- Abby Wormsbaker
1980’s Horror Films
"Horror is a universal language; we're all afraid. We're born afraid, we're all afraid of things: death, disfigurement, loss of a loved one. Everything that I'm afraid of, you're afraid of and vice versa. So everybody feels fear and suspense. We were little kids once and so it's taking that basic human condition and emotion and just messing with it and playing with it. You can invent new horrors." -John Carpenter, director of Halloween.
A very small list of horror movies comes into mind when people think back to horror movies made in the 1980s. These movies were passed down over the decades with the title of the “best” simply because it was new for its time. The most iconic horror movie franchising began here, but what about the movies that didn’t get as much hype to their sequel if any sequel at all?
House (1985): A writer returns to his childhood home after his aunt passes away to find that it has been invaded by ghosts and ghouls. The main character, Roger, knows that something is wrong with the house very quickly after moving in.
The Slumber Part Masscacre (1982): A high school senior throws a slumber party, but things go very wrong when a killer breaks loose into their neighbourhood. Slumber parties took on a new meaning after this.
The Stuff (1985): Science fiction was a trend in horror movies in this decade, The Stuff follows the story of an investigater trying to figure out a strange substance that was suddenly being sold as dessert. What seemed like a sweat treat ended in a downward spiral.
As with most things from the 1980s, it is a place in time that will never be recreated ever again.
They are considered classics for a reason and while the original icons of horror were first born during the era of black-and-white film, the peak of horror movies in the 1980s gave us new horror icons that will live on forever.
A lot of these classics are hard to find on common streaming websites. An entire collection can be found on Amazon Prime and Tubi.