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Share your scares: Best and worst horror flicks

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Theshining With Halloween around the corner, it's time to build another list: What were the best (and worst) horror films of the 80s? I'll have the complete list for you next week, just in time for our upcoming Halloween episode of the Stuck in the 80s podcast.

In the meantime, here are a couple suggestions:

Ghosts with the most:
- The Shining (1980): Almost enough to make you forget about Stanley Kubrick's "Eyes Wide Shut."
- American Werewolf in London (1981): Love the "all moon" soundtrack and special effects.
- A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984): I have a friend from college who dressed similar to Freddy Kreuger -- striped shirt, leather fedora. Quite the babe-magnet at bars. Seriously.
- The Thing (1982): When John Carpenter and Kurt Russell work together, great things happen. ("Snaaaaake Pliskin ... I heard you were dead.")
- Poltergeist (1982): The family-friendly horror flick. Except for the parts where you're so scared, your heart nearly explodes.

More gruel than ghoul:
- Friday the 13th (1980): A series of deaths in between porn scenes. Kevin Bacon should be ashamed his name is attached to this fiasco.
- Maniac (1980): Sadly, not a movie about Michael Sembello's song from Flashdance.
- Shocker (1989): A ripoff of Nightmare on Elm Street. Totallly without merit. Still not convinced? It stars John Tesh.
- Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984): Santa Claus as an ax-wielding murderer. Now that's family fun for every generation.
- April Fool's Day (1986): I paid money to see this back when I thought Deborah Foreman was the greatest actress of the 80s. A crushing blow to my adolescence.

Drop me a comment with your favorite and least-favorite horror movies of the 80s. Or, if you feeling particularly moved by the spirit, call our toll-free line ((866-371-9605) and leave us a voice mail.

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 2:20pm]

    

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