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1986 Horror Movies – Complete Summary Report
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1986 Horror Movies – Complete Summary Report

1986 Horror Movies  – In 1986, creature special effects were all the rage, and bloody slasher-style deaths were out of the question. Either way, the MPAA had been harshly critical of body-counting movies, so movie producers adapted and gave audiences what they wanted and what censors were willing to put up with.

Only a few consensus classics were free that year, but the horror scene still spawned its most prolific 12-month run since 1981. Several are now considered minor cult choices of the nearly 30 new films hitting theatres and VCRs: Maximum Overdrive, Critters, Neon Maniacs, Vamp and Terrorvision. Each is branded by stylized villains or other over-the-top production design elements while avoiding the gruesome, ultra-realistic murder scenes that defined the genre earlier in the decade.

But, as you might know, if you’ve read this blog series, I tend to seek out more hardcore horror content, which is why I’ve mentioned these movies above instead of including them. in the list below.

Fly 1986 Horror Movies

David Cronenberg’s horror masterwork is many things: an auteur film that manages to please a commercial crowd, the culmination of the director’s decade-long exploration of the body of horror, and arguably the best remake of any genre.

Many horror movies are superficial entertainment made with varying degrees of artistic skill; Cronenberg’s film about a man who slowly turns into an insect offers multiple readings like a literary work. A metaphor for cancer. A metaphor for ageing. A midlife crisis metaphor. A story about regret and the domino effect of bad decisions. It’s wonderfully unnecessary in the tradition of Bride of Frankenstein, another excellent movie.

Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer

In this film, Michael Rooker is so scary that you would think the producers hired a natural serial killer for the lead role. The scene where Henry and Otis watch, with bored indifference. A videotape of themselves raping and murdering an entire family. Is among the most disturbing things I’ve ever seen in cinema, and not a crumb of it. Is shown—some blood.

Relentlessly dark from the first frame to last. Moreover, Henry is one of those films that stays with you long after you’ve seen it. A real horror movie.

Aliens 1986 Horror Movies

Aliens 1986 Horror Movies

The original Alien is a near-perfect horror film that would be incredible to replicate. Hence, the studio wisely decided to go in an unlike direction with the sequel, opting for the action-horror spectacle instead.

Fresh off the smash hit Piranha 2: The Spawning The Terminator, remarkable young director James Cameron took the franchise’s reins. And delivered a fun, extraordinary effects-packed adventure that gave audiences a thrill. Unfortunately, the acting in Cameron’s films tends to be a little over the top for my tastes. Still, there are plenty of great moments of dialogue and memorable characters to enjoy here. From Lance Henriksen’s eccentric android Bishop to the sycophant of Paul Reiser’s Burke business.

Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 1986 Horror Movies

Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 1986 Horror Movies

Man, people reviled this movie when it came out. I was sceptical myself, but this has grown considerably over the years since. Audiences expected another gruelling documentary-style horror masterpiece. And instead got a colourful, peppery dark comedy more in line with the violent parody of Mother’s Day.

After repeated viewings, one begins to see the same kind of genre satire that Sam Raimi later won accolades with Evil Dead 2. Poor Tobe Hooper. He will never get the credit and recognition he deserves.

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