100 horror films from the 80s. Possibly the best decade for horror cinema!

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1. The Shining (1980)

R | 146 min | Drama, Horror

63 Metascore

A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd, Scatman Crothers

Votes: 728,035 | Gross: $44.02M

Though Kubricks epic horror film may fail to tell the story told in Stephen Kings classic novel- it does succeed in being utterly terrifying. The atmosphere is oppressive and horrific as we watch a family snowbound in a haunted hotel unravel into madness and violence. A classic for a reason.

2. The Thing (1982)

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

57 Metascore

A crew in Antarctica finds a neighboring camp destroyed and its crew dead. Whatever killed them is nowhere to be found, unless it's hidden in plain sight.

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

Votes: 310,676 | Gross: $13.78M

The fantastic remake that is a towering achievement in suspense and practical special effects. Things get messy for a team of inexplicably well armed scientists in the south pole who discover a horrifying alien secret frozen in the ice. They play a great game of whose who and the great cast and classic genre contributor John Carpenter deliver a sci fi horror gem.

3. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

R | 91 min | Horror

78 Metascore

The monstrous spirit of a slain janitor seeks revenge by invading the dreams of teenagers whose parents were responsible for his untimely death.

Director: Wes Craven | Stars: Heather Langenkamp, Johnny Depp, Robert Englund, John Saxon

Votes: 173,823 | Gross: $25.50M

Wes Craven delivers a solid and original boogey man to the slasher sub genre. Freddy Kruger- the vengeful spirit of a child murderer stalks teenagers in their dreams. The high concept thriller is pulled off with a minimal budget- and the central villain- before too many sequels degraded him to a stand up comedian in burn make up- is a frightening figure.

4. The Blob (1988)

R | 95 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Remake of the 1958 sci-fi horror classic about a deadly blob from another planet which consumes everything in its path. Teenagers attempt without success to warn the townspeople, who refuse to take them seriously.

Director: Chuck Russell | Stars: Shawnee Smith, Kevin Dillon, Donovan Leitch Jr., Jeffrey DeMunn

Votes: 26,442 | Gross: $8.25M

This well made and full of gruesome special effects horror remake is the real deal. A surprising thrilling throwback creature feature with a very strong cast. The film goes places few movies do in order to keep its audience on its toes and having fun. A fantastic popcorn feature.

5. The Entity (1982)

R | 125 min | Biography, Drama, Horror

35 Metascore

A woman is tormented and sexually molested by an invisible demon.

Director: Sidney J. Furie | Stars: Barbara Hershey, Ron Silver, David Labiosa, George Coe

Votes: 12,604 | Gross: $13.28M

This slow paced but horrifying supernatural thriller claims to be based on a true story and is very compelling. Barbara Hershey gives a brave and utterly sympathetic performance as a single mother who is repeatedly attacked- and even raped- by an invisible entity. People around her believe her to be mad of course- but a well meaning psychiatrist (Ron Silver) is slowly won over and convinced to seek more unorthodox solutions. Scary and well made.

6. Cujo (1983)

R | 93 min | Horror, Thriller

57 Metascore

Cujo, a friendly St. Bernard, contracts rabies and conducts a reign of terror on a small American town.

Director: Lewis Teague | Stars: Dee Wallace, Daniel Hugh Kelly, Danny Pintauro, Christopher Stone

Votes: 32,065 | Gross: $21.20M

Dee Wallace gives a truly fantastic performance as a mother trapped in a desperate circumstance. When seeking to get her car fixed she finds herself and her son stranded in her vehicle and terrorized by a gigantic and rabid dog. Though some changes were made from the source material to keep things palatable for the masses- the movie is very well shot and acted and proves that sometimes the simplest of premises can deliver the goods in the horror genre. A treat.

7. Aliens (1986)

R | 137 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

84 Metascore

Ellen Ripley is rescued by a deep salvage team after being in hypersleep for 57 years. The moon that the Nostromo visited has been colonized, but contact is lost. This time, colonial marines have impressive firepower, but will that be enough?

Director: James Cameron | Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Michael Biehn, Carrie Henn, Paul Reiser

Votes: 571,187 | Gross: $85.16M

Aliens is probably one of the strongest sequels ever produced. Upping the ante on the original by raising the amount of aliens and squaring them off against tough as nails space marines. Ripley is found adrift in space and her tale of an alien creature is not believed- until of course things start going awry at a remote terraforming station. Great effects and execution all round. Please horror fans- don't doubt- this movie is scary! A classic.

8. Pet Sematary (1989)

R | 103 min | Horror, Thriller

38 Metascore

Behind a young family's home in Maine is a terrible secret that holds the power of life after death. When tragedy strikes, the threat of that power soon becomes undeniable.

Director: Mary Lambert | Stars: Dale Midkiff, Denise Crosby, Fred Gwynne, Brad Greenquist

Votes: 74,188 | Gross: $57.47M

This bitter little pill from Stephen King has some very disturbing images. The story is as simple as they come- but kings twist on the zombie tale has real teeth. After discovering the pet cemetery near his new home has the power to restore life- a father who is half mad from loss- makes the mistake of trying to bury a lost loved one there. Unsettling and well made.

9. Ghostbusters (1984)

PG | 105 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy

71 Metascore

Three former parapsychology professors set up shop as a unique ghost removal service.

Director: Ivan Reitman | Stars: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis

Votes: 308,750 | Gross: $238.63M

This is still the high water mark for the horror comedy. This classic new york tale of ghostbusters and their ghostbusting is required viewing for all who like to be entertained. It has aged quite well I must say- a comment that can not be made for a lot of things 80s.

10. Predator (1987)

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

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: 326,338 | Gross: $59.74M

This bloody action horror flick is way better than it should be. A special military force of badasses are sent into the jungle on a rescue mission. They discover that the previous team sent in died under horrible and questionable circumstances. It all leads to a showdown where we meet a new kind of alien foe. Great creature design and very well directed by John Mctiernan.

11. The Fly (1986)

R | 96 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

79 Metascore

A brilliant but eccentric scientist begins to transform into a giant man/fly hybrid after one of his experiments goes horribly wrong.

Director: David Cronenberg | Stars: Jeff Goldblum, Geena Davis, John Getz, Joy Boushel

Votes: 136,961 | Gross: $40.46M

Another remarkable remake- this one benefiting from the very dark and specific hand of director David Cronenberg and a strong typically eccentric performance from Jeff Goldblum. The make up effects will turn the stomach of the most hardened horror fan. Yet you wil not want to look away. The rare remake that exceeds its source material.

12. Day of the Dead (1985)

Not Rated | 96 min | Horror, Thriller

60 Metascore

A small group of military officers and scientists dwell in an underground bunker as the world above is overrun by zombies.

Director: George A. Romero | Stars: Lori Cardille, Terry Alexander, Joseph Pilato, Jarlath Conroy

Votes: 55,437 | Gross: $5.80M

The most amazing practical effect make ups ever. EVER! This third entry in the Romero zombie series may suffer from too few likable characters and an over the top affection for profanity, but it sure does deliver in the zombie and gore department. The story is decent and dark and there is an amazing performance, (easily the best in the movie), by Sherman Howard playing a strangely docile undead. Good stuff.

13. Night of the Creeps (1986)

R | 88 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

Alien brain parasites, entering humans through the mouth, turn their host into a killing zombie. Some teenagers start to fight against them.

Director: Fred Dekker | Stars: Jason Lively, Tom Atkins, Steve Marshall, Jill Whitlow

Votes: 16,979 | Gross: $0.59M

This movie had everything kids! Serial killers, zombies, slugs and aliens all combine in this very silly and very fun horromedy. Starting in the 1950s and then continuing in the 1980s this demented piece of cult fare should have something to please any and every horror appetite. "Thrill me!"

14. An American Werewolf in London (1981)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Horror

60 Metascore

Two American college students on a walking tour of Britain are attacked by a werewolf that none of the locals will admit exists.

Director: John Landis | Stars: David Naughton, Jenny Agutter, Joe Belcher, Griffin Dunne

Votes: 77,197 | Gross: $30.57M

This weird hilarious and horrific film boasts the greatest transformation scene in film history. After two American backpackers encounter a werewolf- the inevitable repercussions play out in downtown London. Served with a wink and a smile the movie succeeds at scares and laughs. A great time.

15. Re-Animator (1985)

Unrated | 105 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

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.

Director: Stuart Gordon | Stars: Jeffrey Combs, Bruce Abbott, Barbara Crampton, David Gale

Votes: 46,584 | Gross: $2.02M

Wow... just- wow. Truly spectacular special effects are put to work in this utterly off its rocker HP Lovecraft adaptation. This is the film that introduced the world to Jeffry Combs- who still plays variations of this weirdo role decades later. A slightly mad scientist uncovers the key to bringing the dead to life. His even more mad professor wants the credit and will kill to keep his secrets. Indescribable madness ensues. It must be seen to be believed.

16. The Return of the Living Dead (1985)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Horror

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.

Director: Dan O'Bannon | Stars: Clu Gulager, James Karen, Don Calfa, Thom Mathews

Votes: 45,449 | Gross: $14.24M

You know how everyone seems to think zombies crave only brains? Well this is the movie that both specified the zombies diet and made them fast and unkillable. It is a funny gory ride of a movie that somehow veers from slapstick to gore to exploitation to thriller all while keeping a straight face. Sort of a masterpiece- if you are a sick sob. A favorite.

17. Near Dark (1987)

R | 94 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A small-town farmer's son reluctantly joins a traveling group of vampires after he is turned on by a beautiful drifter.

Director: Kathryn Bigelow | Stars: Adrian Pasdar, Jenny Wright, Lance Henriksen, Bill Paxton

Votes: 28,601 | Gross: $3.37M

Half the cast of ALIENS reunites for this modern vampire western. A family of bloodsuckers prey upon the unlucky people who cross their paths. Things get complicated when a new recruit finds himself unwilling to kill and in love with one of the vampires. Better than it sounds. These vampires are mean and violent- so Twilight fans should steer clear. Good stuff.

18. The Hitcher (1986)

R | 97 min | Thriller

32 Metascore

A young man who escapes the clutches of a murderous hitch-hiker is subsequently stalked by the hitcher and framed for his crimes.

Director: Robert Harmon | Stars: Rutger Hauer, C. Thomas Howell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jeffrey DeMunn

Votes: 37,631 | Gross: $5.84M

This movie plays it really straight considering how increasingly preposterous the story becomes. Rutger Hauer leads a strong cast as a psychopathic hitchhiker who kills all of those who give him a ride. When one of his victims slips the web he stalks, frames and horrifies the poor guy into a final confrontation. Not smart- but scary mean and fun.

19. The Dead Zone (1983)

R | 103 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

69 Metascore

A man awakens from a coma to discover he has a psychic ability.

Director: David Cronenberg | Stars: Christopher Walken, Brooke Adams, Tom Skerritt, Herbert Lom

Votes: 51,509 | Gross: $20.77M

David Cronenbergs faithful adaptation of a solid Stephen King novel benefits from a strong premise and a great lead performance from Christopher Walken. After suffering a horrible car crash a man awakes to find he has lost years of his life- and gained the ability to see the future. A worthy and Canadian made horror classic.

20. Heathers (1988)

R | 103 min | Comedy

73 Metascore

In order to get out of the snobby clique that is destroying her good-girl reputation, an intelligent teen teams up with a dark sociopath in a plot to kill the cool kids.

Director: Michael Lehmann | Stars: Winona Ryder, Christian Slater, Shannen Doherty, Lisanne Falk

Votes: 72,197 | Gross: $1.11M

Yes I do think this movie belongs on this list. This dark as they come horror comedy is the type of movie that couldn't get made anymore. The subject matter is almost too dark to be funny- but you will laugh and be aghast at the bloody goings on. Veronica gets involved with JD, and through a series of unfortunate events- ends up killing off some of the more popular kids in her high school. Consider this: The original ending was even darker.

21. Creepshow (1982)

R | 120 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

59 Metascore

An anthology which tells five terrifying tales based on the E.C. horror comic books of the 1950s.

Director: George A. Romero | Stars: Hal Holbrook, Leslie Nielsen, Adrienne Barbeau, E.G. Marshall

Votes: 35,010 | Gross: $19.73M

George Romero and Stephen King combine their skills to pay tribute to the classic EC horror comics. The resulting anthology is a fun mixed bag full of great gotcha moments. My favorite tale called THE CRATE made an indelible impression on me as a child. Also catch Leslie Neilsons great villainous performance in SOMETHING TO TIDE YOU OVER and old uncle stevey himself as an over the top hayseed in THE LONESOME DEATH OF JORDY VERRIL. Lots of fun here.

22. The Vanishing (1988)

Not Rated | 107 min | Mystery, Thriller

Rex and Saskia, a young couple in love, are on vacation. They stop at a busy service station and Saskia is abducted. After three years and no sign of Saskia, Rex begins receiving letters from the abductor.

Director: George Sluizer | Stars: Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu, Gene Bervoets, Johanna ter Steege, Gwen Eckhaus

Votes: 28,590

This very well made and creepy film was made into a sloppy compromised remake. Make sure you watch the original. After his girlfriend goes missing a man becomes obsessed with learning her fate. One day a soft spoken family man approaches him and makes an offer. He can learn the fate of his beloved- only by going through it himself. Great story with some real chills to it.

23. Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986)

Unrated | 83 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

80 Metascore

Henry, a drifter, commits a series of brutal murders, supposedly operating with impunity.

Director: John McNaughton | Stars: Michael Rooker, Tracy Arnold, Tom Towles, Mary Demas

Votes: 26,660 | Gross: $0.61M

This ugly piece of cinema was well ahead of its time. Psychologically potent- the movie introduces us to Henry, a soft spoken man capable of anything. Michael Rooker seems to have ice water in his veins in the lead role. There is a weird sort of "found footage" segment in here that is genuinely disturbing and the movie has an almost too real feel to it. Certainly not for everyone- and perhaps just a one time ride- but doubtless it is an effective horror movie.

24. Friday the 13th (1980)

R | 95 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

19 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: 98,373 | Gross: $39.75M

The story is simple and efficient. Camp councilors go to a lake that has a "death curse" and unsurprisingly encounter a killer. What friday the 13th brings to the table here that its predecessors HALLOWEEN and TCM did not was gore. Tom Savini brings his game to the effects in this memorable slasher tent pole.

25. Evil Dead II (1987)

R | 84 min | Comedy, Horror

69 Metascore

The lone survivor of an onslaught of flesh-possessing spirits holes up in a cabin with a group of strangers while the demons continue their attack.

Director: Sam Raimi | Stars: Bruce Campbell, Sarah Berry, Dan Hicks, Kassie Wesley DePaiva

Votes: 129,049 | Gross: $5.92M

This insane sequel is off the charts madness in a good way. One gets the feeling that only Sam Raimi and Bruce Campell knew that they were making a slapstick comedy more than a horror film- the cast plays things impossibly straight- but much fun is to be had here. More of a batty remake than a sequel- but worthy of its cult status. Amazing cinematography and blood all the colors in the rainbow.

26. A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)

R | 96 min | Action, Fantasy, Horror

49 Metascore

A psychiatrist familiar with knife-wielding dream demon Freddy Krueger helps teens at a mental hospital battle the killer who is invading their dreams.

Director: Chuck Russell | Stars: Heather Langenkamp, Robert Englund, Craig Wasson, Patricia Arquette

Votes: 58,802 | Gross: $44.79M

Better than most films that end with a number three- this imaginative sequel empowers Freddy Krugers victims for the first time. Now instead of just fighting to stay awake, the kids learn to harness the powers of their imagination and fight back. Creative kills and a decent screenplay make this a pleasant surprise. Good stuff.

27. Poltergeist (1982)

PG | 114 min | Horror, Thriller

79 Metascore

A family's home is haunted by a host of ghosts.

Director: Tobe Hooper | Stars: JoBeth Williams, Heather O'Rourke, Craig T. Nelson, Beatrice Straight

Votes: 121,926 | Gross: $76.61M

This pg supernatural thriller has many speilbergian touches- but the thrills do outweigh the disney feel of the first reel of this picture. A family finds some supernatural goings on in their new home. At first it is thrilling an fun- but soon things start to get more and more threatening. When a family member goes missing in the home- it becomes too late to leave and a thrilling paranormal adventure ensues.

28. Hellraiser (1987)

R | 94 min | Horror, Thriller

57 Metascore

An unfaithful wife encounters the zombie of her dead lover; the demonic cenobites are pursuing him after he escaped their sadomasochistic underworld.

Director: Clive Barker | Stars: Andrew Robinson, Clare Higgins, Ashley Laurence, Sean Chapman

Votes: 87,410 | Gross: $14.56M

Many horror movies of the 80s have a sense of humour or a comic twist or wink. Not HELLRAISER. This is an ugly exploration of cruelty and betrayal that pulls very few punches. A small puzzle box acts as a gateway to hell where strange creatures call Cenobites come to bring the pain. Original story helps the fact that Clive Barker is a better author than film maker. Worth a look.

29. Angel Heart (1987)

R | 113 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

61 Metascore

A private investigator is hired by a man who calls himself Louis Cyphre to track down a singer named Johnny Favorite. But the investigation takes an unexpected and somber turn.

Director: Alan Parker | Stars: Mickey Rourke, Robert De Niro, Lisa Bonet, Charlotte Rampling

Votes: 70,042 | Gross: $17.19M

Here is a dark picture about a private detective who is hired to find a missing person by a man with the conspicuous name of Louis Cypher. The movie is actually smarter than that tip of the hand implies. The cast is game and the creepy religious imagery adds to the goings on. Good suspense and the slow pace pays off in the third act.

30. The Believers (1987)

R | 114 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

A New York psychiatrist finds that a brujería-inspired cult, which believes in child sacrifice, has a keen interest in his own son.

Director: John Schlesinger | Stars: Martin Sheen, Helen Shaver, Harley Cross, Robert Loggia

Votes: 5,215 | Gross: $18.75M

A strong performance from Martin Sheen as a widow protecting his son from a voodoo cult gives this film perhaps more credibility than it deserves. It does have some disturbing moments- and the sinister and cautionary tale of religious extremism does hit a nerve- but it is not a masterpiece. Familiar horror escapism.

31. Silver Bullet (1985)

R | 95 min | Horror

26 Metascore

A werewolf terrorizes a small city where lives the paralytic Marty Coslaw, his uncle, and his sister, the story's narrator.

Director: Daniel Attias | Stars: Gary Busey, Everett McGill, Corey Haim, Megan Follows

Votes: 19,539 | Gross: $5.40M

A wheelchair bound boy, his exasperated sister and their alcoholic uncle are the first and last line of defense for the town of Tarkers Mills. They have come to believe a prominent member of the community may just be a werewolf. Stephen King's throwback creature feature hits all the bases and it has surprising levels of violence for a picture anchored by little kids. Fun.

32. Gremlins (1984)

PG | 106 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

70 Metascore

A boy inadvertently breaks three important rules concerning his new pet and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town.

Director: Joe Dante | Stars: Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, Hoyt Axton, John Louie

Votes: 166,562 | Gross: $148.17M

This is another one of these films that is a little too scary for kids and a little too silly for grown ups. ah well- it is also great fun and boasts some very strong creature effects and puppetry. Billys exotic new pet saddles him with more responsibility than he is ready for- and when his cute furry friend produces an army of scaly gremlins it is up to him to find a solution. Too weird to not be seen.

33. Dead & Buried (1981)

R | 94 min | Horror, Mystery

A suspense horror film set in a small coastal town where, after a series of gory murders commited by mobs of townspeople against visiting tourists, the corpses begin to come back to life.

Director: Gary Sherman | Stars: James Farentino, Melody Anderson, Jack Albertson, Dennis Redfield

Votes: 8,194 | Gross: $0.22M

34. Razorback (1984)

R | 95 min | Horror, Thriller

A vicious wild boar terrorizes the Australian outback. The first victim is a small child who is killed. The child's granddad is brought to trial for killing the child but acquitted. The ... See full summary »

Director: Russell Mulcahy | Stars: Gregory Harrison, Arkie Whiteley, Bill Kerr, Chris Haywood

Votes: 4,664 | Gross: $0.15M

35. Creepshow 2 (1987)

R | 92 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

39 Metascore

Three more bone-chilling tales that include a vengeful wooden Native American, a monstrous blob in a lake, and a hitchhiker who wants revenge and will not die.

Director: Michael Gornick | Stars: George Kennedy, Lois Chiles, Domenick John, Tom Savini

Votes: 18,346 | Gross: $14.00M

36. 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: 59,383 | Gross: $25.53M

37. Cat's Eye (1985)

PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Horror, Thriller

70 Metascore

A stray cat is the linking element of three tales of suspense and horror.

Director: Lewis Teague | Stars: Drew Barrymore, James Woods, Alan King, Kenneth McMillan

Votes: 19,508 | Gross: $13.09M

38. The Fog (1980)

R | 89 min | Horror, Thriller

52 Metascore

An unearthly fog rolls into a small coastal town exactly 100 years after a ship mysteriously sank in its waters.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Adrienne Barbeau, Jamie Lee Curtis, Janet Leigh, John Houseman

Votes: 53,318 | Gross: $21.38M

39. The Evil Dead (1981)

NC-17 | 85 min | Horror

70 Metascore

Five friends travel to a cabin in the woods, where they unknowingly release flesh-possessing demons.

Director: Sam Raimi | Stars: Bruce Campbell, Ellen Sandweiss, Richard DeManincor, Betsy Baker

Votes: 161,428 | Gross: $2.40M

40. The Changeling (1980)

R | 107 min | Horror

A man staying at a secluded historical mansion finds himself being haunted by the presence of a spectre.

Director: Peter Medak | Stars: George C. Scott, Trish Van Devere, Melvyn Douglas, Jean Marsh

Votes: 24,545

41. Deadly Blessing (1981)

R | 100 min | Horror

After her husband dies of mysterious circumstances, a widow becomes increasingly paranoid of the neighboring religious community that may have diabolical plans for her.

Director: Wes Craven | Stars: Maren Jensen, Sharon Stone, Susan Buckner, Jeff East

Votes: 4,015 | Gross: $8.28M

42. Altered States (1980)

R | 102 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

58 Metascore

A Harvard scientist conducts experiments on himself with a hallucinatory drug and an isolation chamber that may be causing him to regress genetically.

Director: Ken Russell | Stars: William Hurt, Blair Brown, Bob Balaban, Charles Haid

Votes: 27,638 | Gross: $19.85M

43. Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988)

R | 97 min | Horror, Thriller

Kirsty is brought to an institution after the death of her family, where the occult-obsessive head resurrects Julia and unleashes the Cenobites once again.

Director: Tony Randel | Stars: Doug Bradley, Ashley Laurence, Clare Higgins, Kenneth Cranham

Votes: 35,208 | Gross: $11.09M

44. The Howling (1981)

R | 91 min | Horror

68 Metascore

After a bizarre and near fatal encounter with a serial killer, a television newswoman is sent to a remote mountain resort whose residents may not be what they seem.

Director: Joe Dante | Stars: Dee Wallace, Patrick Macnee, Dennis Dugan, Christopher Stone

Votes: 26,042 | Gross: $17.99M

45. Beetlejuice (1988)

PG | 92 min | Comedy, Fantasy

69 Metascore

When a recently-deceased ghost couple find their now-vacant home invaded by an obnoxious family, they hire a sleazy ghost who gets rid of humans to help them.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Michael Keaton, Annie McEnroe

Votes: 217,919 | Gross: $73.71M

46. Firestarter (1984)

R | 114 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

50 Metascore

A couple who participated in a potent medical experiment gain telekinetic ability and then have a child who is pyrokinetic.

Director: Mark L. Lester | Stars: Drew Barrymore, David Keith, Freddie Jones, Heather Locklear

Votes: 25,653 | Gross: $15.10M

47. Videodrome (1983)

R | 87 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

60 Metascore

When he acquires a different kind of show for his station, a sleazy cable-TV programmer begins to see his life and the future of media spin out of control in a terrifying new reality.

Director: David Cronenberg | Stars: James Woods, Debbie Harry, Sonja Smits, Peter Dvorsky

Votes: 70,493 | Gross: $2.12M

48. Wolfen (1981)

R | 115 min | Horror, Thriller

64 Metascore

A New York cop investigates a series of brutal deaths that resemble animal attacks.

Director: Michael Wadleigh | Stars: Albert Finney, Diane Venora, Edward James Olmos, Gregory Hines

Votes: 7,640 | Gross: $10.63M

49. The Hidden (1987)

R | 96 min | Action, Crime, Horror