I was born in the year of 1983, and I often joke saying that I was the best thing about the year. Well, I did some research, and as much as it breaks my heart to admit, I am not the best thing that came out that year. (I’m in the top 10 though).
So, I was looking into what films were released the same year I escaped my mother’s womb, and I was shocked by how many greats are the same age as me. So I have gathered a list of flicks that are turning 31 this year, and decided to share all the excellence of what was a very important year in my life.
Christine: We all know and love the possessed Chrysler. This film is definitely one of my favorite Stephen King movies.
Cujo: A rabid dog and that kid from Who’s the Boss, a classic for sure. This flick terrified me of dogs for the longest time.
Psycho II: Norman Bates lives! This long awaited sequel holds a special place in my heart because sadly, I saw the sequel before I watched the original. It is no wonder I am a little screwed up as an adult, watching greatness out of order is not something I am proud to admit.
The Dead Zone: Yes, it was a movie before it was a TV show.
Twilight Zone The Movie: Still one of my favorite flicks, and one of the best anthology films ever made. All I can say is, “Do you want to see something really scary?”
Videodrome: Scary programming and twisted media. This was a rather dark film that I wasn’t introduced to until I was older, but it is still a must see for horror fans.
The Hunger: Vampires and David Bowie – ’nuff said!
Jaws 3D: This one is a fun and entertaining take on the psycho shark series. Now, I have not watched it in 3D but as a kid, I loved the 2D version, it often would make the USA Up All Night playlist.
The Entity: It has been awhile since I’ve seen this one, but I do remember it scaring the crap out of me!
Sleepaway Camp: This take on innocence lost, and a fucked up adolescent is still one of my favorite films. Best surprise ending ever!
Amityville 3D: A less than noteworthy addition to the series, but still fun to watch, so dust off your 3D glasses and enjoy!
Xtro: Forget ET, this guy is anything but friendly. Evil aliens are always entertaining. Tim Dry was creepy as hell in this movie.
Now there are a number of other great horror films that share my birth year, but the ones above are ones that I grew up with, and continue to enjoy to this day. So, next time you are looking for something to watch, relive 1983 and celebrate all the great things that came from that year. I suggest that you research your birth year and share the joy of your birth and what great horror was born with you. I found this research to be fun and exciting (I am still stoked about Sleepaway Camp sharing my birth year.)
So, celebrate me turning 31 this year by watching one or all of these kick-ass flicks!
By Stephanie Hensley
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