Your Favourite Horror Film from 1987
1987 was a year for some brilliant horror films, but which one is your favourite? What makes it special to you? When did you first see it? Would you recommend it to the uninitiated?
Sometimes it's a hard decision to just pick one film (even when you're limiting it to a single year!), but my favourite film of 1987 is...
Hellraiser - Clive Barker
Pinhead's first outing is my top pick of 1987. Not only because it spawned one of the most legendary characters in horror film history (as well as a mass of sub-par sequels), but also because it is a masterpiece of macabre, and definitely one of Barker's best creations of all time.
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Evil Dead 2
The Lost Boys
Prince of Darkness
I would add
The Serpent and the Rainbow
to the list of great films mentioned previously. As a lot of posters will go for the big guns, i thought of one a little more obscure - The Unholy
Mine goes to Hellraiser.At the time Clive Barker was like a god-figure in horror medium with Books of Blood and The Damnation Game.Hellraiser succeeds in the same splatterpunk vein and the domestic setting with claustrophopic small spaces works much better than some over ambitious Hell in Hellbound.Also best score ever.Other faves from '87 include the satanic Prince of Darkness,Angel Heart,Near Dark,Evil Dead II of course,the one and only Street Trash,and Argento's Opera.Truly a great year.
From BE's list it's a toss up between "Hellraiser" and "Necromantik" both quite shocking in their own ways though "Hellraiser" wins it for me with it's religious undertow that is not too far away from the theme running through "Martyrs".
I read somewhere that Barker upped the S&M imagery in "Hellraiser" after a weekend of visiting gay S&M clubs with the band Coil.
Evil Dead 2 wins this for me as it is my favourite of the series with Lost Boys a close second. 87 was a great year for horror!
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Some great films released that year and I would have to narrow it down to Hellraiser, Evil Dead II or Near Dark but, as I'm trying to avoid picking horror-comedies, I'd go for Hellraiser but would probably pick Near Dark if I had to choose again tomorrow!
Jackson's BAD TASTE is hilarious.Total genius.
That's how to make a brilliant film on feck all budget!
Come. It is time to keep your appointment with the Wicker man.
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