Your Favourite Horror Film from 1988
1988 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 1988 is...
Evil Dead Trap - Toshiharu Ikeda
Probably an unconventional choice, especially when considering the many other great films produced in 1988, but I simply love Evil Dead Trap.
It's mix of vicious killings, some of which are almost gialli style, and rough around the edges camerawork interspersed with black and white fractured visuals, accompanied by a varied score keeps you completely glued to the screen as the story unfolds.
The dirty locations and darkly lit corridors add menace and grime to the film and enhances the viewing pleasure greatly. The ending is fantastically mad, and in my opinion Evil Dead Trap is a definitive Japanese indy-horror, and very highly recommended.
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Hellraiser II: Hellbound
The Lair of the White Worm
Men Behind the Sun
Night of the Demons
The Serpent and the Rainbow
It's got be John Carpenter's highly entertaining They Live for me.I'd also give a mention to Stan Winston's atmospheric directorial debut, Pumpkinhead.
From the bowels of the earth they came....to collect DVDs!
Don't know why i have four in the series.
Well right away I have to say Night of the Demons - one of my favourite films of all time - and Dream Demon (well, duh ). Having read this thread though I would also have to add Lair Of The White Worm and The Blob - two films I MUST get on DVD.
I really want to see Evil Dead Trap; I watched that trailer a couple of months ago on YouTube, and it looks amazing!
And what about Paper House?
I turned 11 in 1988, and that year was a real watershed for me and I will always have a big soft spot for that whole late-80s period .
To be honest, I'm not enamoured with most of the films released in that year apart from They Live which is a brilliantly written and directed dystopian film with a surprisingly good turn by Roddy Piper in the lead.
Good choice with Lair of the White Worm, Demdike. Superb film from Russell - easily as good as The Devils, in my opinion, and my runner-up for '88.
It's such a daft premise, but it really works, and the result is a fun and engrossing film.
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