The Best '80s Horror Movies

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List Criteria: Movies in the horror genre that were originally released in the 1980s

This list of the best 80s horror movies is a lengthy one, with good reason. The 1980s were a phenomenal decade for horror films, with some of the best, scariest, creepiest and in some cases, campiest films ever made. Several of the greatest horror films ever made were released in the 80s. This list of the top scary films from the 1980s is by no means complete, so feel free to vote for your favorites and please, add any great ones that are missing. You can also rerank this list any way you like.

The 1980s ushered in a kind of golden age for horror movies, with so many titles coming out so fast that it was difficult to keep up. Every week, a handful of new and freaky horror films were released in theaters. And sequels? Oh good grief, the sequels! '80s horror movies included the originals and sequels for the wildly popular Nightmare on Elm Street, Evil Dead, and Friday the 13th franchises. Halloween, while released in the late-1970s, did spawn several sequels released in the 80s.

While slasher horror films and monster movies have existed since the early days of cinema, the genre reached its height in the 1980s. Every major horror film, with a handful of exceptions, featured some sort of psycho killer on the loose, stalking poor, helpless (and clueless!) teenagers. Sometimes these killers were human, other times they were aliens or – gasp!murderous clowns. Graphic violence was the norm, the shock value kept going higher and higher, and these films were certainly among the most nausea-inducing great films of all time.

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    The Shining 
	is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '80s Horror Movies

    the people's #1 & most listed
    Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers

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    A Nightmare on Elm Street 
	is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '80s Horror Movies


    Johnny Depp, Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp

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    Poltergeist 
	is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '80s Horror Movies


    Craig T. Nelson, JoBeth Williams, Heather O'Rourke

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    Friday the 13th 
	is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '80s Horror Movies


    Kevin Bacon, Tom Savini, Betsy Palmer

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    The Thing 
	is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '80s Horror Movies


    Kurt Russell, Keith David, John Carpenter

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    The Evil Dead 
	is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '80s Horror Movies


    Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi, Ted Raimi

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    Aliens 
	is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '80s Horror Movies


    Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Michael Biehn

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    Pet Sematary 
	is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '80s Horror Movies


    Stephen King, Fred Gwynne, Denise Crosby

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    An American Werewolf in London 
	is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '80s Horror Movies


    Jenny Agutter, Frank Oz, Rik Mayall

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    Fright Night 
	is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '80s Horror Movies


    Christopher Lee, Roddy McDowall, Chris Sarandon

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    Halloween II 
	is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '80s Horror Movies


    Jamie Lee Curtis, Dana Carvey, Kyle Richards

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    Hellraiser 
	is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '80s Horror Movies


    Doug Bradley, Andrew Robinson, Ashley Laurence

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    The Lost Boys 
	is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '80s Horror Movies

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    Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, Corey Haim

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    Gremlins 
	is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '80s Horror Movies


    Steven Spielberg, Corey Feldman, Phoebe Cates

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    The Return of the Living Dead 
	is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '80s Horror Movies


    Clu Gulager, James Karen, Linnea Quigley

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    Evil Dead II 
	is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '80s Horror Movies


    Bruce Campbell, Kassie DePaiva, Ted Raimi

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    Child's Play 
	is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '80s Horror Movies


    Brad Dourif, Catherine Hicks, Chris Sarandon

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    The Fly 
	is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '80s Horror Movies

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    Geena Davis, Jeff Goldblum, David Cronenberg

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    Friday the 13th Part 2 
	is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '80s Horror Movies


    Betsy Palmer, Lauren-Marie Taylor, Warrington Gillette

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    Children of the Corn 
	is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best '80s Horror Movies


    Linda Hamilton, Peter Horton, R. G. Armstrong

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    The Howling 
	is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best '80s Horror Movies


    Dee Wallace, John Sayles, Slim Pickens

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    John Carpenter's The Fog 
	is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best '80s Horror Movies


    Jamie Lee Curtis, Janet Leigh, Tom Welling

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    Predator 
	is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best '80s Horror Movies

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jesse Ventura, Carl Weathers

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    Creepshow 
	is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best '80s Horror Movies


    Stephen King, Ed Harris, Ted Danson

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    Re-Animator 
	is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best '80s Horror Movies

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    Barbara Crampton, Jeffrey Combs, David Gale

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    Day of the Dead 
	is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best '80s Horror Movies


    Sherman Howard, Jarlath Conroy, Terry Alexander

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    Christine 
	is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best '80s Horror Movies

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    Kelly Preston, Alexandra Paul, John Madden

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    Cujo 
	is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best '80s Horror Movies

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    Dee Wallace, Danny Pintauro, Ed Lauter

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    The Hitcher 
	is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best '80s Horror Movies


    Jennifer Jason Leigh, Rutger Hauer, C. Thomas Howell

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    Friday the 13th: The Final Cha... 
	is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best '80s Horror Movies


    Corey Feldman, Crispin Glover, Judie Aronson

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    Halloween 4: The Return of Mic... 
	is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best '80s Horror Movies


    Danielle Harris, Donald Pleasence, Kathleen Kinmont

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    A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: D... 
	is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best '80s Horror Movies

    ranked low on reranks & added by CassiopeeLeduc
    Patricia Arquette, Laurence Fishburne, Zsa Zsa Gábor

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    Silver Bullet 
	is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best '80s Horror Movies

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    Gary Busey, Corey Haim, Terry O'Quinn

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    Sleepaway Camp 
	is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best '80s Horror Movies


    Mike Kellin, Katherine Kamhi, Robert Earl Jones

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    Pumpkinhead 
	is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best '80s Horror Movies


    Mayim Bialik, Lance Henriksen, George Buck Flower

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    My Bloody Valentine 
	is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best '80s Horror Movies


    Don Francks, Cynthia Dale, Helene Udy

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    Return of the Living Dead Part... 
	is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best '80s Horror Movies

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    Mitch Pileggi, James Karen, Allan Trautman

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    Prom Night 
	is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best '80s Horror Movies


    Jamie Lee Curtis, Brittany Snow, Leslie Nielsen

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    The Amityville Horror 
	is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best '80s Horror Movies

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    James Brolin, Margot Kidder, Rod Steiger

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    Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason... 
	is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best '80s Horror Movies


    Corey Feldman, Tony Goldwyn, Ron Palillo

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    Near Dark 
	is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best '80s Horror Movies


    Bill Paxton, Lance Henriksen, Adrian Pasdar

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    House 
	is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best '80s Horror Movies


    George Wendt, Kay Lenz, Richard Moll

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    The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 
	is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best '80s Horror Movies


    Dennis Hopper, Bill Moseley, Kinky Friedman

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    Twilight Zone: The Movie 
	is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best '80s Horror Movies


    Dan Aykroyd, John Lithgow, Burgess Meredith

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    Halloween 5: The Revenge of Mi... 
	is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best '80s Horror Movies


    Danielle Harris, Donald Pleasence, Beau Starr

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    Friday the 13th: A New Beginni... 
	is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best '80s Horror Movies


    Corey Feldman, Miguel A. Núñez, Jr.

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    Scanners 
	is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best '80s Horror Movies


    Michael Ironside, Patrick McGoohan, Jennifer O'Neill

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    April Fool's Day 
	is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best '80s Horror Movies


    Deborah Foreman, Thomas F. Wilson, Ken Olandt

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    The Changeling 
	is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best '80s Horror Movies


    George C. Scott, Melvyn Douglas, Barry Morse

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    Creepshow 2 
	is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best '80s Horror Movies

    added by CassiopeeLeduc
    Stephen King, George Kennedy, Dorothy Lamour

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