We love nostalgia… So we decided to create a new story paying homage to the movies we grew up with. But not only. When you think of 80s horror, you think of the much talked about movies that still hold a place in the hearts of fans, see Friday the 13th, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Child’s Play and Evil Dead, for example .
In this article, we’ll do something a little different, and we’ll remember and celebrate 80s horror movies that are rarely mentioned by younger generations, but are beyond fun. The proposal is precisely to bring them to the attention of the youngest. And I hope they return to pop culture in some form.
Check them out below and comment on the ones you know.
Alligator – The killer alligator
We started the list at the very beginning of the decade, with this production from the 1980s. Those who grew up in the 80s and 90s will certainly remember the reruns of this feature film on SBT, where it terrified many children and teenagers. . In the story, a little girl receives a baby alligator as a gift, but her father disposes of the animal by flushing it down the toilet. Years later, the animal grows to an enormous size of over 10 meters in length, after feeding on animals used for genetic research and dumped in the sewers. The alligator then moves up the food chain and begins to devour people, causing a commotion in the town. The kiddie pool scene certainly traumatized a generation.
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Released in 1982, this film was then part of the Globo collection, being screened for the first time in an unprecedented way on Supercine. The story follows Julie (Meg Tilly, the younger sister of Jennifer Tilly, Chucky’s bride), a young woman who, in order to enter a student club, will have to endure the pranks of her colleagues and spend a night in a large mausoleum. On the spot, without his knowledge, his friends will hide to scare him. Everyone is spooked, however, as a Russian scientist returns from the grave thanks to an experiment.
Catherine Mary Stuart was one of the actresses who marked the 80s, having appeared in several cult productions of the decade in various genres, Jonathan’s First Sex Life and The Last Star Warrior. Here, in this 1984 production, she plays Regina, a young woman living in Los Angeles, alongside her patrician sister Samantha. Very creative, the film takes as its motto the passage of Halley’s comet, one of the most evoked themes of the 80s, which would take place two years later, in 1986. The proposal here is a girlpower Eu Sou a Lenda, with the two teenage sisters being the sole survivors of the celestial body’s passage to Earth – which turned nearly the entire population to dust.
Return of the Living Dead
Skipping a year, we arrive in 1985, for another Globo exhibition, unprecedented at the time. Originally planned as another chapter in George Romero’s undead franchise, the idea was scrapped and spawned its own film series. The proposal here was for a younger movie, full of action and lots of incorrect humor. The feature makes for one of the funniest productions to tackle the zombie theme, and works almost like a parody of everything that’s been created up to that point. But without forgetting the violence and the blood. It was here that the undead discovered their thirst for “brain”.
The same year, 1985, Globo showed another horror hit that will mark the youth of many. Starring William Katt, America’s perennial superhero, the actor lived as a divorced writer looking to work on a book about his experiences during the Vietnam War. He ends up inheriting a large house from a distant aunt and moves into it. Once there, he discovers that the house is haunted, realizing his worst nightmares. A show of practical effects and lots of scares. Unavoidable.
In the 80s, many horror movies got the translation “a hora” or “na hora”, even though their original titles had nothing to do with it. Do not ask me why. Thus, Silver Bullet or “Silver Bullet”, based on a text by the master of terror Stephen King, became The Hour of the Werewolf. With the success of An American Werewolf in London and Scream of Horror, both from 1981, the two biggest subgenre hits of the 1980s, Hour of the Werewolf came to be somewhat forgotten, but not to be overlooked. . Released in 1985, it was “the” werewolf movie for many at the time. The neat thing about the feature is that it places a boy in a wheelchair as the protagonist, which makes his misadventure in a small town all the more nervous when faced with attacks from the furry creature.
Another notable film for the 80s generation, this feature film made its open television debut on SBT. Creative and trashy, The Thing hit theaters in 1985 and used a lot of implicit humor in a satirical tone about the rampant consumerism of North American society. The Thing (or The Stuff in the original title) was a white substance found in snow and quickly marketed as the new yogurt sensation. The product, which began to sell as much as Coca-Cola, dominating supermarkets and television advertisements, was in fact extremely harmful to human beings – turning its consumers into uncontrolled drug addicts and even killing them in gruesome ways, see character by Chocolate Charlie.
Broadcast on Globo, this thriller with a very strong dose of violence is another that marked the childhood of the generation of the 80s and 90s. Released in 1986, the film features the worst hitchhiker in the world: John Ryder , a guy who seems to have come straight out of hell. The story follows young Jim (C. Thomas Howell), who, driving down the roads in his car, has the unfortunate idea of offering a ride to a man on the side of the road to keep him company. Gradually, the boy realizes the mistake he has made, because this Ryder is in fact a major psychopath, ready to pursue him and frame him for his murders. Ryder, of course, became one of the most memorable characters of the late Rutger Hauer’s career.
Another 1986 film that was also on Globo and thrilled horror-loving kids and teens when it premiered on Tela Quente – plus, of course, having them sleep with the lights on for at least least a week, looking under the bed to make sure there were no worms. Night of the Goosebumps is a real tasty salad that mixes together the best pop culture has to offer: assassins, aliens, cursed worms, science experiments and zombies. Would that be okay with you? One of the best cult items of the 80s, this film must be discovered by new generations. Even if it’s to hear one of the best dialogues in cinema: “I have good news and bad news. The good news is that your little friends have arrived. The bad news is that they are dead.
The years 1985 and 1986 were the most creative in terms of horror films. Anything that was a theme seemed to be used when creating productions of the genre. Look at this very unique premise: the management of a shopping center decides to create the ultimate modern security system. Robots guided by artificial intelligence will serve as guardians of the place. When a group of employees decides to spend the night hiding in one of the stores for a small party, the robots collapse and go to treat them like invaders without any mercy. The malls, robots and everything about the movie, released in 1986, is very 80s. And we love it for that.
Speaking of 1986 releases, here’s one more. The idea here is to create a totally rock n roll youth horror. No Freddy or Jason, the proposal for an iconic new villain comes in the form of a rock star here. The protagonist is a boy who is constantly bullied at school. His only outlet are the songs of the idol, the rock star. However, the young man is devastated and helpless when he learns of the death of his favorite singer. It doesn’t take long for the rocker to appear as an entity to “help” his biggest fan by taking down his tormentors.
Last item from 1986, this is one of the most original slashers of the 80s. Who knows, knows. Released by Globo, where it impressed fans, the feature film has since won over its admirers and fans as a cult item. Unfairly, we remember little. Who plays is Amy Steel, last girl from Friday the 13th – Part 2 (1981). In very humorous parts, The Night of Deadly Pranks offers a different slasher. Or will he? A group of young friends are going to spend the weekend in a big house of one of them, located on an island. The problem is that the hostess has prepared a weekend full of senseless pranks and pranks. But what happens when these pranks start to get more and more serious?
We return here for a short stop in 1984. Used as a reference for Jordan Peele in Us (2019), the film traces the urban legend of the homeless living underground in New York, with a big twist. When several people begin to mysteriously disappear in one of the biggest cities in the world, a police and journalistic investigation begins. The clues lead to the city’s basement, however, what comes out is not human. The CHUD keeps the participation of some well-known faces, at the start of their career.
Well, you only have to read this title to know right away that the film does not take itself seriously at all. But this isn’t just a trash movie, proving to be a very fun and creative feature that knows how to use its ridiculous premise in its favor. In the plot, an alien race arrives on Earth to sow horror. And believe me, the film uses violence. Thing is, these aliens have clownish looks beyond the weird and everything about them has a circus theme. For example, your spaceship is a tent, and your weapons and technologies are completely linked to the universe of these characters, such as murderous popcorn, evil shadows, air balloons, acid face pies, etc. For a good laugh with the most cult animatronic clowns in cinema, in this film released in 1988.
To close the list, we have another movie from 1988. Here, another threat from outer space. The Killer Bubble is the remake of a 1950s production, the pinnacle of science fiction in cinema, starring Steve McQueen. The remake is one of the few instances where the new film manages to surpass its original in terms of creativity and production quality. With more features and better effects, The Killer Bubble becomes one of the most interesting productions of the genre in the 80s. Too bad it didn’t generate a sequel – since the ending leaves a hook for that; and fell into oblivion over the years. The script even improves on the plot of the original film, presenting a very welcome spin centered on American paranoia.
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