Generation HeX

by pamelapeffer | created - 08 Jun 2019 | updated - 08 Jun 2019 | Public

Dark, prescient and odd - stories for those who grew up in the '70s & '80s

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1. Artemis 81 (1981 TV Movie)

185 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

The epic battle for the future of mankind is fought between an angel of light and an angel of death.

Director: Alastair Reid | Stars: Hywel Bennett, Dinah Stabb, Dan O'Herlihy, Sting

Votes: 147

2. Chocky (1984)

30 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

A story centered on a young schoolboy and his strange relationship with an extraterrestrial entity.

Stars: James Hazeldine, Carol Drinkwater, Andrew Ellams, Glynis Brooks

Votes: 305

3. Shadows (1975–1978)

Family, Horror

Anthology series of scary stories for children.

Stars: Neville Barber, Gwyneth Strong, George Waring, Jenny Agutter

Votes: 92

4. The Omega Factor (1979– )

50 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

A covert branch of British Intelligence is assigned to investigate the strange, the supernatural, the...'Omega Factor'.

Stars: James Hazeldine, Louise Jameson, John Carlisle, Brown Derby

Votes: 143

5. Death Watch (1980)

R | 117 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

In a future where dying of illness is exceedingly rare, a terminally ill woman becomes a celebrity and a man with camera implants goes to secretly record her for a morbid TV show.

Director: Bertrand Tavernier | Stars: Romy Schneider, Harvey Keitel, Harry Dean Stanton, Thérèse Liotard

Votes: 2,500

6. Thriller (1973–1976)

65 min | Crime, Drama, Fantasy

Anthology series of self-contained episodes with the genres ranging from murder mystery to suspense to psychological and supernatural horror.

Stars: Donna Mills, Gary Collins, Michael Jayston, Robert Powell

Votes: 562

7. Armchair Thriller (1978–1981)

25 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

Suspense and mystery-themed anthology series.

Stars: Frank Duncan, Maria Aitken, James Bolam, Zena Walker

Votes: 165

8. Ace of Wands (1970–1972)

30 min | Family, Fantasy

Telepathic stage magician, Tarot, and his two assistants solve mysteries and crimes of a bizarre or magical nature, and battle against villains with various powers.

Stars: Michael MacKenzie, Tony Selby, Judy Loe, Roy Holder

Votes: 88

9. The Clifton House Mystery (1978)

Fantasy, Thriller

A family move into an old house, which turns out to be haunted by the ghost of a soldier.

Stars: Sebastian Breaks, Ingrid Hafner, Amanda Kirby, Joshua Le Touzel

Votes: 54

10. The Owl Service (1969– )

30 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

Three teenagers discover a mysterious set of owl and flower-patterned dinner plates in the attic and the magical ancient legend of the "Mabinogion" comes to life once again in their Welsh valley.

Stars: Dorothy Edwards, Gillian Hills, Michael Holden, Francis Wallis

Votes: 132

11. Children of the Stones (1977– )

30 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

Scientist Adam Brake and his son Matthew arrive in the sleepy English village of Milbury to find it under the grip of weird psychic powers unleashed by the sinister village squire, Hendrick... See full summary »

Stars: Gareth Thomas, Veronica Strong, Peter Demin, Ruth Dunning

Votes: 604

12. Sapphire & Steel (1979–1982)

30 min | Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller

A special force of interdimensional operatives protect the universe from evil forces trying to gain a foothold by disrupting the timeline. The strange energy beings are assigned to cases, ... See full summary »

Stars: David McCallum, Joanna Lumley, David Collings, Gerald James

Votes: 1,321

13. The Nightmare Man (1981– )

30 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

A lonely Scottish island is stalked by a brutal killer who may be from another world...

Stars: James Warwick, Celia Imrie, Maurice Roëves, Jonathan Newth

Votes: 159

14. Beasts (1976)

60 min | Horror, Mystery

An anthology series concerning bestial horror created by Nigel Kneale.

Stars: Pamela Moiseiwitsch, Bernard Horsfall, Patrick Magee, Pauline Quirke

Votes: 178

15. Tales of the Unexpected (1979–1988)

25 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror

Dramatizations of many Roald Dahl short stories.

Stars: Roald Dahl, Andrew Ray, Forbes Collins, Richard Johnson

Votes: 1,510

16. The Day of the Triffids (1981– )

50 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

When a comet blinds nearly everyone in the world, a genetically-engineered species of plant takes over.

Stars: John Duttine, Emma Relph, Maurice Colbourne, Jonathan Newth

Votes: 1,917

17. Altered States (1980)

R | 102 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

58 Metascore

A Harvard scientist conducts experiments on himself with a hallucinatory drug and an isolation chamber that may be causing him to regress genetically.

Director: Ken Russell | Stars: William Hurt, Blair Brown, Bob Balaban, Charles Haid

Votes: 31,228 | Gross: $19.85M

18. The Legend of Hell House (1973)

PG | 95 min | Horror

Physicist Lionel Barrett and his wife lead a team of mediums into the Belasco House, which is supposedly haunted by the victims of its late owner, a six-foot-five serial killer.

Director: John Hough | Stars: Roddy McDowall, Gayle Hunnicutt, Pamela Franklin, Clive Revill

Votes: 11,682

19. The Haunting (1963)

G | 112 min | Horror

74 Metascore

Hill House has stood for about 90 years and appears haunted: its inhabitants have always met strange, tragic ends. Now Dr. John Markway has assembled a team of people who he thinks will prove whether or not the house is haunted.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: Julie Harris, Claire Bloom, Richard Johnson, Russ Tamblyn

Votes: 33,562 | Gross: $2.62M

20. Moondial (1988– )

30 min | Family, Fantasy

A teenage girl discovers a portal through time, and tries to help two children of the past.

Stars: Siri Neal, Tony Sands, Valerie Lush, Arthur Hewlett

Votes: 189

21. The Thing (1982)

R | 109 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

57 Metascore

A research team in Antarctica is hunted by a shape-shifting alien that assumes the appearance of its victims.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, Keith David, Richard Masur

Votes: 358,888 | Gross: $13.78M

22. The Shining (1980)

R | 146 min | Drama, Horror

66 Metascore

A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where a sinister presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from both past and future.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd, Scatman Crothers

Votes: 866,036 | Gross: $44.02M

23. Scanners (1981)

R | 103 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

60 Metascore

A scientist sends a man with extraordinary psychic powers to hunt others like him.

Director: David Cronenberg | Stars: Jennifer O'Neill, Stephen Lack, Patrick McGoohan, Lawrence Dane

Votes: 46,568 | Gross: $14.23M

24. From Beyond (1986)

R | 85 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

A group of scientists have developed the Resonator, a machine which allows whoever is within range to see beyond normal perceptible reality. But when the experiment succeeds, they are immediately attacked by terrible life forms.

Director: Stuart Gordon | Stars: Jeffrey Combs, Barbara Crampton, Ted Sorel, Ken Foree

Votes: 21,759 | Gross: $1.26M

25. Blade Runner (1982)

R | 117 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

84 Metascore

A blade runner must pursue and terminate four replicants who stole a ship in space, and have returned to Earth to find their creator.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Edward James Olmos

Votes: 676,136 | Gross: $32.87M

26. The Enfield Haunting (2015)

Not Rated | 136 min | Biography, Drama, Horror

In August 1977, a series of bizarre and terrifying events begin to take place in a seemingly ordinary house in Enfield, North London.

Stars: Timothy Spall, Eleanor Worthington-Cox, Juliet Stevenson, Fern Deacon

Votes: 3,954

27. Thesis (1996)

R | 125 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

While doing a thesis about violence, Ángela finds a snuff video where a girl is tortured until death. Soon she discovers that the girl was a former student in her faculty...

Director: Alejandro Amenábar | Stars: Ana Torrent, Fele Martínez, Eduardo Noriega, Xabier Elorriaga

Votes: 34,869

28. Don't Look Now (1973)

R | 110 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

96 Metascore

A married couple grieving the recent death of their young daughter are in Venice when they encounter two elderly sisters, one of whom is psychic and brings a warning from beyond.

Director: Nicolas Roeg | Stars: Julie Christie, Donald Sutherland, Hilary Mason, Clelia Matania

Votes: 47,631 | Gross: $0.98M

29. Eraserhead (1977)

Not Rated | 89 min | Fantasy, Horror

87 Metascore

Henry Spencer tries to survive his industrial environment, his angry girlfriend, and the unbearable screams of his newly born mutant child.

Director: David Lynch | Stars: Jack Nance, Charlotte Stewart, Allen Joseph, Jeanne Bates

Votes: 98,971 | Gross: $7.00M

30. The Changeling (1980)

R | 107 min | Horror

70 Metascore

After the death of his wife and daughter in a car crash, a music professor staying at an old mansion is dragged into a decades old murder of a child by an inexplicable presence in the mansion's attic.

Director: Peter Medak | Stars: George C. Scott, Trish Van Devere, Melvyn Douglas, Jean Marsh

Votes: 29,026

31. The Mothman Prophecies (2002)

PG-13 | 119 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

52 Metascore

A reporter is drawn to a small West Virginia town to investigate a series of strange events, including psychic visions and the appearance of bizarre entities.

Director: Mark Pellington | Stars: Richard Gere, Laura Linney, David Eigenberg, Bob Tracey

Votes: 74,237 | Gross: $35.75M

32. Fringe (2008–2013)

TV-14 | 46 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

An F.B.I. agent is forced to work with an institutionalized scientist and his son in order to rationalize a brewing storm of unexplained phenomena.

Stars: Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, John Noble, Jasika Nicole

Votes: 215,176

33. Hammer House of Horror (1980)

54 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

This British anthology series, which was produced by England's leading exporters of horror films, told tales of haunted houses, demons, ghosts, and other supernatural wonders.

Stars: Nicholas Ball, Anna Calder-Marshall, Christopher Cazenove, Peter Cushing

Votes: 1,485

34. Sea of Souls (2004– )

120 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

A group of faculty and staff at a Glasgow university studies the paranormal.

Stars: Bill Paterson, Dawn Steele, Iain Robertson, Louise Irwin

Votes: 403

35. Strange (2002–2003)

60 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

John Strange is an ex-priest who had dedicated his life to hunting down demons and the darker side of the church, a task which some of his former bosses stand in the way of.

Stars: Richard Coyle, Samantha Womack, Ian Richardson, Samuel Barnett

Votes: 335

36. Apparitions (2008)

Action, Drama, Horror

Father Jacob Myers, a priest of the Roman Catholic Church, played by Martin Shaw, examines evidence of miracles to be used in canonisation but also performs exorcisms. As he learns, Jacob's... See full summary »

Stars: Martin Shaw, Rick Warden, Siobhan Finneran, John Shrapnel

Votes: 1,531

37. Afterlife (I) (2005–2006)

47 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

University lecturer Robert Bridge (Andrew Lincoln) becomes involved in a series of supernatural events surrounding medium Alison Mundy (Lesley Sharp) in this chilling TV series.

Stars: Lesley Sharp, Andrew Lincoln, Kate Duchêne, Anna Wilson-Jones

Votes: 1,889

38. The Wicker Man (1973)

R | 88 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

87 Metascore

A puritan Police Sergeant is sent to a Scottish island village in search of a missing girl who the townsfolk claim never existed; stranger still are the pagan rites that take place there.

Director: Robin Hardy | Stars: Edward Woodward, Christopher Lee, Diane Cilento, Britt Ekland

Votes: 67,155 | Gross: $0.06M

39. Midwinter of the Spirit (2015)

Not Rated | 60 min | Mystery, Thriller

This series follows country vicar Merrily Watkins, who is one of the few women priests working as an exorcist in the UK. When a grisly murder takes place in her local area, the police come calling for her assistance.

Stars: Nicholas Pinnock, Anna Maxwell Martin, Kate Dickie, Ben Bailey Smith

Votes: 898

40. Black Mirror (2011– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

An anthology series exploring a twisted, high-tech multiverse where humanity's greatest innovations and darkest instincts collide.

Stars: Daniel Lapaine, Hannah John-Kamen, Michaela Coel, Beatrice Robertson-Jones

Votes: 413,253

41. Suspiria (1977)

R | 92 min | Horror

79 Metascore

An American newcomer to a prestigious German ballet academy comes to realize that the school is a front for something sinister amid a series of grisly murders.

Director: Dario Argento | Stars: Jessica Harper, Stefania Casini, Flavio Bucci, Miguel Bosé

Votes: 76,711

42. Rosemary's Baby (1968)

R | 137 min | Drama, Horror

96 Metascore

A young couple trying for a baby move into a fancy apartment surrounded by peculiar neighbors.

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes, Ruth Gordon, Sidney Blackmer

Votes: 186,827

43. The Omen (1976)

R | 111 min | Horror

62 Metascore

Mysterious deaths surround an American ambassador. Could the child that he is raising actually be the Antichrist? The Devil's own son?

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Gregory Peck, Lee Remick, Harvey Stephens, David Warner

Votes: 104,536 | Gross: $4.27M

44. Lost Souls (2000)

R | 97 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

16 Metascore

A Catholic teacher meets an atheist journalist, whom a group of Catholics and Priests believes has been chosen by the devil to be the Antichrist.

Director: Janusz Kaminski | Stars: Winona Ryder, Ben Chaplin, Sarah Wynter, Philip Baker Hall

Votes: 10,306 | Gross: $16.78M

45. Antichrist (2009)

Not Rated | 108 min | Drama, Horror

49 Metascore

A grieving couple retreat to their cabin in the woods, hoping to repair their broken hearts and troubled marriage, but nature takes its course and things go from bad to worse.

Director: Lars von Trier | Stars: Willem Dafoe, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Storm Acheche Sahlstrøm

Votes: 113,880 | Gross: $0.40M