This one took a left turn that even I wasn’t expecting. Because the film that made all the money this year was Superman. But that didn’t feel like the right choice. And Deer Hunter and Coming Home won all the Oscars. And they didn’t feel like the right choices either. Deer Hunter felt okay, but it felt okay just because it won Best Picture. It didn’t really feel like a film that encapsulated its year. Grease also made a lot of money, but I don’t know if that pinpoints itself to any particular year so much as it’s just Grease.
Animal House was something I considered for a second as well. But then I saw this, and I saw Dawn of the Dead. And I felt like both of these, more so this one, were both critical in reestablishing the horror genre for the future. There was a giant horror boom in the 80s, and it’s because of films like this.
This movie essentially gave birth to the slasher genre. (more…)