By Eric Polk-
I don't know where to begin when it comes to the 1980s in the world of horror. It's the decade where I was first seduced by that dark, disturbing, demented corner of cinema. It's where, for many, eyes were opened to a torrent of lesser-known fare thanks to the development of cable tv and the explosion of the vhs. Countdowns are so subjective due to one's personal taste that it can be hard to be objective, let alone opening the door for criticism. "What about
10)Basket Case-Released on vhs from the late, great Media Home Entertainment and later shown on the USA Network's Saturday Nightmares, this low-budget feast was one of the first horror films I cognitively understood as a youngster. This movie has everything for the horror fan. Blood, a naked girl, an actual story. There's actually an underlying sadness throughout that only adds to the fun of Belial breaking bad on the doctor's who separated him from brother Dwayne. Plus, though you may laugh at the stop-motion effects, you freak when you see the fate of the veterinarian.
7)Trick or Treat(1986)-The first curve ball of the countdown. I know it's cheezy and very laughable but that's what makes this movie great. An outsider metalhead(oh how I can relate) lives, eats, and breathes the music of Sammi Curr. When he dies, outsider a.k.a Skippy from Family Ties is handed a record(gasp)by Gene Simmons who cameos as a DJ in this one and after playing it, guess who comes back to reek havoc? I can watch this movie over and over again, jamming to the Fastway soundtrack, thinking back to my high school days in my preferred band shirts. Watch this one for the appearance of Ozzy as a....preacher!
1)A Nightmare on Elm Street(1984)-I've lauded heaps of praise on the original NOES for years so I won't go into a whole lot more on this countdown. Through its sequels, tv show, reboot, toys, games, cards, it's real easy to forget that Freddy Kruger is a filthy child murderer who has zero sympathy for anyone in the first film. All in the name of revenge. Something you may or may not have noticed, everyone in this film becomes either scarred or dead. No one walks away either physically or mentally unscathed. Just a thought.
There you have it. There are many, many honorable mentions I could add so if your favorite movie from the 80s didn't make the list, I probably love it as much as I do these ten, I just didn't have the room.