Rank 'Em: Kid Centric Scary Movies

Rank 'Em is a new recurring post 
requesting your interaction! 

Occasionally I will post something on Saturday mornings when I need a cartoon fix, but primarily I take the weekends off like most. Many sites I follow like to throw out a question going into the weekend to stir up some interaction among its followers. For instance, Rolling Stone does the "Weekend Rock Question", Mental Floss has "Friday Happy Hour", and my pals at UnderScoopFire do the "Friday Three-For-All." So, it's RD80s' turn to get into the Friday action!

We all love a good list. It doesn't matter if they are "top ten" or "best of" lists...WE ALL LIKE RANKING THINGS. Why? Because we all have opinions of what should make the list or which items should be ranked higher than others. I think it's also because when we make our lists known, it reveals a little about ourselves and gives insight to other people about what we like. So here goes! Each Friday I'll throw out a list of '80s stuff for everyone to rank according to whatever means they see fit. I'll include my personal list, invite a ranker from the previous week to post their list, and then anyone who wants to participate can post their list in the comments!

Top 5  Kid-Centric Scary Movies of the '80s

Looking for '80s horror/scary films that predominately feature kids and teens. I've listed 13 below (freaky, right?) but feel free to add your favorites that I might have missed. This week's guest ranker is Shawn Robare of BrandedInThe80s.Com! Shawn is also cohost of the Cult Film Club podcast and was a panelist on the first RD80s Podcast.

Saturday The 14th (1981)
Poltergeist (1982)
Gremlins (1984)
Teen Wolf (1985)
Peanut Butter Solution (1985)
Labyrinth (1986)
Invaders From Mars (1986)
The Gate (1987)
Lost Boys (1987)
Monster Squad (1987)
Lady In White (1988)
Little Monsters (1989)
Teen Witch (1989)

Shawn's List
  1. Monster Squad (1987)
  2. Lost Boys (1987)
  3. Gremlins (1984)
  4. Peanut Butter Solution (1985)
  5. The Gate (1987)
Recently I sat down to start examining awesome kid bedrooms in movies and The Monster Squad and Poltergeist were on that list. But like every time I pull those flicks down off the shelves, I can’t help but marathon through all my favorite 80s era kid-centric horror flicks. This is what I watched this past week…

Jason's List
  1. Gremlins (1984)
  2. Labyrinth (1986)
  3. Lost Boys (1987)
  4. Teen Wolf (1985)
  5. Little Monsters (1989)
I wasn't much into scary movies as a kid. I did LOVE Gremlins. Labyrinth might be classified more fantasy than horror, but it was still scary to me. I'll put Lost Boys slightly ahead of Monster Squad because of the Corey factor. How can you not include Michael J. Fox in a list when he's available? Little Monsters was like the live-action Monsters, Inc. of the 80s.

Your turn to rank 'em in the comments below! Don't forget, I'll choose one ranker from the comments this week to invite back next week as the guest ranker!

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  1. Labyrinth is one of my favorite movies but I don't think I'd consider it scary.

    1: Poltergeist
    2: Monster Squad
    3: Gremlins
    4: Willy Wonka, this movie freaked me out as a kid!
    5: Lost Boys

    1. Ha! Never had an issues with Willy Wonka, but guess we all had those freak out movies. Mine was the Neverending Story with the wolf.

      Thanks for commenting!

  2. I'm going to give an all Steven King list here:
    5. Firestarter
    4. Cats Eye
    3. Creepshow
    2. Pet Cemetary
    1. Children of the Corn

    I probably started reading Steven King in the 2nd or 3rd grade and even though the movies are generally pretty meh watching the nightmares I read brought to life was a big thrill for me

    1. Nice. "It" came out in 1990 or I would've added that to my list. Won't go near clowns today because of that movie. And when they kids are reading the book and the hand comes out. Forget it.

    2. Yeah there were a few of his that barely fell outside of the 80s range that would fit like IT, Salem's Lot and The Shining

  3. Lost Boys (1987)
    Monster Squad (1987)
    Gremlins (1984)
    The Gate (1987)
    Return of the Living Dead, Part II (1988)

    I put "Return, Part II" in here because Jesse (who was arguably the main hero) and Billy (who was the first victim/first zombie in the flick) were both kids.

  4. I don't think I could rank them, but Poltergeist is definitely the scariest! Mad props for mentioning The Peanut Butter Solution! Are you an undercover Canadian?!

  5. 1. The Thing
    2. The Shining
    3. An American Werewolf in London
    4. A Nightmare on Elm Street
    5. Fright Night
    6. Poltergeist
    7. Evil Dead 2
    8. Re-Animator
    9. Hellraiser
    11.Friday the 13th
    12.The Howling
    13.The Lost Boys
    14.The Fly
    16.The Return of the Living Dead
    18.The Serpent and the Rainbow
    19.Pet Sematary
    21.Near Dark
    22.The Entity
    23.The Company of Wolves


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