Goregirl’s TOP 10 Favourite Horror Films From 1984

OUCH! 1984 really sucked hard!! I had seen only 24 horror films from the year and I failed 9 of them! Half of what was left I gave just a pass (2.5/5). When I say this is my list of favourite films from 1984 I’m using the term “favourite” very VERY loosely.

#10 RATS: NIGHT OF TERROR
Directed By: Bruno Mattei

Rats: Night of Terror is not a good film. I was a sucker for post-apocalyptic flicks when I was a kid and pretty much liked them all in varying degrees. The ending of this film is ridiculous beyond belief and the acting and dialog doesn’t do it any favors. But is does have a few gore moments and lots of plump furry rats. Eek! Barely passable (but still a bit better than C.H.U.D.).

#9 FIRESTARTER
Directed By: Mark L. Lester

Firestarter has a great conspiracy, paranoia vibe but drags badly in sections and some of the action scenes are disappointing. The story is decent, but isn’t as well developed, as it should be. On the plus side, there is lot’s of shit catching on fire and the final blaze is a stone cold groove. Some decent performances and effects with a memorable moment here and there. Meh.

#8 DREAMSCAPE
Directed By: Joseph Ruben

I really liked Dreamscape when I was a kid but found it pretty mediocre on re-watch. The chemistry between Dennis Quaid and Kate Capshaw is terrible and there is more Indiana Jones type action than sci-fi and horror. Still, Max Von Sydow is great and some of the dream sequences look pretty good for the time and of course there is snakeman. It’s okay.

#7 CHILDREN OF THE CORN
Directed By: Fritz Kiersch

Children Of The Corn definitely has its problems, most notably a hokey ending I just can’t forgive. It does have its creepy moments, great sets and effective music. The early scene where the kids are killing their parents in the cafe is fantastic. Great casting of the Malachai and Isaac characters too, they really do steal the show. It has its moments.

#6 SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT
Directed By: Charles E. Sellier Jr.

Silent Night, Deadly Night is a cheap, silly slasher with a killer Santa. The story is ridiculous the acting is patchy but it’s got gore and nudity. This Santa doesn’t give a rat’s ass about whether you’ve been naughty or nice. It’s bad but I always enjoy watching this one around the yuletide season.

#5 THE COMPANY OF WOLVES
Directed By: Neil Jordan

The Company Of Wolves is a unique twist on the Little Red Riding Hood story. It is essentially a girl’s journey into womanhood, but with wolves. It is an intelligent, dreamy and richly symbolic fairly tale, just don’t come here for blood and gore (but there are some pretty neat variations on werewolves!).

#4 RAZORBACK
Directed By: Russell Mulcahy

Razorback is an Australian film about a giant, hairy, vicious killer pig. It is surprisingly tense, smart and well filmed for a flick with this premise. One of my favourite killer animal flicks ever!

#3 GREMLINS
Directed By: Joe Dante

Gremlins has great characters, clever writing and impressive effects. Gizmo is cute as hell and when the mogwai turn into Gremlins they are a crapload of fun! Although this film has a happy-go-lucky vibe there is definitely some darkness and people actually do die. It is definitely horror-lite and family-friendly but nonetheless it is extremely entertaining.

#2 THE TOXIC AVENGER
Directed By: Michael Herz and Lloyd Kaufman

The Toxic Avenger is cheap, cheesy, campy fun like only the good folks over at Troma can provide. Over the top gore, nudity, cheesy one-liners, politically incorrect humour and Toxie! Bad taste never tasted so damn good!!

#1 A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET
Directed By: Wes Craven

Top notch effects, likeable characters, creative kills, a creepy and original story and one of the most memorable villains of all time made A Nightmare On Elm Street an easy choice for the number one spot.

Here are the rest of the films that made the shortlist: Bloodbath At The House of Death, Innocent Prey, C.H.U.D., Godzilla, Night Of The Comet

13 Responses to “Goregirl’s TOP 10 Favourite Horror Films From 1984”

  1. Gremlins is a kids movie, GG! Love that shot from Silent Night. Classic!

    • goregirl Says:

      Kai-Let me tell you, picking ten movies from this particular year was like trying to find a pearl in a bucket of snot! I re-watched six films from 84 last weekend and bloody hell, what a bleak, ugly and smelly mess. I don’t LIKE including Gremlins on a horror list but it kicks the shit out most of these other choices, and IMDB says it’s a horror and dammit that was good enough for me.

  2. I recall RAZORBACK being on cable when I was a teenager; my mom and sister watched it and said it was good but what, I’m gonna listen to my mom and my sister about horror movies? Well, yeah, turns out I probably should have.

    • goregirl Says:

      Will-the opinion of moms and sisters are generally not to be trusted where horror films are concerned, but they were right about this one.

      I must admit, to my recollection, I never actually seen Razorback back in the day. I watched the doc Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation last year which got me all excited to check out some of the Australian flicks they mention. Anyway, it turned out a friend of mine loved Razorback and had a PAL version. WOW! This disc is freaking amazing! It had a ton of amazing extras including an outstanding documentary on the making. Hopefully the North American version is equally impressive.

  3. haha… I can feel the exasperation in your voice and thus forgive you, my dear! 🙂

  4. I suppose there could only be one winner in 1984. There’s a couple I still have to see but like you Dreamscape was better when I remembered watching it as a kid. Now, it’s dated quite a bit.

    I’m going to have to track down Razorback. Never heard of that one. But thanks for the recommendation.

  5. You might like these too – short films, free to watch

    Be afraid of the kitchen sink http://www.nzonscreen.com/title/kitchen-sink-1989

    http://www.nzonscreen.com/title/natures-way-2006 – girl is murdered and her body dumped in the forest. Murderer thinks he’s gotten away with it.

  6. The Film Reel Says:

    Again I haven’t seen a lot of those flicks but I’ve sure heard of them all. I guess I could at least watch Dreamscape since I own it!

  7. bizarre_eye Says:

    A difficult year for horror indeed, GG! Glad to see The Company of Wolves making the list, that would have been my number one. Love that film.

  8. Um, Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter?

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  10. Great list. I bought and watched Razorback not too long ago, and that was fun.

    I’ve seen them all except for The Company Of Wolves, which I’ve always wanted to see, and Rats. I think I’ll pass on the latter. 🙂

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