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Five Classic 1980s Horror Movies on Netflix

Break out the hair spray and the neon because we are taking a trip back to the 1980s. Netflix currently has five 1980s horror cannons on instant streaming. Many consider the 1980s to be one of the best decades of horror history, so let’s revisit the creature features, blood-spewing special effects, and franchises that the decade became best known for.

GREMLINS (1984)

Pets come with a lot of rules- take them for walks, make sure they have water, etc- but with Mogwai comes great responsibility. Joe Dante both enchanted and terrified an entire generation of young horror fans in the Christmas horror/comedy.

 

A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET (1984)

Freddy became a joke-hurling comedian in the later franchise entries, but in this 1984 original Freddy Kruger is scary as hell! Take a trip back to Springwood and whatever you do, don’t fall asleep.

 

HELLRAISER (1987)

Written and directed by Clive Barker, this hyper-sexual, overly gory flick was shocking in the 1980s and still raises some eyebrows today. A puzzle box opens a portal to a sadomasochistic hell.

 

CHILDREN OF THE CORN (1983)

In this Stephen King staple two adults unknowingly venture into a twisted town run solely by children and a demonic beast known as “he who walks behind the rows.”

 

AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON (1981)(Cover Photo)

John Landis’s iconic effects-laden werewolf movie is a must-see for ALL horror fans while it’s on Netflix, even if you are just rewatching it for the 100th time. While on vacation in Britain, a college student is attacked by a werewolf and begins transforming into a beast.

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