My top ten scary movies from late 80's early 90's
1. Killer Clowns from Outer Space. (1988)
This movie made an impact on my life as hard as the punch delivered by the midget clown to the biker in the movie. I was stuck on this movie for years; it honestly scared the crap out of me. I look back on it now an can watch it an laugh at the poor acting and cheesy lines but there was a time in my life where I couldn't even go to a circus without being afraid of getting wrapped up in a cotton candy cocoon and having my blood drained for a nice beverage for these clowns from outer space. Released in 1988 when I was at the ripe age of just two years old, I imagine I first witnessed this movie around early 90's I would say 5 or 6 years old anyone in their right mind would have been scared watching this at that age. I suggest this movie to all. Especially if you have a phobia of clowns then prepare to be scared but if not enjoy and don't be too harsh on the acting or classic 80's lines.
2. Attack of the Killer Tomatoes (1978)
To be honest with you I can't recall much from this movie. I remember staying at my grandmother's house and I would always have to go to bed early, so Saturday mornings instead of watching Saturday morning cartoons. (Witch are crap nowadays by the way.) I would watch scary movies and usually it consisted of two this being one, I will get to the other next as it also made the list. I know the concept of the movie and remember a lot of people running around in the city a women screaming as huge tomatoes rolled around but other than that don't know what would have scared me in this movie. Guess I'll have to watch it again to see what it might have been.
3. Puppet master (1989)
Now this movie was creepy. Especially the little guy in the trench coat with the knifes. He haunted my dreams as well as my hallways, bathroom, basement, under my bed, and pretty much anywhere I was after dark. Basically it's about evil puppets killing people and there all pretty scary but the white dude in the hat with the trench coat scared me the most. This was another one of those Saturday morning movies at my grandma's. Don't ask me how I got away with watching movies like these at my grandmas but I did. Anyway they came out with multiple sequels to this movie I have seen some I think there all pretty much the same plot .This movie was released when I would have been 3 years old so another I most like watched around 5 or 6. It still gives me the creeps when I see that white faced doll with his kooky little hat and those razor sharp knives. Still a good movie on any stormy night especially if you want to scare your sister from playing with her dolls...
4. Critters (1986)
Yet another movie about monsters from outer space. This movie was about little balls of fur with teeth that could combine themselves and bite the crap out of you. I remember watching all of these I think was a total of 4. They were mean vicious and could shoot spikes out of their skin. This is one of those movies that made you afraid to hang your feet of the bed as a kid. I recall one scene where I think one of them gets thrown down a bowling alley lane. Don't recall much but definitely worth watching again.
We're half way there...
This was one of my most mental damaging scary movies of all time. I would watch this over and over again until my mom would beg to me to turn it off. This movie had me looking in the toilet before, during and after every time I used it. I thought the chick in it was a total babe at the time and love how he made her dress in revealing clothes. The little green monster I will never forget. This will be a movie I watch every year around this time.
Plot: Jonathan Graves inherits the old ancestral mansion, and discovers that he apparently comes from a long line of satanic occultists. Of course, he can't help but pick up the old family tradition. His friends think this is eccentric, and his girlfriend Rebecca thinks he's a worthless slacker who's wasting time he could be spending fixing up the house. But he gets results, and soon the mansion is populated with a startling number of tiny demon puppets and two helpful midgets that only Jonathan can see. Rebecca finally puts her foot down and demands an end to all the Satanism, so what does Jonathan do? His mind-controls her, which not only ends her criticism, but allows him to dress her up in slutty outfits. (This is where any remaining sympathy I had for Jonathan went out the window.) Then he invites all his friends up so that he can use them in an occult ritual which he believes will grant him vast power, but which actually resurrects his dead, Satanist ancestor (dad? gramps? I was never really sure), who shows up spoiling for a fight.
6. â€œITâ€ (1990)
If you were born in the 80's to early 90's and you haven't seen â€œITâ€ either your parents guarded you far too well or you're just a chicken. This movie has to be the basis for the whole fear of clown's phobia. I remember watching this movie at my friend Matt's house, just me and the boys and half way through wishing my mom would call so I would have an excuse to leave. The movie is traumatizing to say the least, and if you think its bad read the book it even scarier and much more of a mental mind screw.
Plot: A series of murders prompts Mike Hanlon to suspect that the supernatural menace that he and a group of friends battled as children has returned. He begins to call his friends to remind them of the oath they swore: if IT returned again, they would come back to Derry to do battle once more.
â€œThey allllllll Float down here Georgie.â€
7. Mr. Boogedy (1986)
Now I doubt most of you will remember this one. It really wasn't that scary and doesn't fit the bill of the previous movies listed but it is one of my all time favorites so it's on here OK? Boogedy Boogedy Boo!!!
Mr. Boogedy was a Disney made for TV film about a family who makes practical jokes, and moves into a new home. The home turns out to be haunted by a man who sold his soul to the devil for a cape that made him invisible. Now the man wanted everything but the one thing he want most was maid Miriam. Maid Miriam would not have his hand in marriage so he kidnapped her and her son Jonathan and took them to his house. They were never seen again and it is believed they still Rome the house trying to escape the grasps of MR. BOOOGEDY. I bought this movie off the internet it was never a motion picture film. I had it recorded on vhs growing up, but I was able to find a copy off Amazon that had been converted to DVD. When I have kids this will be the movie we watch every Halloween. It's a classic and if you ever get the opportunity to watch it DON'T MISS ITâ€¦ BOOGEDY BOOGEDY BOO!!!!!
(It also featured a young Kristi Swanson, as well as David Faustino from married with children.)
8. Ernest Scared Stupid (1991)
I have decided to post another silly scary movie, I remember watching this movie with friends and being so jealous of the awesome tree house the kids had, but that's besides the fact. If you have seen this movie and your around my age group and you didn't think that troll was scary your either lying, or you have balls of Steele. I remember being to go out alone on Halloween because of that stupid troll and if I did I was sure I had my squirt gun loaded with milk and maybe a couple water balloons filled with the powerful white drink as well. I loved how the troll would turn the kids into wooden statues I thought it was the coolest thing, scary but cool. In the end we all knew earnest would save the day, that's why he's Ernest right?
Rip Jim Varney, you are missed my lost childhood friend
9. Evil dead
This cult classic is one that I never seemed to catch the whole of as a child. Flipping through channels I would come upon a scene of a bright pink zombie chick trying break through a trap door of a shack, or a tree assaulting a young girl as she struggles to free herself. I was always intrigued by these movies, evil dead and the sequel army of darkness. Both movies involve an evil book made of skin called the necronomicon. The book has a mind of its own and longs to be in the hands of its right full owner, THE UNDEAD. Weather watching the star of the movie strap on a homemade shotgun to his amputated hand or try and squash miniature versions of himself before they can torture and ultimately murder him, this movie is grade a top shelf. While army of darkness doesn't have the scare power that Evil Dead may they are both worth checking out, and will always be at the top of my list. How can you help but love a guy who carries around a book of skin with a shotgun for a hand and refers to it as his â€œBOOMSTICKâ€. The movie even had a video game witch of course I was one of the first to try out, it was quite fun but did get a little repetitive. I reached a part that seemed impossible to defeat some big huge monster zombie of some kind, can't really remember now but that's where I stopped never got past it though I know I tried.
All in all it's a great movie full of laughs and freights definitely worth adding to your collection.
Saved the best for last
10. The Lost Boys (1987)
In my opinion one of the best vampire movies of all time, as well as one of the best lines from a movie ever, â€œI think I should warn you all, when a vampire bites it, it's never a pretty sight. No two bloodsuckers go the same way. Some yell and scream, some go quietly, some explode, some implode, but all will try to take you with them. Edgar Frog.â€
The lost boys. Enough said right. If you haven't seen this movie, see it. I love every second of it down to the soundtrack. Yes growing up it was a tough one to watch and very scary as a kid. Kiefer Sutherland makes you actually think there could be vampires roaming around your town killing off beach bums and racing dirt bikes down the boardwalk. The makeup and effects in this movie were far ahead of their time, and the acting is just superb. You couldn't have asked for a better cast. The frog brothers were one of the greatest duos to ever grace a movie screen and lived up to their reputation as vampire slayer / comic book salesmen.
This movie is a classic and I know it will go on strong from years to come. If you haven't seen it, I strongly suggest you do and don't even bother renting it cause once you watch it there's no other option but to add it to your DVD collection.
Well these are my top scary movies growing up. They were a big part of shaping me into the person I am today. I still watch a lot of them on a regular basis. I'm sure a lot of you may have some disagreements or think you would have better choice's, what I say to you is, please share them I love remembering parts of my past that I have forgotten and would welcome any ideas or suggestions.
This was my first article ever. I really mean that, I have never submitted or wrote a piece on anything before so if you have any constructive criticism or suggestions please feel free to let me know.
I hope I have brought back some good memories or maybe bad memories for some of you either way, I made an impact and that was my goal. Thanks for taking the time and reading my article I hope to have more in the future. Happy movie watching,
Long live the past, it's what made us who we are today