Pet Sematary (1989)
Now that I'm a father this film is scarier than ever. I could never imagine anything happening to my son and this film does a great job of frightening you with different levels of desperation as it deals with a man who discovers the powers of an ancient burial ground and its consequences. Stephen King has always been a master of horror and Pet Sematary is one of those films that hits you on a personal level.
I remember watching Re-Animator for the first time in my teens and feeling like I just got done watching something that was taboo. I felt so dirty and yet so entertained. It is a film that really holds no gory punches. Stuart Gordon's best work adapted from an H.P. Lovecraft story about medical students who discover how to bring the dead back to life. Oh...and Jefferey Combs is sheer awesomeness!
Sleepaway Camp (1983)
Probably the most over-the-top-what-in-the-fuck-did-I-just-see movie on here. While the film is not particularly a great example of fine horror craftsmanship, it delivers the goods in other ways and it is the the main character's performance that draws you into the film. Definitely not one to miss this Halloween and it boasts an ending you will not soon forget.
A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: The Dream Warriors (1987)
My personal favorite of all the Elm Street sequels. It is the most heavy metal of the entire series and boasts a vast array of dream kills...Freddy really has a maniacal blast. In my humble opinion, it stands as the most creative of all the Elm Street films as it deals with a girl's ability to pull others into her dream....oh, and the Dokken theme song is classic. Kevin Yagher at his best.
Dead Alive (1992)
Peter Jackson's most entertaining film ever. If you love horror movies then you owe it to yourself to check out this roller coaster ride of gore and terror about a young man who's mother is bitten by a Sumatran rat-monkey. It's the most fun you'll have at a horror film since Evil Dead 2. It also has some of the most hilarious sequences ever filmed.
What a bizarre fuckin' movie this is. Phantasm is one of those rare films that pleases all the senses, as well as crawls beneath your skin, then leaves you wondering what everything meant. It's a great film in many regards and has one of the creepiest tall men you will ever see in a horror film...next to Tom Noonan from The House of the Devil, of course. Oh...and the character of Reggie is classic cinema bad ass!
Prince of Darkness (1987)
John Carpenter is such a great director and he does alot of unique stuff. Prince of Darkness is no exception. This film is probably his last great movie and stands to this day as an exercise in originality within the macabre. His signature is all over this movie...including the haunting soundtrack. A Carpenter classic for fans of his masterful work and those who enjoy Satan in liquid form.
Directed by Paco Plaza and Jaume Balaguero, [Rec] is the real deal. It is the best of the "shaky cam/found footage" movement that has recently caught fire in the film world and breathes some fresh life into the zombie genre. I would avoid the American remake, Quarantine, at all costs....unless, of course, you happen to enjoy crappy American remakes. But, make no mistake....[Rec] will make you think twice about investigating that apartment building with people falling ill to some mysterious virus. Check it out tonight!
Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982)
As far as 80's horror movies go, this one is among the classics. Halloween III came out at a time when everyone was expecting another Michael Myers movie. And when it was released onto the world...audiences remained in their theater seats after the credits rolled...still waiting for a glimpse of the iconic killer in the white Shatner mask. This was probably the film's biggest hurdle...because other than the Myers expectations...Halloween III is a really great film with such an original premise. And(!)...it has Tom Atkins in it...I mean...seriously...what more do you need??
The Return of the Living Dead (1985)
Do you wanna party? It's party time! Here's a random story. I recently went to a horror convention called Flashback Weekend where I met a 53 year old Linnea Quigley. I paid her 10 bucks to sign my copy of The Return of the Living Dead VHS that I've had, like, forever and to tell her how much of an impact she had in my young life. I realize that this film is a great horror/comedy take on zombies taking over the world...but, it also has one of the greatest nude scenes that I remember from any film...ever. A young punk rock Linnea Quigley dancing naked in a graveyard with leg warmers on. That scene alone has set the stage for my sexual awakening. And I paid Ms. Quigley 10 bucks to tell her that.
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