Goregirl’s TOP 10 Favourite Horror Films From 1988

#10 KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE
Directed By: Stephen Chiodo

A film that completely delivers what its title promises! The clowns are suitably gross looking and the site-gags are outrageous fun! Their spaceship is a circus tent for god sake! Cotton candy cocoons and guns that look like kids toys that shoots deadly popcorn! Seriously, what the hell is NOT to like! Tons O’fun!

#9 MANIAC COP
Directed By: William Lustig

Trashy, b-movie action that is nicely complimented by William Lustig’s gritty film style of the streets of New York. The violence is both funny and shocking and the plot is actually quite engrossing. Perfect casting too, including the great Tom Atkins, Richard Roundtree, Bruce Campbell and Robert Z’Dar as the titular character. I couldn’t find a picture that did the film justice so I included this sweet trailer. And it was written by Larry Cohen no less!

#8 PIN: A PLASTIC NIGHTMARE
Directed By: Sandor Stern

A Canadian film, and a damn fine one at that! The titular character is a life-sized medical dummy named PIN. Throw some questionable parenting into the mix and a dark, unnerving atmosphere and you have a strangely arresting one-of-a-kind flick. A strong sexual undercurrent adds to the disturbing vibe. Well acted all around and completely fascinating!

#7 SLUGS: THE MOVIE
Directed By: Juan Piquer Simón

Painfully bad dialog and acting that had me howling, injected with a hearty helping of gore and copious shots of squirming, slimy fat slugs! Seriously, if you love the gore there are scenes in this film that you absolutely must see! Slugs is classic, shlocky, sleazy shite that entertained me immensely! To read the review click here.

#6 HOLLYWOOD CHAINSAW HOOKERS
Directed By: Fred Olen Ray

It delivers what its title promises, chainsaws and hookers. Granted, there could have been more gore, but clearly the film is meant to be comedy first. It is jam-packed with one-liners and site gags and the finale featuring the virgin dance of the double chainsaws is not to be missed! As an added bonus it has one of the better soundtracks I’ve come upon for a film from the 80’s. Good silly fun! Click here to read the review.

#5 THE LAIR OF THE WHITE WORM
Directed By: Ken Russell

Ken Russell’s over-the-top visuals work so well in this sexy, campy black comedy. The defiling of Christian icons is always a delight, but it is the incredibly sensuous and kinky performance from Amanda Donohoe as the worm priestess that really steals the show. Her delivery is pure perfection and the costuming of her character is outstanding. A funny, unique and intriguing tale as only Mr. Russell could deliver.

#4 BRAIN DAMAGE
Directed By: Frank Henenlotter

Another brilliant and gory contribution from the great Frank Henenlotter. I love this guy! I hadn’t seen this film in many years, and I have no idea why! This film rocks! A totally insane premise involving brain fluid and a parasite named Aylmer. This wacky, low budget classic has plenty of bloodletting and tons of twisted humour! It’s a beautiful thing!

#3 THE SERPENT AND THE RAINBOW
Directed By: Wes Craven

Apparently Wade Davis whose book the film is based, despises the movie. No surprise really, as it is certainly an extremely loose interpretation. As a viewer out to be entertained I give the film top marks. It has a great atmosphere, tons of style and some amazing moments of intensity. The location shoot is gorgeous and Bill Pullman is excellent in the lead role. As a person not fond of small spaces, the idea of being buried alive is horrifying. “Don’t bury me…I’m not dead!”

#2 HELLBOUND: HELLRAISER 2
Directed By: Tony Randel

I must admit when I initially heard that Clive Barker wouldn’t be directing part 2 I was somewhat put off. But director Tony Randel does one hell of a job. While I didn’t enjoy it quite as much as the original, it certainly delivers its share of awesome and memorable scenes. The visuals are simply fantastic! And that Julia is one nasty bitch! So many images that will forever be engraved on my brain. A most formidable sequel.

#1 THEY LIVE
Directed By: John Carpenter

Clever as hell, campy and action-packed. Sure, guns never run out of ammo and a few of the fight scenes look a bit cheesy but that’s all part of the fun! Money that says “This is your god” and billboards that tell you to OBEY. I love it! Carpenter makes a statement and delivers a highly entertaining gem. Rowdy Roddy Piper rocks!

Here are the rest of the films that made the shortlist: Sorority Babes In The Slimeball Bowl-o-rama, Child’s Play, Night of The Demons, Tales From Gimli Hospital, Phantasm 2, Mermaid In A Manhole, Rabid Grannies, Evil Dead Trap, The Blob, Paperhouse, Monkey Shines, Bad Dreams, Lady In White

13 Responses to “Goregirl’s TOP 10 Favourite Horror Films From 1988”

  1. Hellbound is awesome, many scenes I won’t forget either.

    Anyways great list!

  2. Great to see They Live top the list. One of John Carpenter’s most underrated/under-seen films.

    • goregirl Says:

      Dan – Carpenter had so damn many outstanding entries back in the day! If you haven’t done so already, I’d be curious to see your top 10 list for the man.

  3. Slugs and Pin have been promptly added to my netflix queue! Thanks!

    P.S. Watched The Deadly Spawn and fucking loved it!! Thanks for turning us on to it.

    • goregirl Says:

      GGG-Glad to hear you dug The Deadly Spawn! Obviously the camp and cheese was intentional in that one. I LOVE SLUGS, but the laughs here are not intentional. Slugs absolutely slays me and it has a surprising amount of gore, but you definitely need an appreciation of so bad it’s good cinema to enjoy this one.

      PIN is just a really good flick. That medical dummy chills my shit!

  4. *gasp* No Dead Ringers?!

    • goregirl Says:

      Hey Will, I figured someone was going to comment about that, particularly considering how I’ve gone on and on about how much I love Cronenberg! Dead Ringers is one of my favourite films of the 80’s but this list is strictly horror. While those gynaecological tools certainly chilled my shit, I’ve never considered this film horror. There have been borderline horror picks that have shown up on these lists I’ve been doing, but the final stamp was decided by how it was listed on IMDB. Dead Ringers is listed as Drama | Romance | Thriller so I didn’t qualify it.

  5. Good points, GG. Funny, in THE OVERLOOK HORROR FILM ENCYCLOPEDIA, most of Cronneberg’s movies are *not* included. Except, of course, Dead Ringers. 😉

  6. OMG, what a great year! We talked alot about some of these on LAMBcast recently. Including PIN which sounds fantastic!

  7. The first Hellraiser was good and cool, but Hellbound struck me as fucked UP! You’re dead on about the imagery, that was a tough one to shake and I only saw it a couple years ago. And way to be awesome and put They Live at the top spot. Should be there if only for the “bubblegum” line and the ridiculously epic fight with Piper and Keith David.

  8. Ha, great picks!

    I love Killer Klowns from Outer Space

  9. Haha i love the list, i will be doing a top ten horror films in the past decade so you might like to check it out 🙂

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