)
     
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    Yeah but I was only about 12 at the time so it worked on me big time.

    Or maybe I'm just really gullible :D
     
  26. gringottsdirect

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    Wasn't that "Babe", I thought that was quite good...
    Regarding Ghostwatch, as soon as I see Craig Charles I change channel immediately, so can't comment. I'm sure it was rubbish, though.
    Unless you're 12, maybe.
     
  27. Rochdale

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    Scanners is more sci fi than horror isn't it? I love it but I like most things with Michael Ironside in them :)

    One I remember was called From Beyond I think, something about a machine and someone turning into a monster with a big neck :)
     
  28. garylloyd

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    Ghostwatch!!!
    That scared me so much!!! I guess I was 12 or so at the time.
    The ghost was called pipes.
    They should repeat that one Halloween,see how it stands the test of time.
    Gary
     
  29. Squirrel God

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    They should.

    No doubt Dittohead will fall for it again :p
     
  30. Samantha

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    Hiya

    Out by a year but 1979s tv series Salem's lot scared me to death but then I was only 9 :eek:

    Samantha
     

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