The Best 80s Horror Movies Films
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The Best 80s Horror Movies

List Criteria: Movies in the horror genre that were originally released in the 1980s

This list of the best 80s horror movies is a lengthy one, with good reason. The 1980s were a phenomenal decade for horror films, with some of the best, scariest, creepiest and in some cases, campiest films ever made. Several of the greatest horror films ever made were released in the 80s. This list of the top scary films from the 1980s is by no means complete, so feel free to vote for your favorites and please, add any great ones that are missing. You can also rerank this list any way you like.

The 1980s ushered in a kind of golden age for horror movies, with so many titles coming out so fast that it was difficult to keep up. Every week, a handful of new and freaky horror films were released in theaters. And sequels? Oh good grief, the sequels! '80s horror movies included the originals and sequels for the wildly popular Nightmare on Elm Street, Evil Dead, and Friday the 13th franchises. Halloween, while released in the late-1970s, did spawn several sequels released in the 80s.

While slasher horror films and monster movies have existed since the early days of cinema, the genre reached its height in the 1980s. Every major horror film, with a handful of exceptions, featured some sort of psycho killer on the loose, stalking poor, helpless (and clueless!) teenagers. Sometimes these killers were human, other times they were aliens or – gasp!murderous clowns. Graphic violence was the norm, the shock value kept going higher and higher, and these films were certainly among the most nausea-inducing great films of all time.

Need more horror? Check out the best 1990s horror movies as well!

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    Keith David, David Clennon, John Carpenter

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    Janet Leigh, Hal Holbrook, Tom Atkins

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    Ed Harris, Ted Danson, David Garrison

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    Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jeffrey DeMunn, C. Thomas Howell

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    Tom Woodruff Jr., John D'Aquino, Lance Henriksen

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    Forrest J Ackerman, Phil Bruns, Dana Ashbrook

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    Michael Ironside, Jennifer O'Neill, Lawrence Dane

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    Peter Barton, Bruce Mahler, Crispin Glover

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    Albert Brooks, Scatman Crothers, Burgess Meredith

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    Anthony Perkins, Robert Loggia, Dennis Franz

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