Baltimore WNUV 54 Nightmare Theater Playlist

by bfomara | created - 21 Jan 2012 | updated - 10 Oct 2017 | Public

If you grew up in Maryland during the late 80's to mid 90's you might be familiar with channel 54's Saturday afternoon line up of Black Belt Theater at 12pm, followed by Nightmare Theater at 2pm. Lots of Marylanders, like myself, were exposed to these movies at a very young age and feel very nostalgic about them today. The following is a list of movies I can recall viewing on Nightmare Theater:

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

R | 86 min | Horror, Thriller

30 Metascore

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: 31,479 | Gross: $19.47M

I feel like they played this at least once month on average. In fact, I clearly remember instances of it being played back to back weeks.

2. Howling II: ... Your Sister Is a Werewolf (1985)

R | 91 min | Horror, Thriller

A young man whose sister was murdered by werewolves helps an investigator track down a gang of the monsters through the United States and Europe.

Director: Philippe Mora | Stars: Christopher Lee, Annie McEnroe, Reb Brown, Marsha A. Hunt

Votes: 5,444

This was also broadcasted quite frequently. As a child, I enjoyed watching the end of this film on cable television for the exploitation of Sybil Danning's awesome rack. There really is no point as to why they continuously loop a clip of her ripping off her top except for the fact that sex sells.

I actually met her at a horror convention around the year 2007 and complimented her on the awesomeness of her rack in this movie. I am glad to say that she took my compliment very well.

3. Silver Bullet (1985)

R | 95 min | Horror

26 Metascore

A werewolf terrorizes a small city where lives the paralytic Marty Coslaw, his uncle, and his sister, the story's narrator.

Director: Daniel Attias | Stars: Gary Busey, Everett McGill, Corey Haim, Megan Follows

Votes: 20,013 | Gross: $5.40M

...was broadcasted a lot

4. The Lost Boys (1987)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Horror

63 Metascore

After moving to a new town, two brothers discover that the area is a haven for vampires.

Director: Joel Schumacher | Stars: Jason Patric, Corey Haim, Dianne Wiest, Barnard Hughes

Votes: 107,369 | Gross: $32.22M

...broadcasted a ton

5. Creepshow 2 (1987)

R | 92 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

39 Metascore

Three more bone-chilling tales that include a vengeful wooden Native American, a monstrous blob in a lake, and a hitchhiker who wants revenge and will not die.

Director: Michael Gornick | Stars: George Kennedy, Lois Chiles, Domenick John, Tom Savini

Votes: 18,713 | Gross: $14.00M

...broadcasted like all the time

6. Howling V: The Rebirth (1989)

R | 96 min | Horror

A group of strangers visit an ancient Hungarian castle and bring along a werewolf.

Director: Neal Sundstrom | Stars: Phil Davis, Victoria Catlin, Elizabeth Shé, Ben Cole

Votes: 2,018

this one started out on NMT but in the mid-nineties WNUV expanded their horror movie lineup to include "Creature Feature" from 4pm-6pm. I clearly remember this time slot mostly alternating between Howling V and The Fly every week.

7. The Fly (1986)

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

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: 139,438 | Gross: $40.46M

started out on NMT, then migrated to Creature Feature.

8. Terror Out of the Sky (1978 TV Movie)

97 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

This TV sequel to "The Savage Bees" features more rampaging insects. This time a marching band and a school bus get in the path of the bees.

Director: Lee H. Katzin | Stars: Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Dan Haggerty, Tovah Feldshuh, Lonny Chapman

Votes: 286

Hard to believe that they played this one. It was probably the most obscure.

9. TerrorVision (1986)

R | 83 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

A family's new satellite TV system starts receiving signals from another planet, and soon it becomes the passageway to an alien world.

Director: Ted Nicolaou | Stars: Diane Franklin, Mary Woronov, Gerrit Graham, Chad Allen

Votes: 5,184 | Gross: $0.32M

10. Ghost Town (1988)

R | 85 min | Action, Horror, Western

A modern-day deputy tracks an abducted girl to a ghost town, and the spirits of the past who took her.

Directors: Richard McCarthy, Mac Ahlberg | Stars: Franc Luz, Catherine Hickland, Jimmie F. Skaggs, Penelope Windust

Votes: 966

11. Evilspeak (1981)

R | 97 min | Drama, Horror

An outcast military cadet taps into a way to summon demons and cast spells on his tormentors through his computer.

Director: Eric Weston | Stars: Clint Howard, R.G. Armstrong, Joe Cortese, Claude Earl Jones

Votes: 2,691

12. The Pit (1981)

R | 96 min | Horror, Mystery

A solitary and strange preteen boy wreaks revenge on his harassers when he makes a disturbing discovery in the depth of a forest.

Director: Lew Lehman | Stars: Sammy Snyders, Jeannie Elias, Sonja Smits, Laura Hollingsworth

Votes: 1,908

13. Nightmares (1983)

R | 99 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

Anthology of four horror tales with a supernatural twist based on urban legends.

Director: Joseph Sargent | Stars: Cristina Raines, Joe Lambie, Anthony James, Clare Torao

Votes: 2,466 | Gross: $6.67M

14. The Prey (1984)

R | 80 min | Horror

Six campers jaunt off to North Point, where they're promptly stalked and killed by a ghoulish man who ultimately is just looking for a little love.

Director: Edwin Brown | Stars: Debbie Thureson, Steve Bond, Lori Lethin, Robert Wald

Votes: 514

15. Hellraiser (1987)

R | 94 min | Horror, Thriller

57 Metascore

An unfaithful wife encounters the zombie of her dead lover; the demonic cenobites are pursuing him after he escaped their sadomasochistic underworld.

Director: Clive Barker | Stars: Andrew Robinson, Clare Higgins, Ashley Laurence, Sean Chapman

Votes: 88,898 | Gross: $14.56M

...broadcasted a lot

16. The Seventh Sign (1988)

R | 97 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Abby Quinn is eagerly awaiting childbirth but is haunted by dreams where she suffers a miscarriage. When she decides to rent a room to a mysterious stranger, she realizes a chain of events that will unleash the end of humanity.

Director: Carl Schultz | Stars: Demi Moore, Michael Biehn, Jürgen Prochnow, Peter Friedman

Votes: 11,644 | Gross: $18.88M

17. A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge (1985)

R | 87 min | Horror

43 Metascore

A teenage boy is haunted in his dreams by deceased child murderer Freddy Krueger, who is out to possess him in order to continue his reign of terror in the real world.

Director: Jack Sholder | Stars: Robert Englund, Mark Patton, Kim Myers, Robert Rusler

Votes: 52,172 | Gross: $30.00M

18. A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988)

R | 93 min | Horror

56 Metascore

Freddy Krueger returns once again to terrorize the dreams of the remaining Dream Warriors, as well as those of a young woman who may be able to defeat him for good.

Director: Renny Harlin | Stars: Robert Englund, Rodney Eastman, John Beckman, Kisha Brackel

Votes: 42,892 | Gross: $49.37M

19. The Dead Zone (1983)

R | 103 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

69 Metascore

A man awakens from a coma to discover he has a psychic ability.

Director: David Cronenberg | Stars: Christopher Walken, Brooke Adams, Tom Skerritt, Herbert Lom

Votes: 52,407 | Gross: $20.77M

20. Critters (1986)

PG-13 | 86 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

52 Metascore

A group of small, furry aliens makes lunch out of the locals in a farming town.

Director: Stephen Herek | Stars: Dee Wallace, M. Emmet Walsh, Billy Green Bush, Scott Grimes

Votes: 27,164 | Gross: $13.17M

21. Children of the Corn (1984)

R | 92 min | Horror, Thriller

45 Metascore

A young couple is trapped in a remote town where a dangerous religious cult of children believe everyone over the age of 18 must be killed.

Director: Fritz Kiersch | Stars: Peter Horton, Linda Hamilton, R.G. Armstrong, John Franklin

Votes: 41,195 | Gross: $14.57M

22. Ghoulies II (1988)

PG-13 | 89 min | Comedy, Horror

The Ghoulies wreak havoc at an amusement park, disposing of those who mistake them for mere fairground attractions.

Director: Albert Band | Stars: Damon Martin, Royal Dano, Phil Fondacaro, J. Downing

Votes: 3,772

23. The Blob (1988)

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

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: 26,970 | Gross: $8.25M

...broadcasted a lot

24. The Gate (1987)

PG-13 | 85 min | Fantasy, Horror

55 Metascore

Kids, left home alone, accidentally unleash a horde of malevolent demons from a mysterious hole in their suburban backyard.

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

Votes: 12,423 | Gross: $13.54M

25. House II: The Second Story (1987)

PG-13 | 88 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

The new owner of a sinister house gets involved with reanimated corpses and demons searching for an ancient Aztec skull with magic powers.

Director: Ethan Wiley | Stars: Arye Gross, Jonathan Stark, Royal Dano, Bill Maher

Votes: 8,854 | Gross: $7.80M

26. The Return of the Living Dead (1985)

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

66 Metascore

When two bumbling employees at a medical supply warehouse accidentally release a deadly gas into the air, the vapors cause the dead to rise again as zombies.

Director: Dan O'Bannon | Stars: Clu Gulager, James Karen, Don Calfa, Thom Mathews

Votes: 46,558 | Gross: $14.24M

...broadcasted a lot

27. Prom Night II (1987)

R | 97 min | Horror, Thriller

48 Metascore

Thirty years after her accidental death at her 1957 senior prom, the tortured spirit of prom queen Mary Lou Maloney returns to seek revenge.

Director: Bruce Pittman | Stars: Lisa Schrage, Michael Ironside, Wendy Lyon, Louis Ferreira

Votes: 3,836 | Gross: $2.68M

28. Tales from the Darkside: The Movie (1990)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

54 Metascore

A young boy tells three stories of horror to distract a witch who plans to eat him.

Director: John Harrison | Stars: Debbie Harry, Matthew Lawrence, Christian Slater, David Forrester

Votes: 12,889 | Gross: $16.32M

29. The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988)

R | 98 min | Fantasy, Horror

64 Metascore

An anthropologist goes to Haiti after hearing rumors about a drug used by black magic practitioners to turn people into zombies.

Director: Wes Craven | Stars: Bill Pullman, Cathy Tyson, Zakes Mokae, Paul Winfield

Votes: 19,629 | Gross: $19.60M

...broadcasted a lot

30. Alligator (1980)

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

A baby alligator is flushed down a Chicago toilet and survives by eating discarded laboratory rats injected with growth hormones. The small reptile grows gigantic, escapes the city sewers, and goes on a rampage.

Director: Lewis Teague | Stars: Robert Forster, Robin Riker, Michael V. Gazzo, Dean Jagger

Votes: 9,091

31. The Unholy (1988)

R | 102 min | Horror

A priest battles a demon that kills sinners in the act of sinning.

Director: Camilo Vila | Stars: Ben Cross, Hal Holbrook, Ruben Rabasa, Nicole Fortier

Votes: 1,225 | Gross: $6.34M

All I could remember about this one was the ending - A church floor opens up and consumes a wrinkly monster, afterwards the camera pans to a the statue of a woman which cries tears of blood. It took me almost two decades to find this one.

32. The Fly II (1989)

R | 105 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

36 Metascore

The almost-human son of "Brundlefly" searches for a cure to his mutated genes while being monitored by a nefarious corporation that wishes to continue his father's experiments.

Director: Chris Walas | Stars: Eric Stoltz, Daphne Zuniga, Lee Richardson, John Getz

Votes: 19,175 | Gross: $20.02M

...broadcasted a lot

33. Chopping Mall (1986)

R | 77 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

Eight teenagers are trapped after hours in a high-tech shopping mall and pursued by three murderous security robots out of control.

Director: Jim Wynorski | Stars: Kelli Maroney, Tony O'Dell, Russell Todd, Karrie Emerson

Votes: 8,322

34. Phantasm II (1988)

R | 97 min | Action, Fantasy, Horror

42 Metascore

Mike, now released from a psychiatric hospital, continues his journey to stop the evil Tall Man from his grim work.

Director: Don Coscarelli | Stars: James Le Gros, Reggie Bannister, Angus Scrimm, Paula Irvine

Votes: 11,539 | Gross: $7.28M

35. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

R | 91 min | Horror

76 Metascore

The monstrous spirit of a slain janitor seeks revenge by invading the dreams of teenagers whose parents were responsible for his untimely death.

Director: Wes Craven | Stars: Heather Langenkamp, Johnny Depp, Robert Englund, John Saxon

Votes: 177,085 | Gross: $25.50M

36. Cellar Dweller (1988)

R | 77 min | Fantasy, Horror

A comic book artist Whitney Taylor is doomed to repeat history in a most grotesque way when she unleashes a demon after drawing it..

Director: John Carl Buechler | Stars: Yvonne De Carlo, Debrah Farentino, Brian Robbins, Pamela Bellwood

Votes: 1,468

37. C.H.U.D. (1984)

R | 88 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

57 Metascore

A bizarre series of sudden disappearances on the streets of New York City seems to point toward something unsavory living in the sewers.

Director: Douglas Cheek | Stars: John Heard, Daniel Stern, Christopher Curry, Kim Greist

Votes: 8,778 | Gross: $4.65M

38. Altered States (1980)

R | 102 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

58 Metascore

A Harvard scientist conducts experiments on himself with a hallucinatory drug and an isolation chamber that may be causing him to regress genetically.

Director: Ken Russell | Stars: William Hurt, Blair Brown, Bob Balaban, Charles Haid

Votes: 28,181 | Gross: $19.85M

39. Cat's Eye (1985)

PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Horror, Thriller

70 Metascore

A stray cat is the linking element of three tales of suspense and horror.

Director: Lewis Teague | Stars: Drew Barrymore, James Woods, Alan King, Kenneth McMillan

Votes: 19,882 | Gross: $13.09M

Not sure that this one was actually on Nightmare Theater but it has been confirmed that WNUV did broadcast it on a Sunday at least once.

40. Firestarter (1984)

R | 114 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

50 Metascore

A couple who participated in a potent medical experiment gain telekinetic ability and then have a child who is pyrokinetic.

Director: Mark L. Lester | Stars: Drew Barrymore, David Keith, Freddie Jones, Heather Locklear

Votes: 26,068 | Gross: $15.10M

Not sure that this one was actually on Nightmare Theater but it has been confirmed that WNUV did broadcast it on a Sunday at least once.

41. Watchers (1988)

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

A boy takes in a stray dog, later discovering that it is an ultra-intelligent runaway being stalked by a dangerous creature from the same genetic research lab.

Director: Jon Hess | Stars: Corey Haim, Michael Ironside, Christopher Cary, Graeme Campbell

Votes: 3,553 | Gross: $0.94M

I saw this on a WNUV Sunday afternoon broadcast but I'm not sure if it was ever on NMT. Did you see it on NMT? PM me or leave a comment below. Thanks!

42. Slugs (1988)

R | 89 min | Horror

Killer slugs on the rampage in a rural community.

Director: Juan Piquer Simón | Stars: Michael Garfield, Kim Terry, Philip MacHale, Alicia Moro

Votes: 3,372

A fellow IMDB user says that channel 54 did broadcast this in the days of NMT but we're not positive that it actually was on NMT. Did YOU see this on NMT? Please let me know in the comments below or private message me. Thanks!

43. Halloween II (1981)

R | 92 min | Horror

40 Metascore

While Sheriff Brackett and Dr. Loomis hunt for Michael Myers, a traumatized Laurie is rushed to hospital, and the serial killer is not far behind her.

Director: Rick Rosenthal | Stars: Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasence, Charles Cyphers, Jeffrey Kramer

Votes: 61,614 | Gross: $25.53M

I didn't see on NMT but a friend claims that it was. It would be nice to have confirmation on this from another Baltimore native.

44. Waxwork (1988)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Horror

A wax museum owner uses his horror exhibits to unleash evil on the world.

Director: Anthony Hickox | Stars: Zach Galligan, Deborah Foreman, Jennifer Bassey, Joe Baker

Votes: 9,207 | Gross: $0.81M

I didn't see on NMT but a friend claims that it was. It would be nice to have confirmation on this from another Baltimore native.

45. Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981)

R | 87 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

26 Metascore

Mrs. Voorhees is dead, and Camp Crystal Lake is shut down, but a camp next to the infamous place is stalked by an unknown assailant.

Director: Steve Miner | Stars: Betsy Palmer, Amy Steel, John Furey, Adrienne King

Votes: 48,805 | Gross: $21.72M

I didn't see on NMT but a friend claims that it was. It would be nice to have confirmation on this from another Baltimore native.

46. Friday the 13th Part III (1982)

R | 95 min | Horror, Thriller

30 Metascore

Having revived from his wounds, Jason Voorhees takes refuge at a cabin near Crystal Lake. As a group of co-eds arrive for their vacation, Jason continues his killing spree.

Director: Steve Miner | Stars: Dana Kimmell, Tracie Savage, Richard Brooker, Terry Ballard

Votes: 39,408 | Gross: $36.69M

I didn't see on NMT but a friend claims that it was. It would be nice to have confirmation on this from another Baltimore native.

47. Transylvania 6-5000 (1985)

PG | 93 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

Tabloid reporters Jack Harrison and Gil Turner are sent to Transylvania with two choices: find the Frankenstein monster or find new jobs. But before the jumpy journalists can dig up their ... See full summary »

Director: Rudy De Luca | Stars: Jeff Goldblum, Joseph Bologna, Ed Begley Jr., Carol Kane

Votes: 5,555 | Gross: $7.20M

I didn't see on NMT but a friend claims that it was. It would be nice to have confirmation on this from another Baltimore native.



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