In recent horror, eighties nostalgia has seemingly reached a fever pitch. The cinematic remake of the 90’s television miniseries based on the Steven King novel It (2017) noticeably shifts the timeframe of the original story from the 1960’s to the 1980’s. In fact, the film goes out of its way to remind viewers of 80’s sights and sounds, particularly the decade’s movies. In one scene, the camera passes over the lone movie theatre of the small town whose marquee promotes: Lethal Weapon 2, Batman, and A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child. However, the binge-worthy Netflix series, Stranger Things, takes its love of 80’s film even further. A poster for the decade’s remake of The Thing (1982) appears on a wall in a character’s home, and in the second season, the boys all dress up as characters from the Ghostbusters movies. But more than that, the series employs elements of 80’s movies so much so that they become crucial to the series’ plot. Is this just lazy script writing or is something else at work here?
For those of you who know me, you know that I LOVE 80s horror. It was a time when horror comedies, slashers, final girls, gore, and monster make-up dominated the screen. Arguably this decade provided us with some of the most memorable and formidable monsters. Please enjoy the following infographic which documents some great monsters of 80s horror / sci-fi as well as useful tips on how to survive their attacks. However, even though he scared the bejeezus out of me as a child I cannot condone bagging E.T. and turning him over to the Feds. It would be like selling Gizmo on the illegal animal trade circuit and that’s just cruel.