Tag: 80s

31 Horror Movies in 31 Days …. Ish

So much for getting this all wrapped up last October! Excuses are lame, so I’m not going to make them. Instead, how about I finish what I started by giving you the scoop on the rest of the Stephen King adaptations I’ve seen. {side note: even though I LOVE The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile,

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Deadly Friend

Another Craven movie I saw in the theater with high hopes, 1986’s Deadly Friend is unfortunately TERRIBLE (not even in a “so bad it’s good” The People Under the Stairs kind of way), and I can only recommend seeing it if you’re having a Bad Movie Night with friends—and have a lot of booze on

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The Serpent and the Rainbow

Ah, The Serpent and the Rainbow. This + The Believers kicked off a teenage obsession with all things voodoo and magic … which I guess would explain why I’ve watched it at least 20 times. It doesn’t hurt, of course, that my beloved Bill Pullman is the star. Serpent is chock-full of insane drug-infused nightmares,

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Deadly Blessing

This 1981 entry into the Craven canon unfortunately suffers from extreme BOREDOM.  Deadly Blessing is about Martha (Maren Jenson, who played Athena in the 70s Battlestar Galactica) a woman whose husband is an ex-Hittite, and who is being stalked by a mysterious figure in black who likes to murder people in various ways. It doesn’t

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The House of the Devil

Ti West’s The House of the Devil blew me away on multiple levels, not the least of which is that he just f’ing NAILED the 1980s look and feel of the thing. I mean, seriously. Usually when I watch films set in the 80s, I feel like I’m watching a cheap imitation of that era

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A Nightmare on Elm Street

31 Horror Movies I Own #28: A Nightmare on Elm Street “I’m your boyfriend now, Nancy” I’ve written previously about my love for A Nightmare on Elm Street, but I wanted to reiterate how AWESOME the original 1984 movie is. Wes Craven created one badass sicko in the form of Fred Krueger, which is why

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The Howling

31 Horror Movies I Own #12: The Howling “I’m gonna give you a piece of my mind….” A couple of years before he exploded my 80s kid brain with fuzzy adorable Gizmo and his nemesis, Spike, in Gremlins, Joe Dante directed what I still think is one of the finest werewolf movies ever made: The

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The Return of the Living Dead

31 Horror Movies I Own #11: The Return of the Living Dead “Send. More. Cops.” If any movie cemented my love for Zombie apocalypses, it has to be 1985’s The Return of the Living Dead. Like any good horror-obsessed-alternative teenager in the 80s, I saw this (it has The Cramps and The Damned on the

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Poltergeist

31 Horror Movies I Own #7: Poltergeist “You moved the headstones, but not the graves!” Another Tobe Hooper masterpiece, Poltergeist is one of those rare horror movies that ages well. Despite its 1982 filming date, it doesn’t really feel that dated (unless you pay attention to the electronics…) and still holds up. The story of

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