Just the mere mention of the campy sometimes over-played horror movies from the 80s + is a testament to my age. LOL … yes I’m an 80s kid + and believe it or not I never watched any horror movies as a teen. I was scared out of my mind + because they seemed so darn real. The evolution of Horror hadn’t come full circle during this time + but it’s definitely a long way from it’s counterpart 50s + and 60s horror movies. For my binge-worthy posts + I specifically skipped the 70s because I’m more familiar with the later years + and I just started watching classic horror about 8 year ago. Directors and Film-makers were experimenting + and pushing the limits beyond what your imagination would be. The evolution of horror movies was a mirror of real life. Why was this happening … well to scare the shit out of you of course.
Here are just a few titles of classic 70s horror flicks.
Texas Chainsaw Massacre ~ 1974
Carrie ~ 1976
Phantasm ~ 1979
Alien ~ 1979
The Last House on the Left ~ 1972
Dawn of the Dead ~ 1978
The Legend of Hell House ~ 1973
My list focuses on just a few of my favorites from the 80s timeframe. [There are so many] Like I mentioned above I never really saw any horror movies until I was 20. The first movie I ever saw was Nightmare on Elm Street | The Dream Warriors. Seeing it at that time was pivotal + because afterwards I thought … “is this it”. “This is what I’ve been afraid of all these years” … which prompted me to go back and look at every movie my friends said scared them. I do have one movie in my list that not 80s … but 1978. As the years went on this particular movie gained momentum … and it’s still making you jump to this day …. so here’s is my list.
1. Halloween ~ 1978 [Stream + Rent or Buy on Amazon]
STORY: On Halloween night of 1963, 6-year old Michael Myers stabbed his sister to death. After sitting in a mental hospital for 15 years, Myers escapes and returns to Haddonfield to kill.
2. The Fog ~ 1980 [Stream + Rent or Buy on Amazon]
STORY: According to legend, six sailors killed when shipwrecked 100 years ago in Antonio Bay, California, will rise to avenge their deaths when a strange glowing fog appears. The town is commemorating the centenary of the shipwreck and Father Malone discovers that the ship was wrecked by six founder fathers of the town. The vengeance of their victims will be the death of six people.
3. Prom Night ~ 1980 [Stream + Rent or Buy on Amazon]
STORY: A masked killer stalks four teenagers who were responsible for the accidental death of a little girl six years earlier, at their high school’s senior prom.
4. The Lost Boys ~ 1987 [Stream + Rent or Buy on Amazon]
STORY: Strange events threaten an entire family when two brothers move with their divorced mother to a California town where the local teenage gang turns out to be a pack of vampires.
5. A Nightmare on Elm Street ~ 1984 [Stream + Rent or Buy on Amazon]
STORY: In classic horror film genre that launched a movie franchise, a pedophile who was murdered by a lynch mob returns years later in terrifying nightmares of his killers’ teenage children.
6. Creepshow ~ 1982 [Stream + Rent or Buy on Amazon]
STORY: Stephen King and George A. Romero – conjure up five shocking yarns, each a virtuoso exercise in the ghouls-and-gags style of classic ’50s horror comics.
This list truly brings back memories of every Halloween + and some fun weekends. I’m sure by now that you’ve noticed a theme + in that the first 3 movies are Jamie Lee Curtis. I do look for the humor in some of these + because they are entertainment + and you can’t take them too seriously. I own every single movie on this list plus their sequels … do we say that I have a problem … is my movie collection out of control. Yes … yet is is … and this is only a few of all the movies that are available. LOL
That’s gonna do it for this post + stay tuned … later this afternoon for one last post of binge-worthy movies for Halloween. The next post will focus on Horror movies of the 90s. Thanks so much for visiting my blog today + don’t forget to “like” + “comment” + and “follow” … and don’t forget to visit my Facebook page. –– Peace — and Happy Halloween.