10 Best Horror Films of 1985

If 1981 was the year of the werewolf, then this no doubt is the year of the zombie, claiming the top three spots on this list. A strong year for 80's horror at the peak of its downright fun tone.

Notable Films sometimes labelled as horror:
Come and See, Angel's Egg, Mr. Vampire

Notable Films that didn't make the cut:
The Stuff, Silver Bullet, The Doctor and the Devils, The Midnight Hour, Blackout, Warning Sign, The Bride, A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge, Friday the 13th: A New Beginning, Confessions of a Serial Killer, Crimewave, The New Kids, Vampires in Havana, Transylvania 6-5000, Once Bitten, Ghoulies, Cut and Run, Chiller, The Mutilator, Screamplay

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1.
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. (105 mins.)
Director: Stuart Gordon
 
2.
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.)
 
3.
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
 
4.
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
 
5.
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
 
6.
Vampire Hunter D (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A young girl requests the help of a vampire hunter to kill the vampire who has bitten her, and thus prevent her from becoming a vampire herself. (80 mins.)
Director: Toyoo Ashida
 
7.
Fortress (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
An Australian school teacher and her students are kidnapped. She and the children fight for their lives and try to escape from their captors. (85 mins.)
Director: Arch Nicholson
 
8.
Lifeforce (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A race of space vampires arrive in London and infect the populace. (116 mins.)
Director: Tobe Hooper
 
9.
Demons (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A group of random people are invited to a screening of a mysterious movie, only to find themselves trapped in the theater with ravenous demons. (88 mins.)
Director: Lamberto Bava
 
10.
Cat's Eye (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A stray cat is the linking element of three tales of suspense and horror. (94 mins.)
Director: Lewis Teague