The 1980’s were a turning point in the horror movie genre. Horror Movies transformed from odd adventure stories into films that truly incite terror into its viewers. While most view 80’s horror movies as cheesy with horrid graphics and they definitely were; their storylines still hold up today. This is why many of them have been remade into more updated versions of themselves and have sequels. You can watch them on TV streaming services like Netflix, Dish Network, Xfinity or DishLatino TV. From The Shining to A Nightmare On Elm Street, let’s dive into the top five most iconic and scariest films from the 1980’s.
The Shining (1980)
Aspiring author and recovering alcoholic Jack Torrance becomes the off-season caretaker of a grand isolated hotel. In hopes to overcome writer’s block he takes on the job and brings his family with him. He’s been warned about Room 237, but doesn’t listen. As time progresses, he unravels into insanity, violence and hysterics. The Shining is based off of a Stephen King novel and stars popular actor Jack Nicholson who really knocks the role right out of the park.
Children of the Corn (1984)
Physician Burt Stanton and his girlfriend Vicky pack up and start their drive across the Midwest for Burt’s new job. As they’re on their way, they find the body of a young boy on the road in Nebraska. While trying to contact the police, they wander into a very remote town where the couple soon finds themselves trapped by a murderous religious cult of children murders everyone who enters over the age of 18 to ensure they’ll get a successful corn harvest this season. The Children of the Corn is too based off of a Stephen King novel.
3. Evil Dead (1981)
Five friends travel up to an isolated run down cabin in the mountains for spring break and quickly find themselves up against trouble. Things quickly spiral out of control as two of the friends find a version of the Book of the Dead which evil spirits take possession of people in its path. This movie is typical shock and gore 80’s horror. Nobody will make it out alive. Evil Dead is one of the largest cult films to date with a shockingly high 98% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
4. A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984)
Fred Kruger’s spirit otherwise known as the Springwood Slasher strikes terror in the night of teenagers who live on Elm Street. These teenagers aren’t any teenagers, they’re the kids of those responsible for his death. Tormenting them only in their dreams, if these kids are to survive they must stay awake. If they fall asleep, they’ll be picked off one by one until no one is left.
5. Poltergeist (1982)
A typical family, in a typical neighborhood in the suburbs slowly starts to encounter spirits throughout their home. What started off as friendly conversation quickly turned into menacing and threatening. From kitchen cabinets swinging open, to furniture rearranging themselves; it’s innocent. Then their youngest daughter disappears and can only be communicated through the static on their television. The family gets a whole team of paranormal investigators to force out the ghosts and save their daughter before she disappears forever.