scary The Scariest Movies of the 1980s  

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List Rules Scary horror movies released in the 1980s.

The 1980’s were know for a lot of historical events such as the ending of the Cold War, the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, and the release of the first IBM personal computer. But more importantly, the 1980's brought us some of the best, scariest, cheesiest, horror movies in the history of film.
 
But what are the scariest 80s horror movies of all time? The films on this list, ranked by film lovers, has the scariest 80s movies. Whether you’re looking for a realistic flick based on actual events or a completely fictional fright film, there’s sure to be the perfect movie on this list for you!
 
This list has the scariest horror movies from the 80s, including: Blood Beach, The Beast Within, and An American Werewolf in London.

Vote up your favorite 80's horror movie or add one that always brings the scares, that isn't already on the list.
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A Nightmare on Elm Street Johnny Depp, Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp

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The Shining Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers

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Poltergeist Craig T. Nelson, JoBeth Williams, Heather O'Rourke

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Aliens Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Michael Biehn

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The Thing Kurt Russell, Keith David, John Carpenter

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Friday the 13th Kevin Bacon, Tom Savini, Betsy Palmer

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Hellraiser Doug Bradley, Andrew Robinson, Ashley Laurence

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Pet Sematary Stephen King, Fred Gwynne, Denise Crosby

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The Evil Dead Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi, Ted Raimi

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The Lost Boys Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, Corey Haim

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John Carpenter's The Fog Jamie Lee Curtis, Janet Leigh, Tom Welling

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Friday the 13th Part 2 Betsy Palmer, Lauren-Marie Taylor, Warrington Gillette

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Child's Play Brad Dourif, Catherine Hicks, Chris Sarandon

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Predator Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jesse Ventura, Carl Weathers

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Halloween II Jamie Lee Curtis, Dana Carvey, Kyle Richards

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An American Werewolf in London Jenny Agutter, Frank Oz, Rik Mayall

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Children of the Corn Linda Hamilton, Peter Horton, R. G. Armstrong

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Evil Dead II Bruce Campbell, Kassie DePaiva, Ted Raimi

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Fright Night Christopher Lee, Roddy McDowall, Chris Sarandon

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Gremlins Steven Spielberg, Corey Feldman, Phoebe Cates

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The Fly Geena Davis, Jeff Goldblum, David Cronenberg

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Christine Kelly Preston, Alexandra Paul, John Madden

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A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge Robert Englund, Hope Lange, Clu Gulager

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Hellbound: Hellraiser II Doug Bradley, Ashley Laurence, Kenneth Cranham

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Cujo Dee Wallace, Danny Pintauro, Ed Lauter

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Day of the Dead Sherman Howard, Jarlath Conroy, Terry Alexander

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Poltergeist II: The Other Side Craig T. Nelson, JoBeth Williams, Heather O'Rourke

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The Howling Dee Wallace, John Sayles, Slim Pickens

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Re-Animator Barbara Crampton, Jeffrey Combs, David Gale

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Prince of Darkness Alice Cooper, Donald Pleasence, Peter Jason

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The Entity Barbara Hershey, Ron Silver, George Coe

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The Blob Erika Eleniak, Shawnee Smith, Julie McCullough

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My Bloody Valentine Don Francks, Cynthia Dale, Helene Udy

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Prom Night Jamie Lee Curtis, Brittany Snow, Leslie Nielsen

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Demons Lamberto Bava, Michele Soavi, Urbano Barberini

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The Changeling George C. Scott, Melvyn Douglas, Barry Morse

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Near Dark Bill Paxton, Lance Henriksen, Adrian Pasdar

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Phantasm II Stacey Travis, Phil Fondacaro, James LeGros

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Night of the Creeps David Paymer, Dick Miller, Tom Atkins

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Sleepaway Camp Mike Kellin, Katherine Kamhi, Robert Earl Jones

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Scanners Michael Ironside, Patrick McGoohan, Jennifer O'Neill

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Silent Night, Deadly Night Tara Buckman, Linnea Quigley, Lilyan Chauvin

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The Burning Holly Hunter, Jason Alexander, Fisher Stevens

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Angel Heart Robert De Niro, Mickey Rourke, Lisa Bonet

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Hell Night Linda Blair, Peter Barton, Ron Gans

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Motel Hell Rory Calhoun, Wolfman Jack, Paul Linke

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Creepers Jennifer Connelly, Donald Pleasence, Patrick Bauchau

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Dolls Guy Rolfe, Stephen Lee, Hilary Mason

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Terror Train Jamie Lee Curtis, Vanity, David Copperfield

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The Children Gale Garnett, Martin Shakar, Shannon Bolin