80s Sci-Fi Horror

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These guys are not E.T. or Starman.

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1. Alien (1979)

R | 116 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

83 Metascore

After a space merchant vessel perceives an unknown transmission as a distress call, its landing on the source moon finds one of the crew attacked by a mysterious lifeform, and they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt, Veronica Cartwright

Votes: 690,489 | Gross: $78.90M

2. Breeders (1986)

R | 77 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

The Manhattan General Hospital has admitted a string of young women who have been raped by something otherworldly. The perpetrator only attacks women who are virgins. Dr. Pace and Detective... See full summary »

Director: Tim Kincaid | Stars: Teresa Farley, Lance Lewman, Frances Raines, Natalie O'Connell

Votes: 1,745

3. Communion (1989)

R | 107 min | Biography, Drama, Horror

Whitley Strieber goes with his family and some friends to his holiday home in the forest. They experience some weird occurances, are they UFO activity? Whitley is abducted and then faces a ... See full summary »

Director: Philippe Mora | Stars: Christopher Walken, Lindsay Crouse, Frances Sternhagen, Andreas Katsulas

Votes: 4,822 | Gross: $1.92M

4. Contamination (1980)

R | 95 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

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: 3,062

5. Creature (1985)

R | 97 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

An expedition to Titan uncovers an alien being, that goes on a rampage.

Director: William Malone | Stars: Stan Ivar, Wendy Schaal, Lyman Ward, Robert Jaffe

Votes: 2,883 | Gross: $4.78M

6. Creepozoids (1987)

R | 72 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

A group of survivors try to avoid the battles of World War III; when they try to escape to the quiet lands, they encounter something much more deadly.

Director: David DeCoteau | Stars: Linnea Quigley, Ken Abraham, Michael Aranda, Richard L. Hawkins

Votes: 1,632 | Gross: $0.01M

7. Critters (1986)

PG-13 | 86 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

52 Metascore

A group of small, furry aliens makes lunch out of the locals in a farming town.

Director: Stephen Herek | Stars: Dee Wallace, M. Emmet Walsh, Billy Green Bush, Scott Grimes

Votes: 27,472 | Gross: $13.17M

8. Deep Space (1988)

R | 90 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

An American satellite with a new biological weapon gets out of control and crashes onto US territory. A slimy monster emerges and manages to escape, killing everyone who crosses his path. ... See full summary »

Director: Fred Olen Ray | Stars: Charles Napier, Ann Turkel, Bo Svenson, Ron Glass

Votes: 571

9. Demonwarp (1988)

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

A man and his daughter are attacked in the woods by what they believe is a Bigfoot-type creature. However, they soon begin to suspect that they may have stumbled onto a nest of aliens in a hidden spacecraft.

Director: Emmett Alston | Stars: George Kennedy, David Michael O'Neill, Pamela Gilbert, Billy Jayne

Votes: 424

10. Enemy Mine (1985)

PG-13 | 108 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

During a long space war, the lives of two wounded enemies becomes dependent on their ability to forgive and to trust.

Director: Wolfgang Petersen | Stars: Dennis Quaid, Louis Gossett Jr., Brion James, Richard Marcus

Votes: 39,118 | Gross: $4.27M

11. Evils of the Night (1985)

R | 84 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

Vacationing teens are systematically kidnapped and taken to a strange, rural hospital, run by a mysterious group that needs their blood.

Director: Mohammed Rustam | Stars: Neville Brand, Aldo Ray, Tina Louise, John Carradine

Votes: 862

12. Forbidden World (1982)

R | 77 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

In the distant future, a federation marshal arrives at a research lab on a remote planet where a genetic experiment has gotten loose and begins feeding on the dwindling scientific group.

Director: Allan Holzman | Stars: Jesse Vint, Dawn Dunlap, June Chadwick, Linden Chiles

Votes: 3,002

13. From Beyond (1986)

R | 85 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

A group of scientists have developed the Resonator, a machine which allows whoever is within range to see beyond normal perceptible reality. But when the experiment succeeds, they are immediately attacked by terrible life forms.

Director: Stuart Gordon | Stars: Jeffrey Combs, Barbara Crampton, Ted Sorel, Ken Foree

Votes: 18,604 | Gross: $1.26M

14. Galaxy of Terror (1981)

R | 81 min | Action, Adventure, Horror

Science fiction suspense thriller, in which a rescue space ship crew meets up with horrors projected by their own imaginations.

Director: Bruce D. Clark | Stars: Edward Albert, Erin Moran, Ray Walston, Bernard Behrens

Votes: 5,307

15. Horror Planet (1981)

R | 93 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

A crew of interplanetary archaeologists is threatened when an alien creature impregnates one of their members, causing her to turn homicidal and murder them one by one.

Director: Norman J. Warren | Stars: Robin Clarke, Jennifer Ashley, Stephanie Beacham, Steven Grives

Votes: 2,335

16. Invaders from Mars (1986)

PG | 100 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

A boy tries to stop aliens who have taken over his town and are attempting to brainwash its inhabitants.

Director: Tobe Hooper | Stars: Karen Black, Hunter Carson, Timothy Bottoms, Laraine Newman

Votes: 6,660 | Gross: $4.88M

17. Lifeforce (1985)

R | 116 min | Action, Horror, Mystery

A race of space vampires arrives in London and infects the populace, beginning an apocalyptic descent into chaos.

Director: Tobe Hooper | Stars: Steve Railsback, Mathilda May, Peter Firth, Frank Finlay

Votes: 19,072 | Gross: $11.60M

18. Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988)

PG-13 | 88 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

Aliens who look like clowns come from outer space and terrorize a small town.

Director: Stephen Chiodo | Stars: Grant Cramer, Suzanne Snyder, John Allen Nelson, John Vernon

Votes: 28,019 | Gross: $15.63M

19. Moontrap (1989)

R | 92 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

The Space Shuttle returns to earth, but some of the equipment brought back on it begins to behave strangely. Scientists are unsure what is happening, and decide to take all necessary ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Dyke | Stars: Walter Koenig, Bruce Campbell, Leigh Lombardi, Robert Kurcz

Votes: 2,521

20. Nightflyers (1987)

R | 89 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Professor hires a spaceship to get to the source of weird signals from deep space. The trip is cut short however when the ship's computer gets jealous because the captain is in love with one of the female passengers and it gets homicidal.

Director: Robert Collector | Stars: Catherine Mary Stewart, Michael Praed, John Standing, Lisa Blount

Votes: 878 | Gross: $1.15M

21. Predator (1987)

R | 107 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

45 Metascore

A team of commandos on a mission in a Central American jungle find themselves hunted by an extraterrestrial warrior.

Director: John McTiernan | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, Kevin Peter Hall, Elpidia Carrillo

Votes: 337,002 | Gross: $59.74M

22. Prey (1977)

Unrated | 85 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

A deadly alien shape-shifter infiltrates a country house occupied by two lesbians, and proceeds to study their behaviour, for a sinister purpose.

Director: Norman J. Warren | Stars: Barry Stokes, Sally Faulkner, Glory Annen, Sandy Chinney

Votes: 830

23. Star Crystal (1986)

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

Crew members aboard a space ship encounter an alien life form intent on killing them.

Director: Lance Lindsay | Stars: C. Juston Campbell, Faye Bolt, John W. Smith, Taylor Kingsley

Votes: 773

24. Strange Invaders (1983)

PG | 92 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Charlie's ex-wife disappears, and he travels to where she grew up--a rural town in the Midwest--to look for her. But, surprisingly, nobody knows about her or any of her many relatives, the ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Laughlin | Stars: Paul Le Mat, Nancy Allen, Diana Scarwid, Michael Lerner

Votes: 2,293 | Gross: $1.36M

25. The Brain (1988)

R | 94 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

With the help of an alien organism, a man brainwashes audiences through television; a troubled high school student is determined to stop them.

Director: Ed Hunt | Stars: Tom Bresnahan, Cynthia Preston, David Gale, George Buza

Votes: 1,201

26. The Dark (1979)

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

Someone, or something, is on an indiscriminate killing and mutilation spree during night-time. Frustrated by the clueless police, the father of the first victim is looking for answers, no matter how far fetched they are.

Directors: John 'Bud' Cardos, Tobe Hooper | Stars: William Devane, Cathy Lee Crosby, Richard Jaeckel, Keenan Wynn

Votes: 1,015

27. The Day Time Ended (1979)

PG | 79 min | Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi

Aliens visit the solar-powered house of a middle-class family, and the house is suddenly sucked into a time warp that transports it back to prehistoric times.

Director: John 'Bud' Cardos | Stars: Jim Davis, Christopher Mitchum, Dorothy Malone, Marcy Lafferty

Votes: 1,021

28. The Deadly Spawn (1983)

R | 81 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

Alien creatures invade a small town and four teenagers, along with a young boy, attempt to escape from them.

Director: Douglas McKeown | Stars: Charles George Hildebrandt, Tom DeFranco, Richard Lee Porter, Jean Tafler

Votes: 3,530

29. The Hidden (1987)

R | 97 min | Action, Crime, Horror

Law abiding people suddenly become violent criminals. A cop and an FBI agent race for answers in this sci-fi thriller.

Director: Jack Sholder | Stars: Kyle MacLachlan, Michael Nouri, Claudia Christian, Clarence Felder

Votes: 15,011 | Gross: $9.75M

30. The Intruder Within (1981 TV Movie)

Unrated | 91 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

Drillers on an oil rig near Antarctica discover that they have accidentally brought up several prehistoric eggs. One egg hatches and becomes an unstoppable creature. Chad Everett and Jennifer Warren risk their lives to stop it.

Director: Peter Carter | Stars: Chad Everett, Joseph Bottoms, Jennifer Warren, Rockne Tarkington

Votes: 326

31. The Last Starfighter (1984)

PG | 101 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

67 Metascore

Video game expert Alex Rogan finds himself transported to another planet after conquering The Last Starfighter video game only to find out it was just a test. He was recruited to join the team of best starfighters to defend their world from the attack.

Director: Nick Castle | Stars: Lance Guest, Robert Preston, Kay E. Kuter, Dan Mason

Votes: 34,069 | Gross: $28.73M

32. The Night of the Hunted (1980)

Not Rated | 87 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

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: 1,152

33. The Thing (1982)

R | 109 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

57 Metascore

A research team in Antarctica is hunted by a shape-shifting alien that assumes the appearance of its victims.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, Keith David, Richard Masur

Votes: 320,118 | Gross: $13.78M

34. The Visitor (1979)

R | 108 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

65 Metascore

The soul of a young girl with telekinetic powers becomes the prize in a fight between forces of God and the Devil.

Director: Giulio Paradisi | Stars: Mel Ferrer, Glenn Ford, Lance Henriksen, John Huston

Votes: 2,364

35. They Live (1988)

R | 94 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

54 Metascore

A drifter discovers a pair of sunglasses that allow him to wake up to the fact that aliens have taken over the Earth.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Roddy Piper, Keith David, Meg Foster, George 'Buck' Flower

Votes: 92,577 | Gross: $13.01M

36. Time Walker (1982)

PG | 83 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

An alien, buried in King Tut's tomb, terrorizes a college campus.

Director: Tom Kennedy | Stars: Ben Murphy, Nina Axelrod, Kevin Brophy, Robert Random

Votes: 1,286

37. Timesweep (1987 Video)

85 min | Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi

A group of people enter an old movie studio and are suddenly transported through time.

Director: Dan Diefenderfer | Stars: Kevin Brief, Martin English, Sandra Beer, Frank Vrooman

Votes: 93

38. Without Warning (1980)

R | 89 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

An alien creature stalks human prey.

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

Votes: 2,750

39. Xtro (1982)

R | 84 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

A man who was abducted by aliens returns to his family three years later, but his presence affects them negatively.

Director: Harry Bromley Davenport | Stars: Philip Sayer, Bernice Stegers, Danny Brainin, Maryam d'Abo

Votes: 4,975



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