Sci-Fi + Horror Movies from the 80s

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    Aug 16, 2008 11:10 PM GMT
    Weren't they really good? Cheesy, maybe, some of them-- but good. Such as:

    Fright Night
    Return of the Living Dead
    Night of the Comet
    Poltergeist
    Star Trek 4 + 5
    Aliens
    The Terminator
    Halloween 4
    Friday the 13th in 3-D
    Friday the 13th Part 6
    The Last Starfighter
    Cocoon
    Nightmare on Elm Street


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    Aug 16, 2008 11:56 PM GMT
    Those were excellent films, I enjoyed them all. There were some really dumb ones too though like "Boogens" and "Motel Hell".

    "Fright Night" was my favorite of the bunch. They left it open for a sequal at the end but no sequal based on the situation it ended with; Evil being revived since the stake was pulled out of his heart.

    "Fright Night 2" was just plain stupid, but the straight guys got some vampire eye candy.

    As much as I enjoy horror and especially vampire flicks, nothing beats the Christopher Lee/Peter Cushing vampire movies.



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    Aug 17, 2008 12:14 AM GMT
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    Aug 17, 2008 12:27 AM GMT
    LittleDudeWithMuscles saidWeren't they really good? Cheesy, maybe, some of them-- but good. Such as:

    Fright Night
    Return of the Living Dead
    Night of the Comet
    Poltergeist
    Star Trek 4 + 5
    Aliens
    The Terminator
    Halloween 4
    Friday the 13th in 3-D
    Friday the 13th Part 6
    The Last Starfighter
    Cocoon
    Nightmare on Elm Street




    Loved them all and have seen each multiple times!! (except star trek 5, blah.) Every weekend as a kid i'd go to the video store and browse the horror section for cheezy ones like Basket Case and Sleepaway Camp (best ending ever). But Aliens is a masterpiece and shouldn't be on this list, IMO.
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    Aug 17, 2008 12:43 AM GMT
    John43620 said

    As much as I enjoy horror and especially vampire flicks, nothing beats the Christopher Lee/Peter Cushing vampire movies.





    I saw "Count Yorga: Vampire" back in middle school, @ school. It freaked my out. Does anyone remember the "kitten scene?"
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    Aug 17, 2008 12:51 AM GMT
    John43620 saidAs much as I enjoy horror and especially vampire flicks, nothing beats the Christopher Lee/Peter Cushing vampire movies.
    Even though those movies were from the 70's you are right. I was a big fan of Hammer Films from the 70's/60's. Christopher Lee certainly has been a big star in the sci-fi/horror Genre. Even as of late the star wars prequels and Lord of the Rings. He plays villains very well. He should get some kind of award for a life time of the stuff.

    What is really interesting (yes I know it is not the 80's) was all the Hammer Films re-interpretation of the Edgar Allen Poe Stuff with Vincent Price in the 60's and 70's. (actually these were Roger Corman films, not Hammer Films - see below) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Roger_Corman_films
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    Aug 17, 2008 12:56 AM GMT
    Aquanerd said I saw "Count Yorga: Vampire" back in middle school, @ school. It freaked my out. Does anyone remember the "kitten scene?"
    That scene was apparently deleted in some versions of the movie ..

    WikipediaThe most obvious excision was the scene wherein a woman, having succumbed to bloodlust after having been bitten by Yorga, is discovered with her dead pet cat in her hands. In the theatrical version, the scene is so brief that it was hard to tell what was happening. Complete prints of the film show the bloody cat quite clearly.
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    Aug 17, 2008 1:40 AM GMT
    Hello? Spaceballs anyone? A classic.

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    Aug 17, 2008 3:55 AM GMT
    dont for get fright night...
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    Aug 17, 2008 4:54 AM GMT
    GobB saiddont for get fright night...

    That was first on littledude's list!

    I'll add April Fool's Day to my horror faves. For cheezy sci-fi/com, I could probably recite Weird Science by heart.
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    Aug 17, 2008 5:13 AM GMT






    So much cheesy fun!!!!

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    Aug 17, 2008 5:32 AM GMT
    Okay, now we're talking my language. For me, the 80's will always be associated with a misspent youth at the Avon Theater here in Stamford. I saw some of the all time classics at that theater, including Re-Animator, The Gates of Hell, Dawn of the Dead (I know it came out in the late 70's, but I saw it there in the early 80's on a double feature with Mother's Day), The Toxic Avenger, all the original Friday the 13th's, the first Nightmare on Elm Street, C.H.U.D., The Howling,and many, many more. I really loved that place, and, after getting closed down in the 90's, they reopened it a few years back as an indie/art house, and on Thursdays they show cult classics from a wide variety of genres. Just this past week I saw Vigilante, which was hosted by William Lustig, the man who actually directed the movie, and which I had the pleasure of seeing for the first time at the Avon way back in '83. This coming week, they're showing Re-Animator. Oh, to be able to see these movies on a big screen again, the way they were meant to be seen. Thanks for the great topic.
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    Aug 17, 2008 5:37 AM GMT
    LittleDudeWithMuscles saidWeren't they really good? Cheesy, maybe, some of them-- but good. Such as:

    Fright Night
    Return of the Living Dead
    Night of the Comet
    Poltergeist
    Star Trek 4 + 5
    Aliens
    The Terminator
    Halloween 4
    Friday the 13th in 3-D
    Friday the 13th Part 6
    The Last Starfighter
    Cocoon
    Nightmare on Elm Street




    No offense, but Star Trek 5? Are you mother effin kidding me? That movie is a steaming pile of poo. You sure you have the right one? That's the one with Spock's laughing brother, and they fly to the center of the galaxy (uhhh, that would take forever even with warp speed), and the special effects were done on a dime. And it ended with Kirk, Spock, and McCoy singing, "Row, row, row your boat." Directed by William Shatner says it all. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan from '83, different story. Arguably the best Trek movie of them all.

    Not much into horror movies, but kudos on Fright Night and Poltergeist, and the sci-fi movies you list. But what about Empire Strikes Back? How can you forget that one? I still can't tell you whether I liked Star Wars (A New Hope) or Empire more.
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    Aug 17, 2008 7:08 AM GMT
    Don't forget John Carpenter's The Thing, which was a remake of a great in its own right 50's movie with James Arness as the creature.
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    Aug 17, 2008 10:57 AM GMT
    Sooooo many great movies, I used to spend many weekends in my early teens at the corner video store wandering the sci-fi / horror aisle.
    Also loved watching the old movies on TV.. didn't pretty much every town have a cheesy horror movie show on a local TV station, We had Sir Graves Ghastly and Count Scary on saturday afternoons... the really/cheesy bad movies were later at night with the Ghoul.

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    Aug 17, 2008 11:49 AM GMT
    What happened to horror movies? The only modern ones I can thing of are the saw films, not counting the japanese 'I'm scared of a dead schoolgirl' films. The 80s were definately a high.

    Can pretty much say the same thing for sci-fi.

    What is the world coming to.
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    Aug 17, 2008 12:11 PM GMT
    Ohhh yeah, the "Howling" Series and "American Werewolf in London" were good. It was an interesting take on the transformation process. One of them even starred Christopher Lee (as the Van Helsing) type.

    "Brahm Stoker's Dracula" was also a great nuance in vampire films and I really enjoyed Mel Brooks adaptation with "Dracula, Dead and Loving It".

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    Aug 17, 2008 12:51 PM GMT
    Eric LA said No offense, but Star Trek 5? Are you mother effin kidding me? That movie is a steaming pile of poo. You sure you have the right one? That's the one with Spock's laughing brother, and they fly to the center of the galaxy (uhhh, that would take forever even with warp speed), and the special effects were done on a dime. And it ended with Kirk, Spock, and McCoy singing, "Row, row, row your boat." Directed by William Shatner says it all. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan from '83, different story. Arguably the best Trek movie of them all.

    LOL. . . I may be the ONLY ONE, but I really liked Star Trek V. (But I've yet to meet anyone else who did.) But yes, I thought it was a fine film.

    Some of the others mentioned throughout this thread were excellent too:

    Reanimator
    An American Werewolf in London (loved that one!)
    The Thing (remake)
    The Howling
    War Games
    Terror Train (ridiculous, but fun)
    Weird Science (great)


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    Aug 17, 2008 1:09 PM GMT
    Hah...I'll bet NO ONE remembers this one from about 1980: it was called "Q".
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    Aug 17, 2008 1:16 PM GMT
    Q, the Aztec dragon. How about "The Lost Boys"? Wasn't that hot? Lots of cute guys in that one.

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    Aug 17, 2008 1:30 PM GMT
    Not sure if this was the 80's or 90's,but does anyone remember the Subspecies movies with the Vampire Radu?

    There was maybe 5 of them by Full Moon Productions. They revolved around the Vampire Radu and the Bloodstone. Can't find them out in circulation, but I miss them!

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    Aug 17, 2008 2:07 PM GMT
    I remember 'Q'! A prehistoric bird attacks New York. Great movie. Michael Moriarty, David Carradine, Richard Roundtree.

    And yeah, how could I have forgotten "The Lost Boys"?? One of the classics. Love that movie. (I still have it in my now-moribund VHS collection.)
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    Aug 17, 2008 3:08 PM GMT
    [Quote]all the Hammer Films re-interpretation of the Edgar Allen Poe Stuff with Vincent Price in the 60's and 70's.[/quote]

    Corman. Roger Corman.
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    Aug 17, 2008 3:43 PM GMT
    Behold, F. W. Murnau brings us the vampire film genre in 1922.

    http://www.mahalo.com/Nosferatu

    In 2000, Willem Defoe and John Malkovich starred in a film based on the filming of Nosferatu called "Shadow of the Vampire". I'm always impressed by the minds that come up with this stuff.





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    Aug 17, 2008 7:37 PM GMT
    Hammer, Roger Corman, F.W. Murnau. . .

    YES, YES, YES!!!