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My Favorites from the 70's, 80's, 90's and the 2000's

I've been getting tagged repeatedly on Instagram with a fun little post that has you chose YOUR favorite horror film from the 70's, 80's, 90's and 2000's.  As fun as this may seem--I don't know how people are only able to pick ONE horror film from each of those decades.  It seems nearly impossible especially in the 80's where horror was at its' best.  This was some challenging shit.  Probably even more challenging than trying to decide where you want to go for dinner with your significant other on a Friday night...

"I'm  hungry. Let's go out."

"Alright, where do you want to go?"

"I don't care, where do you want to go?"

"How about Red Lobster?"

"Nah.  Let's go somewhere else."

And the cycle repeats itself until ya'll die from starvation...

 Anyway!  Each of these decades have rolled out some of the best horror films known to cinema.  Let's jump through time and check out my picks throughout the years.  Buckle up while I slam down on the gas pedal in my lil DeLorean...

The 70's

The 70's was about the time when free love was abundant.  When it all comes down to it--I wouldn't have lasted.  I'm all about love and positive energy but this was the time where free-love was not on short supply.  This was the time of Zeppelin, Hippies and feeling good.  If you know what I mean.  Some of the best horror films have spawned from this decade--Halloween, Phantasm, Carrie, Black Christmas--I could go all day!  But my selection has never been more clear...


Texas Chainsaw Massacre--1974

Tobe Hooper shocked audiences for days when this came out.  A chainsaw-wielding mad man who lives with a family of cannibals in Texas--I can't think of anything more terrifying than that.  Besides, the epic chase scene between him and Sally truly shows how relentless his character is.  He is determined to capture her and ultimately--wear her face.  What's even more hilarious is that people really thought these events actually happened.  But I will say this--the character of Leatherface is loosely based on Ed Gein...

Also did you guys really think I would leave this one out?  My name is madame.leatherface on instagram (also, that was totally a shameless plug.  Let's be friends...)

The 80's

Aquanet.  Spandex.  Leg Warmers.  This was the 80's.  Also this was the time when I was born.  Some have gone to say that the 80's was the birth of some of the best horror movies we've seen.  Evil Dead, the Shining, An American Werewolf in London--the list seems endless.  This decade was a breakthrough for this genre.  One film in particular stands out to me the most...


Nightmare on Elm Street--1984

Wes Craven managed to create one of the top slasher films of all time.  Raking 25.5 million dollars at the box office, Nightmare on Elm Street became a classic overnight.  Freddy preyed upon our sleep cycle and terrorized us as we toss and turned through our nightmares.  We all gotta go to sleep sometime and Freddy will be waiting...


Proof that dreams really do come true...^^^

The 90's

One of my all-time favorite decades was in fact the 90's.  I grew up during this time and happily made my way through the Spice Girls, Backstreet Boys, *NSYNC, Tamagotchis, Creepy Crawlers and Tales from the Crypt.  It was a simpler time.  Throughout this decade, the 90's bounced through Science Fiction thrillers such as The Faculty and Tremors to the usual high-school horror mystery such as I Know What You Did Last Summer or the psychological horror flick-- The Blair Witch Project.  But many horror fans who are participating in this challenge decided to go with Scream as their choice for this decade.  Don't get me wrong--Scream is one of my favorites, but this film gets my vote...


People Under the Stairs--1991

 I remember when I first watched this film.  I was on a Wes Craven bender.  After young Fool breaks into the home of his greedy landlords--he gets more than he's bargained for.  He comes to discover that the pair incestuous siblings have kidnapped young boys and have held them captive in the basement of their home.  Banding together with Alice and Roach, they all attempt to flee the house of horrors.  Now I wonder--do we all have a pair of psychopaths living in a lavish home in our community?  Who knows what's hidden behind the walls of the rich and famous. This film will never get old and will continue to remain on my must-see list.  Also  I'm still mourning over Roach... 

The 2000's 

Tube-Tops.  Low-Rise Jeans.  The Sims.  And good ol' dial up internet.  I can still hear the dial-up tone now--that noise will haunt me forever.  The 2000's brought on odd fashion sense as well as long hours behind the computer screen diving through the black hole of the internet.  The millennium started when I was in middle-school.  And this became the time of my gore/slasher awakening which contributed to non-stop hours of watch time for horror movies.  I was in too deep at this point.  Film's such as American Psycho and the Ring hit the shelves and I fell in love.  We're still cruising thru this decade but many of my other favorites such as; Trick R Treat, Hostel, Saw, The Descent and the Hills Have Eyes (just to name a few) contributed amazing content to this genre.     


Drag Me To Hell--2009

In 2009, Sam Raimi dragged me to hell with this supernatural horror flick.  As retaliation for denying her an extension on her home loan, an angry gypsy places a curse on Christine Brown by condemning her soul to eternal damnation.  There's so many aspects of this film that make my skin crawl--in a good way.  Raimi produces a serious of scares that make you gasp throughout the entire film.  What's the takeaway from this?  Be sure to grant an extension on a gypsy's home loan...


 So, what were some of your choices? 

Remember you have to pick ONE movie from the 70's, 80's, 90's and 2000's. 

Leave me a comment below so I can see your choices!


Till next time fiends,


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    The Amityville Horror

    The Shining

    The Silence of the Lambs

    Trick ‘r Treat

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