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Subj: Re: Horror Films of 1984
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Welcome to our next excursion into Wikipedia!

First, the complete list for 1984 -

1984

Now I'll draw attention to the ones that look particularly interesting to me, either judging by the title or the description.

First, did you know this one had seven sequels? -

Children of the Corn

Sewer monsters always fascinate me –

C.H.U.D.

Fairy tale horror is something we don’t see much of -

The Company of Wolves

Comedy horror –

Gremlins

Alice Cooper is in this -

Monster Dog

Sci-fi horror! Plus end of the world stories always fascinate me –

Night of the Comet

OK, I’ll include this -

A Nightmare on Elm Street



I have seen Children of the Corn and it's 6 sequels and 1 remake, in fact I have them all on DVD (sorry). There has never been a "series" with less continuity, well maybe Highlander, but not for horror. Even the first movie wasn't that awesome. Really, when you take a short story and try to puff it up into a feature it will never have the same flavor. King could get away with endings where the monster wins in short stories, because you weren't invested in the characters. Like Twilight Zone, the twist ending was always cheesy but you could enjoy it after a relatively brief episode. If you invest in a 90 minute or 2 hour movie you don't really want some cheesy, gimmick or downbeat ending. So they gave the movie a happy ending which was not true to the story. Here's more trivia: Did you know that the director of the original also directed the remake? He said he wanted to do justice to King's story this time. Apparently he sent a letter to King stating that he was going to remake the movie holding more true to King's story and he hoped King would like it. He got a response from King's agent saying "Mr. King will not be viewing your movie."

I only saw CHUD recently and was surprised how effective it was. Oh, it looks '80s and dated and whatnot but the cast was strong, the pacing and buildup was good, and the final monsters didn't look too bad. Along with the government conspiracy twist it made for good entertainment. '80s gold like The Warriors.

Gremlins was amazing. Effective monster movie while at the same time being a comedy. I loved it. I did not love the sequel which I thought was too comedic and not enough of a straight monster movie. Everyone else seemed to love the sequel better though.

I have seen Monster Dog, I don't remember that much about it, but I do know that Alice Cooper's voice was dubbed by someone else and it made his character weird to watch.

Night of the Comet was pretty classic, it seems more sci-fi than horror like I Am Legend.

Nightmare on Elm Street, just a classic, that's all I can say.



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