Best horror movies of the 1980's

The top 20 horror movies from the 1980's.
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1.
The Beyond (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A young woman inherits an old hotel in Louisiana where after a series of supernatural 'accidents', she learns that the building was built over one of the entrances to Hell. (87 mins.)
Director: Lucio Fulci
“ Lucio Fulci's "The Beyond", 1981, is a Zombie classic. When a man in 1927, in Louisiana, is killed by people who blame him for sorcery, his death isn't the only horror that happens. By 1981, a woman, (Catroina McColl), and a man, (David Warbeck), discover the "7 Gates of Hell", and try to survive the horror. ” - roberthelliger
 
2.
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.)
“ Sean S. Cunningham's landmark slasher from 1980. When Jason Voorhees, a disabled boy, drowns at Camp Crystal Lake in 1957, the young camp counsellors that failed to save him, die a year later in 1958, by a killer. Soon, a death curse, hits the camp. Then, in 1979, Steve Christy re-opens it and murder occurs again. Look out for a young Kevin Bacon as a sex-mad teenager! ” - roberthelliger
 
3.
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
“ Stanley Kubrick's notorious adaption of Steven King's 1977 novel, with Jack Nicholson, (as Jack Torrance), who with his wife Wendy, (Shelley Duvall), and son Danny, inherit The Overlook Hotel, where the ghosts of the previous caretaker and Hotel management, instill fear, terror, and madness upon Jack, who struggles to write a book in the process...Re-made by Mick Garris. ” - roberthelliger
 
4.
Halloween II (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 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
“ Rick Rosenthal's "Halloween II", 1981, begins six hours after the original "Halloween", (1978), left off...Michael Myers, (Dick Warlock), is after his sister, Laurie Strode, (Jamie Lee Curtis), who spends the time of the movie in Hospital, while the staff of Haddonfield Memorial Hospital, get killed by The Shape...Only Dr. Sam Loomis, (Donald Pleasance), and the Sheriff, (Charles Cyphers), can save her....The movie inspired other movies like "Visiting Hours", (1982). ” - roberthelliger
 
5.
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.)
“ David Cronenberg's 1981 sci-fi horror classic stars Michael Ironside as a "Bad scanner", (people who have psychic powers), and causes a man's head to explode! While Cameron Vale, (Stephen Lack", (the "Good scanner), tries to stop him! With Chris Walas's sfx, this movie put Canadian horror movies into the mainstream! ” - roberthelliger
 
6.
Visiting Hours (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
A deranged, misogynistic killer attacks a journalist. When he discovers that she survived the attack, he follows her to the hospital to finish her off. (105 mins.)
“ "Visiting Hours" is a movie directed by Jean-Claude Lord, with Michael Ironside and William Shatner. Ironside is the maniacal hospital killer, while Shatner tries to stop the horror. ” - roberthelliger
 
7.
Bloody Birthday (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Lacking consciences because they were born during a solar eclipse, a trio of 10-year-olds embark on an indiscriminate killing spree. (85 mins.)
Director: Ed Hunt
“ "Bloody Birthday", 1981, is a movie directed by Ed Hunt, about a group of kids who are brutal killers. While movies about kids may seem harmless, these kids aren't nice at all. ” - roberthelliger
 
8.
The Prowler (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
An unknown killer, clad in World War II U.S. Army fatigues, stalks a small New Jersey town bent on reliving a 35 year-old double murder by focusing on a group of college kids holding an annual Spring Dance. (89 mins.)
Director: Joseph Zito
“ Joseph Zito's brutal slasher movie classic...AVALON BAY, 1945. Rosemary tells by a letter to her US GI soldier boyfriend, that she's leaving him for another boy....During a party, she and her new boyfriend, are murdered....35 years later, in 1980, another party happens, and the killer is back~With Cindy Weintraub and Farley Granger, and SFX by Tom Savini, ("Friday the 13th"), (1980). ” - roberthelliger
 
9.
My Bloody Valentine (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
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
“ In the Canadian town of Valentine's Bluff, Harry Warden, a miner, and others, were injured and/or died in a mining accident. Twenty years later, Harry Warden is back to kill again, as revenge for the accident....by killing people and extracting their hearts during Valentine's day...Can he be stopped. George Mihalka's classic tale of love, death, and mining, that was badly re-made in 2009, is a MUST SEE! ” - roberthelliger
 
10.
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
“ Joe Dante's "The Howling", (1981), is a defining Werewolf movie. When a tv reporter, (Dee Wallace Stone), is attacked by a werewolf, (Robert Picardo), she heads off to "The Colony", with her husband, (Christopher Stone), where the howls of the wolves pray on your very soul. Based on the 1978 novel by Gary Brandner. ” - roberthelliger
 
11.
Piranha Part Two: The Spawning (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.5/10 X  
A scuba diving instructor, her biochemist boyfriend, and her police chief ex-husband try to link a series of bizarre deaths to a mutant strain of piranha fish whose lair is a sunken freighter ship off a Caribbean island resort. (84 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
“ James Cameron's debut movie, the sequel to Joe Dante's "Pirahna", (1978), about a woman, (Tricia O'Neill), who manages "Club Elysium", a Carribean summer resort, where the pirahnas also fly! Hilarious, sexy, and stupid, it's a cult movie that needs to be seen to be believed! With a young Lance Hendriksen. ” - roberthelliger
 
12.
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
“ British director Clive Barker's 1987 horror classic about a man who uses a mysterious box to send him to Hell, while having an affair with his brother's wife! And, as he does so, Kirsty, (Ashley Laurence), tries to flee Hell, that is headed by Pinhead, (Doug Bradley), a Cenobite, who utters the immortal line: "I'm going to tear your soul....apart!". ” - roberthelliger
 
13.
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
“ Wes Craven's 1984 classic movie about a paedophile, dream killing, and revenge seeking killer Freddy Kruger, (Robert Englund), who was burnt in a furnace for his crimes. When Nancy, (Heather Lagenkamp), and her boyfriend Glenn, (Johnny Deep), and others, try to stop sleeping, their nightmares come to a bloody end...Or do they? With John Saxon, "Enter the dragon", (1973), (Bruce Lee); and "Black Christmas", (Bob Clark, 1974). ” - roberthelliger
 
14.
Parasite (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.5/10 X  
Paul Dean has created a deadly parasite that is now attached to his stomach. He and his female companion... (85 mins.)
Director: Charles Band
“ The hilarious debut movie of Demi Moore! When a parasite starts to invade snd kill people, who can stop the bugs! ” - roberthelliger
 
15.
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
“ Tobe Hooper directed, Steven Spielberg written and produced horror classic about the Freeling Family, (Craig T. Nelson, JoBeth Williams), and the late Heather O'Rourke, who battle the ghosts. When a group of paranormal researchers and a psychic try to 'communicate' with the spirits, hell breaks loose! The scene with the steak and the mirror is scary! ” - roberthelliger
 
16.
Humanoids from the Deep (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Scientific experiments backfire and produce horrific mutations: half man, half fish, which terrorize... (80 mins.)
Director: Barbara Peeters
“ Barbara Peters directed, Roger Corman produced, sci-fi/horror classic about a monsters from the deep, who try and mate with the women folk...to survive! Made under another title, Peters didn't work for Corman again. With early sfx from Rob Bottin and a early music score by James Horner! Enough blood, sex, and gore, to satisfy the masses! ” - roberthelliger
 
17.
Maniac (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A psychopath, troubled by his childhood abuse, loose in New York City, kills young women and takes their scalps as his trophies. Will he find the perfect woman in a photographer, and end his killing spree? (87 mins.)
Director: William Lustig
“ William Lustig's "Maniac", (1980), was so notorious that the movie was banned! Joe Spinell plays "Frank Zito", (a man who has Mother issues), and who scalps the heads of his female victims! While he also murders anyone who gets in his way! The movie poster and dvd art is interesting....Set in NYC in the late 1970's, it is as gory as ever on DVD. (With a mini-doco on the late Joe Spinell)! ” - roberthelliger
 
18.
Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
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
“ Steve Miner's sequel to Sean S. Cunningham's "Friday the 13th", (1980). It has the longest prologue in movie history...12 minutes! Underrated movie, has Jason Voorhees, (Steve Dash and Warrington Gillette), stalking Alice, (Adrienne King), the survivor of the original. After her death, Camp Crystal Lake is open, 5 years later. And more death happen. With John Furey, Amy Steel, and Walt Gorney. ” - roberthelliger
 
19.
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.)
“ "Norman! Mother is talking to you!"....Australian born director Richard Franklin's 1983 sequel to The Master of Suspense Sir Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 original. Norman Bates, (Anthony Perkins), is back at The Bates Motel, where more murders happen. But Lila Crane, (Vera Miles), wants him back in the Asylum, but will her daughter, (Meg Tilly), really stop her Mother? With a young Dennis Franz. ” - roberthelliger
 
20.
The Evil Dead (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Five friends travel to a cabin in the woods, where they unknowingly release flesh-possessing demons. (85 mins.)
Director: Sam Raimi
“ Sam Raimi's "The Evil Dead", changed the face of horror. When a group of friends, (including Bruce Campbell), arrive at the Tennessee woods, to have fun in a cabin, they unearth a tape recorder, which unleashes the Evil Dead from their sleep, thanks to the cabin's original owner, a mysterious Professor, whose wife was possessed! Who will survive the Evil Dead? Gory, frightening, scary, and brilliant, it is the ultimate in gruelling horror, so said the tag line! ” - roberthelliger