80s Comedy Horror

"What's going on Delia? Are you alright?"

"It's a marvelous night for a Moondance."

"You've got vengeance in your soul. I guess you made up your mind."

If you know the movies to my soundtrack references give yourself 1000 brownie points!  I'm not sure what's more cringe-worthy, the antics in these movies or the music that goes with it. There's just something about 80s comedy horror that thrills and excites but at the same time grosses you out with its special effects.  Take "An American Werewolf in London."  You've got two college guys backpacking through England.  They reach a town and have a few drinks.  The villagers warn them to stay off the moors.  And of course, what do they do?  They go walking into the moors and it's the middle of the night!  One becomes the walking dead, while the other a werewolf.  Watching him transform into a werewolf sent me hiding under a blanket.  But I couldn't stop watching it.  The movie's special effects are brilliant!

So, if you're willing to listen to 80s music, watch eye-popping horror special effects, and enjoy dark humor, I've got some movies for you!

An American Werewolf in London 1981 movie coverAn American Werewolf in London (1981)
The story of two American youths whose European adventure turns to terror after they are attacked by a werewolf and one of them is killed.

House 1985 movie coverHouse (1985)
Horror novelist Roger Cobb is a man on the edge, reeling from his recent divorce, haunted by the mysterious disappearance of his young son, and struggling with his new book about his traumatic experiences in Vietnam. But when he moves into the strange house left to him by his late aunt, Roger's precarious sanity comes under siege by nightmares of his dead war buddy, visits from a nosy neighbor, and an onslaught of hideous creatures from another dimension.

Fright Night 1985 movie coverFright Night (1985)
When a teenage boy can't get anybody to believe that his neighbor is a vampire, he turns to a TV-horror host, who used to be the "Great Vampire Killer" of the movies.

The Burbs 1989 movie coverThe 'Burbs (1989)
A suspense-comedy in which Tom Hanks portrays a suburbanite whose plans for a peaceful vacation are disturbed by a creepy new family on the block.

Ghostbusters 1984 movie coverGhostbusters (1984)
When ghosts go on a rampage, only three men can save the world. Soon every spook in the city is loose and our heroes face the supreme challenge. If you want your spirits raised, who you gonna call? Ghostbusters!

The Lost Boys 1987 movie coverThe Lost Boys (1987)
A young teen thinks his town of Santa Carla is infested with vampires and becomes convinced of it when his own brother starts turning into one.

Beetlejuice 1988 movie coverBeetlejuice (1988)
After Barbara and Adam Maitland are killed in a car crash, they find themselves trapped as ghosts in their beautiful New England farmhouse. Their peaceful 'existence' is disrupted when a yuppie family, the Deetz's, buy their house. The Maitlands are too nice and harmless as ghosts and all their efforts to scare the Deetz's away are unsuccessful. They decide to call Beetlejuice, a people-exorcizing ghost, for help.

Warlock 1989 movie coverWarlock (1989)
Satan's son, the Warlock, escapes execution in Boston in 1691 and is transported to Los Angeles 300 years into the future. The witch hunter, Giles Redferne, is also transported and enlists the aide of Kassandra to keep the Warlock from destroying all creation.

Gremlins 1984 movie coverGremlins (1984)
When Billy's Christmas present of a Mogwai named Gizmo accidentally gets wet and his babies eat after midnight, devilish gremlins take over the town.

Haunted Honeymoon 1986 movie coverHaunted Honeymoon (1986)
A radio actor takes his fiancee out to meet his relatives on a gloomy country estate before they are married.

Elvira Mistress of the Dark 1988 movie coverElvira: Mistress of the Dark (1988)
Complications ensue when Elvira moves to a conservative Massachusetts town to sell her late aunt's estate. From Hollywood to Las Vegas, from screaming gremlins to campy schtick to witchy graveyard warfare, this film is bursting at the seams with morbid and monstrous misadventures.

The Monster Squad 1987 movie coverThe Monster Squad (1987)
You know whom to call when you have ghosts. But who do you call when you have monsters? The Monster Squad - a group of young kids devoted to protecting their suburban neighborhood from monsters and ghouls. Count Dracula escapes Van Helsing and adjourns modern day Earth, accompanied by Frankenstein's Monster, the Wolfman, the Mummy, and the Black Lagoon's Gillman. The ghouls are in search of a powerful amulet that will grant them power to rule the world. Standing in their way - The Monster Squad!

High Spirits 1988 movie coverHigh Spirits (1988)
Impoverished Peter Plunkett hatches the perfect plan to save his debt-ridden Irish castle: lure American tourists by advertising the place as haunted! But when Peter and his wacky staff don sheets and chains to go a-haunting, they scare up more than paying guests ... they arouse the real ghosts of Castle Plunkett, as moldy and murderous a crew of spooks who ever terrorized the Celtic countryside. Or fell in love with a mortal.


Answer to soundtrack references:

"What's going on Delia? Are you alright?" lyrics from "Day-O" by Harry Belafonte for the movie Beetlejuice.

"It's a marvelous night for a Moondance," lyrics from "Moondance" by Van Morrison for the movie American Werewolf in London.

"Vengeance in your soul. I guess you made up your mind," lyrics from "Bloodstone" by Jetboy for The Burbs movie soundtrack.