We love nostalgia… So we decided to create a new story in homage to the films we grew up with. But not just that. When you think of the horror of the 80s, you think of a lot of movies that still have a place in the hearts of fans, see Friday the 13th, Nightmare Hour, Toy Assassin and Evil Dead, for example.
In this article, we’re going to do something a little different, and we’re going to remember and celebrate the ’80s horror movies that are barely mentioned by younger generations, but beyond fun. The proposal is precisely to bring them to the attention of the youngest. And I hope they maybe return to pop culture somehow.
Check out below and comment on the ones you know.
Alligator – The killer alligator
We started the list at the very start of the decade, with this 1980 production. Anyone who grew up in the ’80s and’ 90s will certainly remember reruns of this feature film on SBT, where it terrified many children and teens. In the story, a little girl receives a baby alligator as a gift, but her father gets rid of the animal by throwing it in the toilet. Years later, the animal grew to an enormous size of over 10 meters in length, having fed on animals used for genetic research and dumped in the sewers. The alligator then moves up the food chain and begins to devour people, causing unrest in the city. The kiddie pool scene has certainly traumatized a generation.
Released in 1982, this film was then part of Globo’s collection, being shown for the first time in an unprecedented way at Supercine. The story follows Julie (Meg Tilly, younger sister of Jennifer Tilly, Chucky’s fiancee), a young woman who, to get into a student club, will have to go through hazing her classmates, and spend a night at the interior of a large mausoleum. There, unbeknownst to him, his friends go into hiding to scare him. They are all scared, however, as a Russian scientist returns from the grave thanks to an experiment at the site.
Catherine Mary Stuart was one of the actresses who marked the 1980s, having appeared in several cult productions of the decade in various genres, the life of Jonathan’s First Sex and The Last Star Warrior. Here, in this 1984 production, she stars as Regina, a young woman living in Los Angeles, alongside her preppy sister Samantha. Very creative, the film uses as its motto the passage of the comet Halley, one of the most discussed themes of the 80s, which would occur two years later, in 1986. The proposal here is a girlpower I Am Legend, with the two teenage sisters being the only survivors of the passage of the star on Earth – which reduced almost the entire population to dust.
Return of the Living Dead
By skipping a year, we arrived in 1985, for another unpublished Globo exhibition. Originally planned as another chapter in George Romero’s Undead franchise, the idea was scrapped and spawned his own series of films. The proposal here was for a younger, action-packed movie with a lot of incorrect humor. The movie makes one of the funniest productions to tackle the zombie theme and almost functions as a parody of everything that has been created so far. But without forgetting the violence and the blood. It was here that the living dead discovered their thirst for “brains”.
In the same year 1985, Globo broadcast another horror hit that will mark the youth of many. With William Katt, the eternal American superhero, the actor lived as a divorced writer seeking to work on a book about his experiences during the Vietnam War. He eventually inherits a large house from a distant aunt and moves in. Once there, he discovers that the house is haunted, realizing his worst nightmares. A show of practical effects and many scares. Unavoidable.
In the 1980s, many horror movies were translated “on time” or “on time”, even though their original titles had nothing to do with it. Do not ask me why. Thus, Silver Bullet or “Silver Bullet”, based on a text by the master of horror Stephen King, became The Hour of the Werewolf. With the hits An American Werewolf in London and Scream of Horror, both from 1981, the two biggest hits of the 1980s subgenre, Hour of the Werewolf ended up somewhat in oblivion, but it didn’t. should not be neglected. Released in 1985, it was “the” werewolf movie for many at the time. The interesting thing about the movie is that it stars a boy in a wheelchair, which makes his small town mishap even more nervous, in the face of attacks from the furry creature.
Another landmark film for the 80s generation, this feature film debuted on open television on SBT. Creative and trashy, A Coisa hit theaters in 1985 and used a lot of humor implied in a tone of satire about the unbridled consumerism of American society. The Thing (or The Stuff in the original title) was a white substance found in snow and quickly marketed as the new yogurt sensation. The product, which began to sell as much as Coca-Cola, dominating supermarkets and TV commercials, was in fact extremely harmful to humans – turning its consumers into uncontrollable drug addicts and even killing them in horrific ways, see the Chocolate Charlie character.
Released on Globo, this very high doses of violence thriller is another that marked the childhood of the generation of the 80s and 90s. Released in 1986, the film features the world’s worst hitchhiker: John Ryder, a guy that seems to have come straight. from hell. The story follows young Jim (C. Thomas Howell), who drives his car on the roads and has the unfortunate idea of giving a man by the side of the road a ride to keep him company. Little by little, the boy realizes the mistake he made, because this Ryder is in fact a psychopath with a bigger name, ready to pursue him and have him accused of his murders. Ryder, of course, has become one of the most memorable characters in the late Rutger Hauer’s career.
Another 1986 film that was also present at Globo and thrilled horror fans of children and teens when it premiered on Tela Quente – besides, of course, having them sleep with the light on for at least one. week, looking under the bed to see if there was no worm. Night of Goosebumps is a real tasty salad that mixes everything the best pop culture has to offer: killers, aliens, damn worms, science experiments and zombies. Would that be okay with you? One of the best cult objects of the 80s, this film must be discovered by the new generations. If only to hear one of the best dialogues in cinema: “I have good news and bad news. The good thing is that your little friends have arrived. The worst part is that they are dead.
1985 and 1986 were the most creative years in terms of horror films. Everything that was theme seemed to be used when creating productions like this. Look at this very unique premise: The administration of a shopping center decides to create the most modern security system. Robots guided by artificial intelligence will serve as guardians of the site. When a group of employees decide to spend the night hiding in one of the stores for a party, the robots crash down and will treat them like invaders without mercy. The malls, the robots and everything related to the movie, released in 1986, is very 80’s. And we love it for that.
Speaking of releases from 1986, here’s one more. The idea here is to create totally rock n roll youth horror. No Freddy or Jason, the new iconic villain offered here comes in the form of a rock star. The protagonist is a boy who experiences constant bullying at school. Its only escape valve are the songs of the idol, the so-called rock star. Yet the young man is devastated and unfounded when he learns of the death of his favorite singer. The rocker was quick to appear in the form of an entity to “help” his biggest fan, by eliminating his tormentors.
Last article of the year 1986, it is one of the most original slashers of the 80s. Anyone who knows, knows. Presented by Globo, where it wowed fans, the film has since won over admirers and fans as a cult item. Unfairly, we don’t remember much. The star is Amy Steel, the last girl from Friday the 13th – Part 2 (1981). In very humorous passages, Night of Deadly Pranks offers a different slasher. Where is it? A group of young friends will spend the weekend in a big house in one of them, located on an island. Problem is, the hostess has prepared a weekend full of crazy jokes and pranks. But what happens when these pranks start to get more and more serious?
We’re back here for a quick stop in 1984. Used as a benchmark for Jordan Peele in Us (2019), the film traces the urban legend about homeless people living underground in New York City, taking a major turn. When several people begin to mysteriously disappear in one of the largest cities in the world, a police and journalistic investigation begins. The clues lead to the city’s basement, however, what comes out of it isn’t human. The CHUD retains the participation of a few well-known personalities at the start of their career.
Well, you only have to read this title to know right away that the film does not take itself seriously at all. But this isn’t just a simple trash movie, turning out to be a very fun, very creative feature that knows a lot about using its ridiculous premise in its favor. In the plot, an alien race arrives on Earth to spread horror. And believe me, the film uses violence. The point is, these aliens have the appearance of clowns beyond strangeness and everything related to them has a circus theme. For example, your spaceship is a tent, and your weapons and tech are completely tied to the universe of characters such as killer popcorn, evil shadows, air balloons, sour face pies, and more. To have a good laugh with the most cult animatronic clowns in cinema, in this film released in 1988.
To close the list, another film from 1988. Here, another threat from space. The Killing Bubble is the remake of a 1950s film production, the climax of the sci-fi movie, starring Steve McQueen. The remake is one of the few instances where the new film manages to outdo its original in terms of creativity and production quality. With more features and better effects, The Killing Bubble becomes one of the more interesting productions of the genre in the 80s. Too bad it didn’t generate a sequel – since the ending leaves a hook for that; and has fallen by the wayside over the years. The script even enhances the plot of the original film, with a very welcome twist centered around American paranoia.
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