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5 Horror series from the 80's that influence today's entertainment

The horror TV series of the 80's have a strong influence on the horror fiction seen today

By Ninfa BiPublished 2 months ago 3 min read
The horror genre of the 80's is still alive and well

The horror genre has been introduced on television through fabulous series that generate incredible emotions among fans.

Most of the horror movies and series that have great success were influenced by the movies and series that were broadcasted during the "80's" decade. For several years there has been a fanaticism for the pop culture of that decade and the entertainment industry tries to satisfy the preferences of consumers. The funny thing is that many people prefer to watch ideas that reflect that era instead of consuming new entertainment products.

Here are 5 horror TV series that influence today's genre.

#1.Hammer House of Horror (1980)

Hammer House of Horror is currently considered a cult series because in its time it dared to deal with difficult subjects such as Nazi experiments, cannibalism, haunted houses, brainwashing, diabolical sects, confinement, etc. The series premiered on September 13, 1980 and consisted of 13 unforgettable episodes that still set a trend in the genre. The series told stories in a masterful way, making the viewer feel fear and suspense throughout the plot. Every fan of the horror genre should watch this eighties series to experience chilling sensations, which generate pleasure and high adrenaline in equal parts.

#2.Tales from the Darkside (1983-1988)

Tales from the Darkside was a horror series that premiered in 1983, lasted four seasons and had 90 episodes. The series was directed by George Romero, one of the most talented filmmakers of the genre. Tales from the Darkside managed to terrify a whole generation and enjoyed a huge success.

Although its plot seems a bit absurd, the way the events unfold make it one of the most impressive series of the genre. The stories gradually evolve from funny to downright terrifying. All thanks to its final moments, which have a shocking and bloody scene that will surely take away the appetite of more than one.

#3. The Twilight Zone (1985-1989)

The Twilight Zone was an eighties version of the venerable original series created by Rod Serling between 1959 and 1964. It aired in the U.S. for three seasons of sixty-five half-hour episodes. Like its sixties counterpart, its episodes narrated science fiction, horror and fantasy stories.

The host of each episode was an off-screen narrator in the voice of Charles Aidman. Although many liked the "60's" version better, the "80's" version also had a great influence on today's horror genre.

#4.Freddy's Nightmares: A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Series (1988-1990)

The Freddy Krueger movie saga comes to 80's television to continue exploring the dream world in the most terrifying way possible. Each episode is hosted by Freddy himself. Most episodes of the series are made up of two stories, which usually have common elements in their plots. Freddy, the dreamlike serial killer par excellence, appears in all episodes. The series lasted two seasons and had 44 episodes.

#5.Tales from the Crypt (1989-1996)

Tales from the Crypt was a very successful horror series, today it is considered a cult series. The series combined the horror genre with elements of black humor, which made it an extraordinary fiction. Tales from the Crypt had a comic book aesthetic, which gave it a funny touch. The series had 93 episodes and each one lasted 24 minutes, which made it short and entertaining.

Each episode was introduced by The Crypt Keeper, who had a unique laugh that was both funny and scary at the same time. He would then give an introduction to the story to be told in that episode. At the conclusion of each story, the Crypt Keeper would make a deep and ironic reflection on what had happened.

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Ninfa Bi

Journalist.Content Creator. Media Lover.

Pop culture content made with ♥♥ in Buenos Aires City.

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  • Chris Riggio2 months ago

    Nice list, there's some great deep cuts on here

  • Emily Love2 months ago

    I love Tales from the Crypt, the tv series and the movie.

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