CARRIE (1976, Brian De Palma) -- Wallflower prom queen Sissy Spacek takes telekinetic revenge on her high school's beautiful people and just about everyone else.
MARTIN (1978, George A. Romero) -- This forgotten gem stars John Amplas as an alienated young man who thinks he's a vampire and uses razors to get to his blood supply. Odd and atmospheric.
HALLOWEEN (1978, dir. John Carpenter) -- Carpenter made his career with this single horror film about insane-asylum escapee Michael Myers, who goes home to take care of unfinished business.
THE EVIL DEAD (1983, dir. Sam Raimi) -- Five students call forth demons and pay the price. A low-budget hit that brought laughs into the genre.
A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET (1984, dir. Wes Craven) -- Freddy Krueger enters the dreams of teens and then slices and dices them in real life. But the teens fight back.