Allow me to explain that last part. I must admit, I had slightly devious intentions when I started '80s Horror Month. In fact, I decided to do '80s Horror Month because I had an idea for a post brewing near the end of May, and I wanted to convince myself that this idea that was circling my mind was wrong. This idea, in no uncertain terms, was the idea that I wanted to write a post about why I think that '80s Horror is Overrated.
I was in a mood, I guess. But when I slowed myself down and really thought about it, I realized that it simply wouldn't be right to make such a post. First of all, calling anything overrated is a silly and childish statement that implies that the writer understands others' opinions AND can judge their worth. And I don't want that at FMWL. Second, and most importantly, I couldn't possibly say such a thing about the decade as a whole. There are far too many things I love about the decade; the statement just wouldn't be true.
So, let's break it down a bit. Here's a list of what and who, in my mind, are the winners and losers of '80s Horror Month:
|Also a winner...Jameson Parker's mustache.|
|I love this neighborhood!|
- Clu Gulager and Vera Miles as adult leads.
- Daphne Zuniga, who's a total babe.
- That doofus from Remington Steele who was always jealous of Pierce Brosnan and tried to get in Stephanie Zimbalist's pants.
- Sorority house hijinks, complete with initiation games (Like, duh...did you read the title?)
- A final act that's set in this crazy shopping center/giant tower.
- A weird "I was raped once, now I want to have sex while a killer's on the loose" moment.
LOSER: Happy Birthday to Me - One of my favorite slasher films on a personal level, and yet I'm pretty sure I didn't mention it all month. I have a relatively good excuse, though. Last June 9th, I used it as Midnight Movie of the Week. This Jun 9th, the MMOTW pick was Bloody Birthday. Hmmmm, what is it about that day?
|That's not the way to get a-head in life!|
the highlight of the month for me was having five fine folks jump in and help FMWL out while I was on vacation. They are (in no particular order) Syrin of My Own Little Corner, Dod of The WGON Helicopter, Marvin the Macabre of The Montana Mancave Massacre, the aforementioned E of Shredded Cheddar, and Andreas of Pussy Goes Grrr. And they are also all awesome. In fact, I'd say they saved '80s Horror Month, and I owe them a large debt of gratitude.
The '80s were a great and powerful force, my friends. I may not be entirely sad to see them go - there are other things on FMWL's horizon that demand my attention - but I hate to watch them leave. Be well, '80s Horror. Wherever you go, remember that you've got a friend at FMWL.
|Just don't trust Samantha Phillips!|