Whilst there are plenty of classic horror films from the 80's there are many more that get overlooked. Whether they were too gory for mainstream audiences or just plain weird a lot of these films are criminally forgotten. Best of all most of these can be picked up for a bargain thanks to their underappreciated status. Most will be known to horror fans but could well be new to the casual viewer. So, join us as we explore ten alternative 80's horror movies you need to watch. Basket Case (1982) A genuine video nasty, Basket Case was highly controversial. The movie told the story of a young man named Duane who is seeking revenge on the doctors who separated him from his conjoined twin named Belial. That 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. Belial is jealous of his brother’s normal appearance so he tries to abuse and kill his brothers girlfriend. It’s grim but highly amusing stuff. Bad Taste (1987) Years before he had Hollywood blockbusters coming out of his ears Peter Jackson was creating some brilliant B-movie horrors. Bad Taste was set in his native New Zealand and featured an alien invasion like no other. An entire town has gone missing and a group of special agents are sent to investigate. Meanwhile, 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. It’s pure comedy-horror genius and is stomach-turning gory to match. Lifeforce (1985) The 80's weren’t kind to Hammer Horror but there is one shining gem amongst their releases from this period. Lifeforce starts out as a science fiction movie with a space mission to an abandoned ship. It quickly descends into horror though as space Vampires intent on breeding with humans are brought to England. Lifeforce has a notable appearance from the legend that is Sir Patrick Stewart which instantly makes this a must-watch film. Cannibal Holocaust (1980) Cannibal Holocaust was banned for a very long time and it’s not hard to see why. Being one of the first found footage movies it disgusted audiences who couldn’t work out what was real. The truth is still fairly guarded but some scenes, including the scene where a live turtle is hacked to bits, were real. There are certain scenes that you hope aren’t real, especially the ones that included the assault and murder of tribal natives in the jungle. Cannibal Holocaust is hard going but it earned its place in history as a must-see for horror fanatics for good reason. Videodrome (1983) David Cronenberg always has a motive in his films and Videodrome is a classic example. Exploring the themes of sadomasochism in media and the exploitation of sex and violence it hammers home its point with a tense and brutal purpose. To 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. If you like your horror a little more highbrow then you can’t go wrong with Videodrome. Class of Nuke Em High (1986) On the opposite end of the spectrum from Videodrome you have Class of Nuke ‘Em High. Troma are probably the finest purveyors of B-Movies and Lloyd Kaufman is a master of low budget. Class of Nuke ‘Em High sees the students of Tromaville High smoking a new strain of Marijuana that has been tainted by the Nuclear Power Plant next door. A 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. It’s utterly ridiculous and we love it. Pumpkinhead (1988) Pumpkinhead is a classic revenge horror complete with a grotesque monster. Ed Harley seeks revenge after his son is killed by a teenage gang in a motorcycle accident. He goes to see a witch who says she cannot resurrect his son but can give him revenge, at a price. That price is that he has to witness the killings of the group through the eyes of the creature Pumpkinhead. This really is 80s horror at its best. House (1986) A writer goes to live in his dead aunt’s house after she hangs herself. He is, of course, a horror writer and starts his new book in the house. Soon he starts to have nightmares and the house starts to attack him. There’s a monster in the closet and flying garden tools before a portal opens up in the bathroom mirror. House is equally as hilarious as it is scary and that makes it a must-watch for us. Return of the Killer Tomatoes (1988) Set 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. Sounds utterly ridiculous? Of course it does and what’s not to like? Giant Tomatoes attack and eat people whilst a boy named Chad and his friend Matt, played by George Clooney, have to stop the new outbreak. Even more ridiculous is that that new clone tomatoes are created with music and they take on the traits of whatever music is used. This leads to Michael Jackson Tomatoes, Miami Vice Tomatoes and Heavy Metal Tomatoes. Pure brilliance. Critters (1986) Critters is probably the most famous movie on our list but it really is tragically underappreciated. Many called it a Gremlins rip-off but it’s far from it. Essentially a small farm in Kansas is under siege by fluffy balls from outer space with razor-sharp teeth. It sounds silly and it kind of is but Critters actually holds up as a genuine horror movie where-as Gremlins was way more mainstream. This is a proper adult horror and is actually pretty scary in places so certainly shouldn’t be passed over as just fluffy creatures from space. So 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? Why not let us know in the comments and if you haven’t seen them why not check them out and let us know what you think.