10 Best B-Movies for Halloween
- The Return of the Living Dead
This 1985 spoof of George A. Romero’s 1968 classic, Night of the Living Dead, takes the elements that make up a great zombie flick and puts a hilariously 80’s bad movie spin on them. Starring Clu Gulager, James Karen, Don Calfa, and the infamous Linea Quigley, this film expands the story, adding its own elements to the original zombie masterpiece. A group of 80’s punks, conveniently named Trash and Suicide decide to break into the local cemetery for a night of fun. In a hardly believable mishap by the army, some of the zombies from the original outbreak in Night of the Living Dead have been sitting undisturbed in the basement of a medical supply warehouse located next to the cemetery. In a freak accident, one gets lose, and let’s just say it keeps getting better from there.
- Night of the Demons
Released in 1988 and directed by Kevin Tenney, this film is another 80’s masterpiece perfect for your Halloween viewing pleasure. Linea Quigley stars in this film as well, including Amelia Kinkade, Hal Havins, and Phillip Tanzini, and many others. In this cult classic, a group of friends decide to have a party at an abandoned funeral home on Halloween night. You can only guess the fun that awaits them…
This 1988 cult classic directed by Robert Englund and starring Stephen Geoffreys, Patrick O’Brian, and Sandy Dennis, is sure to offer some great fun for your night of Halloween horror. In this fun film dialing a mysterious phone number results in receiving supernatural powers, for better or worse.
- Chopping Mall
Chopping Mall, directed by Jim Wynorski stars legendary Kelli Maroni, Tony O’Dell, and Russel Todd, was released in 1986. It features a group of mall employees who decide to stay after hours for a party (never seems like a good idea in a horror flick but they do it anyway). But the mall just implemented a new security system that features three robots as the guards. Let’s just say things don’t go as planned, and the kill-bots do their job a little too well.
- Fright Night
In this 1985 vampire flick directed by Tom Holland, a vampire named ‘Jerry’ moves in next door to a teenager named Charlie. Charlie sees what looks like some suspicious activity outside his window and when no one believes him that a vampire lives next door, he goes and pleads his case to local TV host, Peter Vincent, Vampire Hunter, played by Roddy McDowall. This movie is full of cheesy fun and filled with memorable moments! The film also stars Stephen Geoffreys (also in 976-Evil), Chris Sarandon as “Jerry”, and William Ragsdale as Charlie.
- Troll 2
This classic B-movie, released in 1990 and directed by Claudio Fragasso is an absolute hit when it comes to cheesy horror. As bad as it is, the whole movie maintains a creepy vibe that resonates with you long after watching. Starring Michael Stephenson, George Hardy, and Margo Prey, it starts with a family doing a house swap for a vacation that takes them to a little town called Nilbog, which incidentally is full of Trolls. Nice place to visit, just don’t drink the Nilbog Milk! Or eat any of that weird green food for that matter…
- Night of the Creeps
This amazingly produced hit contains everything you’d want from any B-movie. Monsters, zombies, serial killers, a psychologically damaged homicide detective, and plenty of boobies. Released in 1986, directed by Fred Dekker; and starring Jason Lively, Tom Atkins, and Steve Marshall, this film delivers with every topping on your horror menu.
- Night of the Comet
In this 1984 classic directed by Thom Eberhardt a comet passes by Earth and wipes out most of the population. Two valley girls are left and must face the horrors that await them in a post-apocalyptic nightmare. Starring Kelli Maroni and Mary Woronov who are both in Chopping Mall, this fun film is sure to entertain in all its B-movie glory.
- Motel Hell
Released in 1980 and directed by Kevin Connor, this classic stars Rory Calhoun and Nancy Parsons, playing a twisted brother and sister who run a small motel. They capture and harvest guests and well…I don’t want to give away any spoilers! Give it a watch and you’ll have some good laughs as well as experience the creepy tone the entire film takes, finishing with a brutal ending fit for the best of B-movies.
This 1985 classic based on an H.P. Lovecraft tale, directed by Stuart Gordon, stars Jeffrey Combs, Barbara Crampton, Bruce Abbott, and David Gale. This awesomely gruesome flick features a mad-scientist bent on his own experiments—bringing the dead back to life. The results aren’t what he expected, and with no moral compass to speak of, things go terribly wrong…
Lee – I endorse all of your choices – although seeing “Night of the Comet” on the list of B-Movies saddens me and makes me feel fucking old. LOL Well played my brother.
Thanks! It’s sad that ‘Night of the Comet’ is considered a B-movie, but to me that makes it all that much better!
#1, 2 and 10, for me, are the best! 🙂
Great choices, Joe! Thanks for reading!