TV Horror Movies from the 80s & 90sby michaelgosullivan | created - 10 months ago | updated - 10 months ago | Public
Beginning in the 1960s through its heyday in the 1970s and into the 80's made-for-TV horror movies were a genre unto themselves. Made specifically for the small screen what these humble movies lacked in budget, they made up for in other ways. They served as a lucrative genre for Stars of yesterday as well young as up and coming Stars, Producers and Directors. Many of these treasures are still highly watchable, memorable, and have even enjoyed big budget remakes. There's something about made for TV movies of the 70s and 80s that I just love. They bring back fond memories of evenings or rainy Saturday afternoons being immersed in a tale of terror. Here is a list of some of my favourites in no particular order
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1. The Babysitter (1980 TV Movie)
Unrated | 96 min | Drama, Thriller
Spoiled twelve-year-old Tara's new best friend from next-door gets hired as a live-in babysitter, but things soon go horribly wrong when Tara's mom starts hitting the bottle and fighting with her dad.
2. No Place to Hide (1981 TV Movie)
100 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
Amy is the Mannings only daughter. After the death of her rich father, she lives together with her stepmother. Recently she sees a man in black following her, waiting for her in her car, ... See full summary »
3. Dark Night of the Scarecrow (1981 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 96 min | Horror
In a small Southern town, a wrongfully-killed man exacts revenge on those who murdered him from beyond the grave.
4. Midnight Offerings (1981 TV Movie)
Unrated | 100 min | Horror
Vivian has magic powers. She doesn't hesitate to save her boyfriend David from failing in school by murdering teachers. However, David has gotten tired of her and is putting his charm on a ... See full summary »
5. Cry for the Strangers (1982 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 97 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A psychiatrist and his wife move into a quaint coastal town only to discover that a sinister presence is lurking there.
10. Dark Mirror (1984 TV Movie)
Unrated | 120 min | Drama, Thriller
After attorney Frank Girard is murdered, Detective Al Church (Vincent Gardenia) suspects that Ms. Leigh Cullen (Jane Seymour) is the perpetrator, as she was supposedly last seen with the ... See full summary »
12. Deadly Messages (1985 TV Movie)
120 min | Thriller
Laura Daniels, single and bored, finds new interest in life when she discovers an old ouija board. It appears, however, that the object's previous owner was murdered - and messages from beyond warn Laura that she may be next.
13. Dark Mansions (1986 TV Movie)
120 min | Thriller
A woman hired to write the history of a wealthy family stays at the family's estate in Oregon. She discovers that she strongly resembles a long-dead ancestor in the family, and finds things... See full summary »
14. Stillwatch (1987 TV Movie)
100 min | Drama, Horror
Television journalist, Patricia Traymore, moves to Washington to do an in-depth interview with vice presidential hopeful, Senator Abigail Winslow. She moves into a house where she lived as ... See full summary »
15. Bay Coven (1987 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 95 min | Horror, Thriller
A young newlywed couple move into a remote village in middle America only to find a secret coven of witches who want them to join all the fun; or face the consequences.
18. I'm Dangerous Tonight (1990 TV Movie)
R | 100 min | Horror, Thriller
When Amy turns an ancient Aztec priest's cloak into a dress, she discovers it's cursed and whoever wears it comes under its evil influence.
19. House of Secrets (1993 TV Movie)
120 min | Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Marion Ravinel is trapped in an abusive spousal relationship. She forms a plan with her husband's former lover to kill him. However, the outcome turns out to be more than she planned on as ... See full summary »
20. The Haunting of Seacliff Inn (1994 TV Movie)
PG-13 | 94 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
Susan and Mark move to a seaside town to buy an old house and open an inn. They came to look at one house, but Susan is inexplicably drawn to another. The house is high on a cliff ... See full summary »
21. The Haunting of Helen Walker (1995 TV Movie)
Unrated | 88 min | Horror, Thriller
TV remake of the Henry James' classic tale "Turn of the Screw", with changes in location and character names. A live in nanny discovers two children haunted by the spirits and deeds of ... See full summary »
23. Trilogy of Terror II (1996 TV Movie)
R | 90 min | Horror, Thriller
Three short tales of terror including: woman's encounter when attempting to rob a grave; the story of a woman who summons her son back from the dead; and tale of an African doll who comes to life.
24. Satan's School for Girls (2000 TV Movie)
TV-14 | 87 min | Drama, Horror
A young woman enrolls at an all-girls college in New England to investigate her sister's suicide and is slowly lured into a witchcraft cult by a quartet of students who want her to become the fifth member of their evil circle.