Kids in Danger: Top 10 Craziest ’80s Kids Movies

Published 5 years ago by , Updated May 20th, 2014 at 9:00 am,

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Little Monsters (1989)

On its surface, Little Monsters is a comedy about the monsters that live under kids’ beds. Over the course of the film, however, the laughs are replaced by screams as Fred Savage is forced to free his kid brother (played by real-life brother Ben Savage) from the grips of Boy, the truly creepy leader of the monsters.

I always enjoyed Little Monsters as a kid, but watching the film from an adult perspective provides a totally different experience . Fred Savage’s character, along with his two friends, face some terrifying obstacles during their rescue attempt, not least of which is the fact that if they don’t escape the monster world by morning, they will be stuck there forever. Of course, they do manage to escape, though not without leaving an interesting unanswered question.

If you’ve seen Little Monsters, you may recall that the kids finally manage to escape the monster world by traveling from the east coast to California where the sun rises later. Every time I watch the movie now, I wonder what Fred Savage’s parents must think when he calls them from a pay phone in Malibu. How is he supposed to explain that? There’s no way they’re going to believe that he was stuck in the monster world, right?

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Gremlins (1984)

Whether they’re setting buildings on fire, launching old women out of windows, or driving snow plows into people’s homes, Joe Dante’s Gremlins are among the most delightfully dangerous of all movie villains. Of course, featuring Joe Dante’s 1984 Christmas classic on this list is debatable since the film is a horror movie above all else, but the fact that it was marketed toward children and included a cuddly cute character like Gizmo gives it enough kiddy cred to make the list.

One thing we can all agree on: Gremlins are some seriously nasty little suckers and they don’t go down without a fight.

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  1. “Sloth is a monstrous man-child who has spent the majority of his life chained up in a basement.”

    Thanks Rob, that really made me laugh.

    • That comment about Sloth could ALMOST describe my sister-in-law, except for one detail: Sloth has better manners and better social skills.

      Seriously…I just found out why Sis-In-Law has basically hated me from Day One of our meeting 17 years ago [Before reading this, please be securely seated and have your mouth empty of all food/drink, as I don’t want you to damage your computer]…Ready?

      It seems that I committed The Most Unpardonable Sins One Can Make:

      1. I was correct in spotting/recognizing Brent Spiner in a non-Star Trek role on Night Court; S-I-L, the self-appointed Trek Expert, said it wasn’t him.

      2. Three months into dating my future wife, I grievously offended future S-I-L by CHANGING THE TV CHANNEL!

      These are the reasons S-I-L hates me…for those who think S-I-L needs serious therapy, Jesus Christ will be starring in the next Bill & Ted movie (standing in for Keanu Reeves) before S-I-L ever goes to therapy.

      • That is one of the most awesome comments I’ve ever read in my entire comment-reading career.

        The last half was absolute comedy gold. Pitiful childish behaviour, hilariously retold. Laughed even more the second time I read it. Bonus lulz for the numbered bullet format.

        And get a load of your introduction. Pure win. On moment you’re talking about a character in one of the movies above, then with an amusingly flimsy segue you grab us by the throat and launch into this random p!ss funny rant about your sister in law.

        Bravo! Walk away from it! Now it belongs to the ages.

  2. What about The 3 Ninjas? Or their horrific sequels? :-)

    By your rules, I wouldn’t put The Labryinth on the list, since it was in a fantasy world. If it does belong there, then so should The Neverending Story.

    • I would say Kicka**. It is not an eighties movie,b ut confused me as it seemed aimed at kids, yet it was too violent. Still confused about what age group they were aiming at.
      (I did not spell the whole movie name as there is no profanity written above this comment box).
      I loved the Sister in law post. I have a brother in law who hates me. Before I married my husband brother in law, his wife, and two sons borrowed money up in the thousands from my single husband. I didn’t know all this until my husband told me in a way to say, “I am a good man, I help my family when they need it.” I took it as my husband has a good heart.

  3. what about……children of the corn, people under the stairs, lost boys ?

    • I dont think Children of the Corn is a kids movie.

  4. You forgot Coak & Dagger!! Oh and D.A.R.Y.L.

    • Cloak*

  5. never ending stories

  6. Explorers (1985)

  7. It is amazing how many had Fred Savage

  8. I would’ve put The Dark Crystal up in here…

  9. Yes lovin this list! They don’t make them like they used to! Infact taking my son today to see 30th anniversary exclusive one day one showing event of ET at the movies tonight. I’m 30 yrs old this will be both our first time to see ET on the silver screen!

  10. How is Time Bandits a drama?-its a pure family film, thats like picking on The Goonies for swearing and some slightly scary scenes! Anyhow this list is redundant without the mighty Time Bandits.

  11. The Peanut Butter Solution is hands down more bizarre and scary than anything listed above.

    • I am watching Peanut Butter Solution on YouTube right now. Strangest movie ever but I thank the YouTube gods for putting the whole movie on there for the world to see (and then to scratch their heads in confusion).

  12. Not sure how you can make a list like this and NOT include the best film of that era that was made for this category: The Lost Boys

    • Absolutely agree

  13. Grabbing the brass ring by producing film fantasies for adolescent boys does little for humanity, and is anything but innocent.

    Investment in vulgarity and irresponsibilty is the equivalent of the Pied Piper leadin children off the cliff with entertainment.
    Surely, greater callings can be found.

  14. The Gate
    The Stuff
    Invaders from Mars
    Critters
    Poltergeist
    Ghoulies
    Troll
    Something Wicked This Way Comes
    Bloody Birthday
    The Return of Swamp Thing
    Garbage Pail Kids The Movie
    That Adventures of Mark Twain
    The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
    Rainbow Bright and the Star Stealer
    Santa Claus
    Legend
    Return of the Ewok
    Red Dawn
    Going Bananas
    Popeye
    Moonwalker
    Krull
    Howard the Duck
    Hope and Glory
    Harry and the Hendersons
    Fortress
    Firestarter
    Explorers
    D.A.R.Y.L.
    Secret of NIMH

    • (typo: The Adventures of Mark Twain)
      Maximum Overdrive
      Shogun Assassin
      Child’s Play
      Children of the Corn
      Colors
      Christine
      Night of the Comet
      Earnest Goes to Camp
      Teenwolf 1 & 2
      Honey I Shrunk the Kids
      My Science Project
      Back to the Future trilogy
      Neverending Story
      The Golden Child
      Mad Max Beyond the Thunderdome
      Commando
      Mr Mom
      Once Bitten
      Phenomenon
      Once Upon a Time in America
      Plain Clothes
      Raising Arizona
      BMX Bandits
      Six Pack
      Overboard
      Solarbabies
      The Lost Boys
      SpaceCamp
      The Heavenly Kid
      The Last Dragon
      The Last Emperor
      The Legend of Billie Jean
      The Worst Witch
      The Wraith
      Time Bandits
      The Tank
      WarGames
      Willow
      The Chocolate War
      Wolfen
      Young Guns
      The Blob
      License to Drive

      honorable mention – Soul Man

      • Ps White Water Summer

  15. Drop dead fred!!