1980 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!), - impossible in this case!
but my favourite film(s) of 1980 is(are!)...
The Shining - Stanley Kubrick
One of Kubrick's best works, and a decent adaptation of the highly acclaimed Stephen King novel, The Shining
is a superb portrayal of one man's breakdown into madness and eventually the psychotic. Terrific performances from all involved (particularly Nicholson) coupled with some fantastic cinematography makes this essential viewing. Trailer:
City of the Living Dead - Lucio Fulci
Not my favourite Fulci Zombie film, but City
just oozes atmosphere and intensity. I love the mist shrouded cemetery, the gore, the chilling atmosphere, the cinematography, and the twinge of desperation that fills every scene. Trailer:
I honestly can't decide between them, as they are completely different horror films, and I love them for completely differing reasons.
Maybe some people will think me mad, but I absolutely love City of the Living Dead
, hence it being up there with the highly acclaimed Shining
. Runners Up: Altered States Antropophagus Cannibal Holocaust The Changeling The Fog Friday the 13th The House on the Edge of the Park Inferno Maniac Zombie Holocaust
Plus so many more that almost made the Runners Up list (in fact, I could of done with a Runners Up Runners Up list...).