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10 80s B movies you all need to watch again

Get a case of beer, a crate of liquor, and enough junk food to last you the weekend (No Stuff, please). We are going to sit down and watch the best/worst of B horror/sci-fi cinema, so invite over some friends, block out any light not cast by the glorious cathode ray, and long live the new flesh!

They Live
1988
Directed by: John Carpenter

Roddy Piper needs to knock on my door one day, and when I answer he needs to say “I came here to chew bubble gum and kick ass, and I’m all out of bubble gum.” I’ll be so happy that I won’t mind when the ass kicking begins.

Basket Case
1982
Directed by: Frank Henenlotter

The best use of a picnic basket I can think of? Storing your deformed, murderous, and vengeance driven twin between bloodbaths. Second best? Storing potato salad.

C.H.U.D. 2: Bud the Chud
1989
Directed by: David Irving

Sometimes overacting is bad, sometimes overacting is so bad that it comes back around the loop to become extremely awesome. Bud the Chud is the smoothest, most stylish movie monster of all time. A definite departure from the monstrous sewer dwellers of the first film, some of the funniest dialogue I remember from the 80s, especially the barber shop scene.

The Stuff
1985
Directed by: Larry Cohen

The reason I will not eat white foods, or take Paul Sorvino Seriously in a film ever again.

Elvira: Mistress Of the Dark
1988
Directed by: James Signorelli

The great thing about this movie is the one element that is missing from all the bad movies of today, and that thing is… Elvira. I will always have a special place in my heart for Cassandra Peterson and this film.

The Wraith
1986
Directed by: Mark Marvin

Forget that this movie stars a young Charlie Sheen, more importantly it stars one of the scariest men ever to be in movies, Clint Howard, The Ice Cream man himself and Opies little brother.

Brain Damage
1988
Directed by: Frank Henenlotter

The 80s wasn’t just about saying no to drugs, but also saying no to parasitic aliens that feed you hallucinogenic fluids in return for providing them fresh brains to devour.

Ghoulies
1985
Directed by: Luca Bercovici

The best of the small monster genre, show this to your impressionable children if you want to give them bathroom issues for the rest of their life.

Dead Heat
1988
Directed by: Mark Goldblatt

Mixes three eighties elements that should never ever be combined, zombie films, buddy cop films, and Joe Piscapo. All in all, a great party film though.

Trancers
1985
Directed by: Charles Band

Charles Band directed some of the greatest B horror series ever, including the Puppet Master movies. But Trancers remains one of his best, starring Tim Thomerson as the iconic Jack Deth.

– Luke Copping

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