HORROR MOVIES FROM THE 1980s (1980-1989)

by bigrudedude87 | created - 26 Jul 2013 | updated - 10 Sep 2013 | Public

Best decade for horror and other movie genres.

Subgenres of the horror genre with each films

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1. The Shining (1980)

R | 146 min | Drama, Horror

8.4
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63 Metascore

A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd, Scatman Crothers

Votes: 702,288 | Gross: $44.02M

2. Friday the 13th (1980)

R | 95 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

6.5
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19 Metascore

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.

Director: Sean S. Cunningham | Stars: Betsy Palmer, Adrienne King, Jeannine Taylor, Robbi Morgan

Votes: 95,540 | Gross: $39.75M

3. Maniac (1980)

R | 87 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

6.5
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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?

Director: William Lustig | Stars: Joe Spinell, Caroline Munro, Abigail Clayton, Kelly Piper

Votes: 11,350

4. Prom Night (1980)

R | 92 min | Horror, Thriller

5.4
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45 Metascore

At a high school senior prom, a masked killer stalks four teenagers who were responsible for the accidental death of a classmate six years previously.

Director: Paul Lynch | Stars: Leslie Nielsen, Jamie Lee Curtis, Casey Stevens, Anne-Marie Martin

Votes: 11,774 | Gross: $14.80M

5. Inferno (1980)

R | 107 min | Horror

6.7
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An American college student in Rome and his sister in New York investigate a series of killings in both locations where their resident addresses are the domain of two covens of witches.

Director: Dario Argento | Stars: Leigh McCloskey, Irene Miracle, Eleonora Giorgi, Daria Nicolodi

Votes: 14,037

6. The Fog (1980)

R | 89 min | Horror, Thriller

6.8
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52 Metascore

An unearthly fog rolls into a small coastal town exactly 100 years after a ship mysteriously sank in its waters.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Adrienne Barbeau, Jamie Lee Curtis, Janet Leigh, John Houseman

Votes: 52,069 | Gross: $21.38M

7. Antropophagus (1980)

R | 90 min | Horror

5.4
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A group of tourists become stranded on an uninhabited island where they are stalked by an insane, violent, and grotesque killer that slaughtered the town's former residents.

Director: Joe D'Amato | Stars: Tisa Farrow, Saverio Vallone, Serena Grandi, Margaret Mazzantini

Votes: 4,296

aka The Grim Reaper

8. He Knows You're Alone (1980)

R | 94 min | Horror, Thriller

4.9
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A young bride-to-be is being stalked upon by a serial killer in Staten Island. She gets help from a former lover, but will they manage to escape?

Director: Armand Mastroianni | Stars: Don Scardino, Caitlin O'Heaney, Elizabeth Kemp, Tom Rolfing

Votes: 2,492

9. The Silent Scream (1979)

R | 87 min | Horror, Thriller

6.0
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During her first semester at college, a co-ed finds housing at a seaside mansion where, following the death of a fellow-student, she becomes entangled in a murder mystery surrounding the property and it's secretive tenants.

Director: Denny Harris | Stars: Rebecca Balding, Cameron Mitchell, Avery Schreiber, Barbara Steele

Votes: 1,102

10. Nightmare City (1980)

Not Rated | 88 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

5.7
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An airplane exposed to radiation lands, and blood drinking zombies emerge armed with knives, guns and teeth! They go on a rampage slicing, dicing, and biting their way across the Italian countryside.

Director: Umberto Lenzi | Stars: Hugo Stiglitz, Laura Trotter, Maria Rosaria Omaggio, Francisco Rabal

Votes: 4,435

aka City of the Walking Dead

11. Hell of the Living Dead (1980)

Unrated | 99 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

4.9
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A tough female reporter and her cameraman boyfriend team up with a four-man commando unit in the New Guinea jungle who are fighting flesh-eating zombies.

Directors: Bruno Mattei, Claudio Fragasso | Stars: Margie Newton, Franco Garofalo, Selan Karay, José Gras

Votes: 3,684

aka Night of the Zombies aka Zombie Creeping Flesh

12. Motel Hell (1980)

R | 101 min | Comedy, Horror, Thriller

6.1
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A seemingly friendly farmer and his sister kidnap unsuspecting travelers and bury them alive, using them to create the "special meat" they are famous for.

Director: Kevin Connor | Stars: Rory Calhoun, Paul Linke, Nancy Parsons, Nina Axelrod

Votes: 7,780 | Gross: $6.34M

13. Mother's Day (1980)

Unrated | 91 min | Comedy, Crime, Horror

5.4
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Two brothers kidnap and brutalize three women for the pleasure of their demented mother.

Director: Charles Kaufman | Stars: Tiana Pierce, Nancy Hendrickson, Deborah Luce, Frederick Coffin

Votes: 3,662

14. City of the Living Dead (1980)

Not Rated | 93 min | Horror

6.3
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A reporter and a psychic race to close the Gates of Hell after the suicide of a clergyman caused them to open, allowing the dead to rise from their graves.

Director: Lucio Fulci | Stars: Christopher George, Catriona MacColl, Carlo De Mejo, Antonella Interlenghi

Votes: 12,925

aka The Gates of Hell

15. Alligator (1980)

R | 91 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

5.9
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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.

Director: Lewis Teague | Stars: Robert Forster, Robin Riker, Michael V. Gazzo, Dean Jagger

Votes: 8,717

16. Fade to Black (1980)

R | 102 min | Comedy, Horror, Thriller

5.9
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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.

Director: Vernon Zimmerman | Stars: Dennis Christopher, Tim Thomerson, Gwynne Gilford, Norman Burton

Votes: 2,225

17. Dressed to Kill (1980)

R | 105 min | Mystery, Thriller

7.1
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74 Metascore

A mysterious blonde woman kills one of a psychiatrist's patients, and then goes after the high-class call girl who witnessed the murder.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Michael Caine, Angie Dickinson, Nancy Allen, Keith Gordon

Votes: 27,479 | Gross: $31.90M

18. The Boogey Man (1980)

R | 82 min | Horror

4.5
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Through the reflection in the mirror, a girl witnesses her mother's boyfriend's murder.

Director: Ulli Lommel | Stars: Suzanna Love, John Carradine, Ron James, Nicholas Love

Votes: 3,118 | Gross: $4.50M

19. Blood Beach (1980)

R | 92 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

4.4
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Something or someone is attacking people one by one on the beach. Some of them are mutilated, but most of them are sucked into the sand, disappearing without a trace. What is the creature ... See full summary »

Director: Jeffrey Bloom | Stars: David Huffman, Marianna Hill, Burt Young, Otis Young

Votes: 1,751

20. The Changeling (1980)

R | 107 min | Horror

7.3
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A man staying at a secluded historical mansion finds himself being haunted by the presence of a spectre.

Director: Peter Medak | Stars: George C. Scott, Trish Van Devere, Melvyn Douglas, Jean Marsh

Votes: 24,114

21. Terror Train (1980)

R | 97 min | Horror, Thriller

5.9
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A masked killer targets six college kids responsible for a prank gone wrong three years earlier and who are currently throwing a large New Year's Eve costume party aboard a moving train.

Director: Roger Spottiswoode | Stars: Ben Johnson, Jamie Lee Curtis, Hart Bochner, David Copperfield

Votes: 7,607

22. Funeral Home (1980)

R | 93 min | Horror, Thriller

5.3
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A young woman arrives at her grandmother's house, which used to be a funeral home, to help her turn the place into a bed-and-breakfast inn. After they open, however, guests begin disappearing or turning up dead.

Director: William Fruet | Stars: Kay Hawtrey, Lesleh Donaldson, Barry Morse, Dean Garbett

Votes: 969

23. Christmas Evil (1980)

R | 100 min | Horror, Thriller

5.3
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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.

Director: Lewis Jackson | Stars: Brandon Maggart, Jeffrey DeMunn, Dianne Hull, Andy Fenwick

Votes: 3,416

24. Beyond Evil (1980)

R | 94 min | Adventure, Horror

3.6
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An architect and his wife move into a house with a bloody past and a 100-year-old ghost, who possesses the wife.

Director: Herb Freed | Stars: John Saxon, Lynda Day George, Michael Dante, Mario Milano

Votes: 471

25. Eaten Alive! (1980)

Unrated | 92 min | Adventure, Horror

5.2
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A young woman teams up with an adventurer to find her missing sister in the jungles of New Guinea and they stumble upon a religious cult led by a deranged preacher whom has located his commune in an area inhabited by cannibals.

Director: Umberto Lenzi | Stars: Robert Kerman, Janet Agren, Ivan Rassimov, Paola Senatore

Votes: 2,819

26. Cannibal Holocaust (1980)

Unrated | 95 min | Adventure, Horror

6.0
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During a rescue mission into the Amazon rainforest, a professor stumbles across lost film shot by a missing documentary crew.

Director: Ruggero Deodato | Stars: Robert Kerman, Francesca Ciardi, Perry Pirkanen, Luca Barbareschi

Votes: 43,177

27. House on the Edge of the Park (1980)

Not Rated | 91 min | Horror, Thriller

5.9
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Two low-life punks invite themselves to a party at a posh villa and after being taunted by their snobbish hosts, hold everyone hostage and subject them to various forms of torture and mayhem.

Director: Ruggero Deodato | Stars: David Hess, Annie Belle, Christian Borromeo, Giovanni Lombardo Radice

Votes: 4,120

28. Toxic Zombies (1980)

R | 89 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

4.1
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After drug crops are sprayed with a chemical by a passing airplane, the growers of the crop are poisoned by the chemical and turn into zombie-like mutants.

Director: Charles McCrann | Stars: Charles McCrann, Beverly Shapiro, Dennis Helfend, Kevin Hanlon

Votes: 568

aka Toxic Zombies

29. Night of the Demon (1980)

Not Rated | 92 min | Horror

4.9
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Professor Nugent and his students try to track down Bigfoot, but end up uncovering something more sinister at work.

Director: James C. Wasson | Stars: Michael Cutt, Joy Allen, Bob Collins, Jody Lazarus

Votes: 1,246

30. Macabro (1980)

Unrated | 89 min | Horror

6.0
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A middle-aged woman, traumatized from the death of her adulterous lover, moves into a room at a New Orleans boarding house where the blind landlord becomes suspicious to her activities of continuing her affair with her dead lover.

Director: Lamberto Bava | Stars: Bernice Stegers, Stanko Molnar, Veronica Zinny, Roberto Posse

Votes: 1,677

31. To All a Goodnight (1980)

R | 87 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

4.8
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A group of teenagers at a party find themselves being stalked by a maniacal killer in a Santa Claus costume.

Director: David Hess | Stars: Jennifer Runyon, Forrest Swanson, Linda Gentile, William Lauer

Votes: 854

32. Phobia (1980)

R | 94 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

3.8
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A psychiatrist involved in a radical new therapy comes under suspicion when his patients are murdered, each according to their individual phobias.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Paul Michael Glaser, Susan Hogan, John Colicos, David Bolt

Votes: 360 | Gross: $0.06M

33. The Children (1980)

R | 93 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

5.5
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A nuclear-plant leak turns a bus-load of children into murderous atomic zombies with black fingernails.

Director: Max Kalmanowicz | Stars: Martin Shakar, Gil Rogers, Gale Garnett, Shannon Bolin

Votes: 1,317

34. Altered States (1980)

R | 102 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

6.9
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58 Metascore

A Harvard scientist conducts experiments on himself with a hallucinatory drug and an isolation chamber that may be causing him to regress genetically.

Director: Ken Russell | Stars: William Hurt, Blair Brown, Bob Balaban, Charles Haid

Votes: 26,734 | Gross: $19.85M

35. Cannibal Apocalypse (1980)

R | 96 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

5.7
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Giovanni Lambardo Radice and John Saxon are Vietman vets that bring back contagious virus that turn people into cannibals when bitten.

Director: Antonio Margheriti | Stars: John Saxon, Elizabeth Turner, Giovanni Lombardo Radice, Cinzia De Carolis

Votes: 2,460

aka Cannibals in the Streets aka Invasion of the Flesh Hunters

36. Death Ship (1980)

R | 91 min | Adventure, Horror, Mystery

4.8
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A mysterious ghostly freighter rams and sinks a modern day cruise ship whose survivors climb aboard the freighter and discover that it is a World War II Nazi torture vessel.

Director: Alvin Rakoff | Stars: George Kennedy, Richard Crenna, Nick Mancuso, Sally Ann Howes

Votes: 2,824

37. The Awakening (1980)

R | 101 min | Horror

4.8
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An archeologist discovers his daughter is possessed by the spirit of an Egyptian queen. To save mankind he must destroy her.

Director: Mike Newell | Stars: Charlton Heston, Susannah York, Jill Townsend, Stephanie Zimbalist

Votes: 1,641 | Gross: $8.42M

38. Humanoids from the Deep (1980)

R | 80 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

5.7
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Scientific experiments backfire and produce horrific mutations: half man, half fish, which terrorize a small fishing village by killing the men and raping the women.

Directors: Barbara Peeters, Jimmy T. Murakami | Stars: Doug McClure, Ann Turkel, Vic Morrow, Cindy Weintraub

Votes: 5,518

39. Don't Go in the House (1979)

R | 82 min | Horror

5.7
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A disturbed young man who was burned as a child by his sadistic mother stalks women with a flamethrower.

Director: Joseph Ellison | Stars: Dan Grimaldi, Charles Bonet, Bill Ricci, Robert Carnegie

Votes: 2,896

40. Don't Answer the Phone! (1980)

R | 94 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

4.9
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A deeply disturbed Vietnam veteran terrorizes the young women of Los Angeles and taunts a radio psychologist with descriptions of his grisly crimes.

Director: Robert Hammer | Stars: James Westmoreland, Ben Frank, Flo Lawrence, Nicholas Worth

Votes: 1,318

41. The Godsend (1980)

R | 93 min | Drama, Horror

5.2
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An English family of six takes in a pregnant woman who disappears shortly after giving birth. They raise the baby girl as their own, but over the years the strange deaths of their children ... See full summary »

Director: Gabrielle Beaumont | Stars: Malcolm Stoddard, Cyd Hayman, Angela Pleasence, Patrick Barr

Votes: 705

42. The Hearse (1980)

PG | 99 min | Horror

4.8
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A girl is haunted by a phantom hearse, which she believes is connected to her departed aunt, a witch with a bad reputation in town.

Director: George Bowers | Stars: Trish Van Devere, Joseph Cotten, David Gautreaux, Donald Hotton

Votes: 1,482

43. The Alien Dead (1980)

R | 74 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

2.5
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A meteor strikes a houseboat in the swamps near a southern town populated by Yankees with fake accents. The people on the houseboat become zombies who feed on the alligators in the swamp. ... See full summary »

Director: Fred Olen Ray | Stars: Buster Crabbe, Ray Roberts, Linda Lewis, George Kelsey

Votes: 711

44. The Curse of King Tut's Tomb (1980 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 98 min | Horror, Thriller, Mystery

4.9
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After an archeological expedition discovers the tomb of the Egyptian king Tutankhamen, many of the scientists, engineers and workmen begin mysteriously dying off.

Director: Philip Leacock | Stars: Eva Marie Saint, Robin Ellis, Raymond Burr, Harry Andrews

Votes: 225

45. New Year's Evil (1980)

R | 85 min | Horror, Thriller

4.8
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During a New Year's Eve celebration, a Los Angeles disc jockey receives a phone call saying that when New Year's strikes in each time zone, someone will be murdered - and she will be the last one.

Director: Emmett Alston | Stars: Roz Kelly, Kip Niven, Chris Wallace, Grant Cramer

Votes: 1,829

46. Schizoid (1980)

R | 89 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

5.0
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An advice columnist begins receiving threatening notes from an anonymous stalker. Meanwhile, members of her group therapy session are being murdered by an unknown assailant.

Director: David Paulsen | Stars: Klaus Kinski, Donna Wilkes, Marianna Hill, Craig Wasson

Votes: 580

47. The Unseen (1980)

R | 89 min | Horror, Thriller

5.2
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A trio of female reporters find themselves staying overnight in a house occupied by a hostile being lurking in the basement.

Director: Danny Steinmann | Stars: Stephen Furst, Barbara Bach, Sydney Lassick, Lelia Goldoni

Votes: 1,107

48. Zombie Holocaust (1980)

R | 84 min | Horror

5.3
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An expedition in the East Indies, encounters not only the cannibals they were looking for, but also an evil scientist and his zombie army.

Director: Marino Girolami | Stars: Ian McCulloch, Alexandra Delli Colli, Sherry Buchanan, Peter O'Neal

Votes: 4,342

aka Doctor Butcher M.D.

49. The Watcher in the Woods (1980)

PG | 84 min | Family, Horror, Mystery

6.4
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When a family moves to a country home, the young girls experience strange happenings that have a link to an occult event years past.

Directors: John Hough, Vincent McEveety | Stars: Bette Davis, Lynn-Holly Johnson, Kyle Richards, Carroll Baker

Votes: 4,527 | Gross: $5.00M

50. Stage Fright (1980)

90 min | Horror, Thriller

4.5
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A little girl named Cathy tries to keep her mother from making out with a man while driving one day, and she inadvertently causes her mother's death in the car crash. 16 years later, Cathy ... See full summary »

Director: John D. Lamond | Stars: Jenny Neumann, Gary Sweet, Nina Landis, Max Phipps

Votes: 442

aka Nightmares

51. Effects (1980)

R | 84 min | Horror, Thriller

5.6
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Some crew members of a company shooting a horror film begin to suspect that the "killings" in the movie are real, and that they are actually making a "snuff" film.

Director: Dusty Nelson | Stars: Joseph Pilato, Susan Chapek, John Harrison, Bernard McKenna

Votes: 320

52. Demented (1980)

R | 87 min | Drama, Horror, Romance

3.8
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A woman is gang-raped in a horse's stable, and even though the rapists are caught and imprisoned, she is harassed many moons later by ghastly visions of her tormentors, while her husband ... See full summary »

Director: Arthur Jeffreys | Stars: Sallee Young, Harry Reems, Deborah Alter, Kathryn Clayton

Votes: 354

53. Island Claws (1980)

PG | 82 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

4.4
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A biological experiment in Florida goes awry. The result: 8-foot long land crabs which roar loudly and kill everything in sight.

Director: Hernan Cardenas | Stars: Robert Lansing, Steve Hanks, Nita Talbot, Jo McDonnell

Votes: 258

54. The Long Island Cannibal Massacre (1980)

95 min | Horror, Thriller

4.5
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A series of horrible murders prompts a massive police investigation. Inspector James Cameron, a two-fisted roughneck with his own philosophy on handling crime, heads the investigation. A ... See full summary »

Director: Nathan Schiff | Stars: John Smihula, Fred Borges, Michael Siegal, Paul Smihula

Votes: 153

55. Spooky Encounters (1980)

R | 102 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy

7.1
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Cheung's wife and boss are seeing each other, and decide to dispatch him with a wizard. But the wizard's rival aids and defends Cheung and a magic war rises.

Director: Sammo Kam-Bo Hung | Stars: Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, Fat Chung, Lung Chan, Ha Huang

Votes: 1,576

56. Mama Dracula (1980)

90 min | Comedy, Horror

2.7
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A female vampire must bathe in the blood of virgins in order to stay alive. The trouble is that virgins are in short supply nowadays, and she is running into major problems in finding one.

Director: Boris Szulzinger | Stars: Louise Fletcher, Maria Schneider, Marc-Henri Wajnberg, Alexander Wajnberg

Votes: 303

57. Patrick Still Lives (1980)

92 min | Horror

5.6
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A bedridden psycho is able to receive evil "vibrations" from hardened criminals and use them for his telekinetic powers.

Director: Mario Landi | Stars: Sacha Pitoëff, Gianni Dei, Mariangela Giordano, Carmen Russo

Votes: 447

58. The Haunting of M. (1979)

98 min | Horror

6.5
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An Eastern European family finds itself haunted by the spirit of a dead suitor.

Director: Anna Thomas | Stars: Sheelagh Gilbey, Nini Pitt, Evie Garratt, Alan Hay

Votes: 83

59. White Cannibal Queen (1980)

Not Rated | 90 min | Horror

3.1
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A man who lost an arm and his family to a tribe of cannibals returns ten years later to bring back his teenager daughter, only to find that she grew up into a beautiful blonde woman who became the cannibals' queen.

Directors: Jesús Franco, Franco Prosperi | Stars: Al Cliver, Sabrina Siani, Jérôme Foulon, Lina Romay

Votes: 638

aka Cannibals

60. Cardiac Arrest (1980)

PG | 85 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

4.1
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The "Missing Heart Murders" are plaguing San Francisco - dead bodies that turn up with their hears surgically removed! So a weak-stomached homicide cop looks into the possibilities of a ... See full summary »

Director: Murray Mintz | Stars: Garry Goodrow, Michael Paul Chan, Max Gail, Susan O'Connell

Votes: 117

61. The Ninth Configuration (1980)

R | 118 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror

7.2
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A new commanding officer arrives at a remote castle serving as an insane asylum for crazy and AWOL U.S.M.C. soldiers where he attempts to rehabilitate them by allowing them to live out ... See full summary »

Director: William Peter Blatty | Stars: Stacy Keach, Scott Wilson, Jason Miller, Ed Flanders

Votes: 4,870

62. Without Warning (1980)

R | 89 min | Sci-Fi, Horror

5.1
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An alien creature stalks human prey.

Director: Greydon Clark | Stars: Jack Palance, Martin Landau, Tarah Nutter, Christopher S. Nelson

Votes: 2,546

aka It Came Without Warning

63. Contamination (1980)

R | 95 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

5.3
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A former astronaut helps a government agent and a police detective track the source of mysterious alien pod spores, filled with lethal flesh-dissolving acid, to a South American coffee plantation controlled by alien pod clones.

Director: Luigi Cozzi | Stars: Ian McCulloch, Louise Marleau, Marino Masé, Siegfried Rauch

Votes: 2,851

aka Alien Contamination

64. Saturn 3 (1980)

R | 96 min | Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi

5.1
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Two lovers stationed at a remote base in the asteroid fields of Saturn are intruded upon by a retentive technocrat from Earth and his charge: a malevolent eight foot robot.

Directors: Stanley Donen, John Barry | Stars: Farrah Fawcett, Kirk Douglas, Harvey Keitel, Ed Bishop

Votes: 6,899

65. Cruising (1980)

R | 102 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.4
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A police detective goes undercover in the underground S&M gay subculture of New York City to catch a serial killer who is preying on gay men.

Director: William Friedkin | Stars: Al Pacino, Paul Sorvino, Karen Allen, Richard Cox

Votes: 14,882 | Gross: $19.80M

66. The Island (1980)

R | 109 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

5.3
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In New York, the journalist Blair Maynard convinces his editor to travel to Florida to investigate the mysterious disappearance of ships in the Bermuda's Triangle area. Maynard is divorced ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Ritchie | Stars: Michael Caine, David Warner, Angela Punch McGregor, Frank Middlemass

Votes: 3,223 | Gross: $15.72M

67. Scared to Death (1980)

R | 93 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

4.3
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An ex-cop, now working as a hack novelist, is called out of retirement to help investigate a string of deaths that appear to be the work of a serial killer but soon are revealed to be the ... See full summary »

Director: William Malone | Stars: John Stinson, Diana Davidson, David Moses, Toni Jannotta

Votes: 383

68. Monster (1980)

R | 98 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

2.8
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A rural Colombian village is attacked by a horrible sea serpent, aroused by industrial pollution of a nearby lake. Based on a real event that took place in June of 1971.

Directors: Kenneth Hartford, Herbert L. Strock | Stars: James Mitchum, John Carradine, Philip Carey, Anthony Eisley

Votes: 507

69. The Night of the Hunted (1980)

87 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

5.8
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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.

Director: Jean Rollin | Stars: Brigitte Lahaie, Vincent Gardère, Dominique Journet, Bernard Papineau

Votes: 1,035

70. Gehrayee (1980)

135 min | Drama, Horror

6.8
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When a successful manager decides to sell his plantation in his ancestral village to another company, his young daughter begins acting very strangely.

Directors: Vikas Desai, Aruna Raje | Stars: Shreeram Lagoo, Anant Nag, Indrani Mukherjee, Padmini Kolhapure

Votes: 110

71. Saboot (1980)

132 min | Thriller

7.3
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Dharamdas is killed by Dhanraj and his man later one by one Dharamdas killers are killed but it puts question to everyone as whose behind all this killings?

Directors: Shyam Ramsay, Tulsi Ramsay | Stars: Navin Nischol, Vidya Sinha, Kaajal Kiran, Om Shivpuri

Votes: 30

72. A Praga (1980)

80 min | Horror

6.4
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Add a Plot

Director: José Mojica Marins | Stars: Felipe, Sílvia Gless, Wanda Kosmo

Votes: 7

73. Sakthi (1980)

Action, Horror, Thriller

5.9
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A man from a poor family becomes an underworld don.The entire story is told in an innovative style of flashback.

Director: Vijayanand | Stars: Jayan, Seema, M.N. Nambiar, Ravi Kumar

Votes: 9

74. Trhauma (1980)

72 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

4.9
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A group of people spend a weekend at a remote villa. Soon, one by one, they are picked off by a homicidal maniac.

Director: Gianni Martucci | Stars: Gaetano Russo, Domitilla Cavazza, Roberto Posse, Timothy Wood

Votes: 99

75. El caníbal (1980)

Not Rated | 102 min | Horror

3.3
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A Vietnam veteran heads to an island inhabited by cannibals to save a kidnapped model not only from her kidnappers, but also from the cannibals' lurking Devil god.

Director: Jesús Franco | Stars: Ursula Buchfellner, Al Cliver, Antonio Mayans, Antonio de Cabo

Votes: 915

76. The Beasts' Carnival (1980)

91 min | Horror, Crime

5.8
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A hit man working for the Yakuza double crosses his employers and flees with a cache of diamonds from the latest heist. Injured and hiding in the mountain regions of Spain, with Japanese ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Naschy | Stars: Paul Naschy, Eiko Nagashima, Lautaro Murúa, Silvia Aguilar

Votes: 209

aka Human Beasts

77. Nightkill (1980)

R | 97 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

5.7
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A woman's lover poisons her cruel husband, a rich businessman, in front of her. She becomes more terrified when she finds the lover dead as well. A police detective suddenly shows up at her door.

Director: Ted Post | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Jaclyn Smith, Mike Connors, James Franciscus

Votes: 379

78. We're Going to Eat You (1980)

Unrated | 90 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

6.6
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A secret agent investigates a village that is populated by crazed, inbred cannibals.

Director: Hark Tsui | Stars: Norman Chui, Eddy Ko, Melvin Wong, Michelle Yim

Votes: 643

79. Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981)

R | 87 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

6.1
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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.

Director: Steve Miner | Stars: Betsy Palmer, Amy Steel, John Furey, Adrienne King

Votes: 46,148 | Gross: $21.72M

80. Halloween II (1981)

R | 92 min | Horror

6.6
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40 Metascore

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.

Director: Rick Rosenthal | Stars: Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasence, Charles Cyphers, Jeffrey Kramer

Votes: 57,922 | Gross: $25.53M

81. The Burning (1981)

R | 91 min | Horror

6.5
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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.

Director: Tony Maylam | Stars: Brian Matthews, Leah Ayres, Brian Backer, Larry Joshua

Votes: 12,224

82. The Evil Dead (1981)

NC-17 | 85 min | Horror

7.5
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70 Metascore

Five friends travel to a cabin in the woods, where they unknowingly release flesh-possessing demons.

Director: Sam Raimi | Stars: Bruce Campbell, Ellen Sandweiss, Richard DeManincor, Betsy Baker

Votes: 157,999 | Gross: $2.40M

83. The Funhouse (1981)

R | 96 min | Horror

5.9
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Four teenage friends spend the night in a carnival funhouse and are stalked by a deformed man in a Frankenstein mask.

Director: Tobe Hooper | Stars: Elizabeth Berridge, Shawn Carson, Jeanne Austin, Jack McDermott

Votes: 9,925 | Gross: $7.89M

84. Final Exam (1981)

R | 89 min | Horror

4.8
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A psycho killer shows up on college campus to slash up pretty co-eds and dumb jocks.

Director: Jimmy Huston | Stars: Cecile Bagdadi, Joel S. Rice, Ralph Brown, DeAnna Robbins

Votes: 1,899

85. Fear No Evil (1981)

R | 99 min | Horror

4.1
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High school student turns out to be personification of Lucifer. Two arch angels in human form (as women) take him on.

Director: Frank LaLoggia | Stars: Stefan Arngrim, Elizabeth Hoffman, Kathleen Rowe McAllen, Frank Birney

Votes: 960

86. The House by the Cemetery (1981)

Not Rated | 86 min | Horror

6.2
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A New England home is terrorized by a series of murders, unbeknownst to the guests that a gruesome secret is hiding in the basement.

Director: Lucio Fulci | Stars: Catriona MacColl, Paolo Malco, Ania Pieroni, Giovanni Frezza

Votes: 10,160

87. Scanners (1981)

R | 103 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

6.8
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60 Metascore

A scientist sends a man with extraordinary psychic powers to hunt others like him.

Director: David Cronenberg | Stars: Jennifer O'Neill, Stephen Lack, Patrick McGoohan, Lawrence Dane

Votes: 39,746 | Gross: $14.23M

88. My Bloody Valentine (1981)

R | 90 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

6.2
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46 Metascore

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.

Director: George Mihalka | Stars: Paul Kelman, Lori Hallier, Neil Affleck, Keith Knight

Votes: 14,132 | Gross: $5.67M

89. The Prowler (1981)

R | 89 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

6.2
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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.

Director: Joseph Zito | Stars: Vicky Dawson, Christopher Goutman, Lawrence Tierney, Farley Granger

Votes: 7,101

aka Rosemary's Killer

90. Happy Birthday to Me (1981)

R | 110 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

6.1
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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.

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: Melissa Sue Anderson, Glenn Ford, Lawrence Dane, Sharon Acker

Votes: 6,468

91. Nightmare (1981)

R | 97 min | Horror

5.8
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A mental patient embarks on a murder spree upon escaping from an institution.

Director: Romano Scavolini | Stars: Baird Stafford, Sharon Smith, C.J. Cooke, Mik Cribben

Votes: 2,491

aka Nightmares in a Damaged Brain

92. Absurd (1981)

Not Rated | 90 min | Horror

5.4
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A priest comes to a small town to help get rid of a monster whose blood coagulates very fast. This creates problems as the monster is very hard to kill and then decides to go on a killing spree of its own.

Director: Joe D'Amato | Stars: George Eastman, Annie Belle, Charles Borromel, Katya Berger

Votes: 1,711

aka Horrible aka Anthropophagous 2 aka Rosso Sangue (Blood Red)

93. ...E tu vivrai nel terrore! L'aldilà (1981)

R | 87 min | Horror

6.9
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A young woman inherits an old hotel in Louisiana where, following a series of supernatural "accidents", she learns that the building was built over one of the entrances to Hell.

Director: Lucio Fulci | Stars: Catriona MacColl, David Warbeck, Cinzia Monreale, Antoine Saint-John

Votes: 16,651 | Gross: $0.12M

aka Seven Doors of Death

94. Escape from New York (1981)

R | 99 min | Action, Sci-Fi

7.2
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76 Metascore

In 1997, when the U.S. president crashes into Manhattan, now a giant maximum security prison, a convicted bank robber is sent in to rescue him.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Kurt Russell, Lee Van Cleef, Ernest Borgnine, Donald Pleasence

Votes: 103,127 | Gross: $25.24M

95. Ghost Story (1981)

R | 110 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

6.3
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Two generations of men find themselves haunted by the presence of a spectral woman. When the son of one of the elderly men returns to his hometown after his brother's mysterious death, they attempt to unravel her story.

Director: John Irvin | Stars: Craig Wasson, Alice Krige, Fred Astaire, John Houseman

Votes: 6,354 | Gross: $23.37M

96. Deadly Blessing (1981)

R | 100 min | Horror

5.5
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After her husband dies of mysterious circumstances, a widow becomes increasingly paranoid of the neighboring religious community that may have diabolical plans for her.

Director: Wes Craven | Stars: Maren Jensen, Sharon Stone, Susan Buckner, Jeff East

Votes: 3,895 | Gross: $8.28M

97. The Boogens (1981)

R | 95 min | Horror

5.6
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Otherworldly creatures inhabit the bootleg tunnels underneath a small town mining community, and they kill any of the townsfolk who invade their home.

Director: James L. Conway | Stars: Rebecca Balding, Fred McCarren, Anne-Marie Martin, Jeff Harlan

Votes: 1,731

98. Dead & Buried (1981)

R | 94 min | Horror, Mystery

6.6
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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.

Director: Gary Sherman | Stars: James Farentino, Melody Anderson, Jack Albertson, Dennis Redfield

Votes: 8,004 | Gross: $0.22M

99. Hell Night (1981)

R | 101 min | Horror, Thriller

5.8
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Four college pledges are forced to spend the night in a deserted old mansion, where they are stalked by the monstrous survivor of a family massacre years earlier.

Director: Tom DeSimone | Stars: Linda Blair, Vincent Van Patten, Peter Barton, Kevin Brophy

Votes: 4,663

100. The Howling (1981)

R | 91 min | Horror

6.6
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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.

Director: Joe Dante | Stars: Dee Wallace, Patrick Macnee, Dennis Dugan, Christopher Stone

Votes: 25,408 | Gross: $17.99M