50 Best Horror Films of the 1980s

I might get some flack for leaving off some pretty famous genre films, but these are the 50 that I've enjoyed the most thus far, ranked in order of preference.
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1.
Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Henry, a drifter, commits a series of brutal murders, supposedly operating with impunity. (83 mins.)
Director: John McNaughton
 
2.
Phenomena (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A young girl, with an amazing ability to communicate with insects, is transferred to an exclusive Swiss boarding school, where her unusual capability might help solve a string of murders. (116 mins.)
Director: Dario Argento
 
3.
Cannibal Holocaust (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
During a rescue mission into the Amazon rainforest, a professor stumbles across lost film shot by a missing documentary crew. (95 mins.)
Director: Ruggero Deodato
 
4.
Brain Damage (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
One morning, a young man wakes to find that a small, disgusting creature has attached itself to the base of his brain stem. The creature gives him a euphoric state of happiness but demands human victims in return. (84 mins.)
 
5.
Angst (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A troubled man gets released from prison and starts taking out his sadistic fantasies on an unsuspecting family living in a secluded house. (87 mins.)
Director: Gerald Kargl
 
6.
The Return of the Living Dead (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
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
 
7.
Litan (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Nora and Jock arrive in the strange village of Litan during the Festival of the Dead. (88 mins.)
 
8.
Gu (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
While possessed by an evil spirit, a man murders his daughter. A police detective investigating the case also becomes possessed. A good monk helps fight the evil spirit. (101 mins.)
Director: Chih-Hung Kuei
“ aka: Bewitched ” - capkronos
 
9.
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
 
10.
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
 
11.
The 4th Man (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A man who has been having visions of an impending danger begins an affair with a woman who may lead him to his doom. (102 mins.)
Director: Paul Verhoeven
 
12.
Sommarens tolv månader (1988 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Two construction workers are offered an unusual contract. Great pay, but they don't know where they're going or what they are supposed to build. They are brought to a place with 12 months of summer. (130 mins.)
Director: Richard Hobert
“ aka: The Twelve Months of the Summer ” - capkronos
 
13.
Basket Case (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A young man carrying a big basket that contains his extremely deformed Siamese-twin brother seeks vengeance on the doctors who separated them against their will. (91 mins.)
 
14.
Dance of the Damned (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A vampire follows his instincts to a strip joint where he focuses in on one of the performers. He picks... (82 mins.)
Director: Katt Shea
 
15.
Night of the Demons (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Ten teenagers party at an abandoned funeral parlor on Halloween night. When an evil force awakens, demonic spirits keep them from leaving and turn their gathering into a living Hell. (90 mins.)
Director: Kevin S. Tenney
 
16.
Ms .45 (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A timid and mute seamstress goes insane after being attacked and raped twice in one day, in which she takes to the streets of New York City after dark and randomly shoots men with a .45 caliber pistol. (80 mins.)
Director: Abel Ferrara
 
17.
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.)
 
18.
The Changeling (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A man staying at a secluded historical mansion finds himself being haunted by the presence of a spectre. (107 mins.)
Director: Peter Medak
 
19.
Baxter (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A white Bull Terrier named Baxter is given to an elderly woman by her daughter. As time passes, the dog develops aggressive and murderous behavior in order to be adopted by another family. (82 mins.)
Director: Jérôme Boivin
 
20.
Christmas Evil (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
A toy factory worker, mentally scarred as a child upon learning Santa Claus is not real, suffers a nervous breakdown after being belittled at work, and embarks on a Yuletide killing spree. (100 mins.)
Director: Lewis Jackson
 
21.
Vec vidjeno (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Piano teacher is deeply traumatised by the events of his childhood, as well as by political oppression in his youth... (102 mins.)
Director: Goran Markovic
 
22.
Opera (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A young opperata is stalked by a deranged fan bent on killing the people associated with her to claim her for himself. (107 mins.)
Director: Dario Argento
 
23.
Night Warning (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
An orphaned teenager finds himself being dominated by his aunt who's hell-bent on keeping him with her...at all costs. (96 mins.)
Director: William Asher
 
24.
In a Glass Cage (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
In Spain, the former Nazi doctor Klaus tries to commit suicide jumping off the roof of his manor. However... (110 mins.)
 
25.
Vlci bouda (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A group of teenagers are mysteriously invited to a skiing workshop in the mountains. There are eleven of them, but the camp supervisors insist that there should be only ten, and that one of them is an intruder. (92 mins.)
Director: Vera Chytilová
“ aka: Wolf's Lair ” - capkronos
 
26.
Men Behind the Sun (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Japanese troops round up Chinese and Russian prisoners of war and take them to a place called Squadron 731, where they are grotesquely tortured and experimented on to test new biological weapons. (105 mins.)
Director: T.F. Mous
 
27.
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
 
28.
Mo (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
While in Thailand to avenge his brother who was crippled in a fight with a corrupt Thai boxer, a man gets caught up in a web of fate, Buddhism and black magic. (105 mins.)
Director: Chih-Hung Kuei
“ aka: The Boxer's Omen ” - capkronos
 
29.
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
 
30.
Beetlejuice (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A couple of recently deceased ghosts contract the services of a "bio-exorcist" in order to remove the obnoxious new owners of their house. (92 mins.)
Director: Tim Burton
 
31.
Aliens (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
The moon from Alien has been colonized, but contact is lost. This time, the rescue team has impressive firepower, but will it be enough? (137 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
 
32.
Mr. Vampire (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The planned reburial of a village elder goes awry as the corpse resurrects into a hopping, bloodthirsty vampire, threatening mankind. Therefore, a Taoist Priest and his two disciples attempt to stop the terror. (96 mins.)
Director: Ricky Lau
 
33.
Game Over (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Thomas, a very intelligent and resourceful child, is left alone with his beloved and fragile granddad on Christmas Eve... (87 mins.)
Director: René Manzor
 
34.
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
 
35.
Ginî piggu: Manhôru no naka no ningyo (1988 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
An artist finds and rescues a mermaid in a sewer. He takes her home with him and she develops sores... (63 mins.)
Director: Hideshi Hino
“ Guinea Pig: Mermaid in a Manhole ” - capkronos
 
36.
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
 
37.
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
 
38.
The Night of the Hunted (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
A woman is taken to a mysterious clinic whose patients have a mental disorder in which their memories and identities are disintegrating as a result of a strange environmental accident. (87 mins.)
Director: Jean Rollin
 
39.
Deranged (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
A woman kills a burglar in self-defense. The experience so unnerves her she begins to imagine that everyone is trying to harm her and begins to kill anybody who comes near her. (83 mins.)
Director: Chuck Vincent
 
40.
The Toxic Avenger (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Tromaville has a monstrous new hero. The Toxic Avenger is born when meek mop boy Melvin falls into a vat of toxic waste. Now evildoers will have a lot to lose. (82 mins.)
 
41.
Society (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
An ordinary teenage boy discovers his family is part of a gruesome orgy cult for the social elite. (99 mins.)
Director: Brian Yuzna
 
42.
The Ninth Configuration (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A new commanding officer arrives at a remote castle serving as an insane asylum for crazy and AWOL U.S... (118 mins.)
 
43.
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.)
 
44.
Lady Terminator (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
The spirit of an ancient evil queen posesses the body of a young anthropological student, who then goes on a murderous rampage. (82 mins.)
Director: Jalil Jackson
 
45.
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
 
46.
Videodrome (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A sleazy cable-TV programmer begins to see his life and the future of media spin out of control in a very unusual fashion when he acquires a new kind of programming for his station. (87 mins.)
 
47.
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
 
48.
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
 
49.
Cemetery of Terror (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
A professor suspects that a vicious killer may have discovered a way to return from the grave and continue his violent spree... (88 mins.)
 
50.
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