1980s Horror Films: Comprehensive list

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1. The Alien Dead (1980)

R | 74 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

A meteor strikes a houseboat in the swamps near a southern town populated by Yankees with fake accents. The people on the houseboat become zombies who feed on the alligators in the swamp. ... See full summary »

Director: Fred Olen Ray | Stars: Buster Crabbe, Ray Roberts, Linda Lewis, George Kelsey

Votes: 778

2. Alien 2: On Earth (1980)

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

A spaceship lands back on Earth after a failed mission, but the astronauts have been replaced by hideous creatures that can penetrate people's bodies and make them explode. A group of cave ... See full summary »

Directors: Ciro Ippolito, Biagio Proietti | Stars: Belinda Mayne, Mark Bodin, Roberto Barrese, Benedetta Fantoli

Votes: 1,088

3. Alligator (1980)

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

62 Metascore

A baby alligator is flushed down a Chicago toilet and survives by eating discarded laboratory rats injected with growth hormones. The small reptile grows gigantic, escapes the city sewers, and goes on a rampage.

Director: Lewis Teague | Stars: Robert Forster, Robin Riker, Michael V. Gazzo, Dean Jagger

Votes: 9,603

4. 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: 29,768 | Gross: $19.85M

5. Antropophagus (1980)

R | 92 min | Horror

A group of tourists become stranded on an uninhabited island where they are stalked by an insane, violent, and grotesque killer that slaughtered the town's former residents.

Director: Joe D'Amato | Stars: Tisa Farrow, Saverio Vallone, Serena Grandi, Margaret Mazzantini

Votes: 4,938

6. The Attic (1980)

PG | 101 min | Drama, Thriller, Horror

A librarian devotes her life to caring for her wheelchair-bound tyrannical father after being stood up at the altar. She fantasizes about causing deaths of the men who most wronged her and ... See full summary »

Directors: George Edwards, Gary Graver | Stars: Carrie Snodgress, Ray Milland, Ruth Cox, Rosemary Murphy

Votes: 577

7. The Awakening (1980)

R | 101 min | Horror

An archeologist discovers his daughter is possessed by the spirit of an Egyptian queen. To save mankind he must destroy her.

Director: Mike Newell | Stars: Charlton Heston, Susannah York, Jill Townsend, Stephanie Zimbalist

Votes: 1,772 | Gross: $8.42M

8. Beyond Evil (1980)

R | 94 min | Horror

An architect and his wife move into a house with a bloody past and a 100-year-old ghost, who possesses the wife.

Director: Herb Freed | Stars: John Saxon, Lynda Day George, Michael Dante, Mario Milano

Votes: 511

9. Further Than Fear (1980)

83 min | Horror

Strange supernatural events plague three crooks after they burn an elderly devil-worshiper alive in her own house, along with her adolescent grandson.

Director: Tomás Aznar | Stars: Francisco Sánchez Grajera, Raquel Ramírez, Emilio Siegrist, Antonio Jabalera

Votes: 73

10. The Boogey Man (1980)

R | 82 min | Horror

Through the reflection in the mirror, a girl witnesses her mother's boyfriend's murder.

Director: Ulli Lommel | Stars: Suzanna Love, John Carradine, Ron James, Nicholas Love

Votes: 3,514 | Gross: $4.50M

11. Cannibals in the Streets (1980)

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

Giovanni Lambardo Radice and John Saxon are Vietman vets that bring back contagious virus that turn people into cannibals when bitten.

Director: Antonio Margheriti | Stars: John Saxon, Elizabeth Turner, Giovanni Lombardo Radice, Cinzia De Carolis

Votes: 2,669

12. Cannibal Holocaust (1980)

Unrated | 95 min | Adventure, Horror

22 Metascore

During a rescue mission into the Amazon rainforest, a professor stumbles across lost film shot by a missing documentary crew.

Director: Ruggero Deodato | Stars: Robert Kerman, Francesca Ciardi, Perry Pirkanen, Luca Barbareschi

Votes: 46,932

13. Cannibal Terror (1980)

Not Rated | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

After botching a kidnapping, two criminals hide with their victim in a friends house in the jungle. After one of them rapes the friend's wife, they're left to be eaten by a nearby cannibal tribe.

Directors: Alain Deruelle, Olivier Mathot, Julio Pérez Tabernero | Stars: Silvia Solar, Gérard Lemaire, Pamela Stanford, Olivier Mathot

Votes: 641

14. Cardiac Arrest (1980)

PG | 85 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

The "Missing Heart Murders" are plaguing San Francisco - dead bodies that turn up with their hears surgically removed! So a weak-stomached homicide cop looks into the possibilities of a ... See full summary »

Director: Murray Mintz | Stars: Garry Goodrow, Michael Paul Chan, Max Gail, Susan O'Connell

Votes: 144

15. Cataclysm (1980)

R | 94 min | Horror

Police detective, Mitchell, investigating the death of a victim of a Nazi concentration camp discovers a nightclubbing playboy who has strange powers over women and is seemingly ageless.

Directors: Phillip Marshak, Tom McGowan, Gregg G. Tallas | Stars: Cameron Mitchell, Marc Lawrence, Faith Clift, Richard Moll

Votes: 468

16. The Changeling (1980)

R | 107 min | Horror

70 Metascore

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: 27,029

17. The Children (1980)

R | 93 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

A nuclear-plant leak turns a bus-load of children into murderous atomic zombies with black fingernails.

Director: Max Kalmanowicz | Stars: Martin Shakar, Gil Rogers, Gale Garnett, Shannon Bolin

Votes: 1,620

18. Christmas Evil (1980)

R | 100 min | Horror, Thriller

A toy factory worker, mentally scarred as a child upon learning Santa Claus is not real, suffers a nervous breakdown after being belittled at work, and embarks on a Yuletide killing spree.

Director: Lewis Jackson | Stars: Brandon Maggart, Jeffrey DeMunn, Dianne Hull, Andy Fenwick

Votes: 5,016

19. City of the Living Dead (1980)

Not Rated | 93 min | Horror

A reporter and a psychic race to close the Gates of Hell after the suicide of a clergyman caused them to open, allowing the dead to rise from their graves.

Director: Lucio Fulci | Stars: Christopher George, Catriona MacColl, Carlo De Mejo, Antonella Interlenghi

Votes: 14,255

20. 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: 3,404

21. The Curse of King Tut's Tomb (1980 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 98 min | Horror, Thriller, Mystery

After an archeological expedition discovers the tomb of the Egyptian king Tutankhamen, many of the scientists, engineers and workmen begin mysteriously dying off.

Director: Philip Leacock | Stars: Eva Marie Saint, Robin Ellis, Raymond Burr, Harry Andrews

Votes: 251

22. Blood Bride (1982)

90 min | Drama, Horror, Romance

A beautiful and charming betrothed is promised to a beautiful woman. But he is a completely insane killer and she will be his next victim. Everything that follows the wedding will be a carnival of wickedness, sadism and brutality.

Director: Robert J. Avrech | Stars: Ellen Barber, Philip English, Sam Gray, Bobo Lewis

Votes: 97

23. Death Ship (1980)

R | 91 min | Adventure, Horror, Mystery

10 Metascore

A mysterious ghostly freighter rams and sinks a modern day cruise ship whose survivors climb aboard the freighter and discover that it is a World War II Nazi torture vessel.

Director: Alvin Rakoff | Stars: George Kennedy, Richard Crenna, Nick Mancuso, Sally Ann Howes

Votes: 3,299

24. Demented (1980)

R | 87 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

After being gang raped and institutionalized, a woman suffers nightmares while under the care of her unfaithful husband, and finally snaps when a group of masked youths decide to invade her house.

Director: Arthur Jeffreys | Stars: Sallee Young, Harry Reems, Deborah Alter, Kathryn Clayton

Votes: 408

25. Dominique (1979)

PG | 100 min | Horror

A millionaire, who drove his wife to commit suicide, starts believing that he is being haunted by her spirit.

Director: Michael Anderson | Stars: Cliff Robertson, Jean Simmons, Jenny Agutter, Simon Ward

Votes: 671

26. Don't Answer the Phone! (1980)

R | 94 min | Horror, Thriller

A deeply disturbed Vietnam veteran terrorizes the young women of Los Angeles and taunts a radio psychologist with descriptions of his grisly crimes.

Director: Robert Hammer | Stars: James Westmoreland, Ben Frank, Flo Lawrence, Nicholas Worth

Votes: 1,512

27. Don't Go in the House (1979)

R | 82 min | Horror

A disturbed young man who was burned as a child by his sadistic mother stalks women with a flamethrower.

Director: Joseph Ellison | Stars: Dan Grimaldi, Charles Bonet, Bill Ricci, Robert Carnegie

Votes: 3,371

28. Last Rites (1980)

R | 86 min | Horror

Low budget horror film has a conspiracy of vampires in a small town (made up of the local sheriff, mortician, town doctor, and ambulance driver) creating accidents of some sort so they can ... See full summary »

Director: Domonic Paris | Stars: Patricia Lee Hammond, Gerald Fielding, Mimi Weddell, Victor Jorge

Votes: 128

29. Dressed to Kill (1980)

R | 104 min | Mystery, Thriller

74 Metascore

A mysterious blonde woman kills one of a psychiatrist's patients, and then goes after the high-class call girl who witnessed the murder.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Michael Caine, Angie Dickinson, Nancy Allen, Keith Gordon

Votes: 31,366 | Gross: $31.90M

30. Eaten Alive! (1980)

Not Rated | 92 min | Adventure, Horror

A young woman teams up with an adventurer to find her missing sister in the jungles of New Guinea and they stumble upon a religious cult led by a deranged preacher whom has located his commune in an area inhabited by cannibals.

Director: Umberto Lenzi | Stars: Robert Kerman, Janet Agren, Ivan Rassimov, Paola Senatore

Votes: 3,248

31. Effects (1979)

R | 84 min | Horror, Thriller

Some crew members of a company shooting a horror film begin to suspect that the "killings" in the movie are real, and that they are actually making a "snuff" film.

Director: Dusty Nelson | Stars: Joseph Pilato, Susan Chapek, John Harrison, Bernard McKenna

Votes: 440

32. Stigma (1980)

Not Rated | 86 min | Horror, Mystery

The death of Sebastian's father engenders in him pathological fears and hallucinations. His death wishes seem to cause horrible accidents, which he is unable to control. When his older ... See full summary »

Director: José Ramón Larraz | Stars: Christian Borromeo, Alexandra Bastedo, Emilio Gutiérrez Caba, Berta Cabré

Votes: 155

33. Fade to Black (1980)

R | 102 min | Comedy, Crime, Horror

54 Metascore

A shy, lonely film buff embarks on a killing spree against those who browbeat and betray him, all the while stalking his idol, a Marilyn Monroe lookalike.

Director: Vernon Zimmerman | Stars: Dennis Christopher, Tim Thomerson, Gwynne Gilford, Norman Burton

Votes: 2,590

34. Fiend (1980)

Not Rated | 90 min | Horror

An evil spirit Possesses the corpse of a diseased man. It must absorb the life energy of the living, in order for the corpse to not rot away. It moves to the suburbs, where, a neighbor begins to suspect something isn't right.

Director: Don Dohler | Stars: Don Leifert, Richard Nelson, Elaine White, George Stover

Votes: 266

35. The Fog (1980)

R | 89 min | Horror, Thriller

55 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: 58,229 | Gross: $21.38M

36. Friday the 13th (1980)

R | 95 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

22 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: 107,896 | Gross: $39.75M

37. Funeral Home (1980)

R | 93 min | Horror, Thriller

A young woman arrives at her grandmother's house, which used to be a funeral home, to help her turn the place into a bed-and-breakfast inn. After they open, however, guests begin disappearing or turning up dead.

Director: William Fruet | Stars: Kay Hawtrey, Lesleh Donaldson, Barry Morse, Dean Garbett

Votes: 1,111

38. The Ghost Dance (1982)

R | 96 min | Horror, Thriller

The spirit of a long-dead warrior possesses the body of an Indian medicine man and turns him into a homicidal maniac.

Director: Peter F. Buffa | Stars: Julie Amato, Victor Mohica, Henry Bal, Frank Salsedo

Votes: 153

39. The Godsend (1980)

R | 93 min | Drama, Horror

An English family of six takes in a pregnant woman who disappears shortly after giving birth. They raise the baby girl as their own, but over the years the strange deaths of their children ... See full summary »

Director: Gabrielle Beaumont | Stars: Malcolm Stoddard, Cyd Hayman, Angela Pleasence, Patrick Barr

Votes: 820

40. Hammer House of Horror (1980)

54 min | Horror

This British anthology series, which was produced by England's leading exporters of horror films, told tales of haunted houses, demons, ghosts, and other supernatural wonders.

Stars: Nicholas Ball, Anna Calder-Marshall, Christopher Cazenove, Peter Cushing

Votes: 1,310

41. The Hearse (1980)

PG | 99 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

A girl is haunted by a phantom hearse, which she believes is connected to her departed aunt, a witch with a bad reputation in town.

Director: George Bowers | Stars: Trish Van Devere, Joseph Cotten, David Gautreaux, Donald Hotton

Votes: 1,669

42. He Knows You're Alone (1980)

R | 94 min | Horror, Thriller

A young bride-to-be is being stalked upon by a serial killer in Staten Island. She gets help from a former lover, but will they manage to escape?

Director: Armand Mastroianni | Stars: Don Scardino, Caitlin O'Heaney, Elizabeth Kemp, Tom Rolfing

Votes: 2,812

43. Hell of the Living Dead (1980)

Unrated | 99 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

A tough female reporter and her cameraman boyfriend team up with a four-man commando unit in the New Guinea jungle who are fighting flesh-eating zombies.

Directors: Bruno Mattei, Claudio Fragasso | Stars: Margie Newton, Franco Garofalo, Selan Karay, José Gras

Votes: 4,210