Top 50 Horror Movies of the 80's

A list of the best horror movies of the 80's, year by year.
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1.
Friday the 13th (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A group of camp counselors is 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.)
 
2.
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
 
3.
The Evil Dead (1981)
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Five friends travel to a cabin in the woods, where they unknowingly release flesh-possessing demons. (85 mins.)
Director: Sam Raimi
 
4.
An American Werewolf in London (1981)
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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
 
5.
The Howling (1981)
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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
 
6.
Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981)
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Mrs. Voorhees is dead, and Camp Crystal Lake is shut down, but a camp next to the infamous place is stalked by an unknown assailant. Is it Mrs. Voorhees' son Jason, who did not really drown in the lake some 30 years before? (87 mins.)
Director: Steve Miner
 
7.
Halloween II (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
While Sheriff Brackett and Dr. Loomis hunt for Michael Myers, a traumatized Laurie is rushed to hospital, and the serial killer is not far behind her. (92 mins.)
Director: Rick Rosenthal
 
8.
My Bloody Valentine (1981)
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A decades-old folk tale surrounding a deranged murderer killing those who celebrate Valentine's Day turns out to be true to legend when a group defies the killer's order and people start turning up dead. (90 mins.)
Director: George Mihalka
 
9.
The Thing (1982)
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It's the first week of winter in 1982. An American Research Base is greeted by an alien force, that can assimilate anything it touches. It's up to the members to stay alive, and be sure of who is human, and who has become one of the Things. (109 mins.)
Director: John Carpenter
 
10.
Poltergeist (1982)
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A family's home is haunted by a host of ghosts. (114 mins.)
Director: Tobe Hooper
 
11.
Creepshow (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
An anthology which tells five terrifying tales based on the E.C. horror comic books of the 1950s. (120 mins.)
 
12.
Friday the 13th Part III (1982)
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Having revived from his wound, Jason Voorhees; now donning a new appearance, refuges at a cabin near Crystal Lake. As a group of co-eds reside there for their vacation, Jason continues his spree. (95 mins.)
Director: Steve Miner
 
13.
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
 
14.
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
 
15.
Sleepaway Camp (1983)
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Angela Baker, a traumatized and very shy young girl, is sent to summer camp with her cousin. Shortly after her arrival, anyone with sinister or less than honorable intentions gets their comeuppance. (84 mins.)
Director: Robert Hiltzik
 
16.
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
 
17.
Firestarter (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
A couple who participated in a potent medical experiment gain telekinetic ability and then have a child who is pyrokinetic. (114 mins.)
Director: Mark L. Lester
 
18.
Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984)
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After being mortally wounded and taken to the morgue, murderer Jason Voorhees spontaneously revives and embarks on a killing spree as he makes his way back to his home at Camp Crystal Lake. (91 mins.)
Director: Joseph Zito
 
19.
Fright Night (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
When a teenager learns that his next door neighbour is a vampire, no one will believe him. (106 mins.)
Director: Tom Holland
 
20.
The Return of the Living Dead (1985)
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When two bumbling employees at a medical supply warehouse accidentally release a deadly gas into the air, the vapors cause the dead to rise again as zombies. (91 mins.)
Director: Dan O'Bannon
 
21.
Day of the Dead (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A small group of military officers and scientists dwell in an underground bunker as the world above is overrun by zombies. (96 mins.)
 
22.
Silver Bullet (1985)
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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
 
23.
Vampire Hunter D (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
In a far-future time ruled by the supernatural, a young girl requests the help of a vampire hunter to... (80 mins.)
Director: Toyoo Ashida
 
24.
Maximum Overdrive (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
A group of people try to survive when machines start to come alive and become homicidal. (98 mins.)
Director: Stephen King
 
25.
Critters (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
A race of small, furry aliens make lunch out of the locals in a farming town. (82 mins.)
Director: Stephen Herek
 
26.
From Beyond (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A group of scientists have developed the Resonator, a machine which allows whoever is within range to see beyond normal perceptible reality. But when the experiment succeeds, they are immediately attacked by terrible life forms. (86 mins.)
Director: Stuart Gordon
 
27.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
A radio host is victimized by the cannibal family as a former Texas Marshall hunts them. (101 mins.)
Director: Tobe Hooper
 
28.
Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Tommy Jarvis goes to the graveyard to get rid of Jason Voorhees' body once and for all, but inadvertently brings him back to life instead. The newly revived killer once again seeks revenge, and Tommy may be the only one who can defeat him. (86 mins.)
Director: Tom McLoughlin
 
29.
The Lost Boys (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
After moving to a new town, two brothers discover that the area is a haven for vampires. (97 mins.)
Director: Joel Schumacher
 
30.
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
 
31.
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
 
32.
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
 
33.
A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Survivors of undead serial killer Freddy Krueger - who stalks his victims in their dreams - learn to take control of their own dreams in order to fight back. (96 mins.)
Director: Chuck Russell
 
34.
Near Dark (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A small-town farmer's son reluctantly joins a traveling group of vampires after he is turned by a beautiful drifter. (94 mins.)
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
 
35.
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
 
36.
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. (93 mins.)
Director: John Carpenter
 
37.
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
 
38.
A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Freddy Krueger returns once again to terrorize the dreams of the remaining Dream Warriors, as well as those of a young woman who may know the way to defeat him for good. (93 mins.)
Director: Renny Harlin
 
39.
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
 
40.
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
 
41.
Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Ten years after his original massacre, the invalid Michael Myers awakens and returns to Haddonfield to kill his seven-year-old niece on Halloween. Can Dr. Loomis stop him? (88 mins.)
 
42.
The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
An anthropologist goes to Haiti after hearing rumors about a drug used by black magic practitioners to turn people into zombies. (98 mins.)
Director: Wes Craven
 
43.
Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
Years after Tommy Jarvis chained him underwater at Camp Crystal Lake, the dormant Jason Voorhees returns to the camp grounds when he is accidentally released from his prison by a telekinetic teenager. (88 mins.)
 
44.
Phantasm II (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Mike, now released from a psychiatric hospital, continues his journey to stop the evil Tall Man from his grim work. (97 mins.)
Director: Don Coscarelli
 
45.
Pet Sematary (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Behind a young family's home in Maine is a terrible secret that holds the power of life after death. When tragedy strikes, the threat of that power soon becomes undeniable. (103 mins.)
Director: Mary Lambert
 
46.
Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  
A boat of graduating high school students bound for Manhattan pulls Jason Voorhees along for the ride. Look out, New York - here comes Hell in a hockey mask. (100 mins.)
Director: Rob Hedden
 
47.
A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  
The pregnant Alice finds Freddy Krueger striking through the sleeping mind of her unborn child, hoping to be reborn into the real world. (89 mins.)
Director: Stephen Hopkins
 
48.
Warlock (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A warlock flees from the 17th to the 20th century, with a witch-hunter in hot pursuit. (103 mins.)
Director: Steve Miner
 
49.
Halloween 5 (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
One year after the events of Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers, the Shape returns to Haddonfield once again in an attempt to kill his now-mute niece. (96 mins.)
 
50.
Puppetmaster (1989 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Psychics find themselves plotted against by a former colleague, who committed suicide after discovering animated, murderous puppets. (90 mins.)