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10 Lesser-Known 1980s Horror Movies You Need to See

The 1980s were known for big hair, neon colors, loud music, and also a massive boom in the horror genre. The advent of the VCR created a whole new market for rental tapes, and filmmakers could not churn out horror films fast enough to keep the ravenous fans satisfied. But because there was such a […]

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Slashback! Remembering Siskel & Ebert’s Misguided 1980 Anti-Slasher Campaign

Before I launch into this week’s column, I want to make one thing very clear: I have always had and still maintain the utmost respect and admiration for America’s most famous film critics — Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel. Not one episode of their PBS series SNEAK PREVIEWS, which ran from 1975 to 1981, was missed in […]

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Never Forget Your Mama: Looking Back at the Still-Controversial MOTHER’S DAY

Sure, there’s a dedicated day for it on your calendar, but you really shouldn’t need a reminder to do right by your mom… even if you’re a homicidal inbred psycho who collects human heads and eats cereal and cat food from a bucket. That’s the gist of Charles Kaufman’s controversial backwoods horror and rape/revenge flick MOTHER’S DAY — […]

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Slashback! The Screen’s First Slasher Santa Claus — TO ALL A GOODNIGHT (1980)

Nothing suits an old-school slasher flick better than a holiday or other significant calendar event, and since HALLOWEEN and FRIDAY THE 13TH were already spoken for by 1980, producers turned their sights back to Christmas — already prime fodder for body-count horror since Bob Clark’s seminal 1974 classic BLACK CHRISTMAS, and later the setting for […]

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Slashback! 1980’s THE BOOGEYMAN is Gonna Getcha!

Pity the poor, misunderstood slasher flick: even during its lucrative box-office peak in the early ‘80s, it was still considered the bastard child of horror, and a common target of critical venom from critics who scapegoated the slasher as an example of horror’s decline into crass exploitation and cultural irrelevance. It was hated so much, […]