films The Best 80s Monster Movies  

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List Rules Vote up your favorite monster films that were released in the 1980s.

For your enjoyment, here is a list of the best 80s monster movies. Monster movies were less prevalent in the 80s compared to decades before, but surprisingly there are some really good ones here. From the remake of The Fly to the first sequel to Alien (and possibly the best of the bunch) to Cliver Barker’s Hellraiser, this decade is out to impress.
 

Prominent on this 1980s monster film list is Nightmare on Elm Street, the film that made falling asleep terrifying and spawned four sequels during the decade. You will also find, John Carpenter’s The Fog, Friday the 13th (which spawned another brand that just keeps going) and Teen Wolf with Michael J. Fox.
 

So, which of the movies on this list of good 1980s monster films gave you the willies? Vote up the top 80s monster movies and make sure to add any we might have missed.

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The Thing Kurt Russell, Keith David, John Carpenter

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Aliens Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Michael Biehn

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A Nightmare on Elm Street is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 80s Monster Movies
A Nightmare on Elm Street Johnny Depp, Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp

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Hellraiser Doug Bradley, Andrew Robinson, Ashley Laurence

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Evil Dead II Bruce Campbell, Kassie DePaiva, Ted Raimi

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Gremlins Steven Spielberg, Corey Feldman, Phoebe Cates

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The Fly Geena Davis, Jeff Goldblum, David Cronenberg - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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Friday the 13th Kevin Bacon, Tom Savini, Betsy Palmer - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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The Monster Squad Tom Noonan, Stephen Macht, Jon Gries

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Child's Play is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 80s Monster Movies
Child's Play Brad Dourif, Catherine Hicks, Chris Sarandon

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Creepshow Stephen King, Ed Harris, Ted Danson

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The Fog Maggie Grace, Selma Blair, Tom Welling

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Phantasm Angus Scrimm, A. Michael Baldwin, Reggie Bannister

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Critters is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 80s Monster Movies
Critters Billy Zane, Dee Wallace, M. Emmet Walsh

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A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors Patricia Arquette, Laurence Fishburne, Zsa Zsa Gábor

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A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: F... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 80s Monster Movies
A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge Robert Englund, Hope Lange, Clu Gulager

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A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: T... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 80s Monster Movies
A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master Robert Englund, Lisa Wilcox, Brooke Bundy

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Pumpkinhead Mayim Bialik, Lance Henriksen, George Buck Flower

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A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: T... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 80s Monster Movies
A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child Robert Englund, Lisa Wilcox, Wally George

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Basket Case Bill Freehan, Jerry Butler, Frank Henenlotter

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Teen Wolf Michael J. Fox, Doug Savant, James Hampton

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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 Dennis Hopper, Bill Moseley, Kinky Friedman

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Alligator is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best 80s Monster Movies
Alligator Dean Jagger, Sydney Lassick, Robert Forster

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Slugs Frank Braña, Manuel de Blas, Patty Shepard

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TerrorVision Chad Allen, Mary Woronov, Diane Franklin - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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Scarecrows Don Herbert, Michael David Simms, Ted Vernon