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1. Scanners (1981)
R | 103 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A scientist sends a man with extraordinary psychic powers to hunt others like him.
Votes: 43,578 | Gross: $14.23M
DVD: Scanners 1 (german) (Scanners Edition / Black Hill) MediaBook: Scanners - Ihre Gedanken können töten (german) (Wicked Vision / Scanners Trilogy Ultimate Edition)
2. The Howling (1981)
R | 91 min | Horror
After a bizarre and near deadly encounter with a serial killer, a television newswoman is sent to a remote mountain resort whose residents may not be what they seem.
Votes: 28,300 | Gross: $17.99M
DVD: Howling, The (german) (Kinowelt)
3. Burial Ground: The Nights of Terror (1981)
Unrated | 85 min | Horror
A professor opens a crypt and reanimates rotten zombies. The zombies attack a jet-set-group which is celebrating a party in a villa nearby...
DVD: Burial Ground (engl.) (88 Films / The Italian Collection 14)
4. Horrorplanet (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.
DVD: Inseminoid (engl.) (The Norman J. Warren Collection / Anchor Bay)
5. Roar of the Lion (1981)
Not Rated | 104 min | Action, Drama
The traditional lion dance never looked so good as in Lion vs. Lion which captures the most impressive sequences of lion dancing on film. Lo Mang teams up with Wong Yu, as they ... See full summary »
DVD: Pranke des gelben Löwen, Die (german) (MIB / Shaw Brothers Classics)
6. Madhouse (1981)
Not Rated | 92 min | Horror
A woman is pursued by her murderous, psychopathic twin sister in the days leading up to their birthday.
BluRay: Madhouse (engl.) (Arrow Video)
7. The Final Conflict (1981)
R | 108 min | Horror
The now adult Antichrist plots to eliminate his future divine opponent while a cabal of monks plot to stop him.
Votes: 16,983 | Gross: $20.47M
DVD: Barbara's Baby - Omen III (engl.) (20th Century Fox / The Omen Pentology-Box)
8. The Monster Club (1981)
Unrated | 104 min | Comedy, Horror
A writer of horror stories is invited to a "monster club" by a mysterious old gentleman. There, three gruesome stories are told to him; between each story some musicians play their songs.
DVD: Monster Club (german) (MiB)
9. Mystery on Monster Island (1981)
TV-PG | 100 min | Adventure, Comedy, Horror
A young European boy living in San Francisco is reluctant to marry his long-term girlfriend because he wants to travel around the world first. His wealthy uncle agrees to send him on a ... See full summary »
DVD: Geheimnis der Monsterinsel, Das (german) (on Box "Jules Verne Box" / MIG / EuroVideo)
10. The Black Cat (1981)
R | 92 min | Horror
A professor with the psychic ability to communicate with the dead uses his powers on his pet cat in order to take vengeance upon his enemies.
DVD: Black Cat (engl.) (Shameless 06)
11. Night of the Werewolf (1981)
R | 92 min | Horror
An evil witch brings back to life the infamous Elizabeth Bathory, who was executed several hundred years previously for murdering young woman and bathing in their blood.
Blu-Ray: Der Werwolf (german) (Subkultur / Paul Naschy - Legacy of a Wolfman # 2)
12. Nighthawks (1981)
R | 99 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
Conservative street cop DaSilva reluctantly agrees to terminate an international terrorist who has demanded media attention. But DaSilva's "at-home" tactics are very much put to the challenge.
Votes: 15,458 | Gross: $14.91M
DVD: Nachtfalken (german) (on Box "Action Superstars Box" / MIG)
13. The Beyond (1981)
R | 87 min | Horror
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.
Votes: 18,193 | Gross: $0.12M
DVD: Beyond, The (german) (Digital World)
14. Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981)
R | 87 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
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.
Votes: 52,384 | Gross: $21.72M
DVD: Friday the 13th Part 2 (engl.) (on Box "Friday the 13th 4-Movie Collection" / Paramount)
15. 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.
Votes: 2,923 | Gross: $23.89M
BR: Graduation Day (engl.) (88 Films / Slasher Classics Collection 01)
16. Escape from New York (1981)
R | 99 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
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.
Votes: 113,527 | Gross: $25.24M
Blu-ray: Die Klapperschlange (german) (Birnenblatt gr. Hartbox)
17. Firecracker (1981)
R | 77 min | Action, Drama, Thriller
Femme fatale martial arts expert teaches the mafia a lesson.
DVD: Firecracker (engl.) (on Box "Roger Corman's Cult Classics Triple Feature - Lethal Ladies Collection" / Shout Factory)
18. Clash of the Titans (1981)
PG | 118 min | Action, Adventure, Family
Perseus must battle Medusa and the Kraken to save the Princess Andromeda.
Votes: 37,955 | Gross: $41.09M
DVD: Kampf der Titanen (german) (on Box "Ray Harryhausen Collection")
19. For Your Eyes Only (1981)
PG | 127 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
Agent 007 is assigned to hunt for a lost British encryption device and prevent it from falling into enemy hands.
Votes: 84,642 | Gross: $62.30M
DVD: In tödlicher Mission (german) (MGM / on Box "Die James Bond Jubiläums-Collection")
20. Enter the Ninja (1981)
R | 99 min | Action, Crime, Drama
After just completing his training at a ninja school, an army vet travels to the Phillippines and finds himself battling a land grabber who wants his war-buddy's property. He must also ... See full summary »
DVD: Ninja - Die Killer-Maschine (german) (Ascot Elite)
21. Shu jian en chou lu (1981)
101 min | Action
It's Ti Lung versus Lo Lieh in the period piece action movie The Emperor And His Brother that features some marvellous sets and rudimentary special effects that delightfully gives Ti Lung's... See full summary »
DVD: Todesduell im Kaiserpalast (german) (MIB / Shaw Brothers Classics)
22. Rasputin (1981)
104 min | Biography, Drama, History
Details the life of the Russian monk Rasputin. The film shows his rise to power and how it corrupted him. His sexual perversions and madness ultimatly leads to his gruesome assasination.
DVD: Agonie - Rasputin, Gott und Satan (german) (Ice Storm Entertainment)
23. Eye of the Needle (1981)
R | 112 min | Romance, Thriller, War
A ruthless German spy, trying to get out of Britain with vital information about D-Day, must spend time with a young woman and her crippled husband.
Votes: 8,679 | Gross: $17.58M
DVD: Nadel, Die (german) (UA / MGM / 20th Century Fox)
24. Student Bodies (1981)
R | 86 min | Comedy, Horror
A murderer known as "The Breather" kills off high schoolers.
Votes: 4,061 | Gross: $5.17M
Blu-Ray: Student Bodies (engl.) (88 Films / Slasher Classics Collection #40)
25. The House by the Cemetery (1981)
Not Rated | 86 min | Horror
A New England home is terrorized by a series of murders, unbeknownst to the guests that a gruesome secret is hiding in the basement.
DVD: Das Haus An Der Friedhofsmauer (german) (Laser Paradise)
26. An Eye for an Eye (1981)
R | 106 min | Action, Adventure, Crime
Sean Kane is forced to resign from the San Francisco Police Department's Narcotics Division when he goes berserk after his partner is murdered. He decides to fight alone and follows a trail... See full summary »
Votes: 3,243 | Gross: $7.68M
DVD: Der Gigant (german) (Kinowelt)
27. An American Werewolf in London (1981)
R | 97 min | Comedy, Horror
Two American college students on a walking tour of Britain are attacked by a werewolf that none of the locals will admit exists.
Votes: 83,123 | Gross: $30.57M
DVD: American Werewolf (german) (Universal 20th Anniversary Special Edition)
28. Pierino contro tutti (1981)
92 min | Comedy
Pierino is a precocious but mischievous boy who often plays pranks and makes jokes at school. His enemy is his old teacher. One day Pierino pulls a dirty trick on her, making her break an arm.
DVD: Flotte Teens und das ausgeflippte Klassenzimmer (german) (MIG / Flotte Teens Limited Edition 2-Box)
29. 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.
Blue-Ray: Hospital Massacre (engl.) (88 Films / Slasher Classics Collection #09)
30. Halloween II (1981)
R | 92 min | Horror
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.
Votes: 67,551 | Gross: $25.53M
DVD: Halloween 2 - Das Grauen Kehrt Zurück (german) (Special Edition 2 DVD's / FilmConfect Home Entertainment)
31. Absurd (1981)
Not Rated | 90 min | Horror
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.
Blu-Ray: Absurd (engl.) (88 Films / The Italian Collection #20)
32. Smokey Bites the Dust (1981)
PG | 87 min | Action, Comedy, Romance
This movie follows the rivalry between a small-town southern sheriff and a small-town teenaged thief who steals cars and destroys them with the sheriff's daughter by his side.
DVD: Smokey Bites The Dust (engl.) (Shout! Factory Action Packed Collection / Roger Corman Classics) DVD: Die Total Verrückte Highway Polizei (german) (Bonusfilm at DVD "Gib Gas... und lasst euch nicht erwischen")
33. Venom (1981)
R | 92 min | Horror, Thriller
Terrorists in the process of kidnapping a child get trapped in a house with an extremely deadly snake.
Votes: 2,224 | Gross: $5.23M
DVD: Schwarze Mamba, Die (german) (on Box "Snakes in a Box" / Anolis)
34. The Prodigal Son (1981)
R | 100 min | Action, Comedy
A rich man's son (Yuen Biao) believes himself to be the best kung fu fighter in Canton. Unfortunately, his father, anxious for his son's safety, bribes all his opponents to lose. After a ... See full summary »
DVD: Todesfaust des kleinen Drachen, Die (german) (Savoy Film)
35. The Salamander (1981)
R | 103 min | Thriller
An Italian policeman investigates a series of murders involving people in prominent positions. Left behind at each murder scene is a drawing of a salamander. The policeman begins to suspect... See full summary »
DVD: Kennwort Salamander (german) (Kinoklassiker / VCL)