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15. The Shining (1980)
Kubrick’s horror masterpiece about a boy with very special powers, his possessed dad (Jack Nicholson in one of his most famous roles), and the haunted Overlook Hotel, which was where a caretaker named Grady killed his family years before. Now, the Torrence family is stuck at the Overlook for the long winter, and the ghostly residents of the hotel have come out. The Shining is based off the Stephen King novel and has great atmosphere and cinematography. It’s also the reason why those annoying people chant REDRUM all the time. Reviewed here.
14. Night of the Demons (1988)
Night of the Demons features some really stupid college kids, but they’re endearingly stupid. And when they start a Halloween party at an abandoned house that used to be a crematorium, the demons come out to play. Features the infamous lipstick gag from Linnea Quigley, decent gore scenes, and a bit where a possessed Amelia Kinkade dances in strobelight to Stigmata Martyr by Bauhaus. Don’t miss the joke ending involving apples and razor blades. Read our review of Night of the Demons here.
13. Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984)
Look, I would love to use the door knob, but I have a reputation to uphold.
Jason Voorhees is back and he dispatches a new group of victims. This is the best of the sequels, because it has decent kills, funny scenes from the awesome Crispin Glover, good looking babes, energetic performance from final girl Kimberly Beck, and finally an interesting turn from a young Corey Feldman as Tommy Jarvis, who dispatches Jason with a machete but may now be traumatized enough to be the next film’s killer (but he wasn’t). Most Friday sequels are interchangeable (Jason awakens, kills teens) but this one does it better than the others. Read our review of The Final Chapter here.
12. Evil Dead II (1987)
Sort of a remake of the first Evil Dead, Evil Dead 2 is a relentless spam-in-a-cabin flick with gore, demons, slapstick, and amazing ingenuity from legendary director Sam Raimi. Featuring equal parts creepiness, gross-out effects, and Three-Stooges inspired mayhem (one scene has a demon’s eye pop out and fly into the mouth of an unsuspecting victim). Watch the scene where Ash’s hand gets possessed, so he chops it off and later attaches the chainsaw to it. This is the movie that turned Bruce Campbell into a cult hero. Evil Dead 2 is groovy.
11. Phantasm II (1988)
A barrel of laughs and gore, Phantasm II comes almost a decade after the original and brings back the characters of Mike (this time played by James LeGross), ice cream man Reggie (Reggie Bannister – awesome), and the Tall Man (Angus Scrimm – also awesome). Kick-ass action horror that doubles as a road movie, as our heros drive across the countryside in their souped up HemiCuda chasing after the Tall Man and attempting to contact Mike’s girlfriend, whom he has met in dreams. Good effects, multiple counts of murderous midgets, and a welcome return of the killer flying spheres. Best line: “You think that when you die you go to heaven… you come to us!” Read our review of Phantasm II here.
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