Cult Horror Films of the 1980s

Series: Movie Madness University

The 1980s were arguably the most genre-expanding decade in horror history. Films came out at a record pace from studios large and small, driven by technological advances and the growing popularity of the genre. In this course, we’ll take a look at some cult classics of the 1980s and how, in their own special ways, each moved the needle further in the evolution of horror as a genre. The films we’ll consider include a slumber party slasher; a superbly bloody coming of age tale; a thriller based on the ancient tale of Oedipus; and a B-movie inspired by B-movies.

(For a list of specific titles that will be featured in the course, please email with “‘80s class titles” in the subject line.)

Movies will be screened at the Movie Madness Miniplex, followed by an instructor-led discussion. Classes will be held Wednesdays in November at 7:00pm. Proof of vaccination and masks are required for all students and instructors.

Tuition is $75 for the four-week class, $60 for members. Class size will be limited to 18.

This class will be taught by Kia Anne Geraths, a filmmaker and educator. Her previous MMU classes include International Cult Horror of the 1970s, Women in Documentary Filmmaking, and more.