Best Horror Movies of the 1980s


The Top Ten

1 The Shining

The most influential horror film ever! - CedreticFomento

Here's Johnny! Johnny's comin' for people who didn't vote for The Shining.
He's home.

2 A Nightmare on Elm Street

Who ever made this list is a genius - robertoiglesias271

3 Aliens
4 The Thing
5 Hellraiser
6 Friday the 13th

This one has Jason’s mom doing the killing

This is one of the eight Friday’s that I either like or love but part 4 is the best of the bunch. Top 3 of the entire list.

OMG Jason is so awesome and so is his mum.

Jasons not even in this one, FAKE FAN ALERT

7 The Evil Dead

Why on earth is this number 45? Seriously it is by far the best horror movie of all time, bar none. There's nothing like it

8 Sleepaway Camp

Hallelujah! This is the first 80’s horror list to have Sleepaway Camp on it, that I have ever seen. The best, true summer camp horror movie Ever! Unlike, the Friday the 13th franchise, which I really love, this movie has total danger. This meaning, the actual child campers could be severely hurt or killed, along with the counselors/ adult figures. Jason and his mom never harmed young kids. Even though, Jason did go after a baby once, he was stopped. Anyway, Sleepaway Camp has all the trash talking, gossiping and bullying that any camp could have. It also, has kids competing in sporting events, eating together in the mess hall and sleeping in cabins. All the realism of camp. This movie is easily top 5 of the decade.

9 The Evil Dead 2
10 Child's Play

The Contenders

11 Poltergeist
12 Gremlins
13 From Beyond
14 Night of the Demons
15 The Fly
16 Fright Night
17 Re-Animator
18 Changeling

This cover above is of the wrong Changeling. The one with George C. Scott in a big, haunted mansion is correct. Anyway, where in the world is Friday the 13th part 4? It’s better than 90% of these movies.

I'm surprised to not see this on the list. Anyone who has seen it has probably been afraid of wheel chairs (or maybe its just me) for a little while after watching this. - fireinside96

19 Shocker
20 Friday the 13th, Part VI: Jason Lives
21 An American Werewolf in London
22 Predator
23 Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn
24 The Return of the Living Dead
25 House
26 Pet Sematary
27 Tenebre
28 Halloween II

Halloween II never had the magic of the original. Lorrie Stroud was really, only in the last third of the movie. Her two best friends were already dead. Dr. Loomis looking for Michael, was the only constant.

29 The Howling
30 The Hidden
31 Children of the Corn
32 The Lost Boys
33 House II: The Second Story
34 Ghostbusters
35 The Blob
36 The Fog
37 Maniac Cop
38 Night of the Creeps
39 Day of the Dead
40 Creepshow
41 Near Dark
42 Scanners
43 The Beyond
44 Videodrome
45 The Stuff
46 The Hitcher
47 The Seventh Sign
48 Cujo
49 They Live
50 Bad Taste
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1. A Nightmare on Elm Street
2. Aliens
3. From Beyond
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2. Aliens
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