'Wanna see something really scary?'
Halloween is nearly upon us, though it doesn't feel nearly the same this year without the daylight savings time kicking in. Trick or treating in the daylight? I think not.
Since the 80s nation is too old to go find the old "Baseball Fury" costumes from "The Warriors" that we wore every year as kids, it seems like a good year to stay home and watch a retro-horror flick.
Here's last year's list of the best horror movies of the 80s -- again. (No sense researching it all over again after all.)
The list was generated by reader suggestions, reviews of the movies and a little personal opinion here and there. It's not as long as our previous lists of best comedies, worst songs, best videos and worst films. But it'll still give you a great guide to picking movies to watch between now and Halloween.
Excerpts from critic reviews are only included in the top 5 for this list. Critics are traditionally harsh on horror movies and their comments weren't pretty beyond the very best of the movies. I picked the "taglines" for the rest of the flicks.
Enjoy the list and remember: "You can't choose between life and death when we're dealing with what is in between."
Top 20 Horror Films of the 80s:
20. Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986): Dennis Hooper, Caroline Williams. "After a decade of silence... The buzzz is back!"
18. The Changeling (1980): George C. Scott, Jean Marsh. "Whatever you do...DON'T GO INTO THE ATTIC."
17. Hellraiser (1987): Andrew Robinson, Clare Higgins. "Demon to some. Angel to others."
16. The Evil Dead (1981): Bruce Campbell, Ellen Sandweiss. "The Ultimate Experience In Grueling Terror."
15. Fright Night (1985): Chris Sarandon, William Ragsdale. "If you love being scared, it'll be the night of your life."
14. House on Sorority Row (1983): Kate McNeil, Eileen Davidson. "Sisters in life. Sisters in death."
13. Re-Animator (1985): Jeffrey Combs, Bruce Abbott. "Herbert West Has A Very Good Head On His Shoulders... And Another One In A Dish On His Desk."
12. The Lost Boys (1987): Jason Patric, Corey Haim. "Sleep all day. Party all night. Never grow old. Never die. It's fun to be a vampire."
10. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984): Johnny Depp, Robert Englund. "A scream that wakes you up, might be your own."
9. The Believers (1987): Martin Sheen, Helen Shaver. "They exist. Fear them."
7. Prince of Darkness (1987): Donald Pleasance, Jameson Parker. "It is evil. It is real. It is awakening."
6. Christine (1983): Keith Gordon, John Stockwell. "Hell hath no Fury...like Christine."
The top 5...
5. The Shining (1980): Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall. One critic said: "It is not just a great horror film; it is a psychological profile of how people wrestle with their unsavory pasts."
4. Night of the Creeps (1986): Jason Lively, Steve Marshall. One critic said: "Rarely is a horror comedy as much fun to watch as this movie is."
2. The Thing (1982): Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley. One critic said: "If you don't repeatedly drop your jaw and gape at the screen in disbelief, you might need to lay off the PCP."
So there's the list. Feel free to share your darts and laurels.
Speaking of horror flicks...
Our Stuck in the 80s special Halloween podcast from last year is still online, featuring music and scenes from our favorite movies, along with the stories that made the day special for us back in the 80s. Click here to listen or click here to subscribe to the series for free on iTunes.