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06-29-2002, 10:00 PM
1981 was another great year, too many good movies to list here. So check the "other" option if your fave isn't listed.

06-29-2002, 11:49 PM
Slashers like HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME and THE BURNING are always great fun, but I can't deny John Landis' seminal werewolf film. AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON gets my vote.

06-30-2002, 02:22 AM
Lots of great movies. Mark me down for Scanners also.

06-30-2002, 04:07 AM
i chose Halloween 2 since its a childhood favorite

Friday the 13th part 2, House by the Cemetary and Cannibal Ferox are definitally up there tho

06-30-2002, 07:18 AM
I went with The Beyond. Great Fulci flick. ;)

06-30-2002, 11:34 AM
An American Werewolf In London!

BTW, Happy Birthday To Me is coming on one of the Encore channels this week. I think it may be the mystery channel!

DVD Connoisseur
07-01-2002, 12:14 AM
I voted for American Werewolf but there was close competition!

07-01-2002, 09:31 PM
Friday the 13th Part 2 is probably my favorite in the series, so it deserves my vote. But any other film on the list is also deserving.

Thanks for including Final Exam helly. :)

07-01-2002, 10:09 PM
Originally posted by rhett
Thanks for including Final Exam helly. :)
Well yeah.... :rolleyes: ;)

I was wondering why Friday 2 is your fave of the series?

07-01-2002, 11:40 PM
Hell Night - An underrated classic

Pope V
07-02-2002, 12:02 AM
In 1981 - The Funhouse (even bought the book)
Now - The Beyond

07-02-2002, 02:12 AM
Friday 4 and 2 are remarkably close for the best of the series crown. I really like Part 2 because I think Jason looks extremely creepy with the bag over his head and his shack. It is a very dark film and the campfire scene serves as a nice parallel to the spooky story roots the plot has. The young cast is probably the best bunch of campers in the series, and Amy Steel makes a great damsel in distress. The opening murder sequence of Adrienne King was excellent and somewhat unexpected, like Marion Crane's murder in Psycho. There is some great editing in the film as well (ie. when the dog gets killed and the next shot is of a barbeque frying hot dogs).

It isn't high art, that is for sure, but there is lots to admire about it.

07-03-2002, 11:37 AM
Excellent year, many favorites. "Wolfen", "Scanners", "The Beyond", "The Entity" and "Friday 2" stand out. -So I'm voting for the one that stands out the most; AAWIL.

07-04-2002, 10:23 AM
Definitely a great year (for the most part, some real duds also) that is a given. Having said that, I had to vote for what is possibly the greatest film ever made, The Beyond. It is a shame so many people and horror fans can't see what an amazing film The Beyond truly is. The film is dream-like, with so many fantastic visuals. I really think most people don't quite get it, or Fulci for that matter.

I would have thought more people on here would have voted for The Beyond, amazing how things turn out. I am embarassed that The Beyond is even mentioned with some of the stinkers up there.

07-04-2002, 10:57 AM
J your right. THE BEYOND is a great film; I love it and its one of my all-time faves right after POSSESSION, which I think is criminally overlooked thus very underrated and therefore got my vote.

07-04-2002, 03:35 PM
"An American Werewolf In London".

07-06-2002, 03:21 AM
American Werewolf in London, definitely the BEST werewolf movie ever!!!

07-09-2002, 06:08 PM
Halloween 2. There's just something about that movie that makes me love it just as much as the first. Maybe the soundtrack gives it the extra edge for me.

07-12-2002, 05:53 PM
AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON and Wolfen...great year for werewolf movies...

07-16-2002, 01:53 PM
Very, very tough one this time. THE BEYOND get my vote and as very close runner ups there are The Burning and Cannibal Ferox Make them die slowly

06-02-2008, 11:10 PM
So many personal favorites here. Truly great year for horror! I chose The Funhouse.

06-02-2008, 11:27 PM
If I had to, I could without all the films on that list. Except The Beyond.

Mark Relford
06-02-2008, 11:33 PM
Yea, 1981 was a great year for horror. American Werewolf gets my vote. It has a perfect combo of horror and humor. Effects wise, David's transformation in the living room still holds up. Can you say the same for the effects in the shitty "sequel"? It also has a great soundtrack.

06-02-2008, 11:40 PM
Wow, such a great year. I went with "Werewolf" due to it being more entertaining overall than the other flicks (plus that shot down the escalator in the tube station where you actually see the full wolf..... probably one of my top five favorite shots of all time).

As for that dude's earlier post about The Beyond being "one of the greatest movies of all time", I'm forced to reply with "Zuh?". I feel like I "get" that flick and it comes off as a pure nightmare on celluloid for me (just like how most nightmares I have don't make any goddamn sense but are purely disturbing, this flick is the same), but that's a huge bit of hyperbole.

Either way, great stuff here.

06-02-2008, 11:45 PM
Probably American Werewolf. I find it strange that The Entity is from 1981. It didn't play my town until 1983.

06-03-2008, 12:07 AM
Didn't realize so many flicks I love came from this year.
It was a tough decision, but I had to go with Friday 2 for the following reasons:

It was the first of the series I saw.

It was the first uncut film I saw, and Terri stripping and swimming in the lake stuck with me for years.:sperm:

It scared me as well as ushered me into adolesence.

It still holds up for many of the reasons Rhett mentioned already.

06-03-2008, 12:20 AM
The Entity is the scariest up there by far, but did I vote for it? Hell no. I am far too big of a Jason fan for that. Friday the 13th Part 2 all the way.

06-03-2008, 12:30 AM
A ton of truly great films came out in '81, but I simply had to go with The Entity which I love.

06-03-2008, 12:36 AM
love most of em but picked the burning

06-03-2008, 05:11 AM
I love most on this list (1981 was just a damn good year) but I picked My Bloody Valentine.

06-03-2008, 05:19 AM
Man lot of good ones- I took Halloween 2 just by a hair over friday the 13th part 2 - I always thought Funhouse was really good to

06-04-2008, 02:44 AM
Really tough. Back in the day I would say WEREWOLF IN LONDON, but more recently I'm nuts for HALLOWEEN II. Love them both, but I voted for the latter.

06-04-2008, 03:59 AM
Even though I was negative three years old in 1981, I went with AWIL. Great flick all around. I strongly enjoy almost all of that list.

06-04-2008, 06:01 AM
Since it's my favorite horror movie of all time I went with An American Werewolf in London. All in all a great year for horror and werewolf movies.

06-04-2008, 01:37 PM
My Bloody Valentine

06-04-2008, 02:20 PM
Fuck there were a lot of good movies that come out in 1981! I'm gonna probably be an odd one out, but my vote has got to go to "Wolfen". It's easily the best "wolf" movie out there. It is just so goddamn beautifully shot, the sound design is amazing, and the story is so damn good.

06-04-2008, 06:29 PM
Saw most of them at the theater, Friday Pt 2, and a few others. But, have to go with Scanners.

06-14-2008, 07:44 PM
An American Werewolf in London. Then, I think I'm starting to like The Beyond enough to call it a near-fav.

06-16-2008, 03:48 PM
For Harry Warden, Axel, and of course... HOLLIS, my vote goes to My Bloody Valentine.