Excluding the other 21 movies I've listed so far, there are about 4,793 '80s horror films left. And I had to pick only 10 of 'em to fill this Top 10. Truthfully...it was pretty easy to narrow down which films are my favorites of the decade. But putting those films in order was a big chore. Alas, submitted for your approval, here are numbers 10 - 6 in this countdown of goodness.
Previously on The Mike's 31 Favorite 1980s Horror Films....
#31-#26 #25-#21 #20-#16 #15-#11
10. The Fog
(1980, Dir. by John Carpenter.)
9. Prince of Darkness
(1987, Dir. by John Carpenter.)
That darn Lisa Blount always gets to me!
(1982, Dir. by Tobe Hooper.)
7. The Monster Squad
(1987, Dir. by Fred Dekker.)
And, perhaps most importantly, The Monster Squad was probably the first '80s horror film I ever saw. At the time, it did the amazing by helping little me get interested in the "classic monsters" of years gone by. But, unbeknownst to me it also was one of the films that really introduced me to the cheesy goodness that can come from the right '80s horror film. And in the long run, it's simply one of the most fun movies I know of.
6. The Shining
(1980, Dir. by Stanley Kubrick.)
If I had to answer that question, I might say that the truth of the matter is that The Shining isn't really an '80s horror film to me. Sure, it was released during the decade, but Kubrick's loose adaptation of the Stephen King novel was produced before the slasher craze took over horror cinema and seems more like a product of the '70s - which it technically was, since most of the filming took place in 1979.
Does it really matter what decade the movie came out in when I'm talking about my favorite horror movies? No. In fact, if I were just listing favorite horror movies, this one might be above some films I will mention in the Top 5. But if I'm listing the horror movies that are my favorites specifically in relation to this decade....then I guess The Shining gets the slight bump down the list. Sorry Stanley and Jack, you're still awesome.
What say you all? Are you shocked? Are you surprised? What do you expect will round out the Top 5? Well, you'll find out....next week. Don't worry, we'll have plenty of '80s horror goodness before then to keep you rockin' in the free world!...just like these guys!