Category Archives: Living in the 80s – forever

STREAM QUEEN: a double dose of exploitation slashers

I use the term slasher in the most general sense because in each case, there’s a killer and a body count. But really, Phantom of the Grindhouse and The Greasy Strangler are purely trash cinema. PHANTOM OF THE GRINDHOUSE (2013) … Continue reading

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VHS era nostalgia isn’t enough to make these two winners

Just as the love of VHS horror will never die, it seems neither will the efforts of indie horror directors to replicate that feeling in their movies. In my efforts to forever find movies that actually do it right, I … Continue reading

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Underwhelmed in the second part of the 80s

Here are four examples of why the biggest mistake 80s horror made was in trying do something other than formulaic slashers. ETERNAL EVIL (aka: The Blue Man) (1985) Four years after bringing us the holiday slasher classic My Bloody Valentine, … Continue reading

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Zach attack!

Cutie Zach Galligan charmed us as the boy next door in Gremlins, and for the next decade, he remained a favorite horror hero as he alternated between Gremlins films and Waxwork films. So it’s time to look back at the … Continue reading

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Digging up the 80s dead

It’s another round of cleaning horror house, this time, looking at five zombie films from my movie collection that span the decade from 1980 – 1989. ALIEN DEAD (1980)   This is one of the first ever movies by crap … Continue reading

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Why can’t life be like that night in the 1980s when you rented Headhunter?

Angel Heart, The Believers, The Serpent and the Rainbow. After this run of relatively – I’m so going to say it – boring voodoo films at the end of the 80s, there came…Headhunter! Who needed a budget, big names, or … Continue reading

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One each from 1982, 1988, and 1996

Just a brief mish-mosh of odd and ends from the VHS era this time around: a Fulci film, an HP Lovecraft adaptation, and a “family” horror flick. MANHATTAN BABY (1982) It’s hard to comprehend that Lucio Fulci followed his streak … Continue reading

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The wild retro worlds of horror director Frederico Sfacia

It’s always a thrill to stumble upon a director that clearly worships the same era of horror in which you grew up, so after seeing Italian director Federico Sfacia’s Alienween, I immediately checked out his first film I Rec U, … Continue reading

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Homophobia panic over 80s slasher City In Panic

It’s no wonder 1986 film City in Panic is never mentioned with the myriad of forgotten slashers of the era. At a time when boobs and babes were the preferred dead meat (it was pretty much a rule), the movie … Continue reading

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To Kill a Mockingbird meets Steven Spielberg in the 80s

1988 film Lady In White is a must-see for anyone who loved the nostalgic feel of Netflix throwback series Stranger Things but missed out on the 80s – or those who lived through the 80s but somehow missed out on … Continue reading

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