TOP 70 Best Horrors from the 80s

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1.
The Shining (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil and spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future. (146 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
 
2.
White Dog (1982)
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A trainer attempts to retrain a vicious dog that's been raised to attack black people. (90 mins.)
Director: Samuel Fuller
 
3.
Sister, Sister (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
Two sisters turn their family mansion in Louisiana into a guest house. One of their guests is an aide to a congressman, and turns their lives inside out. (91 mins.)
Director: Bill Condon
 
4.
Dead of Winter (1987)
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A fledgling actress is lured to a remote mansion for a screen-test, soon discovering she is actually a prisoner in the middle of a blackmail plot. (100 mins.)
Director: Arthur Penn
 
5.
Pumpkinhead (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
After a tragic accident, a man conjures up a towering, vengeful demon called Pumpkinhead to destroy a group of unsuspecting teenagers. (86 mins.)
Director: Stan Winston
 
6.
Cujo (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Cujo, a friendly St. Bernard, contracts rabies and conducts a reign of terror on a small American town. (93 mins.)
Director: Lewis Teague
 
7.
The Fan (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Douglas, a record salesman, is an obsessive fan of actress Sally Ross. When his letters are rejected, he strikes out at her and her loved ones. (95 mins.)
Director: Edward Bianchi
 
8.
The Thing (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A research facility in Antarctica comes across an alien force that can become anything it touches with 100% accuracy. The members must now find out who's human and who's not before it's too late. (109 mins.)
Director: John Carpenter
 
9.
Poltergeist (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A family's home is haunted by a host of ghosts. (114 mins.)
Director: Tobe Hooper
 
10.
Altered States (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A Harvard scientist conducts experiments on himself with a hallucinatory drug and an isolation chamber that may be causing him to regress genetically. (102 mins.)
Director: Ken Russell
 
11.
Monkey Shines (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A quadriplegic man has a trained monkey help him with his paralysis, until the little monkey begins to develop feelings, and rage, against its new master. (113 mins.)
 
12.
Psycho II (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
After twenty-two years of psychiatric care, Norman Bates attempts to return to a life of solitude, but the specters of his crimes - and his mother - continue to haunt him. (113 mins.)
 
13.
Psycho III (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
Norman Bates falls in love with a nun - which makes his "mother" jealous - who has visited the Bates Motel alongside a drifter and a curious reporter. (93 mins.)
Director: Anthony Perkins
 
14.
Pin (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Isolated by his strange parents, Leon finds solace in an imaginary friend, which happens to be an anatomy doll from his father's doctor office. Unfortunately, the doll begins to take over Leon's life, and his sister's life as well. (103 mins.)
Director: Sandor Stern
 
15.
American Gothic (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
On a lonely island in the Pacific Northwest, a group of travelers find themselves targeted by a crazed, homicidal family. (90 mins.)
Director: John Hough
 
16.
The Gate (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Two young boys accidentally release a horde of nasty, pint-sized demons from a hole in a suburban backyard... (85 mins.)
Director: Tibor Takacs
 
17.
Jack's Back (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
A serial killer in Los Angeles celebrates Jack the Ripper's 100th birthday by committing similar murders and only one has a chance of stopping him. (97 mins.)
 
18.
The Hidden (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
An alien parasite with the ability to possess human bodies goes on a violent crime spree in L.A. A human cop, detective Tom Beck, and an alien cop posing as a young FBI agent Lloyd Gallagher both pursue the parasite who frequently changes his human hosts. (96 mins.)
Director: Jack Sholder
 
19.
Christine (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A nerdish boy buys a strange car with an evil mind of its own and his nature starts to change to reflect it. (110 mins.)
Director: John Carpenter
 
20.
Silver Bullet (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A werewolf terrorizes a small city where lives the paralytic Marty Coslaw, his uncle, and his sister, the story's narrator. (95 mins.)
Director: Daniel Attias
 
21.
Dead & Buried (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A suspense horror film set in a small coastal town where, after a series of gory murders commited by mobs of townspeople against visiting tourists, the corpses begin to come back to life. (94 mins.)
Director: Gary A. Sherman
 
22.
Happy Birthday to Me (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
At the snobby Crawford Academy, Virginia's group of friends start to go missing years after horrible events that happened to her as a child around her birthday. (110 mins.)
Director: J. Lee Thompson
 
23.
April Fool's Day (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Nine college students staying at a friend's remote island mansion begin to fall victim to an unseen murderer over the April Fool's Day weekend. (89 mins.)
Director: Fred Walton
 
24.
I, Madman (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A bookshop owner finds that an insane and murderous doctor from one of the store's horror novels has come to life. (89 mins.)
Director: Tibor Takacs
 
25.
The Stepfather (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
After murdering his entire family, a man remarries a widow with a teenage daughter in another town and prepares to do it all over again. (89 mins.)
Director: Joseph Ruben
 
26.
Curtains (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Six young actresses auditioning for a movie role at a remote mansion are targeted by a mysterious masked murderer. (89 mins.)
 
27.
They Live (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A drifter discovers a pair of sunglasses that allow him to wake up to the fact that aliens have taken over the Earth. (94 mins.)
Director: John Carpenter
 
28.
The Stuff (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A delicious, mysterious goo that oozes from the earth is marketed as the newest dessert sensation, but the tasty treat rots more than teeth when zombie-like snackers who only want to consume more of the strange substance at any cost begin infesting the world. (87 mins.)
Director: Larry Cohen
 
29.
Alligator (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A baby alligator is flushed down a Chicago toilet and survives by eating discarded laboratory rats injected with growth hormones. The small reptile grows gigantic, escapes the city sewers, and goes on a rampage. (91 mins.)
Director: Lewis Teague
 
30.
Prison (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
The spirit of a long-dead prisoner returns for revenge, haunting the prison's new governor. (102 mins.)
Director: Renny Harlin
 
31.
Hellraiser (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
An unfaithful wife encounters the zombie of her dead lover; demons are pursuing him after he escaped their sadomasochistic underworld. (94 mins.)
Director: Clive Barker
 
32.
Child's Play (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A single mother gives her son a much sought after doll for his birthday, only to discover that it is possessed by the soul of a serial killer. (87 mins.)
Director: Tom Holland
 
33.
Re-Animator (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A dedicated student at a medical college and his girlfriend become involved in bizarre experiments centering around the re-animation of dead tissue when an odd new student arrives on campus. (104 mins.)
Director: Stuart Gordon
 
34.
The Evil Dead (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Five friends travel to a cabin in the woods, where they unknowingly release flesh-possessing demons. (85 mins.)
Director: Sam Raimi
 
35.
Evil Dead II (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The lone survivor of an onslaught of flesh-possessing spirits holes up in a cabin with a group of strangers while the demons continue their attack. (84 mins.)
Director: Sam Raimi
 
36.
Friday the 13th (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A group of camp counselors are stalked and murdered by an unknown assailant while trying to reopen a summer camp which, years before, was the site of a child's drowning. (95 mins.)
 
37.
An American Werewolf in London (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Two American college students on a walking tour of Britain are attacked by a werewolf that none of the locals will admit exists. (97 mins.)
Director: John Landis
 
38.
Night of the Creeps (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Alien brain parasites, entering humans through the mouth, turn their host into a killing zombie. Some teenagers start to fight against them. (88 mins.)
Director: Fred Dekker
 
39.
Little Shop of Horrors (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A nerdy florist finds his chance for success and romance with the help of a giant man-eating plant who demands to be fed. (94 mins.)
Director: Frank Oz
 
40.
The Hunger (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A love triangle develops between a beautiful yet dangerous vampire, her cellist companion, and a gerontologist. (97 mins.)
Director: Tony Scott
 
41.
Paperhouse (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A young girl lost in the loneliness and boredom of reality finds solace in an ill boy, whom she can visit in a surreal dream world that she drew in her school composition book. (92 mins.)
Director: Bernard Rose
 
42.
The New Kids (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
A brother and sister arrive in a small town to help their relatives run an amusement park, and they find the town is terrorized by a local street gang. (86 mins.)
 
43.
Angel Heart (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Harry Angel is a private investigator. He is hired by a man who calls himself Louis Cyphre to track down a singer called Johnny Favorite. But the investigation takes an unexpected and somber turn. (113 mins.)
Director: Alan Parker
 
44.
The Funhouse (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Four teenage friends spend the night in a carnival funhouse and are stalked by a deformed man in a Frankenstein mask. (96 mins.)
Director: Tobe Hooper
 
45.
Gremlins (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A boy inadvertently breaks three important rules concerning his new pet and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town. (106 mins.)
Director: Joe Dante
 
46.
The Hand (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
Jon Lansdale is a comic book artist who loses his right hand in a car accident. The hand was not found at the scene of the accident... (104 mins.)
Director: Oliver Stone
 
47.
Maniac Cop (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
A killer dressed in a police uniform begins murdering innocent people on the streets of New York City. (85 mins.)
Director: William Lustig
 
48.
The Witches of Eastwick (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Three single women in a picturesque village have their wishes granted - at a cost - when a mysterious and flamboyant man arrives in their lives. (118 mins.)
Director: George Miller
 
49.
The 'Burbs (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
An overstressed suburbanite and his fellow neighbors are convinced that the new family on the block are part of a murderous satanic cult. (101 mins.)
Director: Joe Dante
 
50.
The Company of Wolves (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A teenage girl in a country manor falls asleep while reading a magazine and she has a disturbing dream involving wolves which appears to take place in the woods visible from her bedroom window. (95 mins.)
Director: Neil Jordan
 
51.
Eyes of a Stranger (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A reporter suspects a creepy neighbor, who lives in the high-rise building across from hers, is a serial killer terrorizing the Miami area. (84 mins.)
Director: Ken Wiederhorn
 
52.
Heart of Midnight (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
Carol inherits a night club from her weird uncle. She moves into the place, only to find out just how weird her uncle really was... (93 mins.)
Director: Matthew Chapman
 
53.
House (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A troubled writer moves into a haunted house after inheriting it from his aunt. (93 mins.)
Director: Steve Miner
 
54.
Clownhouse (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Just before Halloween, three young brothers alone in a big house are menaced by three escaped mental patients who have murdered some traveling circus clowns and taken their identities. (81 mins.)
Director: Victor Salva
 
55.
Dreamscape (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A young psychic on the run from himself is recruited by a government agency experimenting with the use of the dream-sharing technology and is given the inverse task of planting an idea into the mind of the U.S. president. (99 mins.)
Director: Joseph Ruben
 
56.
The Fly II (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  
The almost-human son of "Brundlefly" searches for a cure to his mutated genes while being monitored by a nefarious corporation that wishes to continue his father's experiments. (105 mins.)
Director: Chris Walas
 
57.
Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Kirsty is brought to an institution after the death of her family, where the occult-obsessive head resurrects Julia and unleashes the Cenobites once again. (97 mins.)
Director: Tony Randel
 
58.
Retribution (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A Manic depressive artist survives a suicidal fall only to be possessed by a murdered gangster, who uses the artist to seek vengeance on those that ended his life. (107 mins.)
Director: Guy Magar
 
59.
Black Rainbow (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Martha Travis is a medium who makes contact with spirits "on the other side" and connects them with their loved ones still alive... (103 mins.)
Director: Mike Hodges
 
60.
The Kiss (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
When Felice and Hillary were children, they were separated to live with other people. Felice went off... (101 mins.)
Director: Pen Densham
 
61.
The Blob (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A strange lifeform consumes everything in its path as it grows and grows. (95 mins.)
Director: Chuck Russell
 
62.
Q (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
NYPD detectives Shepard and Powell are working on a bizarre case of a ritualistic Aztec murder. Meanwhile, something big is attacking people of New York and only greedy small time crook Jimmy Quinn knows where its lair is. (93 mins.)
Director: Larry Cohen
 
63.
Possession (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A woman starts exhibiting increasingly disturbing behavior after asking her husband for a divorce. Suspicions of infidelity soon give way to something much more sinister. (124 mins.)
 
64.
Fade to Black (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A shy, lonely film buff embarks on a killing spree against those who browbeat and betray him, all the while stalking his idol, a Marilyn Monroe lookalike. (102 mins.)
 
65.
Dolls (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A group of people stop by a mansion during a storm and discover two magical toy makers and their haunted collection of dolls. (77 mins.)
Director: Stuart Gordon
 
66.
The Burning (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A former summer camp caretaker, horribly burned from a prank gone wrong, lurks around an upstate New York summer camp bent on killing the teenagers responsible for his disfigurement. (91 mins.)
Director: Tony Maylam
 
67.
Leviathan (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
An American deep-sea mining colony stumbles upon a sunken Soviet vessel hiding a horrific secret. (98 mins.)
 
68.
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Several people are hunted by a cruel serial killer who kills his victims in their dreams. While the survivors are trying to find the reason for being chosen, the murderer won't lose any chance to kill them as soon as they fall asleep. (91 mins.)
Director: Wes Craven
 
69.
Scanners (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A scientist sends a man with extraordinary psychic powers to hunt others like him. (103 mins.)
 
70.
The Howling (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
After a bizarre and near fatal encounter with a serial killer, a television newswoman is sent to a remote mountain resort whose residents may not be what they seem. (91 mins.)
Director: Joe Dante