Gang, we love horror. Have we told you we love horror? Because we do. It’s spooky. Among horror fans, however, the decade of the ’80s holds a very special place. Not only because it was the period during which Reagan unleashed the unholy terrors still turning the world into a living hell, but also because the genre itself saw kind of a rebirth. A bloody, gory rebirth with awesome practical effects, that is. The ’80s were a sort of cosmic nexus for creativity within the genre, thanks to technological advances, Cold War themes, the lessons learned from ’60s auteur cinema and ’70s grindhouse ugliness, and new economic possibilities. We’d say this was a good aspect of neoliberalism, but, well, the absolute classic that is They Live already refuted this.

Still, the ’80s saw the release of a bunch of classics of the genre we now pay homage to. In this Pictofact, we examine 20 fascinating facts about horror classics from the ’80s. Will we discuss A Nightmare on Elm Street and The Shining? Well, of course, we said classics. Some of the following movies, however, will be kinda forgotten classics, so whatever urge for ’80s horror you might have, we will scratch it. And it’ll be gross and awesome, like Jeff Goldblum pulling out his nails. Does this mean we will discuss The Fly? Again, of course we will, pay attention. And now that we have your attention we can get to the real point: to remind you that The Fly 2 was kinda awesome. It wasn’t Cronenberg-awesome, of course — but really, when was the last time you saw the face-melting scene? Oh, you don’t remember the face-melting scene? Don’t say we don’t pamper you.

The Shining

'80S HORROR CLASSICS THE SHINING THE MOVIE WAS UP FOR SEVERAL RAZZIES, SOMEHOW. Stanley Kubrick was nominated for Worst Director during the very first Razzie Awards. Shelley Duvall up for Worst Actress, but this was rescinded in 2022 due to her abusive treatment by Kubrick. CRACKED.COM

Source: Wikipedia

Sleepaway Camp

'80S HORROR CLASSICS SLEEPAWAY CAMP THE GRASS WAS PAINTED. While the movie is set in the middle of summer, it was actually shot in early fall, so green spray paint was applied to the grass in order to make it look season-appropriate. CRACKED.COM

Source: IMDb

The Return of the Living Dead

'80S HORROR CLASSICS THE RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD THIS MOVIE INVENTED BRAIN-EATING ZOMBIES. Everyone knows that zombies munch on people's brains-and yet, most movie zombies aren't such picky eaters. If you're wondering where this idea come from, take a look at this flick. CRACKED.COM

Source: Gizmodo

Pumpkinhead

'80S HORROR CLASSICS PUMPKINHEAD THIS WAS THE FIRST MOVIE DIRECTED BY STAN WINSTON. You might know Winston's works as a makeup/FX artist from some little movies called Aliens, Terminator 2, or Jurassic Park. CRACKED.COM

Source: IMDb

Prince of Darkness

'80S HORROR CLASSICS PRINCE OF DARKNESS JOHN CARPENTER WAS PARTICULARLY FASTIDIOUS. It's one of my most-controlled films visually, he has said. Every shot  to a purpose, where in some films I will let things go. (...) Every shot in here is specifically designed to communicate something. CRACKED.COM

Source: Wikipedia

Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer

'80S HORROR CLASSICS HENRY: PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER THE MOVIE EXISTS BECAUSE ANOTHER PROJECT FAILED. John McNaughton was supposed to direct a documentary about Chicago's wrestling scene during the '50s, but the project fell through. With almost $110,000 available, producers told McNaughton he might as well make a horror movie. CRACKED.COM

Source: Wikipedia

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