Five 80s Horror Movies We’re Surprised Haven’t Been Rebooted

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by Jesse Gumbarge

in Lists, Movies, The 80s

I’m not really a fan of remakes or reboots in general. Nine times out of ten it’s almost an identical film as its predecessor; adding nothing new to the story. As a kid who was born in the mid 80s, I’ve seen many of my childhood horror icons get butchered with a terrible reboot, from Freddy Krueger to Leatherface and more.

With all of the remakes that have been released in the past decade it’s surprising that there are still some memorable 80s horror films that haven’t gotten the reboot treatment. I looked through my old VHS collection from when I was a kid and noticed many horror films I loved that haven’t been given a shiny upgrade.

This isn’t to say that I feel they should or shouldn’t be remade; it’s just surprising that some greedy movie exec hasn’t capitalized on our childhood nostalgia. These five films are noteworthy (at least to me); for being quite popular and yet have flown under the reboot radar.

Maybe legal issues have prevented this from happening. Or, maybe these are films are only popular among a very small niche demographic of horror fans. Whatever the case may be, here are five 80s horror films we’re surprised haven’t been remade yet.


The Slumber Party Massacre (1982)

The Slumber Party Massacre follows a bunch of young girls as a killer tries to drill them (a drill is his weapon of choice). A rather straightforward by-the-numbers- slasher but it’s most definitely one of the most memorable of the decade.

the slumber party massacre

By today’s standards it would be rather silly, and that’s fine. A spoof or horror comedy wouldn’t be out of the question. Even if it wasn’t given a proper theatrical release it’s surprising that this reboot isn’t in the works.


Christine (1983)

Remaking films based on Stephen King novels seems to be a thing nowadays; just look at the upcoming Carrie reboot. It’s surprising that a few other Stephen King novels aren’t finding their way back to the big-screen once again.


Christine follows a nerd who buys a 1958 Plymouth Fury, which turns out to be an actual killer car (literally). It’s surprising this hasn’t been remade just because. Speaking of Stephen King remakes…


Cujo (1983)

Cujo is the Stephen King tale a dog who gets bitten by a bat and goes batshit crazy. A good portion of the film follows Dee Wallace and her son trapped in a car with Cujo waiting patiently for them to get out so he can rip them to pieces.


When was the last great killer dog horror film we’ve seen? Why not bring Cujo back? Or not…


Pumpkinhead (1988)

Pumpkinhead hasn’t exactly aged all that well over the years. Which is all the more reason why a reboot might actually be a good thing. The technology of today would only be a blessing for the film as opposed to a reboot like Nightmare On Elm Street where it was clearly a hindrance.


Lance Henriksen plays a mournful father who calls on a demon (Pumpkinhead) to get revenge on the teenagers who killed his son.

While Pumpkinhead may not be as recognizable as Freddy Krueger or Jason, the film has built up a cult following in the years since its release. A following that surprisingly hasn’t been capitalized on with a reboot.


The Lost Boys (1987)

Two decades before the Twilight craze we had another teensploitation vampire flick. The Lost Boys was a pop-culture phenomenon during the late ‘80s. The film’s tagline — “Sleep all day. Party all night. Never grow old. Never die. It’s fun to be a vampire.” — flawlessly captured its blend of attitude and gore.


At the height of the recent vampire craze it was surprising that we haven’t heard an announcement that this reboot was on its way.

Are there any other ‘80s horror movies you’re surprised haven’t been remade?

Jesse Gumbarge is editor-in-chief at JarvisCity. He’s a fan of old-school horror flicks and starting pointless debates. You can contact him at

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Lamar the Revenger October 3, 2013 at 9:43 am

Glad Pumpkinhead was mentioned.


Kill Team October 3, 2013 at 11:43 am

The Hidden and Pets Cemetary


Howard Decker October 3, 2013 at 12:20 pm

Both are great calls.


nattipmp513 October 26, 2013 at 1:02 pm

Maximum overdrive.


Corey Chapman (@chapmanrunner) October 3, 2013 at 2:17 pm

Silver Bullet


The Goodwill Geek October 3, 2013 at 6:32 pm

I think Pumpkinhead still stands up pretty well… it’s really the sequels that fall FLAT on their faces… But I would be completely behind a remake/reboot done right. The effects would still need to be conventional.

And a Lost Boys reboot seems unlikely after those two awful, recent sequels just came out a while back. Although the Fright Night remakes/reboots just seem to keep on coming (even if the most recent one claims to be a sequel when it really isn’t).


@OldSchool80s October 4, 2013 at 10:08 am

The Lost Boys had a reboot, I believe it was called Twilight!


matt k October 4, 2013 at 5:01 pm

Jaws. Although there have been rumors for sometime that a remake is in the works.


Craig October 6, 2013 at 2:12 pm

I really don’t agree that Pumpkinhead has not aged well. The monster was eerie and effective while looking real. This is one horror classic that I do not think needs to be retouched with fakey CGI (like the terrible Spiderman and Hulk) effects.


DADDY STARBUX April 1, 2014 at 7:06 pm

Amen. Fuck cgi.


nattipmp513 October 26, 2013 at 12:59 pm

im sure these all will be coming very soon.


DJ RIP November 26, 2013 at 4:26 pm

Great article! But you’ll be my new man crush if you remember The Peacemaker (1990, but close enuff) with Robert Forster. Has to be one of the most underappreciated films of the last century. How could this have not been remade by now?!


bill November 23, 2017 at 5:11 pm

Up to the 80’s movies were still a form of art. Better leave all these movies alone. Nowadays they will just use the remake to promote their secret agendas on how they think the society should behave with all the subliminal messages.


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