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

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 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.
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    most listed
    The Shining

    1980 More
    100
  2. 2
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    A Nightmare on Elm Street

    1984 More
    95
  3. 3
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    1982 More
    91
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    1982 More
    88
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    1987 More
    78
  6. 6
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    1980 More
    77
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    1989 More
    76
  8. 8
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    1986 More
    74
  9. 9
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    1985 More
    73
  10. 10
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    1986 More
    71
  11. 11
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    1987 More
    71
  12. 12
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    1981 More
    71
  13. 13
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    1984 More
    70
  14. 14
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    1984 More
    66
  15. 15
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    1981 More
    65
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    The Return of the Living Dead

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    64
  17. 17
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    The Lost Boys

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    63
  18. 18
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    1988 More
    63
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    The Evil Dead

    1981 More
    61
  20. 20
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    The Exorcist

    1973 More
    59
    added by: shaneoram2d
  21. 21
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    The Howling

    1981 More
    59
  22. 22
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    59
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    Re-Animator

    1985 More
    56
  24. 24
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    1986 More
    55
  25. 25
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    Predator

    1987 More
    55
  26. 26
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    1980 More
    54
  27. 27
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    1982 More
    53
  28. 28
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    1983 More
    52
    added by: wiabux
  29. 29
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    1985 More
    51
  30. 30
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    1988 More
    51
  31. 31
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    1989 More
    49
  32. 32
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    48
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    Christine

    1983 More
    47
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    The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2

    1986 More
    46
  35. 35
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    1986 More
    46
  36. 36
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    1984 More
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  37. 37
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    1983 More
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  38. 38
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    1983 More
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  39. 39
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    1988 More
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  40. 40
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    1981 More
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  42. 42
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  43. 43
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    1980 More
    41
  44. 44
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    1986 More
    41
  45. 45
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    1981 More
    41
  46. 46
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    1987 More
    40
  47. 47
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    1984 More
    40
  48. 48
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    1989 More
    40
  49. 49
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    1985 More
    40
  50. 50
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    1983 More
    39
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