’80s Horror

’80s Horror

31 Episodes

The 1980s were defined by style and excess, and the era’s horror movies were no exception. Innovations in practical effects made the nightmares more vivid than ever, and thanks to the rise of home video, the call was now coming from inside the house. While established talents such as John Carpenter (PRINCE OF DARKNESS), Tobe Hooper (THE FUNHOUSE), David Cronenberg (SCANNERS), Michael Mann (THE KEEP), and Paul Schrader (CAT PEOPLE) brought terrifying spectacles to the screen, often with the help of Hollywood studios, home video opened up a new market that allowed the independents to take the genre to unexpected and—in the case of the UK’s censorship of infamous “Video Nasties”—controversial new heights. Curated by Clyde Folley, this ghastly tour through the decade of greed features ambitious art-pulp hybrids (WHITE OF THE EYE), a Hitchcock-inspired trucker movie (ROAD GAMES), old-fashioned creature features (Q: THE WINGED SERPENT), a vampiric Nicolas Cage (VAMPIRE’S KISS), and absolutely unclassifiable cult oddities (SOCIETY), bringing together some of the eighties’ most stylish, haunting, and outrageous visions.

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’80s Horror
  • Brain Damage

    Episode 1

    Directed by Frank Henenlotter • 1988 • United States
    Starring Rick Hearst, Jennifer Lowry, Gordon MacDonald

    From Frank Henenlotter, the man behind such cult favorites as BASKET CASE and FRANKENHOOKER, comes BRAIN DAMAGE—the ultimate horror-comedy head trip. Meet Aylmer. He’s your friendly neighb...

  • Dream Demon

    Episode 2

    Directed by Harley Cokeliss • 1988 • United Kingdom
    Starring Jemma Redgrave, Kathleen Wilhoite, Timothy Spall

    A young bride-to-be’s anxieties over her upcoming wedding take on a horrifying, demonic form in this underseen shocker from director Harley Cokeliss. As her marriage to a decorated war h...

  • The Blob

    Episode 3

    Directed by Chuck Russell • 1988 • United States
    Starring Kevin Dillon, Shawnee Smith, Donovan Leitch

    More gruesomely graphic than ever, THE BLOB returns in this horrifying tale about a vile, malignant life-form that crashes to earth in a cozy, rural American town called Arborville. Untroubled b...

  • The Lair of the White Worm

    Episode 4

    Directed by Ken Russell • 1988 • United Kingdom
    Starring Amanda Donohoe, Catherine Oxenberg, Hugh Grant

    Pagan vampires, a two-hundred-foot worm, and a profusion of phallic imagery collide in Ken Russell’s typically outré take on Bram Stoker’s most infamous novel. On an excavation in the English ...

  • Vampire’s Kiss

    Episode 5

    Directed by Robert Bierman • 1988 • United States
    Starring Nicolas Cage, María Conchita Alonso, Jennifer Beals

    Nicolas Cage is at his totally unleashed, bonkers best in this wild, darkly comic yuppie-vampire satire that has become a bona fide cult classic. Teetering on the edge of sanity, volati...

  • Society

    Episode 6

    Directed by Brian Yuzna • 1989 • United States
    Starring Billy Warlock, Connie Danese, Ben Slack

    Teenager Bill Whitney (Billy Warlock) has always felt like the odd one out in his wealthy, upper-class Beverly Hills family. But his sense of alienation takes a sinister turn when he hears an audio re...

  • Tetsuo: The Iron Man

    Episode 7

    Directed by Shinya Tsukamoto • 1989 • Japan
    Starring Tomorowo Taguchi, Kei Fujiwara, Nobu Kanaoka

    An ordinary Japanese salaryman undergoes a shocking metamorphosis in Shinya Tsukamoto’s legendary fusion of body horror and cyberpunk expressionism. A strange man known only as the “metal fetishist”...