The Best Horror Movies of the 80’s

Although the 80’s is well known for its terrible fashion sense, it did bring us some downright amazing horror movies.  These movies helped shake, shiver and shape a generation, with its iconic killers and memorable death scenes. Crafty from brings you the top movies of this crazy era.

The Shining (1980):

Jack Torrance becomes a caretaker at an isolated hotel in Colorado, over the winter. Hoping to cure his writer’s block, he settles in along with his wife, Wendy (Shelley Duvall), and his son, Danny. Danny soon becomes plagued by psychic premonitions of the past and future. As Jack’s writing goes nowhere and Danny’s visions become more disturbing, Jack discovers that the hotel harbours some dark secrets. He soon begins to unravel into a homicidal maniac and starts terrorising his family. I don’t think anyone could forget the famous line “Heeeereees Johnny.”

Why it Made the List:

Jack Nicolson is an amazing actor and to see him in his younger years going bad shit crazy… Well, who wouldn’t want to see that.

The Thing (1982):

A group of American scientists are disturbed at their base camp by a helicopter shooting at a sled dog in remote Antarctica. They take the dog into their camp, where it brutally attacks both humans and other dogs. they discover that the beast can assume the shape of its victims. This 80’s movie classic was a huge gore fest and I still get a little freaked out when the guys head falls off and sprouts legs.

Why it Made the List:

This movie was super scary back in the day and still is. It is full of amazing, gory effects that will stick in your mind forever.

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1985):

In this classic slasher film, the teenagers of Elm street fall prey to Freddy Krueger, a disfigured killer who preys on the teenagers in their dreams, and in turn, kills them in reality.

Why it Made the List:

There has never been a horror movie killer more terrifying to me than Freddy, everything about the way he looks is scary as s**t. Let’s not forget he’s a killer who can get you in your dreams… And Let’s face it everyone has to fall asleep at some point.

Evil Dead 2 (1987):

Ash Williams once again battling horrifying demons at a creepy cabin in the woods. After discovering an audiotape left by a professor that contains voices reading from the Book of the Dead. Ash’s girlfriend Linda becomes possessed by evil that is awakened by the voices on the tape. Ash soon discovers there is no escaping the woods. This horror comedy is an amazing watch and you can’t help but laugh along as Ash loses his mind and the house begins to laugh.

Why it Made the List:

With it’s over the top gore and humorous scenes, why wouldn’t this movie make the cut?

Poltergeist (1982):

Strange things start happening in the home of the Freeling family (Steve, Diane, teenaged Dana, eight-year-old Robbie, and five-year-old Carol Ann) when ghosts communicate with them through the television set. Initially playful, the spirits turn menacing, and, when Carol Ann goes missing, Steve and Diane turn to an exorcist for help. This movie to me is terrifying and the line “there here!” has always stuck in my mind.

Why it Made the List:

Where do I start? This Movie scares the life out of me from the creepy tree to the bodies popping up in the pool. Most of this movie is watched from behind my fingers. Yeah, I’m a wimp… Get over it!

The Lost Boys (1987):

Teenage brothers Michael and Sam move to a small town in northern California with their mother. While the younger Sam meets a pair of  geeky comic-book nerds Edward and Alan, Michael soon meets a vicious gang of vampires. Sam and his new friends must save Michael from the clutches of the undead.

Why it Made the List:

This is one of my favourite movies of all time and it started off my crazy, vampire obsession. The Vampires were hot and of course, they didn’t sparkle. The acting was amazing and the soundtrack legendary.

Halloween 2 (1981):

After failing to kill stubborn Laurie in the first Halloween movie, Michael Myers has followed her to the Haddonfield Memorial Hospital, where she’s been admitted after Michaels attempt on taking her life. Michael Myers Is not happy about failing so her cuts, stabs and slashes his way through the hospital staff to reach his favourite victim.

Why it Made the List:

Another amazing horror movie icon who still hits our cinema screen to this day. Michael Myers is a cold, cool force of nature and won’t let anyone or anything get in his way.

Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986):

The chainsaw-wielding Leatherface is up to his tricks once again, along with the rest of his twisted cannibal family. This time, the masked killer has set his sights on pretty disc jockey Vanita, who teams up with a Texas lawman to stop the maniac and his family in their tracks.

Why it Made the List:

Leatherface wouldn’t think twice about chopping you into pieces and wearing your face on his as if it were a new fashion accessory.

Friday the 13th (1980):

Crystal Lake’s history of murder doesn’t stop counsellors from setting up a summer camp in the area. Locals warn against it, but they pay no attention to the old-timers superstitons. They soon find themselves stalked by a brutal killer, as they get killed off one by one.

Why it Made the List:

This movie was the birth of Jason Vorhees, the unkillable, machete-wielding killer of Camp Crystal Lake.






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