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When Max Headroom Mysteriously Hijacked Television

Max Headroom was originally a British character from a science fiction made-for-TV movie. This Ray Ban wearing digital revolutionary, introduced in 1984, was described as the world’s first computer generated TV host. Of course, he was mostly a synthesized version of actor Matt Frewer wearing prosthetic make-up.  From his TV movie beginnings, Max received his own […]

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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 […]

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10 More Obscure 1980s Horror Movies You Need to See

A few weeks back, I explored ten obscure horror films from the 1980s that many fans may have over-looked or missed. Check out the first list here. Today, we are exploring another ten titles, all from the 1980s, and all much in need of a rediscovery, especially if you are a diehard 80s horror fan. […]

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Blood is Blood: Queer Subtext in THE LOST BOYS

The first time I saw THE LOST BOYS, I was too young to acknowledge the reasons for its charm over me. It was a fun, subversive vampire movie with a rocking soundtrack. But as I got older, and started figuring things out about myself, the film took on new meanings for me. It was an allegory […]

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Ten ’80s Slasher Posters That Are Better Than the Actual Movies

There’s nothing I love more than a good horror poster, but there’s a rule of thumb I’ve learned to follow: Don’t judge a slasher by its poster. Especially in the ’80s, publicity teams knocked out near works of art on a monthly basis in an attempt to get their films noticed amid the noise of the […]

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Was 1987 the Best Year in Horror Movie History?

Pinpointing the greatest year for genre releases isn’t easy. In fact, if we were to really explore the topic, we’d be combing through decade upon decade and thousands of films, and you’d end up attempting to read a 30,000-word article on your lunch break. That’s not going to happen. What has happened, however, is that […]

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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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The Horrifying Theory Behind a Bizarre Photo Nicknamed “Danny Boy”

This creepy viral phenomenon is one of many tales revolving around a single strange photograph [like these, for example], which may have first surfaced with no available backstory — as is the case for so many vintage photos posted online. As the saying goes, nature — not to mention the internet — abhors a vacuum, […]

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THE QUEST is the Best 1980s Young Adult Adventure Horror You’ve Never Seen

I’d like to tell you about a story, one steeped in 1980s era nostalgia that makes direct references to E.T., JAWS, and POLTERGEIST all in the first 15 minutes. It’s a story about young adults forging bonds like the gang from STAND BY ME with a motley crew embarking on a mission more dangerous than […]

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VHS Classic! The Greatest Buddy Cop Zombie Movie Ever Made – DEAD HEAT!

Once upon a time in the 1980s, MTV, big hair and VHS ruled the day. The impulse renting of horror titles in long-gone video stores allowed fans to discover flicks that died in a theatrical release. One such flick is the now cult-classic DEAD HEAT – an over-the-top retread of the noir thriller D.O.A – […]

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1980s Kids Movies That Are Actually Horror Movies in Disguise

For those of us who came of age in the 1980s and 1990s: Remember video stores? Remember running to the Horror section to rabidly consume new releases and classics alike? Remember feeling like you’ve seen every single horror movie in the entire store? What did you do then? Did it occur to you to venture […]

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The Wild, Gross, Gooey History of Madballs!

Something parents often fail to acknowledge is how much little kids have a gross-out sense of humor. Oh sure, parents have to bear the unending brunt of booger and fart jokes from their second-grade sons and daughters and live among the unending tide of armpit noises and fake belches. But the instinct, for parents, is to quell […]

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Ten 1980s Halloween Specials that Scared the Hell Out of Me

It’s strange, but I’ve discovered that many diehard horror fans have multiple recollections of being scared out of their minds by movies and television at young ages. Yet for some reason, they didn’t turn away from the scares but rather approached them head on and seeking out more scares. This is how I was as […]