Top 20 Bronze Age Horror Monster Madness X #25

Mike Matei / October 25th, 2016

Top 20 Bronze Age Horror – Monster Madness Day 25


  • October 25, 2016 at 1:16 pm

    Great list as always; you guys should really review Netflix’s Stranger Things!

    • October 26, 2016 at 3:49 pm

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      • Vivi

        October 28, 2016 at 12:04 am

        To him the golden age was the universal monsters…Hard to understand for me as well because they are so slow paced…but i guess if you really like those movies…they all started it.

      • October 28, 2016 at 9:41 am

        I understand that too but just because those are the classics that started it all it doesnt mean they are the best by any means. To me they are primitive attempts of horror movies and they got perfected in the 80s.

      • mike keith

        October 31, 2016 at 8:29 am

        Your comment only shows your age. If you were older than you would understand that just becuase YOU consider it the Golden Age, it isn’t considered that by ANYONE else. Most horror fans, and really not just horror fans but fan of true cinema, will always consider the 30s the Golden Age of cinema as a whole.

      • mike keith

        October 31, 2016 at 8:38 am

        And Vivi, you say they are slow paced? Really? This also shows your age. You were probably born in the late 80s or 90s I’m guessing.
        Movies are just now, in the last 10-15 years, beginning to come around to the return of the slow burn. Movies such as House of the Devil, The Innkeepers, Resolution, A Tale of Two Sisters, and even The Blair Witch(1996), to just name some off the top of my head.

        It really has NOTHING at all to do with whether you like those 30’s horror movies. They are still called the Golden Age, period. It’s not an opinion. Same with comics, they have ages as well, that are universal.

  • October 25, 2016 at 1:59 pm

    The Shining?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

  • October 25, 2016 at 2:00 pm

    Like seriously how is the shining not in your top 10

    • Joker83

      October 25, 2016 at 2:03 pm

      It is. Watch the entire video, it is Number 3 for the 80’s…

    • Grandmasterp

      October 25, 2016 at 8:46 pm

      “Hello Mrs. Torrance.”

    • TagaZok

      October 27, 2016 at 9:41 pm

      I though he did .. So much good movies in the 70’s and 80’S alway a pleasure to see if my top 10 matches yours James(ANd Mike) but this time it very close to mine … good listing but where is Night of the demon was pretty good too or Pet sematary or The Stuff even THE GATE

      • TagaZok

        October 27, 2016 at 9:43 pm

        Just though of the Puppetmaster it was hillarious…

      • TagaZok

        October 27, 2016 at 9:46 pm

        Critters !

      • TagaZok

        October 27, 2016 at 9:47 pm

        They Live oh wait maybe not that horror thing but good too.

  • October 25, 2016 at 2:06 pm

    My bad. I thought the Shining came out in the 70’s

  • October 25, 2016 at 2:07 pm

    Nothing wrong with those two lists, I´d say!
    You´ve chosen the best for both of the ‘Top Ten’.

  • Alex Row

    October 25, 2016 at 4:25 pm

    Can’t believe The Thing only gets an honourable mention. It’s right up there with the best of em in my humble opinion.

    Anyway, hope you get around to watching Ravenous (1999). Totally underrated and unique modern horror film. It’s basically a slasher film/period piece/suspense thriller/cannibal movie. One of my personal favourite films in general.

  • Pablo1989

    October 25, 2016 at 4:48 pm

    yes The Exortist 🙂 the power of christ compells you!

  • bud

    October 25, 2016 at 5:24 pm

    Heeeere’s Jamesey.

    • bud

      October 25, 2016 at 9:00 pm

      I’m happy to report I’ve seen all the movies mentioned in this video.
      I don’t necessarily agree with all the rankings, but you covered all the major ones.
      You really should have put together a horror-comedy list because that’s my favorite genre. Also, it’s confusing that you left off a few horror-comedies from your list, yet you put Return of the Living Dead and Evil Dead II at the top of your ’80s list.

      • bud

        October 25, 2016 at 9:03 pm

        Here, I put together a Top 10 Horror-Comedies list based on your recommendations:

        The Monster Squad
        Night of the Creeps
        Toxic Avenger
        Fright Night
        American Werewolf in London
        Return of the Living Dead
        Evil Dead II

        (Yes, I know that’s 11…:P)

  • Carsten Busold

    October 25, 2016 at 6:30 pm

    Hi! I just want to mention the found-footage movies, beginning With blair witch project at the end of the 90s. It’s discussable if they are a good or a bad thing, but at least they brought something new on the table. Cloverfield, Rec and the paranormal activities series arme honerable mentions. Then came along this twist endings, starting with the sixth sense followed by e.g. Identity, and the others. Leading to series like the saw or cube movies. And let’s not forget all the serial killer movies following silence of the lambs and seven. I could go with the renaissance of zombie movies in the last few years … 🙂

  • October 25, 2016 at 6:38 pm

    James you gotta do a top 10 of 90s-10s I mean dont forget Demon Knight!

  • October 25, 2016 at 7:33 pm

    Awesome stuff James. I like the majority of your pics. However, The Thing being honorable mention and Jaws being #1 is questionable to me. To each their own, of course.
    I also agree that horror after the Bronze age mostly took a shit, got stale and started rehashing stuff over and over.

  • greedo

    October 25, 2016 at 7:33 pm

    Interesting lists. Can’t say that I’ve seen all of them, but a few are worth mentioning: The Omen. Pretty good film. No argument here. Carrie. No argument here, either. It’s a pretty tragic ending, but the very last twist is what will keep me from watching this film again. 🙂 The Shining. Disappointment. It starts off strong, but it falls flat in the end. Kind of like waiting to see a cake rise in the oven, only it never does. And Shelley Duval was miscast. She looks pretty ill, in the film. And what’s with Mr. Bojangles? The Exorcist, yeah, but it’s a pretty dark film, and quite frankly, didn’t like the ending.

    • greedo

      October 25, 2016 at 7:48 pm

      Jaws I disagree with as a horror film. I see it more as a suspense film. One might also argue that it is a war movie, since they see it as their mission to take down the Shark, much like they were destroying a sub. Alien? Yep, pretty good description of that film. If that one isn’t horror, I don’t know what is? Same with the sequel. The Fly… not so sure. Good movie, but I didn’t particularly care for parts of the story, and didn’t really like the way that they transformed Goldblum’s character… though I do agree that the way they transformed the man into the fly is better.

  • danblukk

    October 25, 2016 at 8:05 pm

    I’d say America Werewolf was defo more horror then comedy and deserves to be on the list, scared fuck out of me as a kid. Also Lost Boys.

  • Satnav

    October 25, 2016 at 9:24 pm

    Ranking Friday 13th over Carpenter’s The Thing? For shame, James. :p

    In all seriousness the 82 Thing is one of those rare remakes, like Scarface, that pretty much supersedes the original–James is pretty much the only person I know who calls it ‘The Thing remake’. I still think it’s a great work, suspenseful and tense–the great effects are just a bonus.

  • The Wicker Man

    October 25, 2016 at 9:40 pm

    I could comment on every single movie mentioned (and plenty more not in the list) but no-one wants to read all that.
    However I have to say – That’s all you’re going to say about The Omen? Really?!

  • Hanglyman

    October 26, 2016 at 12:21 am

    The 80s was the best decade for movies in general. Pretty much all of my favorite movies are from that decade- just look at any year and you’ll find multiple, unforgettable classics that still have a heavy influence on pop culture today. These days it’s pretty much all remakes and sequels, most of them utterly worthless. They really did run out of ideas for the most part. I will say that the Marvel cinematic universe is pretty incredible, though, and I feel like we’re living in a golden age of comic book movies- one of the few instances where modern CGI really does allow for amazing things that couldn’t have been done before.

  • Minooc Choo

    October 26, 2016 at 1:55 am

    Glad to see The Fly remake on the list. I thought you actually don’t like the remake… Putting Evil Dead 2 at the top of 80s was very smart. For 70s, I would choose Texas Chainsaw Massacre over Jaws, but generally agree. Good list overall, but a little bit disappointed when The Thing got only honorable mention.
    Someday I’d like to see your Top 10 Bronze age Sci-Fi (Maybe 70s and 80s).

  • fantasticfink

    October 26, 2016 at 1:56 am

    No The Thing, James? Come on.

  • Daniel Young

    October 26, 2016 at 1:58 am

    I guess James hasn’t seen the French horror film Martyrs. To sum that film up in a word “Intense.”

  • October 26, 2016 at 2:20 am

    Great list again James. I would also add to honorable mentions the 1980s remake of The Blob. The special effects and tension the movie creates in my opinion rivals The Thing.

  • Dan85

    October 26, 2016 at 2:28 am

    Barefoot Gen deserves a mention. Don’t try to say it isn’t horror.

    Screw remakes and double-screw unnecessary sequels. The crowning example would be Hellraiser. THERE IS ONLY ONE HELLRAISER MOVIE. THE REST DON’T EXIST.

    When Hollywood is able to bully authors into writing more sequels against their will, specifically so they can be turned into films, we know things have gone too far. (Though to be fair, I liked Hannibal Rising. Certainly better than what the movie bastards did to the third book)

  • October 26, 2016 at 2:42 am

    Meh, I never liked Jaws.. Maybe because part of me ot pissed off by it’s popularity which fulled crusades of rednecks basically exterminating sharks.

    • October 26, 2016 at 2:45 am

      James, Return basically invented the whole BRAIN EATING zombies, that’s huge. It somehow ot forgotten over time.

      • October 26, 2016 at 2:46 am

        The 80s is the climax of horror, to be honest.

  • October 26, 2016 at 6:29 am

    HI 🙂 Here are some of my 80’s honorable mentions:

    Christine (John Carpenter)
    Phenomena (Dario Argento)
    Maximum Overdrive (Stephen King)
    The lost boys (Joel Schumacher)
    Predator (John McTiernan)

    I know James already reviewed many of them very positively… so I guess maybe he just forgot to mention 🙂 Whether Predator shuold be considered horror it’s debateable I know.. but he definitely has some elements of the genre.

  • October 26, 2016 at 8:27 am

    judging by the comments “guys you forgot to add 100 movies to your top 10! how could you forget the other 90!

  • Justin

    October 26, 2016 at 9:55 am

    …so John Carpenter’s The Thing doesn’t make the top 10… but PUMPKINHEAD does?

    • bud

      October 26, 2016 at 4:31 pm

      Yeah, personally I would swap those two. Pumpkinhead is more of an honorable mention than The Thing.

  • October 26, 2016 at 10:12 am

    There is a lot of debate! Nice 🙂 One thing is for sure: If anybody is looking for the very best of 70s and 80s horror movies, all he has to do is watch James’ top 20 and then read the comments as a sort of compendium! Et voilà! There you have it! The ultimate list 😀

  • deniii

    October 26, 2016 at 1:02 pm

    Some of these movies have been reviewed by the Cinema Snob (Brad Jones).
    If any of you are interested, give those reviews a shot. They are very good (available at Channel Awesome, Nostalgia Critic’s website)

  • frostare

    October 26, 2016 at 3:23 pm

    Wow that last list must have been hard, it’s like the final boss of Top Ten Tuesdays. =)

  • dansims

    October 26, 2016 at 7:10 pm

    Always found The Shining a bowring movie, same for Poltergeist, i Laugh most of the time, not for the good raiseon…Return of the living dead is one of my favorite zombie movie…And why Reanimator is not in, come on Mike.

  • October 26, 2016 at 7:34 pm

    What about Night of the Demons (1988)?

    • bud

      October 27, 2016 at 5:38 pm

      Another excellent choice. There are so many great horror-comedies of the 80s.

  • October 27, 2016 at 10:03 pm

    Lists were fine, however I feel the need to take issue with your disregard for the “modern” era. Since the 90’s, I think a large number of quality horror films have released, and I think it’s easy to overlook to disregard. Some of;

    Cabin in the Woods
    It Follows
    The Descent
    Alien 3
    Silence of the Lambs
    Army of Darkness (although arguably a comedy)
    Cape Fear
    Dusk till Dawn
    Blair Witch
    Paranormal Activity
    The Ring/Ringu
    The Grudge/Ju-On
    BS Dracula (in the classic style)
    The Orphanage
    Drag me to hell
    The Others
    Zombieland (if horror comedies are allowed)

    And on TV;

    The Stand
    The Walking Dead
    Stranger Things

    Anyway, just my thoughts.

    • bud

      October 29, 2016 at 3:20 am

      I agree with all of these, but I think the point of Monster Madness was to educate people on older, lesser known movies — especially for younger people who may not have seen the older classics. All the ones you mentioned are modern classics that most people are already aware of. Just my opinion.

  • gluserty

    October 28, 2016 at 1:55 am

    I’say “Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter” is the best of the traditional Jason Voorhees 1980’s films, but I think overall Part VI is the best film in the entire series due to having more imagination, humor, and personality, but not the best horror film in the series.

  • October 31, 2016 at 9:18 pm

    The Thing not in the top 10 :O I’m really surprised. Only a honourable mention? It’s easily in my top 5 films ever!

  • Anthony33

    November 1, 2016 at 1:12 am

    Great list and reviews. Totally agree, not much newer horror that impresses me much either. Although you could start a short list so far with movies like Hatchet and maybe Ginger Snaps or It Follows, which you reviewed in an earlier Monster Madness, maybe Frozen with Kane Hodder, maybe Saw. You could have a top 5 right there so far.

  • November 7, 2016 at 9:54 am

    Agh! Jaws a Horror movie!??!? And over Texas Chainsaw! You’re breaking my heart!

  • November 7, 2016 at 10:03 am

    See that’s the problem i always have with The Shining. You said “Over the course of the movie he goes slowly insane” and that’s just not the fact at all. We all want to love this movie, and we say that to ourselves, but Nicholson is making creepy faces and speaking in a sarcastic tone since they drive to the hotel. He is just a plain normal dude in the interview, and that always ruins part of a real good movie for me.

  • WillCSenn

    December 6, 2016 at 9:58 pm

    Would you consider found footage to be new ground in horror? I know it has existed before the modern age, but it’s landmark films such as Blair Witch and Paranormal Activity are recent. Seems like these are popping up more frequently now, either as entire films or just segments, like in Sinister.

  • Sean Pultz

    September 22, 2017 at 10:32 pm

    Here’s my favorite horror movies.

  • August 28, 2018 at 7:26 pm

    Okay, here my favourites of the 2000s & 2010s:

    1. Hereditary
    2. The Conjuring
    3. The Descent
    4. Get Out
    5. Don’t Breathe
    6. Insidious 1 + 2
    7. The Babadook
    8. The Witch
    9. The Ring
    10. A Tale of Two Sisters

    Honarable Mentions:
    * Let the Right One In (the original although the unnecessary remake is also surprisingly good)
    * Saw
    * It Follows
    * Oculus
    * A Quiet Place
    * The Conjuring 2
    * V/H/S 1 + 2
    * As Above, So Below

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