Poltergeist II: The Other Side (1986)

Back in 1982 Tobe Hooper directed Poltergeist, a movie that was written and produced by Stephen Spielberg, and in all honesty it may as well have been him behind the camera. Everything about that movie screamed Spielberg, from its familial tone and grandiose set pieces to its high profile marketing strategy and tantilsing teaser poster. The grisly touch of Hooper – a wonderful director in his own right – was nowhere to be found.

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Predator 2 (1990)

When it comes to Predator, less is definitely more.

In the three decades since the release of the original there have been so many pointless sequels that I now look upon this once cherished character with derision, his movies indifference. Predator 2 is perhaps the best of all those sequels, but it still manages to fail on just about every conceivable level, not least because you find it nigh on impossible not to compare it to the original, to which it is nothing more than a diluted carbon copy…

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Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (1985)

It took producers a whole year to renege on Friday the 13th’s promise that part IV would indeed be the final chapter, and the $22,000,000 it raked in – more than ten times its allocated budget – tells you exactly why.

Jason was far too big a draw to put to bed in 1984, and you have to believe that the studio was aware of this; in all likelihood, Jason’s demise was nothing more than a cynical marketing gimmick…

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A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988)

In 1984 horror maestro Wes Craven unleashed one of the most terrifying characters to ever grace the horror lexicon.

Fred Krueger had all the right ingredients to keep you awake at night. A grotesquely deformed, razor-fingered child-killer, he was not the kind of merciful barbarian who would dispose of you with one brutal blow. This monster was gloriously sadistic, the big kid who had taken pulling legs off spiders to a whole new level.

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Jaws: The Revenge (1987)

The Great White Shark swims in a cesspool of negative stigma.

This is due mainly to its enormous size and many rows of razor-sharp teeth, not to mention the fact that the human beast has a tendency to fear anything that may pose even the smallest threat to its Earthly dominance. Sharks do kill – around 10 humans per year – but when they do it is usually a case of mistaken identity, while humans are known to kill around 20 to 30 million sharks annually.

Given the facts, it is clear to see who the true monsters are…

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