The ’80s were a strange time–coupled with the nascent popularity of horror, horror comedy and special effects, ghost stories not only became stranger, but very popular. And, now, iconic even. Here is a list of eight of the most memorable movie ghosts from the ’80s, starting with the one that still lives on in our nightmares… Freedy Kreuger in “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” of course.
From A Match Made in Space (“Back to the Future”) to Misery’s Child (“Misery”), there a slew of books featured in some of our favorite movies and they actually look, well, good. . Here are ten we totally wish we could add to our shelves.
Looking back on that decade of excess and contradictions, it’s clear that our art was just as twisted as we were, tapping into the darkest kind of humor behind all that neon. Don’t believe us? Be sure to catch these darkly comedic ’80s films on SundanceTV.
1. Brazil (1985)
Terry Gilliam’s fanciful futuristic comedy takes a wild dive into a land of bureaucracy, terrorism and, in an indelible image, extreme plastic surgery. It’s a fever-dream kind of dystopia that is simultaneously hilarious and horrifying, making Brazil a true dark comedy classic.