Monday, October 14, 2013

Slashers from 1989

While Richard was having The Vorheesathon he sent me a text complaining how awful Friday The 13th Part 9: Jason Takes Vancouver After A Long Boat Ride was and I said that I couldn't think of ANY good slasher films from 1989. He said he would have to take a look at a list to be sure, but offhand he couldn't either. So you know what I did: easy blog content!

The first things that popped into my head were Halloween 5: The Revenge Of Michael Myers and whatever Nightmare On Elm Street film came out that year. Halloween 5 has a few moments that I really enjoy but as a whole is not a great film. I haven't seen A Nightmare On Elm Street 5: The Dream Child as I'm not a big Freddy fan but I think I have read it is not that great.

So I did some digging around and made a list.

Sleepaway Camp III: Teenage Wasteland
Silent Night, Deadly Night III: You Better Watch Out
The Stepfather II
Cutting Class
Nightmare Beach
Psycho Cop
Fatal Image
Freeway Maniac
Las Vegas Bloodbath
Out Of The Dark
Phantom Of The Mall: Eric's Revenge
Return Of The Family Man
Night Visitor
Hell High

I'm sure the list isn't complete and I'm not sure if all of them are even slasher films. Out of the ones I have seen I do enjoy Intruder and Nightmare Beach. Actually I really liked Nightmare Beach. I've seen Clownhouse but I don't remember much of it other than it's decidedly unwholesome reputation. The Cutting Class disc I got from Netflix didn't play all the way through. Elves is the craziest film I have ever seen and Phantom Of The Mall: Eric's Revenge was okay.

Am I missing some films? Are there films on here that I haven't seen but should?

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  1. The only film from that list that I have seen is Intruder, which I like a lot.

    Just last week I watched Halloween 4-6 again. I used to like every newer installment less than the one before, but I think I prefer 6 to 5 now. Or rather: I hate 5 even more now, but get a little joy from 6. Like most people I just hate the whole Thorn story.

    Jason Takes Manhattan (F13 VIII) is goofy fun. I'm generally against the concept of "so bad it's good" as a criterium to judge movies, but it's hard to explain why I still get a kick out of that shitty film. It's such a disaster. Dream Child, on the other hand, is a film I genuinely like. I'd never seriously argue with anyone who doesn't like Parts 4-5 since they are quite ridiculous in part, especially if you don't like the funny aspect of Freddy, but I'd say they still work as 80s horror films, and not just comedies. Part 6 is a whole different beast altogether...urgh.


  2. I like Halloween 6 quite a bit. It is pretty 90s. I haven't seen any of the Nightmares beyond maybe Part 3. I think I saw the opening to Part 4.

    I don't see Jason Takes Manhattan as a complete waste of time. But the New York stuff is awful.

    Intruder is a great little slasher film. Thanks for your opinion!

  3. Damn. I've only seen a few of those.

  4. I wonder how many folks rented Return Of The Family Man and got a big surprise.

  5. That's weird, when I was at work a couple of hours ago, the random thought just popped into my head that I really need to check out Intruder... so seeing as it's just come up again I'll get on it asap.

    I haven't seen NOES 5, but I do really like 4 so I should probably check it out seeing as you dig it, MLP... and on a similar subject, I'm right there with you on Jason Takes Manhattan... and I'm also at a loss to explain why I enjoy it, but I think you're pretty spot on calling it goofy fun... plus there's one or two dashes of weirdness in there I enjoy. As you say Brad, the New York stuff is terrible, and I actually prefer the scenes on the boat leading up to it.

    And I like Halloween 5 the more I re-watch it. Along with 4, it's one of those movies from my teens that I'll probably always have a slight soft spot for. And I haven't seen 6 in years, so I think it's time to revisit that one.

    Haven't seen any of the others yet. There's a fair few that sound intriguing...

  6. I have a submission, for your consideration. It has a deranged slasher, supernatural elements of premonition dreams and chain possessing, and an absolutely horrific soundtrack. It stars Peter Berg, whom I really like, but was destined for a life behind the camera. It's a zirconia in the rough titled "Shocker". Brilliant blogging, by the way! Carlo

  7. Shocker! I haven't seen that since I was a kid. Good call Carlo! Thanks for reading!