Here we have the last entry in the "best horror of the 80's". I am a wee bit sad about this, seeing as how the 80's were so spectacular for so many reasons. Again, these are just my personal favorites from 1988 & 1989. Watch for the "Corey sightings"!
Child's Play (1988) I don't know about you, but I have a pretty severe case of Pediophobia; the fear of dolls. This movie is such a messed up premise all around. First of all, Chucky is freaky looking and I do NOT want to be his best friend. So, Charles Lee Roy, better known as the Lakeshore Strangler performs a voodoo ritual and ends up in the body of a Good Guy doll and then hilarity ensues. Not really. This is just a wacked out film franchise; it's staying power is unbelievable to me.
Hellbound; Hellraiser 2 (1988) You thought Hellraiser was scary, well, hold on to your seats for Hellbound. Set in a mental institution ,this movie is chock full of chains, hooks, people missing their skin, blood, blood, blood and cenobites. This movie is seriously scary and seriously amazing.
A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988) O.K., so, this is my personal favorite of the NOES franchise. It is definitely not the best of the franchise, but I enjoy the cheesiness, the girl power and the soundtrack. There are some great visuals in this one; this is the movie with a girl who turns into a bug, someone who dies while lifting weights, a pizza with Freddy sausage faces on it and, best of all, Robert Englund in drag as one homely nurse.
Watchers (1988) Based on a Dean R. Koontz novel, this is a surprisingly good horror/sci-fi mash up. It has a monster, a golden retriever and Corey Haim! What more do you want?
Waxwork (1988) O.K. real talk: I flippin' love this movie. I find the premise to be exceptionally clever and since I find wax figures to be really creepy, this is an easy story for me to get into. You see, a mysterious wax museum has popped up in the middle of an upper class neighborhood because that's how all wax museums come to fruition. Our token group of cool high school kids decides to visit this crazy museum one night only to find out that if you step into one of the displays, you will become the victim of it. So, while this isn't necessarily a good movie, it is an insanely enjoyable one.
976-Evil (1989) Directed by Robert Englund, the title refers to what was once a very popular, premium phone prefix. On the surface, the 976-Evil number is just a cheesy phone line that gives you creepy fortunes, but if you look a little deeper, you will find that Satan is using this phone line to corrupt mortals into doing his bidding. Yeah, it's pretty cheesy and pretty lame, but it has it's place in history.
Cutting Class (1989) Don't be misled by the "new" marketing on this film. Yes, it is Brad Pitt's first feature role, but he is not the lead character; he is a supporting character. Donovan Leitch is the lead character and I had a HUGE crush on this guy in the 80's and that is exactly why I have seen this film far too many times. Leitch plays Brian, a boy just released from a mental facility. Coincidentally enough, bizarre murders begin to occur after Brian goes back to school; very suspicious. Truly, this is kind of a terrible movie, but I'm a sucker for a slasher film and anything with Donovan Leithch. Funny side story, this film taught me the "righty tighty, lefty loosey" term that I still use to this day when using a screwdriver.
I, Madman (1989) Virginia works in a second hand bookstore where she becomes engrossed in a novel titled I, Madman. The book is about a crazed and deformed doctor obsessed with a beautiful actress. As the doctor begins sewing pieces of his victim's faces to his own face, it becomes clear that this is not just happening in the book; it is also happening in real life! Again, I find this to be a pretty clever idea and back in 1989 I found it unsettling. Not so much anymore, but it's still a fun movie.
Pet Sematary (1989) Based on Stephen King's novel of the same name, this movie is f*cking creepy. Between dude missing part of his cranium, creepy kid Gage and Zelda, there is plenty here to induce nightmares. Seriously, if you never found Zelda scary, I don't think I can trust you.
Puppet Master (1989) Yeah, this movie is stupid, but it has cult status and numerous sequels for a reason. It is just too weird to pass up. Again, my Pediophobia plays into this despite the diminutive nature of these dolls. Animated by an Egyptian curse, these tiny dolls have only one thing on their minds; murder.
Warlock (1989) Satan has a son and it's Julian Sands! I will watch anything with Julian Sands in it. He just has that certain something that makes even a warlock sexy.
The Burb's (1989) Alright, this barely classifies as horror, but it rules the world! Tom Hanks is a man with too much time on his hands and new neighbors. As the entire cul de sac begins to believe that these new neighbors are up to no good, paranoid driven shenanigans follow. There are so many delightful moments of camp and comedy in this movie, it could be the very thing to clear your mind after watching something more sinister on this list. Bonus: Corey Feldman! Everyone loves a Corey, right? Right?!
Seriously, don't be fooled; Brad Pitt is not the star of this movie.