Friday, January 09, 2015

At Flashbak: Die Yuppie Scum! Five Horror Movies that Raged Against the Eighties

At Flashbak, I tally five horror films that raged against the Yuppie value system during the actual Yuppie Heyday of the 1980s and 1990s.

"The term “yuppie” came into fashion in America in the early 1980s to describe “young, upwardly mobile professionals.” 

But in less formal sounding terms, yuppies were soon widely characterized in the pop culture by a powerful love of two things: extreme wealth, and themselves. 

Newsweek Magazine proclaimed 1984 the “year” of the Yuppie, but that was probably the high point for the movement.  Ever since the 1990s, the term yuppie has widely been considered a term of derision, and an explicit reminder of the worst Gordon Gekko-like excesses of the Eighties.

Although modern horror films such as American Psycho (2000) also dissect the Age of the Yuppie in wicked terms, a number of horror films actually took on Yuppies much earlier than that.. 

Here are five horror films that observed the worst qualities of Yuppies and their world view and took them on…in their heyday."

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