In the 80's, horror films were so much BETTER.
They played with your deepest, darkest fears, got inside your mind and had interesting, original storylines. Nowadays, it seems like film makers have run out of ideas for genuinely scary plots, and are trying to create scares by making things jump out at you and having lots of blood and gore. It's just not the same.
The 80's horror films didn't need that. They were fantastically scary and thrilling without all the fancy special effects. They really made you think, and they stayed with you a long time after you'd left the cinema. The Shining was made in 1980, and despite it now being 31 years old, it's one of my favourite horror films. Like most horror films of that decade, it did a brilliant job of creating an eerie, creepy atmosphere and kept you sitting at the edge of your seat.
Horror films don't seem to do that anymore... nearly all the Hollywood films these days are Slashers - mindless killers with knives chopping up innocent people for a whole two hours. Plus the acting is terrible, compared to the genuine fear you saw in actors of the 80's. Horror films have lost their originality.
Myself - I'm a huge horror fan. ;)