80's Slashers: The Complete Guide

by td1026 | created - 03 Feb 2012 | updated - 03 Sep 2017 | Public

The most complete index on IMDB. Includes (almost) every slasher from 1980-1989: the good, the bad, and the horrible! Share your love for your favorites.

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1. Friday the 13th (1980)

R | 95 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

22 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: 108,590 | Gross: $39.75M

2nd only to Halloween in its responsibility for the 80's slasher craze.

2. Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981)

R | 87 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

26 Metascore

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: 53,214 | Gross: $21.72M

The best of the entire series!

3. Friday the 13th Part III (1982)

R | 95 min | Horror, Thriller

30 Metascore

Having revived from his wounds, Jason Voorhees takes refuge at a cabin near Crystal Lake. As a group of co-eds arrive for their vacation, Jason continues his killing spree.

Director: Steve Miner | Stars: Dana Kimmell, Tracie Savage, Richard Brooker, Terry Ballard

Votes: 42,906 | Gross: $36.69M

Includes the classiest Friday girl, Dana Kimmel.

4. Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984)

R | 91 min | Horror, Thriller

33 Metascore

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.

Director: Joseph Zito | Stars: Erich Anderson, Judie Aronson, Peter Barton, Kimberly Beck

Votes: 40,274 | Gross: $32.98M

The last sequel before the series went belly up. Nicely violent!

5. Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (1985)

R | 92 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

16 Metascore

Still haunted by his past, Tommy Jarvis - who, as a child, killed Jason Voorhees - wonders if the serial killer is connected to a series of brutal murders occurring in and around the secluded halfway house where he now lives.

Director: Danny Steinmann | Stars: Melanie Kinnaman, John Shepherd, Anthony Barrile, Suzanne Bateman

Votes: 30,406 | Gross: $21.93M

The most amusing in the entire series. Highlights include Crazy Ethel, a random killing by one of the teens, a road flare in the mouth, and a whole bunch of actors embarrassing the crap out of themselves!

6. Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives (1986)

R | 86 min | Horror, Thriller

30 Metascore

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.

Director: Tom McLoughlin | Stars: Thom Mathews, Jennifer Cooke, David Kagen, Kerry Noonan

Votes: 34,499 | Gross: $19.47M

A fan favorite. Some great death scenes per usual but the characters are some of the least interesting in the entire series.

7. Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988)

R | 88 min | Horror, Thriller

13 Metascore

Years after Tommy Jarvis chained him underwater at Camp Crystal Lake, the dormant Jason Voorhees is accidentally released from his prison by a telekinetic teenager. Now, only she can stop him.

Director: John Carl Buechler | Stars: Terry Kiser, Jennifer Banko, John Otrin, Susan Blu

Votes: 29,210 | Gross: $19.17M

A bevy of gay actors, telekinesis,and a psychiatrist that pushes a victim right into Jason's hands make this one a real hoot.

8. Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan (1989)

R | 100 min | Adventure, Horror, Thriller

14 Metascore

A boatful of graduating high school students headed to Manhattan accidentally pull Jason Voorhees along for the ride.

Director: Rob Hedden | Stars: Jensen Daggett, Kane Hodder, Todd Caldecott, Tiffany Paulsen

Votes: 30,414 | Gross: $14.34M

Laughable, really.

9. Halloween II (1981)

R | 92 min | Horror

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: 68,412 | Gross: $25.53M

Almost as good as the first. One of the few sequels to pick up right where the last movie left off chronologically.

10. Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988)

R | 88 min | Horror, Thriller

34 Metascore

Ten years after his original massacre, the invalid Michael Myers awakens on Halloween Eve and returns to Haddonfield to kill his seven-year-old niece. Can Dr. Loomis stop him?

Director: Dwight H. Little | Stars: Donald Pleasence, Ellie Cornell, Danielle Harris, George P. Wilbur

Votes: 40,142 | Gross: $17.77M

Some genuine suspense and a shocking twist ending make for a great return from Michael Myers!

11. Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989)

R | 96 min | Horror, Thriller

28 Metascore

One year after the events of Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988), the Shape returns to Haddonfield once again in an attempt to kill his now-mute niece.

Director: Dominique Othenin-Girard | Stars: Donald Pleasence, Danielle Harris, Ellie Cornell, Beau Starr

Votes: 31,674 | Gross: $11.64M

12. Happy Birthday to Me (1981)

R | 110 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

24 Metascore

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: 7,536

One of the best. Plays more like a 50's movie with a few nasty kills. Classy. Twist ending is more like Scooby-Doo but the birthday party scene will stick with you forever.

13. The Prowler (1981)

R | 89 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

45 Metascore

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: 8,470

Some of the nastiest death scenes in slasher cinema. Savini really did it with this one!

14. My Bloody Valentine (1981)

R | 90 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

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: 15,911 | Gross: $5.67M

Find this uncut if you can! One of the best.

15. Prom Night (1980)

R | 92 min | Horror, Thriller

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: 13,768 | Gross: $14.80M

Jamie Lee Curtis brings really elevates this movie.

16. Terror Train (1980)

R | 97 min | Horror, Thriller

Three years after a prank that went terribly awry, the six college students responsible are targeted by a masked killer at a New Year's Eve party aboard a moving train.

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

Votes: 8,588

Jamie Lee Curtis is the best, of course. Some great atmosphere, likeable characters and a tense chase at the end. And you can't forget David Copperfield. There's a reason he's a magician and not an actor!

17. The Burning (1981)

R | 91 min | Horror

42 Metascore

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: 14,009

Slow to start, but really pays off. Awesome Savini gore and not just a Friday the 13th rip-off. The raft massacre is one of the best scenes in slasher cinema!

18. Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984)

R | 79 min | Horror, Thriller

31 Metascore

Little Billy witness his parents getting killed by Santa after being warned by his senile grandpa that Santa punishes those who are naughty. Now Billy is 18, and out of the orphanage, and he has just become Santa, himself.

Director: Charles E. Sellier Jr. | Stars: Lilyan Chauvin, Gilmer McCormick, Toni Nero, Robert Brian Wilson

Votes: 12,269 | Gross: $2.49M

The best Santa slasher. Some genuinely disturbing moments and great death scenes.

19. Just Before Dawn (1981)

R | 90 min | Horror, Thriller

Five campers arrive in the mountains to examine some property they have bought, but are warned by Forest Ranger Roy McLean that a huge machete-wielding maniac has been terrorising the area.... See full summary »

Director: Jeff Lieberman | Stars: George Kennedy, Mike Kellin, Chris Lemmon, Gregg Henry

Votes: 4,655

Slow, creepy, very atmospheric. This one has to be seen.

20. Night School (1981)

R | 88 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Who's been decapitating the innocent girls at a local night school? The police are baffled.

Director: Ken Hughes | Stars: Leonard Mann, Rachel Ward, Drew Snyder, Joseph R. Sicari

Votes: 2,020 | Gross: $1.17M

A real oddball, I still like this one for some reason. The killer is kind of creepy.

21. Final Exam (1981)

R | 89 min | Horror, Thriller

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: 2,788

Halloween ripoff. Little gore, goofball characters and an ok chase scene near the end.

22. Nightmare (1981)

R | 97 min | Horror

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: 3,024

Genuinely disturbing.

23. The Slayer (1982)

R | 80 min | Horror, Mystery

Two couples become stranded on a rugged isle, and are haunted by a supernatural beast, drawn to the wife of one of the couples, who dreams of its killings.

Director: J.S. Cardone | Stars: Sarah Kendall, Frederick Flynn, Carol Kottenbrook, Alan McRae

Votes: 1,701

Good atmosphere and some genuinely creepy moments. Death by paddle, pitchfork, and fish hook. This one deserves more credit than it gets!

24. Visiting Hours (1982)

R | 103 min | Horror, Thriller

A deranged, misogynistic killer assaults a journalist. When he discovers that she survived the attack, he follows her to the hospital to finish her off.

Director: Jean-Claude Lord | Stars: Michael Ironside, Lee Grant, Linda Purl, William Shatner

Votes: 3,371 | Gross: $13.26M

The first attack scene is pretty hard to watch but overall I didn't really like this movie.

25. X-Ray (1981)

R | 89 min | Horror, Thriller

While receiving a routine check-up, a woman finds herself stranded on the hospital's eighth floor, while someone dressed as a doctor is intent on her never leaving, even if it means killing any staff member who comes into contact with her.

Director: Boaz Davidson | Stars: Barbi Benton, Charles Lucia, Jon Van Ness, John Warner Williams

Votes: 1,715

Z grade schlock. Barbi Benton makes it watchable. Some good gore. Weird soundtrack with chanting might drive you nuts!

26. Mortuary (I) (1983)

R | 91 min | Horror

Convinced that her father's death was not accidental, a beautiful girl decides to investigate to find out the truth, aided by her boyfriend. Her sleuthing draws her to a local mortuary, where many secrets will be revealed.

Director: Howard Avedis | Stars: Mary Beth McDonough, David Wysocki, Bill Paxton, Lynda Day George

Votes: 1,308 | Gross: $4.32M

Classic early 80's. Some weak acting, even from Bill Paxton! Some genuinely creepy moments and cool kills make this more enjoyable than most others. Another film with an ending reminiscent of Happy Birthday to Me.

27. The Dorm That Dripped Blood (1982)

R | 88 min | Horror, Thriller

Four college students are stalked by an unknown assailant while staying on campus over the Christmas holidays to help clear out a dormitory which is to be demolished.

Directors: Stephen Carpenter, Jeffrey Obrow | Stars: Laurie Lapinski, Stephen Sachs, David Snow, Pamela Holland

Votes: 1,603

Grimy, gory, and unforgiving. The score is jarring and perfectly creepy. Still upset about the ending.

28. The Final Terror (1983)

R | 82 min | Horror

A group of rangers go camping on unfamiliar forest grounds. All is well until the group members start getting picked off by a cunning, tactical, malevolent, killer in the woods.

Director: Andrew Davis | Stars: John Friedrich, Adrian Zmed, Ernest Harden Jr., Lewis Smith

Votes: 2,256

Slow, dark, not very gory, but this movie is atmospheric. And the cast were all stars of the decade! Daryl Hannah and Rachel Ward, enough said.

29. Graduation Day (1981)

R | 96 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A masked killer begins murdering students on the school track team after a track runner dies upon completion of a 30 second 200-meter race.

Director: Herb Freed | Stars: Christopher George, Patch Mackenzie, E. Danny Murphy, E.J. Peaker

Votes: 3,023 | Gross: $23.89M

The upper echelon of cheese. Exactly what you would expect from Troma! Watch just to hear the "Gangster Rock"!!

30. Death Screams (1982)

R | 88 min | Horror

Teenagers are stalked and murdered by a maniac at a town fair.

Director: David Nelson | Stars: Susan Kiger, Martin Tucker, William T. Hicks, Jennifer Chase

Votes: 503

The definition of lag. The last 20 minutes were good but should have come an hour sooner!

31. The Funhouse (1981)

R | 96 min | Horror

56 Metascore

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: 11,188 | Gross: $7.89M

A classic. Creepy setting, perfectly executed! (no pun intended)

32. Hell Night (1981)

R | 101 min | Horror, Thriller

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: 5,444

A classic, one of the best. Great atmosphere and just all around fun. It's always a pleasure watching Linda Blair.

33. Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker (1981)

R | 96 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

An orphaned teenager finds himself being dominated by his aunt who's hell-bent on keeping him with her...at all costs.

Director: William Asher | Stars: Jimmy McNichol, Susan Tyrrell, Bo Svenson, Marcia Lewis

Votes: 1,891

Creepy, unsettling psychological slasher.

34. Curtains (1983)

R | 89 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Six young actresses auditioning for a movie role at a remote mansion are targeted by a mysterious masked murderer.

Director: Richard Ciupka | Stars: John Vernon, Samantha Eggar, Linda Thorson, Anne Ditchburn

Votes: 3,561

Two amazing stalk and kill scenes elevate this movie, but it is still tedious. The hag mask is one of the creepiest in slasher cinema!

35. Alone in the Dark (1982)

R | 92 min | Horror, Thriller

A quartet of murderous psychopaths break out of a mental hospital during a power blackout and lay siege to their doctor's house.

Director: Jack Sholder | Stars: Jack Palance, Donald Pleasence, Martin Landau, Dwight Schultz

Votes: 4,067

36. The House on Sorority Row (1983)

R | 91 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

50 Metascore

After a seemingly innocent prank goes horribly wrong, a group of sorority sisters are stalked and murdered one by one in their sorority house while throwing a party to celebrate their graduation.

Director: Mark Rosman | Stars: Kate McNeil, Eileen Davidson, Janis Ward, Robin Meloy

Votes: 6,394 | Gross: $1.29M

One of my favorites, even if the blood is slightly pink! Watch to see the the sexy soap opera queen Eileen Davidson topless. The clown costume at the ending is terrifying, if only it had more screen time.

37. Madman (1981)

R | 88 min | Horror, Thriller

A legendary psychopathic murderer stalks a summer camp.

Director: Joe Giannone | Stars: Gaylen Ross, Tony Fish, Harriet Bass, Seth Jones

Votes: 4,425

Mean spirited and hilarious. Unforgiving ending. A potential victim hiding in a fridge will leave you in stitches.

38. The Slumber Party Massacre (1982)

R | 77 min | Horror

A high school student's slumber party turns terrifying as an escaped mental patient with a drill decides to crash the evening.

Director: Amy Holden Jones | Stars: Michelle Michaels, Robin Stille, Michael Villella, Debra De Liso

Votes: 9,056

A little runt wielding a massive power drill makes for a funny/bloody good time. Likeable characters, witty dialogue, and some good kill scenes make this one of my favorites.

39. Slumber Party Massacre II (1987)

R | 77 min | Comedy, Horror, Music

Courtney Bates, the younger sister of Valerie, and her friends go to their condo for a weekend getaway, but Courtney can't get rid of the haunting feeling that a supernatural rockabilly driller killer is coming to murder them all.

Director: Deborah Brock | Stars: Crystal Bernard, Jennifer Rhodes, Kimberly McArthur, Patrick Lowe

Votes: 3,725

Not up to par with the original.

40. Superstition (1982)

Unrated | 85 min | Horror

A witch put to death in 1692 swears vengeance on her persecutors and returns to the present day to punish their descendants.

Director: James W. Roberson | Stars: James Houghton, Albert Salmi, Lynn Carlin, Larry Pennell

Votes: 2,280

A good take on the supernatural, better than The Boogeyman. Some great kill scenes.

41. The Silent Scream (1979)

R | 87 min | Horror, Thriller

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 its secretive tenants.

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

Votes: 1,277

42. Unhinged (1982)

Unrated | 79 min | Horror

Three young women who crash their car during a rainstorm are taken in by a bizarre family at their large, rural estate.

Director: Don Gronquist | Stars: Laurel Munson, Janet Penner, Sara Ansley, Virginia Settle

Votes: 1,442

Had some potential but went belly up due to slow pacing, few death scenes, and some genuinely bad acting. The few kills aren't bad and the atmosphere is genuinely creepy. The twist ending makes it more memorable.

43. Blood Rage (1987)

R | 82 min | Horror

As kids, Todd is institutionalized for a murder whilst his twin goes free. 10 years later, on Thanksgiving, Todd escapes and a killing spree begins in his neighborhood.

Director: John Grissmer | Stars: Louise Lasser, Mark Soper, Julie Gordon, Jayne Bentzen

Votes: 2,729

Cool SOV flick with some awesome gore and genuinely LOL moments. Filmed in my home state of Florida which makes it even more nostalgic for me!

44. American Nightmare (1983)

R | 88 min | Horror, Crime, Thriller

A man investigates the disappearance of his sister with the help of her roommate. He uncovers a trail of prostitution, incest, blackmail...and murder.

Director: Don McBrearty | Stars: Lawrence Day, Lora Staley, Neil Dainard, Lenore Zann

Votes: 349

Dude offs hookers with a straight razor. Some creepy moments but overall is fairly forgettable.

45. The Mutilator (1984)

R | 86 min | Horror, Thriller

A teenager who accidentally committed matricide finds himself being hunted together with his girlfriend and mates by his now crazed father.

Directors: Buddy Cooper, John Douglass | Stars: Matt Mitler, Ruth Martinez, Bill Hitchcock, Connie Rogers

Votes: 3,282

Bizarre beginning, boring killer, good atmosphere, great gore. The actors are amateurs but seem to be having fun. I dare you not to sing along with the hilarious intro song "Fall Break"! Watch for the infamous fish hook vs vagina scene. The director had the choice between buying a winery or making this movie. From a business perspective, he should have went for the winery!

46. Sleepaway Camp (1983)

R | 84 min | Horror

58 Metascore

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.

Director: Robert Hiltzik | Stars: Felissa Rose, Jonathan Tiersten, Karen Fields, Christopher Collet

Votes: 23,173 | Gross: $11.00M

Watch for the infamous ending and lots of laughs, not much here in the way of gore. The best death is an arrow through the throat. And not to mention death by bees while "taking a crap"!