I will admit I didn't mean to start my Halloween Horror fest as being mostly movies from the 80's but somehow that is how it happened. Once I started to realize this I just decided to go with it and watch mostly horror/suspense/supernatural movies that were all released in the 80's. With October slowly coming to an end I wanted to update what movies I have seen and a quick take on them. Hope all my readers are enjoying October and hopefully seeing a few horror movies to put you in the mood of the month.
House (1986) - As a kid I remember either seeing this movie or at least seeing the poster. The poster itself is really cool and stands out as something I remember very well from my youth. The movie itself comes from people who have a rich horror tradition. The director, Steve Miner, directed Friday the 13th parts 2 and 3 and the writer was none other then Fred Dekker the man who wrote/directed Night of the Creeps and Monster Squad (I own both movies). House is a amusing 80's romp. Pretty light on the horror but it has some scary elements to it for sure. Norm from Cheers aka George Wendt steals the movie when he appears. Overall not a bad movie.
Children of the Corn (1984) - I have always wanted to see Children of the Corn, now I wish I didn't. This is not a scary, frightening, or in any way well done movie. I found it hard to get through even though the opening of the movie was somewhat interesting. I am not sure how or why the series has spanned six sequels! I found myself laughing out loud many times at the acting (and not just the children's acting). I find it interesting Linda Hamilton was filming this movie as the same time as The Terminator (well possibly as both were released in 1984). Overall skip this one, or maybe if you are in a mood for so bad its good type movie.
House II: The Second Story (1987) - I thought since the first one was fun enough, why not try House II! Overall this has no relation to the first movie in any way. House II is more of a supernatural movie that involves a magical crystal skull (pre-dating Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull by 21 years!). This movie is very very 80's and I dig the nostalgia factor it has going for it. Once again this movie features a Cheers alum, this time Cliff aka John Ratzenberger, who like George Wendt steals every scene he is in. Overall not scary but has a certain 80's charm that appealed to me.
Cinemassacre and was pleased to see it was on netflix instant watch. This movie is very unique and is like a perfect 80's movie. A lot of the movie is deep in the culture of the 80's and yet it still holds up because of the interesting premise. This is probably the most obscure 80's movie on my list, but if you like movies like Critters you will enjoy this one. Overall it may not wow you but it is worth a watch, especially if you like those 80's horror flicks.