Topic: Top 20 1980's horror

What does your top 20 look like?  I'm going to try to do mine in order.

Nightmare on Elm Street
The Lost Boys
The Thing
Ghostbusters
BeetleJuice
Evil Dead 2
The Burbs
Night of the Creeps
The Monster Squad
The Blob
Gremlins
Day of the Dead
Poltergeist
The Gate
Pumpkinhead
The Howling
Creepshow
Child's Play
Prince of Darkness
Nightmare on Elm Street 3

A top 20 pretty much sums up the ones I REALLY love.  I could probably think of about 10 more I could fit in at any time like Night of the Comet, AWIL, The Fly, Fright Night, Creepshow, Friday the 13th 4.  Then there are plenty like The Hitcher, They Live, all the Stephen King adaptations, that I like quite a bit but don't love.

Interested to see everyone's top 20 I'm sure it will be somewhat versatile.

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No Shining?

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No particular order:

Re-Animator
From Beyond
The Fly '86
Fright Night
Street Trash
Night of the Creeps
Hellraiser
An American Werewolf in London
The Howling
Near Dark
The Hitcher
Day of the Dead
The Thing
Return of the Living Dead
A Nightmare on Elm Street
Tenebre
Evil Dead
Evil Dead II
Waxwork
Stage Fright

Notice: no The Shining on my list, either. big_smile

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80's is my favorite decade, so this is tough for me.

In no order

Evil Dead
Night of the Demons
The Lost Boys
Friday the 13th part 4
A Nightmare on Elm Street
Day of the Dead
The Beyond
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Intruder
Stage Fright
Pet Semetary
Zombie 2
My Bloody Valentine
The Fly
An American Werewolf In London
Childs Play
The Thing
Hellraiser 2
Phenomena
Demons

Also no Shining LOL

Last edited by Suspiria_89 (2012-10-19 14:46:02)

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Not to be all anal retentive and everything (though I can't help it because I'm well, anal retantive  lol ) but you realize Zombie 2 is from '79, right...?

Don't hate me.

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in no order

The Shining
Evil Dead
Evil Dead 2: Dead By Dawn
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Hellraiser
Day of the Dead
Friday the 13th
A Nightmare on Elm St
An American Werewolf in London
The Thing
The Howling
The Changeling
Fright Night
The Fog
The Beyond
Poltergeist
Return of the Living Dead
Creepshow
Pet Sematary
Maniac

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ExplorerPOD wrote:

What does your top 20 look like?  I'm going to try to do mine in order.

Nightmare on Elm Street
The Lost Boys
The Thing
Ghostbusters
BeetleJuice
Evil Dead 2
The Burbs
Night of the Creeps
The Monster Squad
The Blob
Gremlins
Day of the Dead
Poltergeist
The Gate
Pumpkinhead
The Howling
Creepshow
Child's Play
Prince of Darkness
Nightmare on Elm Street 3

A top 20 pretty much sums up the ones I REALLY love.  I could probably think of about 10 more I could fit in at any time like Night of the Comet, AWIL, The Fly, Fright Night, Creepshow, Friday the 13th 4.  Then there are plenty like The Hitcher, They Live, all the Stephen King adaptations, that I like quite a bit but don't love.

Interested to see everyone's top 20 I'm sure it will be somewhat versatile.


Not to pry but are Ghostbusters and Beetlejuice even "Horror" films?

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LoudLon wrote:

Not to be all anal retentive and everything (though I can't help it because I'm well, anal retantive  lol ) but you realize Zombie 2 is from '79, right...?

Don't hate me.

It was made in the year 1979, it was released in the USA on July 18 1980. Close enough to being a 80's horror film for me.

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In Order.

1. Day of The Dead
2. Near Dark
3. Aliens
4. Evil Dead 1
5. Maniac
6. The Thing 82
7. Tenenbrae
8. The Keep
9. Deadly Blessing
10. NOES 1
11. EvilSpeak
12. The Fog
13. Night of The Creeps
14. Child's Play
15. Return of The Living Dead
16. City of The Living Dead
17. C.H.U.D
18. The Prowler
19. Friday The 13th Part 4

Last edited by Vasquez (2012-10-19 16:21:46)

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Horrorkid -- The Fog was '79, as well.

Why do you guys do this to me?  You know I'm going to say something. lol

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LoudLon wrote:

Horrorkid -- The Fog was '79, as well.

Why do you guys do this to me?  You know I'm going to say something. lol

Wasn't it released in 80?

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Man I believe Lon had a long discussion about this with someone way back. Here we go again lol

Last edited by Vasquez (2012-10-19 16:54:51)

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No.  It was released in '79, but no reviews were printed for a month or two later, in early '80.  There was a whole conversation about that between myself and Chainsaw a few months back.  It almost came to blows.  Luckily he realized I was right and thus saved himself from a hella-fied ass kicking. ***

Sus -- originally released in '79; didn't make it to the states 'til '80.  Splitting hairs, I know, but again, I blame my anal retentiveness.  Damn thing's got me by the short and curlies.


*** Kidding!

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Vasquez wrote:

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Man I believe Lon had a long discussion about this with someone way back. Here we go again lol

As you can see above, this time I kept it short. lol

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LoudLon wrote:

No.  It was released in '79, but no reviews were printed for a month or two later, in early '80.  There was a whole conversation about that between myself and Chainsaw a few months back.  It almost came to blows.  Luckily he realized I was right and thus saved himself from a hella-fied ass kicking. ***

Sus -- originally released in '79; didn't make it to the states 'til '80.  Splitting hairs, I know, but again, I blame my anal retentiveness.  Damn thing's got me by the short and curlies.


*** Kidding!

Well, I guess you learn something new every day.

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80s huh?  And only 20?  lol

In no particular order:

Lost Boys
Near Dark
Night of the Creeps
Day of the Dead
The Thing
Nightmare on Elm Street
Pet Sematary
Aliens
Return of the Living Dead
Poltergeist
An American Werewolf in London
Intruder
The Changeling
The Fly
Evil dead 1 and 2
Hellraiser
Fright Night
Dead & Buried
Ghost Story

and....The Shining!


and I will sneak one more in....  The Hunger

Last edited by DirtyGirl (2012-10-19 18:09:23)

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oh man, this could be fun.  I have to think about this.  So many GREAT horror flicks from the 80s.  So many!

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80s was a great decade. I suppose Beatlejuice can slot into the Horror-Comedy sub genre. The Shining has to be there for me. Freaked me out no end!

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Off the top of my head in no specific order:

The Thing
The Fog
The Fly
Scanners
Videodrome
Day of the Dead
Creepshow
The Shining
Evil Dead
Evil Dead 2
Re-Animator
Return of the Living Dead
Opera
Inferno
Demons
Stagefright
The Church
Nightmare on Elm Street
The Changeling
The Howling

Last edited by Theli (2012-10-20 14:48:43)

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Alright I decided to wing this list off memory so I'll probably end up forgetting or messing up. 

1. Near Dark
2. The Lost Boys
3. Inferno
4. Friday the 13th
5. Friday the 13th Part 2
6. My Bloody Valentine
7. Poltergeist
8. Aliens
9. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2
10. Friday the 13th Part 3
11. Friday the 13th Part 4
12. Maniac
13. The Thing
14. The Evil Dead
15. Pet Sematary
16. Christine
17. The Shining
18. Halloween 2
19. Halloween 4
20. Hellraiser

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Day of the Dead
The Thing
Fright Night
ANOES
ANOES: Dream Warriors
Prince of Darkness
Evil Dead 2
Return of the Living Dead
Pumpkinhead
Videodrome
Child's Play
Halloween 2
Creepshow
Children of the Corn
Re-Animator
Phantasm 2
Demons 2
The Hitcher
Friday the 13th
Near Dark


Not much different from everyone else. Tough to pick though, and sometimes changes around.

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man I keep finding all these great ones I've missed!  The 80's were such a great decade for horror's evolution.

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It is definitely unreal how many fun horror movies came out of the 80s^

Someone asked if Beetlejuice and Ghostbusters are horror.  I would definitely say Beetlejuice is no question horror, Ghostbusters is a little more in question but still, it should count.

Everybodies lists are so great.  Definitely going to have to check out Street Trash from Lon's list.

Seeing Intruder on Suspiria's list makes me want to give that one another go.  I also really liked Stage Fright.

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They may not be top-20 material but here are a few lesser known 80s horror flicks worth checking out (IMO) but which almost never seem to come up in conversation...

The Outing
The Offspring (aka From A Whisper to a Scream)
Twice Dead
Night of the Comet
Mark of Cain
Blood Frenzy
The Brain
Roktober Blood

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Id put Deadly Blessing in that group perhaps aswell.