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The Abyss Halloween Movie 1989The Abyss (1989)
Innovative, deep-ocean sci-fi action/thriller about submarine encountering undersea aliens. With its eye-popping effects, ever-increasing tension, this appeals to fans of mainstream action films and those seeking a more thought-provoking adventure.
Starring: Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio
Director: James Cameron
Runtime: 145 minutes
Rating: PG-13
Beetlejuice Halloween Movie 1988Beetlejuice (1988)
Giddy, outlandish, high-spirited comic fantasy about two pesky poltergeists trying to frighten away the new owners of their old house. Not a Halloween themed film, but if it doesn't put you in the mood to haunt, nothing will!! Michael Keaton shines as Beetlejuice!
Starring: Michael Keaton, Alec Baldwin
Director: Tim Burton
Runtime: 92 minutes
Rating: PG
The Lady In White Halloween Movie 1988Lady In White(1988)
Mystery combines with modern-day ghost story in nostalgic tale of young boy's fascination with spooky house. Those who love more Gothic thrillers and less gore will enjoy this.
Stars:Lukas Haas, Katherine Helmond
Director: Frank Laloggia
Runtime: 92 minutes
Rating: PG-13
Hellraiser Halloween Movie 1987Hellraiser (1987)
Extra gory, brutal, bloody frightfest about woman's affair with her demonic brother-in-law. You may gag a few times, but this is definitely worth watching at least once!
Starring: Andrew Robinson, Clare Higgins
Director: Clive Barker
Runtime: 94 minutes
Rating: R
The Lost Boys Halloween Movie 1987The Lost Boys (1987)
Young, pretty vampires try and take over a seaside town but are thwarted by newcomers in this trendy but enjoyable film. The MTV style music makes it enjoyable as well.
Starring: Jason Patrick, Corey Haim
Director: Joel Schumacher
Runtime: 97 minutes
Rating: PG
Near Dark Halloween Movie 1987Near Dark (1987)
Very violent, twisted tale of vampires on the road. A truly great and classic vampire film, it gives them a more "human" approach than most vampire genre films. Definitely worth watching!
Starring: Adrian Pasdar, Jenny Wright, Lance Henricksen, Bill Paxton
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
Runtime: 95 minutes
Rating: R
The Witches Of Eastwick Halloween Movie 1987The Witches Of Eastwick (1987)
This black comedy is about a trio of women conjuring up the perfect man by accident. Kind of silly but a strong cast and an entertaining story make up for it as well as good Hollywood production values, a mix of ribald humor with erotic reveries.
Stars: Jack Nicholson, Cher, Michelle Pfeiffer, Susan Sarrandon
Director: George Miller
Rating: R Runtime: 118 minutes
Trick or Treat Halloween Movie 1986Trick or Treat (1986)
High school outcast gets picked on by jocks because of his heavy metal loving, morbid ways. His rock hero dies in a fire, causing him much grief. But he gets the last unreleased record by Sammy Curr from a DJ  and that record holds the key to bringing Sammy back from the dead.
Starring: Tony Fields, Marc Price, Ozzy Osborne, Gene Simmons
Director: Charles Martin Smith
Runtime: 97 minutes Rating: R
Day Of The Dead Halloween Movie 1985Day Of The Dead (1985)
Third installment in the Living Dead series, not too bad but seems to use the major gore to keep the slim story line going.
Stars: Lori Cardille, Terry Alexander
Director: George A. Romero
Rating: NR
Runtime: 91 minutes
Return of the Living Dead Halloween Movie 1985Return of the Living Dead (1985)
Ultra gory black comedy about resurrected brain-eating zombies running amok in a cemetery and mortuary. Great fun for horror and gore freaks a like and the totally 80's punk soundtrack just makes it all the better!
Stars: Clu Gulager, James Karen
Director: Dan O'Bannon
Rating: R
Runtime: 91 minutes
Silver Bullet Halloween Movie 1985Silver Bullet (1985)
Story of a handicapped young boy and his sister trying to discover the identity of a werewolf in their town, along with the help of their alcoholic uncle. Adapted from the Steven King novella.
Starring: Gary Busey, Corey Haim
Director: Dan Attias
Runtime: 95 minutes
Rating: R
Teen Wolf Halloween Movie 1985Teen Wolf (1985)
Ludicrous, sometimes hilarious teen comedy about wimp becoming popular after transforming into werewolf. This quintessential 80s teen comedy pleases fans of genre, Michael J. Fox lovers. Most others should avoid.
Starring: Michael J. Fox, James Hampton
Director: Rod Daniel
Runtime: 92 minutes
Rating: PG
Fright Night Halloween Movie 1985Fright Night (1985)
Modern classic vampire movie about a teen who thinks his handsome new neighbor is a vampire. Totally entertaining and the sequel is equally good.
Starring: Chris Sarandon, William Ragsdale
Director: Tom Holland
Runtime: 106 minutes
Rating: R
Nightmare On Elm Street Halloween Movie 1984A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984)
Classic thriller about a serial killer invading the dreams of a group of teens. It was considered extremely scary when first released and it can still hold it's own all these years later. Great modern classic!
Stars: John Saxon, Ronee Blakley, Heather Langenkamp, Robert Englund
Director: Wes Craven
Rating: R
Runtime: 91 minutes
Ghostbusters Halloween Movie 1984Ghostbusters (1984)
Supernatural comedy about high-tech parapsychologists fighting ghosts in NYC. Great special effects, funny dialog and story line, this film will not only appeal to adults but young horror lovers as well.
Starring: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd
Director: Ivan Reitman
Runtime: 107 minutes
Rating: PG
Blade Runner Halloween Movie 1984Blade Runner (1982)
Moody futuristic thriller about hard-boiled detective hunting near-human "replicants." With its stunning effects, rich characterizations, and brooding atmosphere, this is a cult classic with fans of noir, sci-fi, offbeat drama.
Starring: Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer
Director: Ridley Scott
Runtime: 121 minutes
Rating: R
The Thing Halloween Movie 1982The Thing (1982)
Antarctic research team discovers frozen alien spacecraft in this slime-spattered, graphically violent sci-fi thriller. Despite its intriguing story, this non-stop gore fest is most appealing to die-hard, strong-stomached horror fans.
Starring: Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley
Director: John Carpenter
Runtime: 108 minutes
Rating: R
Poltergiest Halloween Movie 1982Poltergeist (1982)
Very creepy, entertaining and suspenseful film about a little girl wanted by the poltergeists in her house. Always a thrill to watch, even if you've seen it a hundred times.
Stars: JoBeth Williams, Craig T. Nelson
Director: Tobe Hooper
Rating: PG
Runtime: 114 minutes
Evil Dead Halloween Movie 1982Evil Dead (1982)
Ultra gory thriller that seats five young campers against body-possessing demons after chanting from "The Book Of The Dead". This Sam Rami classic started a whole wave of demon possession movies. Definitely a modern classic!!
Stars: Bruce Campbell, Ellen Sandweiss
Director: Sam Raimi
Rating: NR
Runtime: 85 minutes
Halloween III Season of the Witch Halloween Movie 1982Halloween III - Season of the Witch (1982)
Most people hated this movie. I don't know why. If you forget the title, it stands alone very well. It has nothing to do with the first two Halloween films, this time there's a plot by a warped Irish toy maker to kill children on Halloween using masks and Stonehenge.
Starring: Tom Atkins, Stacey Nelkin
Director: Tommy Lee Wallace
Runtime: 98 minutes
Rating: R

The Howling Halloween Movie 1981The Howling (1981)
A TV news anchorwoman combats rampant werewolves in this witty semi-tribute to horror films. Critics were mixed, but with terrific special effects and laugh-inducing dialogue, it's appreciated by knowledgeable horror buffs. The werewolves are the best we've seen!
Starring: Dee Wallace Stone, Patrick Macnee
Director: Joe Dante
Runtime: 90 minutes
Rating: R

American Werewolf In London Halloween Movie 1981An American Werewolf in London (1981)
Cult horror film about tourist werewolf. Fans of offbeat comedy enjoy, though this is not strictly a spoof. Much-revered, gory special effects still please fans of shockingly grisly fare.
Starring: David Naughton, Jenny Agutter
Director: John Landis
Runtime: 97 minutes
Rating: R
Wolfen Halloween Movie 1981Wolfen (1981)
Story of investigator's look into gory murders leading to wolf-ish surprise. Interesting point-of-view camera effects, solid script produce interesting fare for crime-film relishers who enjoy horror element.
Starring: Albert Finney, Gregory Hines
Director: Michael Wadleigh
Runtime: 115 minutes
Rating: R
Ghost Story Halloween Movie 1981Ghost Story (1981)
Adapted from Straub bestseller, this slow-moving but star-studded horror tale concerning male friends confronting terrifying past might please fright-seekers who prefer dark, moody atmosphere over modern special effects and the usual gore.
Stars: Fred Astaire, Melvyn Douglas
Director: John Irvin
Rating: R
Runtime: 110 minutes
Halloween II 1981Halloween II (1981)
This one didn't do quite as well as the first, critics didn't like it but it was equally entertaining. It takes up at the end of the first Halloween movie and we find out why Michael is so intent on killing Laurie Strode.
Starring: Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasence
Director: Rick Rosenthal
Runtime: 92 minutes
Rating: R
The Shinning Halloween Movie 1980The Shining (1980)
This film stands fine on it's own, throw out the fact that it's one of the worst adaptations of  a Stephen King novel. Jack Nicholson gives a stellar performance and Shelley Duvall really makes you want to bash her skull in.
Stars: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Rating: R
Runtime: 146 minutes
The frog Halloween Movie 1980The Fog (1980)
John Carpenter's creepy, moody, ghost story about a glowing fog  that shrouds a sleepy coastal town. The town secret has the undead pirates concealed in the fog out for revenge! A bit dated by today's standards but still packs some chills!
Stars: Adrienne Barbeau, Jamie Lee Curtis, Janet Leigh, Hal Hollbrook
Director: John Carpenter
Rating: R Runtime: 91 minutes
Gates Of Hell Halloween Movie 1980Gates Of Hell (1980)
Lucio Fulci gruesome Italian-made horror nasty about priest's suicide unleashing evil in New England town. Some say it is incoherent, ridiculous, and badly made. Not for the squeamish! 
Staring: Catriona MacColl, Christopher George
Director: Lucio Fulci
Rating: R
Runtime: 93 minutes

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