10 of the Scariest Scenes in 80s Movies I Saw as a Kid


As an 80's kid myself I can certainly relate to Natania's list of scary movie scenes over at Geeks Are Sexy:

During that decadent decade of Reaganomics, shoulder pads, and scrunchies, it never really occurred to movie makers just how terrifying some of the scenes in their movies were. To this day, typical horror doesn’t scare me to the level of the scenes in some in these examples. I think there’s something to be said about fear when it’s in relatively small measure compared to the rest of the film. Sure, the Halloween movies are scary. But you expect it. These are a different breed and, in my mind, far more effective.

So in light of the Halloween season, I thought I’d share my top ten scary scenes from 80s movies I encountered in my childhood. Sure, not all of them are kids movies: but they were all movies I saw as a kid. And they probably explain a heck of a lot about why am I am the way I am these days. Other 80s kids know what I mean.


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Why did we have to bring up Large Marge? I was happy enough having just the Gremlins in my head. So, next to Large Marge, Gremlins gave me nightmares for years. One time Marge was in with 'em. F that.
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The Last Starfighter. When the robot clone is still all gross looking in the bed. That part used to scare me when I was little lol.

I'm sure there are a bunch of others but that's the only one I can think of right now.
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