PSYCHOTRONIC NETFLIX VOL. 71 – ’80s HORROR!

We continue our look at horror flicks available on Netflix streaming in order to enhance your holiday season this week by journeying to the ’80s, with possessions, hauntings, trolls goblins and more!

10. Shakma (1990)

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If you only see one movie this month in which Roddy McDowall, BLUE LAGOON’s Christopher Atkins and A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET’s Amanda Wyss play role playing gamers that are forced to defend their game from a deranged baboon, it should probably be this one.

9. House (1986)house

Fred (NIGHT OF THE CREEPS) wrote the story for this fun horror-comedy about a ‘nam vet-turned-horror-novelist whose son vanishes when they move into a new house. With Richard Moll under tons of makeup, Kay Lenz and George Wendt.

 

8. Pet Sematary (1989)

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A family moves to a remote house in Maine and discovers the terror or Fred Gwynne’s Maine accent after their cat dies in Mary Lambert’s adaptation of Stephen King’s novel. With Dale Midkiff, Denise Crosby, Miko Hughes and Brad Greenquist.

 

7. The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988)

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Wes Craven’s voodoo based horror flick about an anthropologist (Bill Pullman) who find evidence of black magic in Haiti wasn’t well received at the time, but it’s a fairly solid chiller, with Cathy Tyson, Zakes Mokae, Michael Gough, Paul Winfield, Dey Young and Paul Guilfoyle.

 

6. Brain Dead (1990)

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Pullman returned to the horror genre with Adam Simon’s underrated thriller written by regular “Twilight Zone” scribe Charles Beaumont, as a neurosurgeon hired by a corporation to get data from the mind of an insane mathematician. With Bill Paxton, Bud Cort, George Kennedy, Nicholas Pryor and Patricia Charbonneau.

 

5. Pumpkinhead (1988)

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Stan Winston directed this horror tale that, despite some mediocre dialogue, manages to be worth seeing thanks to some great special effects and Lance Henriksen’s performance as a man who conjures up a demon after his son is accidentally killed by a group of teenagers.

 

4. Troll II (1990)

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Claudio Fragasso’s Utah-shot “sequel” has nothing to do with TROLL, but has become a “bad movie” classic all on its own. It’s certainly a fascinatingly strange flick, full of awkward line readings, inexplicable plotting and unconvincing special effects, but boy, does Deborah Reed sell it.

 

3. Re-Animator (1985)

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Stuart Gordon has proven to be the only director to reliably be able to take on the ideas of H.P. Lovecraft, as first noted in his adaptation of Lovecraft’s pulpy tale starring Jeffrey Combs as Herbert West, a medical student intent on bringing dead tissue back to life. With David Gale, Bruce Abbott and Barbara Crampton.

 

2. Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986)

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It took a few years to reach theaters, but John McNaughton’s flick was worth the wait, ranking among the best serial killer films ever made. Michael Rooker plays a fictionalized version of Henry Lee Lucas, and the film examines the relationship between Henry and his friend (and co-killer) Otis (Tom Towles) and Otis’s sister Becky (Tracy Arnold), and the minimalist vibe is undeniably unsettling.

 

1. Evil Dead 2: Dead By Dawn (1988)

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Sam Raimi’s brilliant remake of the music video for George Harrison’s “Got My Mind Set on You” featuring Bruce Campbell as the evil-battling ex-Beatle, is pretty much required Halloween viewing.

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