The best horror movies of each year since 1980by Pansarfluff | created - 11 Nov 2016 | updated - 1 week ago | Public
This list features what I consider to be the horror movie among the releases of each year since 1980 all the way to 2016
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1. Friday the 13th (1980)
R | 95 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
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.
Votes: 106,977 | Gross: $39.75M
Honorable mention: The Shining
2. The Evil Dead (1981)
NC-17 | 85 min | Horror
Five friends travel to a cabin in the woods, where they unknowingly release flesh-possessing demons.
Votes: 171,453 | Gross: $2.40M
Honorable mention: Halloween II
3. Poltergeist (1982)
PG | 114 min | Horror, Thriller
A family's home is haunted by a host of demonic ghosts.
Votes: 130,541 | Gross: $76.61M
Honorable mention: The Thing
4. Cujo (1983)
R | 93 min | Horror, Thriller
Cujo, a friendly St. Bernard, contracts rabies and conducts a reign of terror on a small American town.
Votes: 35,118 | Gross: $21.20M
Honorable mention: Videodrome
5. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
R | 91 min | Horror
The monstrous spirit of a slain janitor seeks revenge by invading the dreams of teenagers whose parents were responsible for his untimely death.
Votes: 187,255 | Gross: $25.50M
Honorable mention: Gremlins
6. Day of the Dead (1985)
Not Rated | 96 min | Horror, Thriller
A small group of military officers and scientists dwell in an underground bunker as the world above is overrun by zombies.
Votes: 58,566 | Gross: $5.80M
Honorable mention: Re-animator
7. The Fly (1986)
R | 96 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
A brilliant but eccentric scientist begins to transform into a giant man/fly hybrid after one of his experiments goes horribly wrong.
Votes: 146,364 | Gross: $40.46M
Honorable mention: Poltergeist II
8. Hellraiser (1987)
R | 94 min | Horror, Thriller
An unfaithful wife encounters the zombie of her dead lover; the demonic cenobites are pursuing him after he escaped their sadomasochistic underworld.
Votes: 93,279 | Gross: $14.56M
Honorable mention: Evil Dead II, Bad Taste
9. Child's Play (1988)
R | 87 min | Horror, Thriller
A single mother gives her son a much sought-after doll for his birthday, only to discover that it is possessed by the soul of a serial killer.
Votes: 79,402 | Gross: $33.24M
Honorable mention: Hellraiser II, Phantasm II
10. Pet Sematary (1989)
R | 103 min | Horror, Thriller
After tragedy strikes, a grieving father discovers an ancient burial ground behind his home with the power to raise the dead.
Votes: 86,119 | Gross: $57.47M
Honorable mention: Tetsuo, because I like its body horror concept, though I do not like the movie as a whole.
11. Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990)
PG-13 | 106 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
The Gremlins are back, and this time, they've taken control of a New York City media mogul's high-tech skyscraper.
Votes: 85,106 | Gross: $41.48M
Honorable mention: It, Tales from the Darkside
12. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
R | 118 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A young F.B.I. cadet must receive the help of an incarcerated and manipulative cannibal killer to help catch another serial killer, a madman who skins his victims.
Votes: 1,150,342 | Gross: $130.74M
A lot of people don't consider this to be a horror movie, but you know what? *beep* that!
13. Dead Alive (1992)
R | 104 min | Comedy, Horror
A young man's mother is bitten by a Sumatran rat-monkey. She gets sick and dies, at which time she comes back to life, killing and eating dogs, nurses, friends, and neighbors.
Votes: 87,077 | Gross: $0.24M
Honorable mention: Alien 3, Army of Darkness
14. Cronos (1993)
R | 94 min | Horror
A mysterious device designed to provide its owner with eternal life resurfaces after four hundred years, leaving a trail of destruction in its path.
Votes: 24,691 | Gross: $0.62M
This movie is not great, but it is the best of its year. It is probably the only horror movie from 1993 that is not complete crap
15. In the Mouth of Madness (1994)
R | 95 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
An insurance investigator begins discovering that the impact a horror writer's books have on his fans is more than inspirational.
Votes: 54,764 | Gross: $8.95M
Honorable mention: Interview with the Vampire
16. Mute Witness (1995)
R | 95 min | Crime, Thriller
A mute make-up artist working on a slasher movie being shot in Moscow, is locked in the studio after hours. While there, she witnesses a brutal murder, and must escape capture.
Votes: 5,016 | Gross: $1.20M
Honorable mention: Hideaway
17. Scream (1996)
R | 111 min | Horror, Mystery
A year after the murder of her mother, a teenage girl is terrorized by a new killer, who targets the girl and her friends by using horror films as part of a deadly game.
Votes: 263,183 | Gross: $103.05M
Honorable mention: The Frighteners
18. Alien: Resurrection (1997)
R | 109 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi
200 years after her death, Ellen Ripley is revived as a powerful human/alien hybrid clone. Along with a crew of space pirates, she must again battle the deadly aliens and stop them from reaching Earth.
Votes: 213,111 | Gross: $47.75M
Honorable mention: Campfire Tales
19. Ringu (1998)
Not Rated | 96 min | Horror, Mystery
A reporter and her ex-husband investigate a cursed video tape that is rumored to kill the viewer seven days after watching it.
Honorable mention: Blade
20. Stir of Echoes (1999)
R | 99 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
After being hypnotized by his sister-in-law, a man begins seeing haunting visions of a girl's ghost and a mystery begins to unfold around him.
Votes: 70,131 | Gross: $21.13M
Honorable mention: Audition, because of its high IMDB rating. I did not like it at all
21. Ginger Snaps (2000)
Not Rated | 108 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Two death-obsessed sisters, outcasts in their suburban neighborhood, must deal with the tragic consequences when one of them is bitten by a deadly werewolf.
Votes: 38,514 | Gross: $0.00M
Honorable mention: Final Destination
22. The Others (2001)
PG-13 | 104 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A woman who lives in her darkened old family house with her two photosensitive children becomes convinced that the home is haunted.
Votes: 316,123 | Gross: $96.52M
Honorable mention: Session 9
23. 28 Days Later... (2002)
R | 113 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
Four weeks after a mysterious, incurable virus spreads throughout the UK, a handful of survivors try to find sanctuary.
Votes: 348,525 | Gross: $45.06M
Honorable mention: The Eye, Cabin Fever
24. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)
R | 98 min | Horror
After picking up a traumatized young hitchhiker, five friends find themselves stalked and hunted by a deformed chainsaw-wielding loon and his family of equally psychopathic killers.
Votes: 123,810 | Gross: $80.57M
Honorable mention: Chakushin ari, Final Destination 2, Wrong Turn
25. Saw (2004)
R | 103 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Two strangers, who awaken in a room with no recollection of how they got there, soon discover they're pawns in a deadly game perpetrated by a notorious serial killer.
Votes: 354,989 | Gross: $56.00M
Honorable mention: Dawn of the Dead, Shutter
26. The Descent (2005)
R | 99 min | Adventure, Horror, Thriller
A caving expedition goes horribly wrong, as the explorers become trapped and ultimately pursued by a strange breed of predators.
Votes: 186,459 | Gross: $26.02M
Honorable mention: Saw II, Fragile
27. The Baby's Room (2006 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 77 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
In Spain, the sports journalist Juan has a perfect life with his wife Sonia: they have just had a baby and moved to an old house that needs to be repaired in a fancy neighborhood. When ... See full summary »
Honorable mention: Fritt vilt, Silent Hill, Stay Alive
28. Dead Silence (2007)
R | 89 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A young widower returns to his hometown to search for answers to his wife's murder, which may be linked to the ghost of a murdered ventriloquist.
Votes: 79,639 | Gross: $16.81M
Honorable mention: Alone, Halloween, 28 Weeks Later
29. The Strangers (2008)
R | 86 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A young couple staying in an isolated vacation home are terrorized by three unknown assailants.
Votes: 111,198 | Gross: $52.60M
Honorable mention: Eden Lake, Martyrs, Mirrors, Fritt vilt 2
30. The Haunting in Connecticut (2009)
PG-13 | 92 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
After a family is forced to relocate for their son's health, they begin experiencing supernatural behavior in their new home, and uncover a sinister history.
Votes: 56,803 | Gross: $55.39M
Honorable mention: Dead Snow
31. Insidious (I) (2010)
PG-13 | 103 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A family looks to prevent evil spirits from trapping their comatose child in a realm called The Further.
Votes: 257,399 | Gross: $54.01M
Honorable mention: The Final
32. Sleep Tight (2011)
Not Rated | 102 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller
You wake day after day to the comfort and security of your home. But how safe is it really?
Honorable mention: The Thing, Final Destination 5
33. Sinister (I) (2012)
R | 110 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Washed-up true-crime writer Ellison Oswalt finds a box of super 8 home movies that suggest the murder he is currently researching is the work of a serial killer whose work dates back to the 1960s.
Votes: 200,736 | Gross: $48.09M
I don't like any of the horror movies that came out in 2012, this is just the one that I think sucks the least.
34. The Conjuring (2013)
R | 112 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren work to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in their farmhouse.
Votes: 403,927 | Gross: $137.40M
Honorable mention: Carrie, Oculus, Insidious: Chapter 2
35. The Babadook (2014)
Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, Horror
A widowed mother, plagued by the violent death of her husband, battles with her son's fear of a monster lurking in the house, but soon discovers a sinister presence all around her.
Votes: 174,571 | Gross: $0.92M
I actually do not like this movie, not at all. It is tolerable during the first half though, so it is not complete crap like other horror movies made this year
36. Krampus (I) (2015)
PG-13 | 98 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
A boy who has a bad Christmas ends up accidentally summoning a festive demon to his family home.
Votes: 55,922 | Gross: $42.59M
Honorable mention: Crimson Peak
37. The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016)
R | 86 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A father and son, both coroners, are pulled into a complex mystery while attempting to identify the body of a young woman, who was apparently harboring dark secrets.
Honorable mention: Train to Busan, Don't Breathe
38. Mother! (2017)
R | 121 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
A couple's relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence.
Votes: 161,237 | Gross: $17.80M
Honorable mention: IT
39. Hereditary (2018)
R | 127 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
After the family matriarch passes away, a grieving family is haunted by tragic and disturbing occurrences, and begin to unravel dark secrets.
Votes: 165,847 | Gross: $44.07M
Honorable mention: A Quiet Place, Halloween, Annihilation