Graveyard Shift '80s Horror Marathon

Film, Horror

Endure a sleepless night watching four scary flicks on Friday the 13th

Four 1980s horror films – two of them on original 35mm film – will screen back to back at Ritz Cinema Randwick in October in the lead up to season two of Netflix's Stranger Things.

If you've never seen these spine-tingling, flesh-crawling classics it's time to rectify that.

First up is Kathryn Bigelow's debut Near Dark (1987). The future director of The Hurt Locker and the upcoming Detroit helms a Western-style thriller about vampires in a midwestern town. 

Things get gruesome with Stuart Gordon's Re-Animator (1985), a horror comedy inspired by HP Lovecraft about a mad scientist who can bring the dead back to life, but only as hyper violent zombies.

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) follows – the first in Wes Craven's long-running series about Freddy Krueger, the deformed killer who comes to teenagers in their dreams and murders them. Johnny Depp enjoyed his first film role in this one.

Last up is the original 1982 version of Poltergeist – directed by the late, great Tobe Hooper (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre) with a large amount of input from producer Steven Spielberg. Hugely influential on Stranger Things, it's about a family that discovers their house is haunted and has to rescue their young daughter after she's pulled into a ghostly dimension.

Fans of brooding synthesiser scores, old-school special effects and free flowing blood, please form an orderly queue.

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