Category Archives: 1980s

To All a Goodnight (1980)

This independent low-budget shocker from 1980 holds the distinction of being the first killer Santa slasher film, beating Christmas Evil into theaters by 11 months.  While a killer Santa briefly appeared in the opening segment of 1972’s Tales From the … Continue reading

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13 Best Halloween-themed Horror Films

Tales of Halloween (2015) Tales of Halloween, an anthology-style horror film, features ten stories that are packed into a tight 92-minute running time.  The stories, all taking place in the same suburban town on Halloween night, run the gamut from … Continue reading

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The Children (1980)

An accident at a nearby nuclear power plant releases a thick radioactive fog that drifts through a small country community.  A bus full of school children returning home from school drives through the fog and is later found abandoned on … Continue reading

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The Intruder Within (1981)

In the Antarctic, the Zortron 101 oil rig is drilling at extreme depths to find new oil reserves.  The company, desiring to keep their operation secret, fabricates records to show the oil rig is in Valparaiso for repairs and restricts … Continue reading

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Nightmare City (1980)

Dean Miller, a reporter at the local news station, is sent to the airport to interview an expert on radiation following a leak at a nuclear power plant.  While he waits for the expert’s plane to arrive, an unidentified plane … Continue reading

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Effects (1980)

Director Lacey Bickel is making a low-budget horror film, choosing an isolated house in the Pennsylvania woods for filming.  Helping him with the project is a two-man crew composed of Dominic, the cinematographer and special effects artist, and Celeste, the … Continue reading

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The Funhouse (1981)

Teenager Amy Harper goes on a date with her older boyfriend Buzz to the carnival, over her father’s objections.  Joining them on a double-date is her friend Liz and her boyfriend, Richie.  Arriving at the carnival, they have fun experiencing … Continue reading

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City of the Living Dead (1980)

While in a trance at a séance, Mary Woodhouse has visions of a priest, Father Thomas, hanging himself in the small town of Dunwich, resulting in the opening of the gates of Hell and the dead rising.  The vision is … Continue reading

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Without Warning (1980)

In rural Southern California, an alien entity arrives and begins to hunt any humans who come into the area around a lake.  The alien, a man-sized being with white-gray skin and a large bulbous head, stalks and brings down his … Continue reading

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Friday the 13th (1980)

In the summer of 1958, an unknown assailant brutally murders two camp counselors at Camp Crystal Lake while they are getting intimate in one of the buildings.  The murders are unsolved and the scandal, in addition to the scandal of … Continue reading

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