Today, we are pleased to bring you a guest column from Dustin Boltjes of Skeletonwitch, a band you should know and love. Rather than do a column on books or bands, Dustin asked us if he could write one on horror flicks. We said, “Fuck yes, dude.” This is the result.
Horror films are about as obsessive for me as heavy metal. In particular, the 80’s slasher films. The 80’s really just nailed it, with how these films were supposed to be executed. Brutal, uncompromising ways for victims to be killed. But still fun and of course, tons of nudity and drug use! The popularity of films like “Friday the 13th” and “A Nightmare on Elm Street” spawned an entire wave of independent slasher movies that have become some of my favorites of the genre. Here are three you may not have heard of, but should definitely check out if you dig 80’s horror.
The Burning (1981)
This one definitely pulled its influence from “Friday the 13th,” but in its own unique way. Lots of fun characters, including a young Jason Alexander (“Seinfeld”).
Pesky teens run amok at summer camp. But old Cropsey has set out to wreak vengeance on those kids…by brutally killing as many as he can get his hands on — with a god damn pair of garden shears!!
A group of night stockers at a grocery store are putting in the late hours. Unfortunate, because there is a sadistic madman on the loose, single handedly murdering all of the employees…visciously. This film has one of my favorite kill scenes in it.
Special effects are amazing. By the great Greg Nicotero, and cameos from Sam Raimi, Ted Raimi and Bruce Campbell. I fucking love this film!!
The Prowler (1981)
Tonight’s the Spring Dance and these horny college kids are out for a night of fun. But it seems that a maniac who’s returned from the war has a different evening in mind…one filled with death and brutality!
An earlier film for special effects genius Tom Savini (he also worked on “The Burning” that same year) Another 80’s classic!!!