Whilst there are plenty of classic horror films from the 80's there are many more that get overlooked. \n\n\n\nWhether they were too gory for mainstream audiences or just\nplain weird a lot of these films are criminally forgotten.\n\n\n\nBest of all most of these can be picked up for a bargain\nthanks to their underappreciated status.\n\n\n\nMost will be known to horror fans but could well be new to the casual viewer.\n\n\n\nSo, join us as we explore ten alternative 80's horror movies you need to watch.\n\n\n\nBasket Case (1982)\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nA genuine video nasty, Basket Case was highly controversial.\n\n\n\n\nThe movie told the story of a young man named Duane who is\nseeking revenge on the doctors who separated him from his conjoined twin named\nBelial. \n\n\n\nThat may sound like a typical revenge movie plot but this went way beyond as Belial was a horrifically deformed monster that was carried around in a wicker basket.\n\n\n\nBelial is jealous of his brother\u2019s normal appearance so he tries to abuse and kill his brothers girlfriend. It\u2019s grim but highly amusing stuff.\n\n\n\nBad Taste (1987)\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nYears before he had Hollywood blockbusters coming out of his ears Peter Jackson was creating some brilliant B-movie horrors.\n\n\n\nBad Taste was set in his native New Zealand and featured an alien invasion like no other. \n\n\n\nAn entire town has gone missing and a group of special\nagents are sent to investigate. \n\n\n\nMeanwhile, a stranger passes through town who is captured by the aliens before falling off a cliff and cracking his head open. He spends the rest of the film holding his brain in with a hat.\n\n\n\nIt\u2019s pure comedy-horror genius and is stomach-turning gory to match.\n\n\n\nLifeforce (1985)\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nThe 80's weren\u2019t kind to Hammer Horror but there is one shining gem amongst their releases from this period. \n\n\n\nLifeforce starts out as a science fiction movie with a space\nmission to an abandoned ship. \n\n\n\nIt quickly descends into horror though as space Vampires intent on breeding with humans are brought to England.\n\n\n\nLifeforce has a notable appearance from the legend that is Sir Patrick Stewart which instantly makes this a must-watch film.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nCannibal Holocaust (1980)\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nCannibal Holocaust was banned for a very long time and it\u2019s\nnot hard to see why. \n\n\n\nBeing one of the first found footage movies it disgusted\naudiences who couldn\u2019t work out what was real.\n\n\n\nThe truth is still fairly guarded but some scenes, including\nthe scene where a live turtle is hacked to bits, were real.\n\n\n\nThere are certain scenes that you hope aren\u2019t real, especially the ones that included the assault and murder of tribal natives in the jungle.\n\n\n\nCannibal Holocaust is hard going but it earned its place in history as a must-see for horror fanatics for good reason.\n\n\n\nVideodrome (1983)\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nDavid Cronenberg always has a motive in his films and\nVideodrome is a classic example.\n\n\n\nExploring the themes of sadomasochism in media and the\nexploitation of sex and violence it hammers home its point with a tense and\nbrutal purpose.\n\n\n\nTo dumb the plot down, a network executive steals a broadcast from Malaysia that shows people being tortured and murdered. He begins to air it on his network but the show starts to affect people in unforeseen ways.\n\n\n\nIf you like your horror a little more highbrow then you\ncan\u2019t go wrong with Videodrome.\n\n\n\nClass of Nuke Em High (1986)\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nOn the opposite end of the spectrum from Videodrome you have\nClass of Nuke \u2018Em High.\n\n\n\nTroma are probably the finest purveyors of B-Movies and Lloyd Kaufman is a master of low budget.\n\n\n\nClass of Nuke \u2018Em High sees the students of Tromaville High smoking a new strain of Marijuana that has been tainted by the Nuclear Power Plant next door.\n\n\n\nA gang known as "The Cretins" all start to turn psychotic thanks to an unrelated nuclear accident and the heroes of the film go on a nuclear weed-fuelled rampage to stop them.\n\n\n\nIt\u2019s utterly ridiculous and we love it. \n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nPumpkinhead (1988)\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nPumpkinhead is a classic revenge horror complete with a\ngrotesque monster.\n\n\n\nEd Harley seeks revenge after his son is killed by a teenage\ngang in a motorcycle accident. He goes to see a witch who says she cannot\nresurrect his son but can give him revenge, at a price.\n\n\n\nThat price is that he has to witness the killings of the\ngroup through the eyes of the creature Pumpkinhead.\n\n\n\nThis really is 80s horror at its best.\n\n\n\nHouse (1986)\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nA writer goes to live in his dead aunt\u2019s house after she hangs herself. He is, of course, a horror writer and starts his new book in the house.\n\n\n\nSoon he starts to have nightmares and the house starts to attack\nhim. \n\n\n\nThere\u2019s a monster in the closet and flying garden tools\nbefore a portal opens up in the bathroom mirror.\n\n\n\nHouse is equally as hilarious as it is scary and that makes it a must-watch for us.\n\n\n\nReturn of the Killer Tomatoes (1988)\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nSet ten years after the Great Tomato Wars, Return of the Killer Tomatoes an evil scientist named Professor Gangreen aims to bring back the killer tomatoes and reek havoc on the United States.\n\n\n\nSounds utterly ridiculous? Of course it does and what\u2019s not to like?\n\n\n\nGiant Tomatoes attack and eat people whilst a boy named Chad\nand his friend Matt, played by George Clooney, have to stop the new outbreak.\n\n\n\nEven more ridiculous is that that new clone tomatoes are created\nwith music and they take on the traits of whatever music is used. \n\n\n\nThis leads to Michael Jackson Tomatoes, Miami Vice Tomatoes\nand Heavy Metal Tomatoes.\n\n\n\nPure brilliance.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nCritters (1986)\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nCritters is probably the most famous movie on our list but\nit really is tragically underappreciated.\n\n\n\nMany called it a Gremlins rip-off but it\u2019s far from it.\n\n\n\nEssentially a small farm in Kansas is under siege by fluffy balls from outer space with razor-sharp teeth. \n\n\n\nIt sounds silly and it kind of is but Critters actually\nholds up as a genuine horror movie where-as Gremlins was way more mainstream.\n\n\n\nThis is a proper adult horror and is actually pretty scary\nin places so certainly shouldn\u2019t be passed over as just fluffy creatures from\nspace.\n\n\n\nSo those are our ten best alternative 80's horror movies you need to watch, how many of them have you seen and are there some you think we should have included?\n\n\n\nWhy not let us know in the comments and if you haven\u2019t seen them why not check them out and let us know what you think.