Many of the best horror movie kids are adorable, but that's definitely not the right word to describe Isaac (John Franklin) in the 1984 movie Children of the Corn. Isaac convinces the other kids in his area to become part of a cult in Gatlin, Nebraska, as Isaac worships "He Who Walks Behind the Rows."
Since a child is leading a cult, that makes the story even scarier, and the movie has a creepy setting that endures all of these years after it was first released. It's tough not to look at Isaac's dark eyes and not feel frightened. What's more, it's easy to see this movie's influence on other stories about cults.
A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)
While some movie sequels are strange, A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors achieves something rare: it feels like part of the slasher franchise but is its own thing. Kristin Parker (Patricia Arquette) goes to Westin Hills Psychiatric Hospital and that's where she encounters a grown-up Nancy.
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Fans like this third entry in the franchise and it definitely has better character development than most other sequels. It hammers home the message that stopping Freddy is tricky and that Nancy will most likely forever be haunted by him. Fans also like seeing Freddy as much as possible, which is another reason to check this movie out.
The Stepfather (1987)
While the 2009 version is one of the worst horror movie remakes, the 1987 movie The Stepfather has a great performance from Terry O'Quinn, best known for playing Locke on Lost. The main character is a con artist who goes by the name of Jerry Blake and convinces women to marry him time and time again, but he's a stone-cold killer.
Although some slashers have plot holes, The Stepfather tells a straightforward story and has such good characters that it's entertaining. It's a perfect depiction of a charming man with secrets, a classic character trope found in many movies. Even if horror fans know the main plotline, the movie is still a lot of fun.
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