Top 8 Eighties Horror Films

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Eight of my favourite eighties horror films, in no particular order. The types of movies you'd want to own on second-hand rental VHS tapes.

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Day of the Dead 1985,  R)
Day of the Dead
Day of the Dead is dark, claustrophobic, tense, and littered with interesting performances and twists on the zombie genre. It is, in my opinion, the best of the original Romero trilogy.
Evil Dead 2 1987,  R)
From Beyond 1986,  R)
From Beyond
Maybe not as memorable or colourful as Gordon's previous Lovecraft adaptation Re-Animator, but it still boasts fun performances and incredible (and admittedly charmingly corny) practical effects. It's definitely not for everyone, but fans of schlocky horror will love it.
Re-Animator 1985,  R)
With a wonderfully hammy performance by Jeffrey Combs, which can best be described as Kermit the Frog meets Dr. Frankenstein, Re-Animator is a fun and delectably disgusting piece of eighties horror.
Poltergeist 1982,  PG)
Poltergeist is a skillfully crafted theme-park ride of a movie. It's a great piece of spooky entertainment that's both frightening and fun. I'd dare call it one of the only "family" horror movies. Its cinematography, sense of pacing, atmosphere, and incredible visual effects make it a treat to watch.
The Return of the Living Dead 1985,  R)
The Return of the Living Dead
Absolutely ridiculous, absolutely fun. The Return of the Living Dead is a spooky, well-paced film perfect for the Halloween season. It works precisely in the same way as Evil Dead 2, balancing the absurd with the grotesque.
A Nightmare on Elm Street 1984,  R)
A Nightmare on Elm Street
A Nightmare on Elm Street is slick, stylish and fun. Being intelligently set in a world where literally anything is possible, it's imaginative and often genuinely scary. It's considered a classic for a reason.
The Thing 1982,  R)
The Thing
The Thing is a wonderful piece of tension, and one of the greatest remakes ever made. It's also home to some of the most nauseating and detailed creature-effects to ever grace the screen. Practical effects fans will love every minute of it.

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