Scream, Queens! The Top 40 Horror Films of The 80’s!

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For the last couple of months in The Daily Briefs, I’ve been counting down my list of the top 40 horror movies of the 80’s, and now it’s time to unveil #1. But first, here’s a look back at #40 – 2.

Thank you for all of your comments, and I hope I triggered some fun memories. But now it’s your turn! What are your favorite horror films from that bygone era? Do you prefer the Jason franchise, or Freddy? Any obscurities you think should be more well known? Let’s see your lists!

40. Rats:Night Of Terror
39. Visiting Hours
38. The Boogens
37. Blood Beach
36. New Year’s Evil
35. The Beast Within
34. Dolls
33. I, Madman
Director Tibor Takacs followed up his surprise hit The Gate with this sadly overlooked, well-crafted slasher, written by David Chaskin (who wrote A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddie’s Revenge). Sadly, there’s no gay subtext in this one, but it does have Jenny Wright as the plucky heroine, and 80′s favorite Clayton Rohner as her boyfriend, as they deal with a mad killer who has sprung to life from the pages of the pulp novel she’s reading.

32. Curtains
31. Night Warning
30. Christmas Evil
29. Scanners
28. The Howling
27. Pieces
26. Deadly Eyes
25. Demons
24. The Lair Of The White Worm
Ken Russell brought Bram Stoker‘s novella to the big screen …as only he could. Hugh Grant stars with the faboo Amanda Donohoe, who gives one of the most memorable, go-for-broke performances of the decade. If, like me, your idea of a good time is watching Catherine Oxenberg bound and gagged, dangling over the mouth of a hell snake pit while wearing white panties and a bra … then this is your movie!

23. Silent Night, Deadly Night
22. The Burning
21. Motel Hell
20. The Thing
19. An American Werewolf In London
18. Terror Train
17. PIN
16. Hell Night
15. The Funhouse
14. Fright Night
13. Friday The 13th, Part Two
12. Child’s Play
11. A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge
Freddy’s Revenge will always have its place in horror history. So much has been written about the “subtext,” but let’s face it, there’s nothing sub about it. This is the gayest horror film ever made (besides Showgirls, of course), and while it’s not the scariest Elm Street, or the most well-made Elm Street, it will always be the most memorable Elm Street. Here’s one of my favorite scenes, as Jessie (Mark Patton) dances in his room, before he’s discovered by Mrs. Muir, and fetus Meryl Streep.

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