The Shining (1980)

What can be written about The Shining at this point? It’s a masterpiece directed by the legendary Stanley Kubrick that tells a horror story both in the mind and outside it. A haunted house film filled with psychological trauma. I didn’t want to put The Shining on this list but I haven’t seen it uncensored…

Haunted Honeymoon (1986)

Our second Haunted Honeymoon lives up to its title, though the “honeymoon” here is a pre-wedding trip. Directed and co-written by Gene Wilder, Haunted Honeymoon was a box-office bomb, a bittersweet sentiment considering it was the final film for Wilder’s wife, co-star Gilda Radner and prophetically acts as a love letter to their romance. On-set issues aside,…

Gorillas in the Mist (1988)

Gorillas in the Mist tells the story of conservationist Dian Fossey, yielded actress Sigourney Weaver a Best Actress nomination, and tells a unique and thought-provoking story about a real woman and the empowerment she found in the wilds of Africa. At times heartbreaking and frustrating, here’s a standout depiction – so much as their can…

Mr. Boogedy (1986)

Mr. Boogedy, which aired as part of Wednesday’s Treasures From the Disney Vault series on TCM, isn’t actually a full-fledged film. Clocking in at about 45-minutes this was aired as part of Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color (IMDb lists it as such but timewise it would have been the Disney Sunday Night Movie), a…

The Funhouse (1981)

Since I reviewed Tobe Hooper’s Poltergeist (1982) and called it a film not directed by Hooper, why not look at one of his films? Most famously known as the helmer of the gory Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974), Hooper has directed several off-the-wall films. And since our theme this year is haunted houses, what’s creepier than…

Poltergeist (1982)

In our continued tribute to haunted houses, none bridges the gap between classic and contemporary quite like Poltergeist. Poltergeist’s 1980s horror combined with Steven Spielberg’s golden era examination of suburban families – with horror as a metaphor for changes and issues – creates a film that could just as easily have been made in 1942.…