The Best 20 horror movies of the 1980's Part 3

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The Best 20 horror movies of the 1980's Part 3 list.

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1. Tenebre (1982)

R | 101 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

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An American writer in Rome is stalked by a serial killer bent on harassing him while killing all people associated with his work on his latest book.

Director: Dario Argento | Stars: Anthony Franciosa, Giuliano Gemma, Christian Borromeo, Mirella D'Angelo

Votes: 16,100

"The book of deaths"....

Writer/Director Dario Argento's "Tenebre", (1982), stars Anthony Franciosa, as Peter Neal, a US writer of thrillers. One day, as he's promoting his latest book in Rome, Italy, a series of brutal murders occur, and that of others.

When Peter's agent, Bulmer, (John "Black Christmas", 1974, Saxon), and his secretary, (Isabella Amadeo); Anne, (Daria Nicolodi), all are concerned about Peter's mental state, Detective Alteiri, (Carola Stagnaro), tries to get to the truth....with his partner, Detective Germani, (Giuliano Gemma)..... ****

When a girl on a beach, (Eva Robins); a lesbian couple, Jane McKerrow, (Veronica Lario), and Elsa Manni, (Ania Pieroni); Tilde, (Mirella D'Angelo); and Gianni, (Christian Borromeo), and Christiano Berti, (John Steiner), become victims of the killer, can he be stopped? ****

Also starring: Mirella Banti, (as Marion); and Ennio Girolami, (as Enio Girolami), (as a Department Store Manager). ****

"Tenebre", contains one of the most violent axe murders in history, strong sex scenes, and adult themes, that is one of Dario Argento's most extreme and controversial giallos of the early 1980's. Complete and uncut on DVD.

2. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986)

Unrated | 101 min | Comedy, Horror

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A radio host is victimized by the cannibal family as a former Texas Marshall hunts them.

Director: Tobe Hooper | Stars: Dennis Hopper, Caroline Williams, Jim Siedow, Bill Moseley

Votes: 22,021 | Gross: $8.03M

"Leatherface is back"....

Tobe Hooper's "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2", (1986), is a sequel to Hooper's original "TCM", (1974). As the voiceover man tells us about the strange events of the first one: grave robbing in Texas in 1973, etc., the horror begins again.... ****

DJ Vanita 'Stretch' Brock, (Caroline Williams), is a Texas radio announcer. When a couple of teens, make fun of The Saywer Family, Leatherface, 'Bubba' Sawyer, (Bill Johnson), irate, slices one of the teens' scalp off, (as Stretch hears their death cries); Drayton Sawyer, (the late Jim Siedow), (who is promoting the best meat in Texas for a competition), ordered the murders, as the teens were making fun of his Family, while he hears about it on his truck radio! ****

As "Chop-Top" Sawyer, (Bill Moseley), and others, spread terror, Lefty Enright, (the late Dennis Hopper), a Texas Ranger, wants revenge....When Leatherface falls in love with 'Stretch', (by rubbing his Chainsaw up and down her leg!), which got the movie banned in Australia, (until 2007!), it is up to Lefty to save her...before it's too late!

With Harlan Jordan, (as a Patrolman); Kirk Sisco, (as a Patrolman); James N. Harrell, (as The Cut-Rite Manager)-a victim; Lou Perryman, (as L.G. McPeters), (as Lou Perry); Judy Kelly, (as a "Gormet Yuppette", in the meat competition, with Drayton Sawyer; John Martin Ivey, (as a Yuppie); crime writer Kinky Friedman, (as a Sports Arnchorman who is killed by Leatherface); Wirt Cain, (as a Archorman who dies by Leatherface); Dan Jenkins, (as a T.V. Commentator-another victim of Leatherface); and John Bloom aka Joe Bob Briggs, (as a Gonzo Moviegoer), (scenes deleted); and Tobe Hooper, (as the Man in hotel corridor (uncredited)).

"TCM 2" is a good sequel, (with sfx and make up), by Tom Savini. Produced by Menahem Golen and Yoram Globus, and written by L M Kit Carson, it is good. Complete and uncut on DVD.

Followed by two sequels, two prequels, and a upcoming sequel in 2012.

3. The Gate (1987)

PG-13 | 85 min | Fantasy, Horror

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Kids, left home alone, accidentally unleashes a horde of malevolent, pint-sized demons from a mysterious hole in their suburban backyard.

Director: Tibor Takács | Stars: Stephen Dorff, Christa Denton, Louis Tripp, Kelly Rowan

Votes: 11,712 | Gross: $13.54M

"Demons in the backyard"....

"The Gate", (1987), is a low budget Canadian horror movie directed by Tibor Takács, and written by Michael Nankin. Starring a young Stephen Dorff, (as Glen); his girlfriend, Al, (Christa Denton); and best friend, Terrence 'Terry' Chandler, (Louis Tripp), all dig up their backyard gate, (and accidentilly), unleash demons....who intend to rule the World.... ****

"The Gate", is a teen friendly horror movie in the vein of "The Evil Dead", (1982); and "Night of the Demons", (1987). Also starring: a young Kelly Rowan, (as Lori Lee); Jennifer Irwin, (as Linda Lee-her sister); Ingrid Veninger, (as Paula); Sean Fagan, (as Eric); and Andrew Gunn, (as Brad), their other friends who become victims of the demons. ****

Starring: Deborah Glover, (as Glen's Mom); Scott Denton, (as Glen's Dad); Linda Goranson, (as the Mom of Terry); and Carl Kraines, (as a Workman who discovers The Gate, and falls victim too).

"The Gate" is one of the best teen horror movies from Canada. It spawned a sequel, and is complete and uncut from, on DVD.

4. A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)

R | 96 min | Action, Fantasy, Horror

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49 Metascore

A psychiatrist familiar with knife-wielding dream demon Freddy Krueger helps teens at a mental hospital battle the killer who is invading their dreams.

Director: Chuck Russell | Stars: Heather Langenkamp, Robert Englund, Craig Wasson, Patricia Arquette

Votes: 56,917 | Gross: $44.79M

"Freddy is back in your dreams....Don't dream, or He'll kill You"...

After the gay themed "Part 2", there was no "Nightmare" in 1986. Back then, if you wanted to be scared, everyone went to Camp Crystal Lake for "Friday the 13th: Part VI: Jason Lives"; and see Sigourney Weaver battling a Female Alien in James Cameron's "Aliens", while Jon Bon Jovi ruled rock music with "Livin' on a Prayer", and Wes Craven's "Deadly Friend", a robot/horror love story.... ****

By 1987, Wes Craven and Chuck Russell, (with Frank "Hell Night", 1981, Darabont), resurrected Freddy Krueger....In Part 3, Nancy Thompson, (Heather Lagenkamp), the survivor of Part 1, returns. Older, and wiser, she joins Dr. Neil Gordon, (Craig "Body Double, 1984) Wasson's therapy group for troubled teens, (where they all have nightmares of Freddy Kreuger, (Robert Englund)), who, after getting his revenge, has now other plans to kill the kids of Elm Street....especially since Nancy's Mom, (and others), burnt him in the hot furnace, years ago.... ****

Max, (Laurence Fishburne), (as Larry Fishburne), helps them out. He is like a Counsellor to the kids; he tries to calm their fears. Kristin Parker, (Patricia Arquette)-makes her debut, as a teen who mutilates herself, and has deep-set psychological issues; Roland Kincaid, (Ken Sagoes)-a black teen with a weird voice!; Joey, (Rodney Eastman)-who is seduced by a sexy Nurse, (in one of the most notorious scenes in NOES 3), only for him to be a victim of Freddy Kreuger); Taryn White, (a young Jennifer Rubin),-who has anger issues; Jennifer Caulfield, (Penelope Sudrow); Phillip, (Bradley Gregg)-whose arms are used by Kreuger to kill himself; Will Stanton, (Ira Heiden); Lorenzo, (Clayton Landey), and Elaine Parker, (Brooke Bundy), who use their superhero personas in their dreams to kill Freddy. But can they? ****

Nancy and Dr. Gordon, face opposition from Dr. Elizabeth Simms, (Priscilla Pointer), over the correct way to deal with the patients. They turn to Nancy's Father, Sheriff Thompson, (John Saxon), who helps Dr. Gordon go to a Orphanage, where a Nun tells them about Freddy's birth and his upbringing....Then, in a junkyard, skeletons arrive, and kill Thompson....

Can Dr. Gordon and Nancy stop Freddy?

With Wes Craven back as writer/producer, "NOES 3" is suspenseful, scary, and with a cameo by Zsa Zsa Gabor! The first 3 NOES movies are complete and uncut on DVD.

5. Deadly Friend (1986)

R | 91 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

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After his friend is killed by her abusive father, the new kid in town attempts to save her by implanting robotic microchips into her brain.

Director: Wes Craven | Stars: Matthew Labyorteaux, Kristy Swanson, Michael Sharrett, Anne Twomey

Votes: 5,557 | Gross: $8.99M


Ah, I watched this movie in Australian cinemas aged 13, (when it is M rated).

Wes Craven's 1986 horror movie, (his most underrated movie, since "Deadly Blessing, 1981), stars Matthew Laborteaux (December 8, 1966-), (Los Angeles, California, USA), as Paul, a shy boy obsessed with building robots...One day, he falls in love with Samantha Pringle, (Kirsty "Buffy the Vampire Slayer, 1992"; "Higher Learning, 1995, Swanson), who is abused by her violent father, Harry Pringle, (Richard Marcus). When he hits her so hard during a fight, she falls to downstairs, and is braindead. ****

Paul then saves her. Like Dr. Frankenstein, he implants a female robot named BB, (voiced by actor "Charles "NOES" Fleischer). But, things go wrong, (as they do). BB, (Samantha), goes on a rampage and murders people, including nasty neighbor, Jeannie Conway, (the late Anne "The Goonies", 1985 Twomey), who is beheaded by a basketball! Can she be stopped? ****

Tom 'Slime' Toomey, (Michael Sharrett); Carl, (Andrew Roperto); a Thief, (Robin Nuyen); a Angry Resident, (Frank Cavestani); Sergeant Volchek, (Lee Paul); and a Deputy, (Joel Hile), who investigate the murders; and Russ Marin, (as Dr. Johanson); Merritt Olsen, (as a CAT Scan Technician); and William H. Faeth, (as William H. Faeth M.D), (as a Doctor in Sam's room).

Wes Craven's "Deadly Friend" is a good movie, that is on DVD complete and uncut from

6. Razorback (1984)

R | 95 min | Horror, Thriller

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A vicious wild boar terrorizes the Australian outback. The first victim is a small child who is killed. The child's granddad is brought to trial for killing the child but acquitted. The ... See full summary »

Director: Russell Mulcahy | Stars: Gregory Harrison, Arkie Whiteley, Bill Kerr, Chris Haywood

Votes: 4,361 | Gross: $0.15M

"The Pig"....

Russell Mulcahy's debut "Razorback", (1984), stars US actor Gregory Harrison, (as Carl Winters), a TV Journalist, who investigates the death of a Mother's son, blamed on Jake Cullen, (the late Bill Hunter), who gets off, much to the displeasure of a Lawyer, (Peter Schwarz), (as Peter Schwartz), as the Counsel, (Alan Becher), (as Alan Beecher)-are not happy, as the Magistrate, (Redmond Phillips), makes his ruling. ****

Carl's wife, Beth, (Judy Morris), is concerned. He then teams up with Farmer, (Arkie Whiteley), to get the truth---a huge, Razorback, (a giant Boar)---is on the rampage....As Benny Baker, (Chris Haywood); his brother Dicko Baker, (David Argue); Danny, (John Howard)-(not the former Australian PM); Turner, (John Ewart); Wallace, (Don Smith); Andy, (Mervyn Drake); and another Farmer, (Rick Kennedy), are attacked, can Carl save everyone? ****

Based on the novel by Peter Brennan, (who scripted with Everett De Roche), and produced by Hal McElroy, and music by Icehouse's Iva Davies, "Razorback", is Australia's answer to "Jaws", (1975).

On DVD complete and uncut.

7. Gremlins (1984)

PG | 106 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

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70 Metascore

A boy inadvertently breaks three important rules concerning his new pet and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town.

Director: Joe Dante | Stars: Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, Hoyt Axton, John Louie

Votes: 162,276 | Gross: $148.17M

"Follow the rules, or else...."

It's Christmas time in China. American inventor/tourist Randall Peltzer, (Hoyt Axton), is slightly eccentric, yet not insane. He enters a Chinese shop, where he looks around. Suddenly, he hears strange singing. And, as he heads towards a cage, Mr. Wing, (Keye Luke), warns him not to lift the cover....He explains that a Gremlin is inside, (a evil creature). Taken aback, he is upset that his son, Billy, (Zack Galligan), won't get a present. When Mr. Wing is out, his Grandson, (John Louie), gives him the caged Gremlin, but tells him 3 rules: No water; no feeding after midnight; no sunlight, (Gremlins hate it!). He nods; he then heads home to Kingston Falls, where everyone is holiday shopping; everyone is celebrating the holiday season. ****

Billy, (who works as a Bank Clerk), has to deal with irate customers. His girlfriend, Kate Beringer, (Pheobe Cates), works at the local drinking hole. When he comes home, his father gives him his present: the creature is cute at first. But, when it sees a bright light, Billy's dad turns the lights off. Quote: "Bright light, bright light", unquote. It then sings. Billy laughs and calls it "Mogwai". His father explains the 3 rules. One night, (for weird reasons), Billy falls asleep. Tired, he spills water on Mogwai, (by accident); Mogwai screams and changes into nasty Gremlins, led by Spike, (who has a punky spike across his head!), who, with 5 other Gremlins, wreak havoc on the Town: including knocking on doors of peoples' houses and singing Christmas carols; scaring a little girl, (Susan Burgess); affecting the wheelchair of Mrs. Joe Harris, (Belinda "Pirahna" 1978) Balanski); Murray Futterman, (Dick "Pirahna", 1978 Miller); and Donald Elson, (as a Man on the Street), and Billy's Mom is attacked, who are victims of the Gremlins' antics. ****

When the Gremlins get drunk, and enjoy the cinemas, can Sheriff Frank, (Scott Brady), save the Town? ****

With Corey "F13 4 and 5" Feldman, (as Pete Fountaine-Billy's friend); Arnie Moore, (as Alex); Don Steele, (as Rockin' Ricky Rialto (voice)); Harry Carey Jr., (as Mr. Anderson); and Polly Holliday, (as Ruby Deagle).

In end, Mr. Wing arrives at Billy's house and takes Mogwai back home.

Followed by a sequel in 1990.

"Gremlins" is funny, scary, and brilliant!

Written by Chris Columbus, produced by Steven Spielberg. On DVD from

8. The Stepfather (1987)

R | 89 min | Horror, Thriller

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After murdering his entire family, a man remarries a widow with a teenage daughter in another town and prepares to do it all over again.

Director: Joseph Ruben | Stars: Terry O'Quinn, Jill Schoelen, Shelley Hack, Charles Lanyer

Votes: 10,175 | Gross: $2.49M

"Daddy's home!"....

Joseph Ruben's "The Stepfather", (1987), (written by Donald E. Westlake), is an intense psychological horror thriller, about Jerry Blake, (Terry "Stephen King's Silver Bullet", 1985; "Lost" tv show) O'Quinn, a man whose past is murky. He marries women, and divorcees, (with children). And, if they get on his nerves, (especially since he sings a particular tune), he goes insane, and murders them with his sharp butcher knife. ****

In another town, he marries Susan, (Shelley Hack), who has a teenage daughter, Stephanie, (Jill "When a Stranger Calls Back", 1993) Schoelen. At first, everything is fine...But, when things falls apart, The Stepfather resorts to terror to kill Susan and Stephanie off; and anyone else off. ****

Lt. Jack Wall, (Blu Mankuma), investigates Jerry. Finding his behavior disturbing, be traces a long list of family related murders; he knows that his new family are in big trouble. ****

Jim Ogilvie, (Stephen Shellen), tries to be close to Susan; Dorothy Rinehard, (Gabrielle Rose); Al Brennan, (Stephen E. Miller); Karen, (Robyn Stevan); Paul Baker, (Jeff Schultz); an Art Teacher, (Lindsay Bourne)-who is concerned about Stephanie's welfare at school; Mrs. Leitner, (Anna Hagan)-who is scared of Jerry; Annie Barnes, (Gillian Barber); Mr. Chesterton, (Jackson Davies); and a Receptionist, (Sandra Head).

"The Stepfather" is one of the best horror/thrillers of the late 1980's. It spawned 2 sequels and was re-made in 2009.

It is on DVD complete and uncut from

9. Sorority House Massacre (1986)

R | 74 min | Horror

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College student Beth and her sorority sisters are stalked by an escaped psychopathic killer who shares a strange telepathic link with her.

Director: Carol Frank | Stars: Angela O'Neill, Wendy Martel, Pamela Ross, Nicole Rio

Votes: 1,961

"Sorority! Die! Die!"....

When Beth, (Angela O'Neil), was a girl, her brother Larry, (Robert Axelrod), (as Axel Roberts), murdered their family; Beth survived. Years later, she's at College; she's at a Sorority. Now, her brother's back, (after being in a Mental Institution, mirroring "John Carpenter's Halloween", 1978), as he goes after her, and her friends: Linda, (Wendy Martel); Sara, (Pamela Ross); Tracy, (Nicole Rio); Bobby, (John C. Russell); John, (Vinnie Bilancio); Craig, (Joe Nassi),-as some of the girls' boyfriends; Det. Gilbert, (Fitz Houston), (as Fitzhough Huston), tries to stop the killer; Mary Anne, (as Mrs. Lawrence); Gillian Frank, (as Dr. Lindsey)-the writer/director's sister; Joseph Mansier, (as a Technician); Marsha L. Carter, (as a Nurse), (as Marsha Carter); and lastly, Maureen Hawkes, (as the Professor).

"Sorority House Massacre", (1986), is a mid-1980's slasher movie, that is complete and uncut on DVD. By having shades of better horror movies, it is nothing new---but it is worth your time.

10. Cheerleader Camp (1988)

R | 89 min | Comedy, Horror, Thriller

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A group of cheerleaders become the targets of an unknown killer at a remote summer camp.

Director: John Quinn | Stars: Betsy Russell, Leif Garrett, Lucinda Dickey, Lorie Griffin

Votes: 2,475

"Pom Poms...bloody pom poms!"

Producer/Director John Quinn's "Cheerleader Camp", (1988), aka "Bloody Pom Poms", is a b horror movie classic. WELCOME TO CAMP HURRAH, where the new Cheerleaders are getting more than cheers; they're getting killed by a killer. ****

Betsy "Private School"; "Avenging Angel" Russell, stars at Angela Wentworth, who is at the Camp, and enjoying her time there...Until she has quote, "Visions of death", unquote...Her boyfriend, Brent Hoover, (Leif Garrett), is eyeing other girls, like Theresa Salazar, (Playboy's Rebecca Ferratti)-who spends most of the movie naked; Pamela Bently, (porn star Teri Weigel)-her friend-who is also naked, as they fool around with the guys and showing off their breasts; and Suzy, Penthouse Pet's (Krista Pflanzer)---join the girls too...while Cory Foster, (Lucinda "Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo" Dickey), as the Head Cheerleader, who maybe a killer, and takes advantage of Alison's nightmares-by having people think she's the killer.... ****

When Timmy Moser, (Travis McKenna), and his girlfriend, (Katheryn Litton), make out, more girls die, before they reach their potential as Cheerleaders. Miss Tipton, (Vickie Benson), the Head of Camp Hurrah, wants results, little does she know, that the cheerleaders' numbers are dwindling....Sheriff Poucher, (Jeff Prettyman); Chief Ronnie, (William Johnson), (as William Johnson Sr.); a Detective, (Craig Piligian); and a Assistant Detective, (Tommy Habeeb), (as Tom Habeeb), who try and find the killer. ****

With Pop, (George 'Buck' Flower), (as Buck Flower), who attempts to find out what is going on, and save the Camp Cheerleaders; and Lorie Reed, (as Bonnie Griffin), one of the other Cheerleaders.

"Cheerleader Camp" is a late 1980's slasher gem: with sex; violence; T&A; and sexy cheerleders! What more can you ask for?

It is complete and uncut on DVD from


11. Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (1985)

R | 92 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

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Still haunted by his past, Tommy Jarvis - who, as a child, killed Jason Voorhees - wonders if the serial killer is connected to a series of brutal murders occurring in and around the secluded halfway house where he now lives.

Director: Danny Steinmann | Stars: Melanie Kinnaman, John Shepherd, Anthony Barrile, Suzanne Bateman

Votes: 25,922 | Gross: $21.93M

"Imposter comes to Camp Crystal Lake"....

I can't see what's wrong with this sequel. Writers Martin Kitrosser, Danny Steinmann, (director), and David Cohen, took "F13 Part V" into a new way forward, (after Jason Voorhees ((Ted White)) was killed by Tommy Jarvis, (Corey Feldman), in the finale of Part IV. Or did he?....

Tommy Jarvis, (Feldman), is having a nightmare. Two losers, enter the cemetery where Jason is buried. A storm is brewing, then Jason murders the kids, puts his famous Hockey Mask on, and stalks Tommy again...Or did he?...END OF PROLOGUE.... ****

Tommy, (John Shepard), is now 17. He is now part of a Camp for Troubled Teens, led by Matthew Letter, (Richard Young), the Head Camp Counsellor; and Pam Roberts, (Melanie Kinnaman), the Assistant Camp Counsellor. A black caretaker named George, (Vernon Washington), oversees the kids, while looking after his Grandson Reggie, (Shavar "Diff'rent Strokes" Ross), who likes to play with ghoulish things; Tommy is scared by Reggie's fake spider. But, soon, he comes around....eventually, as his older roommate. ****

Joey, (Dominick Brascia), a overweight teen, is like a long list of dorks at Camp Crystal Lake. He is unpopular. He raises the ire of the girls: Robin, (Juliette Cummins); Violet, (Tiffany Helm),-who looks like a cross between Madonna and Cyndi Lauper. But Duke, (Caskey Swaim), is into the girls. One day, without any warning, Victor J. Faden, (the late Mark Venturini), murders him with an axe...After the shocking murder, Sheriff Cal Tucker, (Marco St. John), arrives and, as he is taken away, (with Joey's bloodied body), as everyone breaks down and cries, he tells Matthew and Pamela off for all the issues the Camp has brought on them---mainly bad.... ****

The next day, at breakfast, Tommy is picked on because of his dealing with Jason Voorhees. When he tries to kill one of the teens for bullying, Matthew steps in and calms him down. He tells everyone off, as the good intentions of helping troubled youth goes down the toilet. ****

One of the paramedics, (the father of the murdered Joey), Roy, (Dick Wieand), reads about Jason Voorhees and the murders at Camp Blood. Consumed with grief, then rage, he pretends to be Jason, and gets his revenge for his son's death. ****

Near the camp, Ethel Hubbard, (Carol Locatell), serves her none too smart son, Junior Hubbard, (Ron Sloan). When "Jason" kills them, he heads into town, where he murders a Nurse called Lana, (Rebecca Wood), (as Rebecca Wood-Sharkey), and her date, Les, (Curtis Conaway)....After the murders in town, Roy, (the killer), heads back to Camp, where he murders Pete, (Corey Parker), and his friend Vinnie, (Anthony Barrile)....While Neil, (Todd Bryant)-who stutters, try to make a move on Violet. But, when she fobs him off, he sulks away. Reggie then meets his older brother, Demon, (Miguel A. Núñez Jr.), (as Miguel Nunez, Jr.), and his girlfriend, Anita, (Jere Fields), (as Jeré Fields). In a funny scene, Demon eats too much beans!, and goes to the outside restroom. When Jason rocks the restroom, Demon tells Anita off...Then Roy as "Jason" kills Demon; Anita says, quote, "Hey baby! Hey, baby!", unquote, but, she is killed too. ****

At Camp, Tina, (Debi Sue Voorhees), (as DebiSue Voorhees), and Raymond, (Sonny Shields), are killed too. And, as Matthew, Pamela, and Reggie, (whose Grandfather also dies), sees dead bodies in the camp, they think that Tommy is the killer. Tommy flees. Matthew is killed in the woods, leaving Pamela and Reggie alone...Tommy rescues them, as Roy is in the cabin. After a huge battle, Roy is killed in a scary finale. ****

In Hospital, Tommy is taken away, as Deputy Dodd, (Richard Lineback); Second Deputy, (Eddie Matthews), (as Ed Shinstine); and Third Deputy, (Chuck Wells), clean the mess up....Tommy, (who sees Jason all the time), imagines Pamela entering the Hospital, and he kills her, (but it is a dream). Pamela heads past a Nurse Yates/Receptionist, (Suzanne Bateman), and sees Tommy in his room. When she leaves, he places the Hockey Mask of Jason Voorhees on, and smashes his Hospital room, and escapes.

With Ric Mancini, (as Mayor Cobb), who lays down the law to everyone, by saying Jason Voorhees is dead. Or is he?

"Friday the 13th: Part V: A New Beginning" is an underrated sequel. And is complete and uncut on DVD.

12. Dead & Buried (1981)

R | 94 min | Horror, Mystery

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A suspense horror film set in a small coastal town where, after a series of gory murders commited by mobs of townspeople against visiting tourists, the corpses begin to come back to life.

Director: Gary Sherman | Stars: James Farentino, Melody Anderson, Jack Albertson, Dennis Redfield

Votes: 7,960 | Gross: $0.22M

"Zombies will get you"...

POTTERS BLUFF, RHODE ISLAND. A place that travellers shouldn't go-less you're killed and made into a Zombie, thanks to William G. Dobbs, (Jack "Willy Wonka" Albertson). When Sheriff Dan Gillis, (James Farentino), investigates, a hitchhiker, (Lisa Marie), Ron, (Dennis Redfield), are murdered, then ressurected. Harry, (Robert "NOES" Englund); Janet Gillis, (Melody Anderson)-the Sheriff's wife; a Doctor, (Joseph G. Medalis), (as Joseph Medalis), conspire to kill everyone: Lisa Blount, (as a Girl on the Beach victim); and Nurse Lisa, who kills victim with a syringe; Nancy Locke, (as Linda), (as Nancy Locke Hauser); Bill Quinn, (as Ernie); Micheal Currie, (as Herman); Christopher Allport, (as George Le Moyne, a victim), and Freddy, one of the killers; Macon McCalman, (as Ben); Estelle Omens, (as Betty); and Barry Corbin, "Wargames", 1983, (as Phil).

"Dead & Buried" is complete and uncut on DVD.

Directed by Gary "Dead and Alive", 1986; "Poltergeist III", 1988, Sherman.

13. Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI (1986)

R | 86 min | Horror, Thriller

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Tommy Jarvis goes to the graveyard to get rid of Jason Voorhees' body once and for all, but inadvertently brings him back to life instead. The newly revived killer once again seeks revenge, and Tommy may be the only one who can defeat him.

Director: Tom McLoughlin | Stars: Thom Mathews, Jennifer Cooke, David Kagen, Kerry Noonan

Votes: 29,398 | Gross: $19.47M

"Jason is alive! No imposters!"

After everyone rejected Part V, writer/director Tom McLoughlin's "Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI", (1986), with a soundtrack by Alice Cooper!, stars Thom "Night of the Living Dead Part II" Mathews, as Tommy Jarvis, (replacing John Shepard), who sees two idiots who open up Jason Voorhees's, (C J Graham), grave. After a lightning strike, Jason's grave explodes; Jason, (covered in dirt, grime, and worms), opens his eyes, and armed with his trusty machete, kills the two guys; Tommy flees, as Jason puts his Hockey Mask on, and he does a horror version of James Bond!, as the CREDITS START.... ****

Tommy Jarvis has been away. Camp Crystal Lake has been changed to "Camp Forest Green", on orders of Sheriff Michael Garris, (David Kagan), whose teen daughter, Megan, (Jennifer Cooke), is a Head Camp Counsellor, at a nearby summer camp. When Tommy bursts into the Police Station, saying Jason Voorhees is back, the Sheriff, armed with his rifle, puts him in a jail cell. Megan fools the Deputy Sheriff, (Vincent Guastaferro), by releasing Tommy. Three Paintballers: Roy, (Whitney Rydbeck); Martin, (Bob Larkin); and Burt, (Wallace Merck), are victims of Jason, in one of Part VI's most violent murders; Annette, (Cynthia Kania); and her boyfriend, Steven, (Roger Rose), are lost near the camp. When they see Jason, Steven tries to tell him off; Jason kills them both. ****

Megan, her best friend, Sissy Baker, (Renee Jones), a black girl; Nikki, (Darcy DeMoss); her boyfriend Cort, (Tom Fridley); Darren, (Tony "Ghost", 1990, Goldwyn); and his girlfriend Lisbeth, (Nancy McLaughlin)-the director's daughter; Nancy, (Courtney Vickery); Paula, (Kerry Noonan); and Allen Hawes, (Ron Palillo), all try and deal with a lot of kids at the camp. A little girl, (Temi Epstein); little boy, (Taras O'Har); Billy, (Justin Nowell); Tyen, (Thomas Nowell), (as Tommy Nowell); a boy Stan, (Matthew Faison); and Larry, (Alan Blumenfeld), are terrorised, and killed by Jason, in different areas, (including a van!). A Blind Man, (Valentino Curati), is a victim, as well as a Drunk. Tommy and Megan arrive at the camp to kill Jason. When Jason kills The Sheriff; and Officer Pappas, (Michael Swan), Tommy battles Jason on a fiery boat, chains him, and drowns him in the water....Is Jason dead? And is this is the end of Tommy Jarvis? In end, Jason is dead and Tommy survives, and heads to Megan, and, making sure the kids are safe, (after Jason murders everyone), they leave the camp. But Jason isn't dead.... ****

"Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI", is one of the best "F13" movies. It is complete and uncut on DVD.

14. Re-Animator (1985)

Unrated | 105 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

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A dedicated student at a medical college and his girlfriend become involved in bizarre experiments centering around the re-animation of dead tissue when an odd new student arrives on campus.

Director: Stuart Gordon | Stars: Jeffrey Combs, Bruce Abbott, Barbara Crampton, David Gale

Votes: 45,261 | Gross: $2.02M

Herbert West has a head...And one head on a table....

Based on the 38 page short story by H P Lovecraft, director Stuart Gordon, and writer, Dennis Paoli, stars Jeffrey Combs as Dr. Herbert West, MD, who works in a Hospital, where Dr. Carl Hill MD, (David Gale), is working on a syringe that is used to re-animate dead corpses.... ****

A Swiss Professor, (Ian "Dolls", 1987 Patrick Williams); Dr. Gruber, (Al Berry), want in on the scheme. When a Melvin, who is Re-animated, (Peter Kent), causes trouble, he attacks a Psycho Ward Guard, (James Ellis), as two Swiss Policemen, (Derek Pendleton and Gene Scherer), try and stop him. ****

A Swiss doctor, (Bunny Summers); a Nurse, (Barbara Pieters); Dr. Harrod, (Carolyn Purdy-Gordon)-the director's wife; while Megan Halsey, (Barbara "From Beyond", 1986, Crampton), who is scared about her husband Dean Alan Halsey, (Robert Sampson), who has dealings with Dr. West. ****

With Gerry Black, as Mace (Miskatonic security guard). Can Dr. Herbert West be stopped?

"Re-Animator" mixes humor, blood and gore. And makes H P Lovecraft happy.

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15. Jaws 3-D (1983)

PG | 99 min | Adventure, Horror, Thriller

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27 Metascore

The sons of police chief Brody must protect customers at a SeaWorld theme park after a thirty-five-foot shark becomes trapped in the park with them.

Director: Joe Alves | Stars: Dennis Quaid, Bess Armstrong, Simon MacCorkindale, Louis Gossett Jr.

Votes: 31,701 | Gross: $45.52M

"The Shark!"....

Back in 1983, Joe Alves's "Jaws 3D", splashed into cinemas! Written by Richard Matheson, they had issues. Nonetheless, the movie stars Dennis Quaid, (as Mike Brody), and his brother Sean, (John Putch), who work at Sea World in Florida, where Calvin Brouchard, (Louis Gossett, Jr), owns a new Aquarium, called "The Undersea Kingdom". With the help of British photographer, Phillip Fitzroyce, (the late Simon McCorkindale), are looking forward to its Grand Opening. ****

Mike and Sean are mourning their father's passing, while their Mom is away. Mike's girlfriend, Katheryn Morgan, (Bess Armstrong), the Senior Scientist, who works with Cindy and Sandy, two dolphins; Sean's girlfriend, Kelly Ann Bukowski, (Lea "Back to the Future" movies, Thompson), all get along, (Mike and Katheryn steal's Sean's Cowboy hat, as he and Kelly make out, in a funny scene!). But, when a baby shark is found dead, her 35 foot Mom shark, plans revenge, by killing Shelby Overman, (Harry Grant), who's stuck in a grille, under water. ****

As a group of Sea World performers perform, a giant shark appears and kills people.

FitzRoyce, his friend Jack Tate, (P.H. Moriarty), Mike, and everyone, try and stop the shark, who arrives and terrorises a tour group and guide, (P.T. Horn)...then hits the glass...but not before Mike destroys the Mom shark.... ****

With: Dan Blasko ... Dan Liz Morris ... Liz Lisa Maurer ... Ethel Andy Hansen ... Silver Bullet John Edson ... Bob Woodbury (as John Edson Jr.) Kaye Stevens ... Mrs. Kellender.

"Jaws 3D" is a good horror movie, "Jaws: The Revenge", (1987), is terrible.

Complete and uncut on DVD.

16. The Blob (1988)

R | 95 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

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Remake of the 1958 sci-fi horror classic about a deadly blob from another planet which consumes everything in its path. Teenagers attempt without success to warn the townspeople, who refuse to take them seriously.

Director: Chuck Russell | Stars: Shawnee Smith, Kevin Dillon, Donovan Leitch Jr., Jeffrey DeMunn

Votes: 25,605 | Gross: $8.25M

"Scream your last breath"....

Chuck Russell's re-make of "The Blob", (1988), based on the low budget 1958 movie with Steve McQueen....With the help of writer, (later director Frank Darabont), "The Blob", stars Kevin "Entourage" Dillon, as Brian Flagg, a man who heads to town. A bad boy, he hooks up with Meg Penny, (Shawnee "Saw" Smith), a teen who lives in a town that soon is about to be sucked into The Blob, (an alien thing that strikes her town from Outer Space).

When a old man is attacked by the Blob, (his arm is covered in it), Brian and Meg take him to Hospital, but soon he dies. Brian is blamed by Sheriff Herb Geller, (Jeffrey "The Hitcher", 1986 De Munn). But he isn't to blame; Dr. Meddows, (Joe Seneca), attempts to shut down the town, (as he, and others), wear protective suits. But, are they to blame for the Blob arriving to town? ****

Brian and Meg's friend, Paul Taylor, (Donovan Leitch), attempts to help out...When Fran Hewitt, (Candy "Amityville 3d, 1983) Clark is attacked, Deputy Bill Briggs, (Paul Mc Clane); Soldier #2, (Bill "TCM 2", 1986, Moseley; Jennings, (Robert Axelrod); Scott Jeske, (Ricky Paull Goldin); Richard Anthony Crenna, (as Richard Crenna, Jr.), (as Soldier outside the Town Hall), and others..... ****

When The Blob attacks footballers and Theatre patrons, and other places, can anyone stop it?

"The Blob" is smart, scary, and complete and uncut on DVD from

Re-made again in 2011.

17. Psycho III (1986)

R | 93 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

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Norman Bates falls in love with a fallen nun who stays at the Bates Motel alongside a drifter and a curious reporter. Meanwhile, "mother" is still watching.

Director: Anthony Perkins | Stars: Anthony Perkins, Diana Scarwid, Jeff Fahey, Roberta Maxwell

Votes: 10,244 | Gross: $14.48M

"Mother is off her rocker again"....

Director and star Anthony Perkins, (Norman Bates), is back in The Bates Motel. He is still mad; he is still....Psycho. When a helps a young girl, he hires a man called Duane Duke, Jeff Fahey, (whose behavior is not good). When a female Journalist, Maureen Coyle, (Diana Scarwid), tries to learn about Norman's dark secrets, murder and mayhem ensue. ****

I wanted to see this in 1986, aged 13, but had to see the late comedian Rodney Dangerfield's "Back to School", because of the "R" rating. Oh well...I do have all 4 "Psycho" movies in a Box Set! ****

"Psycho III" is an interesting slasher movie. Written by Charles "The Fly, 1986" Pogue, Anthony Perkins showed he was a competent director, but not in Sir Alfred Hitchcock's league....

Starring: Roberta Maxwell ... Tracy Venable Hugh Gillin ... Sheriff John Hunt Lee Garlington ... Myrna Robert Alan Browne ... Ralph Statler Gary Bayer ... Father Brian Patience Cleveland ... Sister Margaret Juliette Cummins ... Red Steve Guevara ... Deputy Leo.

18. Phenomena (1985)

R | 116 min | Horror, Mystery

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A young girl, with an amazing ability to communicate with insects, is transferred to an exclusive Swiss boarding school, where her unusual capability might help solve a string of murders.

Director: Dario Argento | Stars: Jennifer Connelly, Donald Pleasence, Daria Nicolodi, Fiore Argento

Votes: 18,237

"Power....can kill"....

Dario Argento's "Phenomena", (1984), is a personal favorite of his. Until recently 30 minutes of the movie was excised, because of graphic violence, and released under "Creepers". Luckily, under the original title, "Phenomena" on DVD, (complete and uncut), we can see this great movie, in its glory. ****

Jennifer Corvino, (Jennifer "Labyrinth", 1986 Connolly), is an American student attending a Swiss boarding school in the Alps. She loves entymology, and is friends with Scottish bug man, Dr. John McGregor, (the late Donald "Halloween" Pleasance), who has a pet Monkey, who is handy with a long, straight razor.... ****

The girls: Fausta Avelli ... Schoolgirl Marta Biuso ... Schoolgirl Sophie Bourchier, all pick on Jennifer. But, she uses her powers to make sure that they can't harm her. Yet, a killer is on the loose, who uses brutality against his/her victims. Who is it? Is it the school Headmistress, (Dalila Di Lazzaro); or Frau Brückner, (Daria Nicolodi)-Argento's wife? When Inspector Rudolf Geiger, (Patrick Bauchau), and Kurt, (Michele Soavi), investigate, his life is put into danger, as more schoolgirls, including: Fiore Argento, (Argento's daughter) ... Vera Brandt Federica Mastroianni ... Sophie Fiorenza Tessari ... Gisela Sulzer, are killed off. ****

With: Mario Donatone, (as Morris Shapiro); Francesca Ottaviani, (as a Nurse); and Franco Trevisi, (as a Real Estate Agent). ****

When Dr. McGregor dies, Jennifer is left to look after the Chimp, when she finds the killer, that leads to a violent, scary finale.

"Phenomena" is a great horror movie from Italy's grand master.

19. April Fool's Day (1986)

R | 89 min | Horror, Mystery

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Nine college students staying at a friend's remote island mansion begin to fall victim to an unseen murderer over the April Fool's Day weekend.

Director: Fred Walton | Stars: Deborah Foreman, Griffin O'Neal, Clayton Rohner, Jay Baker

Votes: 11,644 | Gross: $12.95M

"The Joke is on YOU"

After producer Frank Mancuso was "Associate Producer" on "Friday the 13th Part II", (1981), and produced "F13 III-D-V", (1982-5), he took a break from Camp Crystal Lake, and with writer Danilo Bach, and director Fred "When a Stranger Calls", (1979); "When a Stranger Calls Back", (1993), Walton, made a joke, (pun intended), slasher movie called "April Fools Day", (re-made badly in 2008, like "Prom Night" re-make in 2008). ****

Muffy St. John, (Deborah Foreman), is having a gathering of friends on her private Island, owned by her parents. As a Ferryman, (Lloyd Berry), is impatient to go, a group of teens arrive: Harvey, (Jay Baker); Clara, (Pat Barlow); Nikki, (Deborah Goodwich)-(Deborah was a popular girls name for 1980's actresses!); Buck, (Rob Nomad); Skip, (Griffin O'Neal); Arch, (Thomas F. "Back to the Future", 1985, Wilson); and latecomers, Rob, (Ken Olandt); and his girlfriend Kit, (Amy "Friday the 13th Part II", 1981, Steel), who get out the car, yell at the Ferryman, and arrive-in time. ****

Suddenly Arch is killed underneath the ferry. His dead body lying in the water. Was it a prank? Or murder? ****

Soon Muffy plays pranks on everyone, from a Whoopee Cushion, and other comedy offerings. But, while the joke's on people, people begin to disappear-and die. People are found in a well; people are found in other areas of the Island. Kit and Rob wonder what is going on, then they try and get to the Truth-Muffy's sister, Buffy is psychotic, is she a killer? Or is she playing a huge prank on everyone...including them? ****

"April Fools Day" is a late 1980's slasher classic, that is on DVD, complete and uncut.

20. The Fly (1986)

R | 96 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

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79 Metascore

A brilliant but eccentric scientist begins to transform into a giant man/fly hybrid after one of his experiments goes horribly wrong.

Director: David Cronenberg | Stars: Jeff Goldblum, Geena Davis, John Getz, Joy Boushel

Votes: 132,707 | Gross: $40.46M

"Be afraid...Very afraid"....

Seth Brundle, (Jeff "Jurassic Park", 1993), Goldblum, is a scientist who builds a teleportation machine. When Veronica Quaife, (Geena Davis), a Journalist, falls in love with him, everything is fine....One night, he uses the device on himself....until a stray fly enters the machine...and mixes its DNA with his.... ****

When Stathis Borans, (John Getz), Seth's rival, tries to get the machine first, he vies for the attention of Veronica...As the machine opens, the Seth/Fly creature arrives, and upon first viewing, it's a shocking sight: It is like Seth has AIDS, (swollen sores on his face, body; swollen limbs; swollen legs; swollen everywhere). Seth stares into the mirror. His teeth and hair fall out; his body is changing, as the disease spreads...And, to make things worse, Veronica, (after making out with Seth before the accident), is pregnant! ****

When her Gynecologist, (David Cronenberg), tells her the news, she's happy. But when she sees the Seth/Fly, she's horrified; she is revolted; but she loves him. ****

Dr. Brent Cheevers, (Leslie Carlson), (as Les Carlson); a 2nd Man in the Bar, (Michael Copeman)-whom Seth sees while drowning his sorrows about the news of the disease; Marky, (George Chuvalo); a Nurse, (Carol Lazare); and a Clark, (Shawn Hewitt), are all victims and/or people who are scared of....The Fly. ****

When Stathis Borans tries to kill the Seth/Fly, it takes over Seth and kills people: fly mucous sprays; fly gunk flies; and horror that is hard to take for some viewers, is a result, leading to a finale, that sets up for a insipid sequel "The Fly II", (directed by Chris Walas), in 1989. Walas won an Academy Award for the make up and sfx. Written by Charles Edward Pogue, ("Psycho III"), and co-written by David Cronenberg, "The Fly" is the first writing collaberation for him. "The Fly" is intense, romantic, gory....And an indictment on AIDS and other life threatening diseases, that is now part of everyday, late 20th and 21st Century lifes.... ****

Complete and uncut on DVD from