BARBARIAN is full of history, & it's just a plain ole gnarly horror flick with lots of worthy creeps.
Day 7 in the 31 Days of Halloween falls on dark times with COMBAT SHOCK (1984), a horrific, traumatic look at American PTSD after the Vietnam War.
Roberta Findlay's 1985 shocker TENEMENT came along at the beginning of the crack epidemic. Hard not to see the commentary about a city crumbling around her.
Clive Barker's NIGHTBREED explores the difference between experiences in the city, focused on those with power v. those without.
STREET TRASH is just a B-movie with nothing to say. Or, maybe it says a lot of things about NYC in the 1980s. Maybe?
Abel Ferrara's MS. 45 is a brutal exploitation flick about a mute woman who decides to make the city night safe for women again on her own.
An urban Gothic about Miles (Clark Freeman), a traumatised man searching for a proof of life after death. At any cost.
A werewolf movie packed with social commentary is always worth the time to chew on.