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Can any of you recommend some good 80's horrors?

Anything really...no matter how cheesy.

As long as they are worth watching. [Big Grin]

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Personally, I'm not much of a horror fan, but this thread might be a good place to start:

Your Fave 80's horror movie/movies are........

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Check out The Burning, The Stepfather, Sleepaway Camp (the whole series), Night of the Demons, Cutting Class, Waxwork, The Prowler, My Bloody Valentine...just to name a few.
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Thanks guys
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Some of my personal favs: Night of the Demons, Subspecies, Bad Dreams, The Stepfather, Dolls, Phantasm, The Deadly Spawn, The Shining, House, Videodrome, Fright Night, The Howling, Pet Semetary, Driller Killer, Alice Sweet Alice, Motel Hell, The Keep, Splatter University, Class of Nuke 'em High, Witchboard, Maniac Cop, Pumpkinhead, Parents.....ect....ect
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Sorry if any of these are repeats

CANDYMAN
THE SHINING
CARRIE
THE CHANGELING
THE EXORCIST
THE OMEN
THE OTHER
ALICE SWEET ALICE
EVIL DEAD 1 N 2
HELLRAISER 1 N 2
HALLOWEEN 1 N 2
NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 1 ,3 N 4
THE LOST BOYS
FRIGHT NIGHT
HENRY;PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER
SLEEPAWAY CAMP 1 N 2
CHEERLEADER CAMP
THE PROWLER
THE BURNING
FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 4
FUNERAL HOME
TOURIST TRAP

yes. some are 70s and I think CANDYMAN is early 90s but those slipped by cuz they are on my Favorites List.

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You should definitely watch Chopping Mall. One of my all time favorite 80's horror movie!
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Tiffany cool to see you posting more! [Smile]

I've never seen Chopping Mall....it's been in my wishlist forever because of everyone in it.

I started Pumpkinhead the other night....hadn't seen it in forever....I forgot about the teenagers and how awful those first scenes are....argghhh.

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Muffy watch Chopping Mall, it's well worth it.
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I like "Chopping Mall" too, gals. It is one of those films that epitomizes what is wrong with movies today. Many of today's films are long, drag-arsed slogs to watch because they have no sense of fun. "Chopping Mall," from a different era of filmmaking, is self-aware that it has no pretensions of being anything other than junky exploitation and actually revels in it; thus, it is short, energetic, and endlessly entertaining.

While on this subject, I will suggest two favorites that probably haven't been seen as much as the other great 80's horror films folks have named here. First up, "Brain Damage" (1988), which I've always thought was Frank Henenlotter's best film (sorry about that "Basket Case" and "Frankenhooker"). There's nothing like using a talking and singing parasite as a methaphor for addiction. It's hilarious, gory, sleazy, and just great, 42nd Street grindhouse stuff about as well done as you can imagine. They just don't make 'em like this any more. And my second choice would be "Tenebrae" (1982). If you haven't seen any of Italian director Dario Argento's high-adrenaline, stylized, crazy, and brilliant giallo films, this would be a good one to begin your education, and I suggest that you do so immediately! I could go on and on about how fantastic this movie is from the loud, wonderful soundtrack to the gory all-in-broad-daylight murder set pieces including one of the most fantastic crane shots I have ever seen in a movie. (Unbelievably, the version released in the U.S. as "Unsane" is missing this shot. Who knows why? Stay away from "Unsane." I'm begging you!) The composition of this single shot alone with the Simonetti, et al. soundtrack pounding away makes me want to stand up and cheer every time I see it. It's that amazing. Argento's films from this era will give you a whole new perspective on the slasher-film genre because Argento, a visionary talent, breaks or bends rules or invents new ones.

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quote:
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Muffy watch Chopping Mall, it's well worth it.

i second that. muffy i think you need to get right on top of that! [Big Grin]
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"Right on top of that Rose!"

I just added it to my Netflix! woo hoo I'll get back to you guys about it [Big Grin]

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quote:
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"Right on top of that Rose!"

bahaha, i knew you'd get that one!
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I love that I made you laugh too [Big Grin]
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John Carpenter's stuff: "They Live" (you'll never look through wayfarers the same way again)!!!
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Oh gosh don't get me started lol...

Children of the Corn
Christine
Silver Bullet
Waxwork
Bad Dreams
Mountaintop Motel Massacre (sooooo bad it's good)
The Hearse
The Car (maybe 70s?)
Ghost Story
Funeral Home
Mausoleum
Motel Hell
Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night 2
Happy Birthday to Me
Candyman (it was 80s,right?)
Subspecies (all of 'em...again, so bad they're good)
Hellraiser
Nightmare on Elm Street 3
Lost Boys
Cassandra (super hard to find)
The Shining
The Changeling
The Evictors (also super hard to find)
Silent Night Deadly Night
House
House 2: The Second Story (more comedy I guess but good)
I, Madman

Hope this helps!

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quote:
Originally posted by Bodhi Zephyr:
John Carpenter's stuff: "They Live" (you'll never look through wayfarers the same way again)!!!

"I have come to chew bubblegum and kick ***, and I'm all out of bubblegum" I love "They Live." It's so original and funny. (Of course, I wear my Wayfarers every day. I've seen a few aliens at work, but I have a plan. I will defeat them. [Wink] ) One of the funniest things that I have ever seen is the episode of "South Park" where they duplicated the big fight scene from "They Live," shot for shot. Parker and Stone, the "South Park" boys, obviously love it too.
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petty, i have The Car on vhs. i haven't watched it in soooo long. you just reminded me of it!

i think it is '79 or something like that?

and since it was brought up, i am now, in the mood for Chopping Mall. [Smile]

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Thanks everyone...some I've seen but there are alot I will be getting my hands on. thanks
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Anybody seen "Clownhouse"(1988)?
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quote:
"I have come to chew bubblegum and kick ***, and I'm all out of bubblegum" I love "They Live." It's so original and funny. (Of course, I wear my Wayfarers every day. I've seen a few aliens at work, but I have a plan. I will defeat them. )
Great quote crash, chew bubblegum and kick..., only in the '80s would you get that kind of kind plot for a film, so original indeed... don't think i've seen that southpark episode, will check it out, thnks!

Ps - I wear my wayfarers everyday too, but they're growing in numbers!!

Director's commentary is good on They Live too, JC is great... 'Big Trouble in Little China' as well is great, commentary too!

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Carpenter's commentaries, especially when he's with Kurt Russell, are a blast. They always sound like two best friends kicking back with liquor in hand and having a good old time. And I think one can learn a lot about filmmaking from JC too. He's excellent at explaining things. (David Cronenberg's commentaries are like that too. He's so well-prepared that you come away really understanding how he does what he does.) I like on the "Escape from New York" commentary when Kurt Russell chuckles when his ex-wife Season Hubley shows up in the film. As I recall, Carpenter makes a crack about his ex too.

By the way, that "South Park" episode with the brilliant homage to "They Live" is called, I believe, "Cripple Fight" (of course, Parker and Stone would be politically incorrect).

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Crash you're a man after my own heart as John Carpenter would say! I bought all the JC movies, for the commentaries as much as the movies themselves, i even bought 'Rio Bravo' because JC does the commentary on that, being such a Howard Hawks fan etc.

Yeah they do have a beer with the BTiLC commentary, and start talking about their kids, it's great, you feel like you're in the room with them!!

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Is "The House By The Cemetary" any good...seen it at a second hand store, but wasn't sure about it.....
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I think,kevdugp73, it depends on how much you like the films of Lucio Fulci. It's typical of his 80's output--moody, indifferently dubbed, somewhat goofy, and fairly gory. It's not boring, for one thing. Personally, although I know a lot of people love this one, "Zombie," "The Gates of Hell," and "The Beyond," and there is a sizeable "cult of Fulci," I much prefer his earlier giallo stuff like "Lizard in a Woman's Skin," "The Psychic," and "Don't Torture a Duckling."
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