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BLEEDING SKULL 50: THE BEST TRASH-HORROR FILMS OF THE 1980S

Cocaine. The Eighties wouldn’t have happened without it. This was the sleazy, frenetic era of 24-hour parties, teased hair, trashy lingerie, and false metal. It was a time when filmmakers picked up cameras to translate their coke-fueled visions to the screen, without irony, self-awareness, or even experience. The Eighties gave us some of the most iconic horror films to come out of studios, but it also gave us an endless treasure of amateur work that often eclipsed their big-budget brothers. And that’s what this list is all about. The DIY ethos and sincerity of films like Hallucinations, Slumber Party Massacre, and Tales from the Quadead Zone proved how much you could do with so little. The goopy homemade effects of…

  • A Night to Dismember

    1

  • The Last Slumber Party

    2

  • Sleepaway Camp

    3

  • Tales from the Quadead Zone

    4

  • Pieces

    5

  • Basket Case

    6

  • Things

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  • Burial Ground

    8

  • The Long Island Cannibal Massacre

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  • Hallucinations

    10

  • Silent Night, Deadly Night

    11

  • Don't Go in the Woods

    12

  • Frozen Scream

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  • Don't Panic

    14

  • The Slumber Party Massacre

    15

  • The Toxic Avenger

    16

  • Sledgehammer

    17

  • Blood Rage

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  • Boardinghouse

    19

  • Ogroff

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  • Slumber Party Massacre II

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  • Death Spa

    22

  • The Deadly Spawn

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  • Night of the Demon

    24

  • Class of Nuke 'Em High

    25

  • Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2

    26

  • Killer Workout

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  • Slime City

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  • Slugs

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  • Day of the Reaper

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  • Uninvited

    31

  • Truth or Dare?: A Critical Madness

    32

  • The Boogey Man

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  • The Abomination

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  • Nightmare

    35

  • Iced

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  • Rock 'n' Roll Nightmare

    37

  • Bloodstream

    38

  • The Oracle

    39

  • Mystics in Bali

    40

  • Antropophagus

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  • The Children

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  • Bloody Moon

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  • Blood Lake

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  • Beyond Dream's Door

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  • The Dead Next Door

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  • Nightbeast

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  • Nail Gun Massacre

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  • The Video Dead

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  • Violent Shit

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