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5. The Lost Boys
“People are strange” in the town of Santa Carla, California. They’re also vampires. That’s what two brothers (Jason Patric and Corey Haim) and their mom (Dianne Wiest) discover when they move to town following mom’s divorce. Younger brother Sam meets the Frog brothers (including Corey Feldman), who work in their parents comic book store but know everything there is to know about vampires, and how to kill them. Well, almost everything – one important vampire test is performed but they leave out one very important step. With Kiefer Sutherland as a vampire gang leader, The Lost Boys is action packed and funny, mixing vampire mayhem with a healthy dose of teen angst. Read our review of The Lost Boys here.
4. The Thing
One of the greatest horror movies ever made. John Carpenter’s version of Who Goes There? is perfect in execution. Has everything you want in a horror film – humor, dread, atmosphere, and really gross creature effects (from Rob Bottin and Stan Winston). In one scene, the monster’s head detaches from its body and then grows spider legs, causing a character to utter the exact same line in the audience’s heads “You have gotta be fuckin’ kidding!” The Thing is an amazing creation that has one of Kurt Russell’s best roles, a brilliant minimal score from Ennio Morricone, and great atmosphere. Read our review of The Thing here.
An anthology of horror tales told in comic book fashion. Probably the best film of its kind, each story it tells is better than the one before it. Standouts are “The Crate” – concerning an old crate harboring a horrible monster that a milquetoast professor (Hal Holbrook) sees as the key to getting rid of his nagging, obnoxious wife (played wonderfully by Adrienne Barbeau), and “They’re Creeping Up on You,” about a cruel businessman (E.G. Marshall) who gets his comeuppance courtesy of a massive army of aggressive cockroaches (the roaches are all the “little people” coming back to get him). Creepshow is framed through a comic book that jerk dad (Tom Atkins!) takes away from his kid (big mistake!). Pretty gross in spots and funny, too. Read our review of Creepshow here.
2. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
Brilliant supernatural slasher film that transcends the genre to deliver something truly scary. Razor gloved killer Fred Krueger is murdered by revenge-seeking parents but comes back in their kids dreams for revenge. Robert Englund’s performance as Freddy is one for the books and Heather Langenkamp is awesome as the resourceful teenager who will have to put a stop to him with or without the help of her disbelieving parents and boyfriend (Johnny Depp in his debut role). A Nightmare on Elm Street is still superior to all the sequels that followed. Read our review of A Nightmare on Elm Street here.
1. Halloween (1978)
No Halloween should pass without watching John Carpenter’s masterpiece about escaped killer Michael Myers, his babysitter victims, and his slightly crazed doctor Loomis (Donald Pleasence). Halloween is all about mood and setting; it’s low on gore but high on suspense and still one of the greatest slasher movies ever made. Also responsible for turning Jamie Lee Curtis into a scream queen (Curtis would come back in Halloween II, Halloween H20, and Halloween – Resurrection). However, as with Elm Street, this first film is superior to all the Halloween sequels (and remakes). Read our review of Halloween here.
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