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List of the best 1980 horror movies, ranked by how many upvotes they've received by other fans of the genre. All types of scary movies are represented below, including thrillers, slashers, gore, psychological horror films and more. These are all the horror movies that defined the year 1980, so vote for your favorites and help them rise to the top. This poll is also a great resource for finding new movies that you haven't already seen, especially since you can watch trailers for each film right on this page. To make sure this list is as accurate as possible, please don't downvote a movie if you haven't seen it.

The list you're viewing is made up of many different movies, including The Shining and Friday the 13th. This isn't necessarily a list of all horror movies from 1980, but it does contain all the ones worth watching.

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The Shining Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers

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

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

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Dressed to Kill Michael Caine, Angie Dickinson, Dennis Franz

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Night of the Demon Lynn Eastman, Joy Allen, Bob Collins

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Terror Train Jamie Lee Curtis, Vanity, David Copperfield

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

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Prom Night Jamie Lee Curtis, Brittany Snow, Leslie Nielsen

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Cannibal Holocaust Ruggero Deodato, Luca Barbareschi, Robert Kerman

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Motel Hell Rory Calhoun, Wolfman Jack, Paul Linke

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Inferno Alida Valli, Veronica Lazăr, Eleonora Giorgi

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Zombie Holocaust Ian McCulloch, Donald O'Brien, Walter Patriarca

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Altered States Drew Barrymore, William Hurt, Bob Balaban

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Cannibal Apocalypse John Saxon, Giovanni Lombardo Radice, Elizabeth Turner

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Alligator Dean Jagger, Sydney Lassick, Robert Forster

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The Island Michael Caine, David Warner, Don Henderson

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Silent Scream Yvonne De Carlo, Barbara Steele, Cameron Mitchell

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Don't Go in the House Dan Grimaldi, Robert Osth, Ruth Dardick

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The Attic Ray Milland, Frances Bay, Carrie Snodgress

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Christmas Evil Jeffrey DeMunn, Mark Margolis, Peter Friedman

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The Awakening Charlton Heston, Ian McDiarmid, Stephanie Zimbalist

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New Year's Evil Roz Kelly, Louisa Moritz, Taaffe O'Connell

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The Watcher in the Woods Bette Davis, Kyle Richards, David McCallum

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Alien Terror Luigi Diberti, Michele Soavi, Belinda Mayne

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Maniac Caroline Munro, Tom Savini, Sharon Mitchell

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Toxic Zombies John Amplas, Judith Brown, Kevin Hanlon

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Funeral Home Barry Morse, Harvey Atkin, Alf Humphreys

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City of the Living Dead Lucio Fulci, Christopher George, Catriona MacColl

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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

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Nightmare City Mel Ferrer, Francisco Rabal, Hugo Stiglitz

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Los Miedos

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Cardiac Arrest Fred Ward, Max Gail, Michael Paul Chan

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The House on the Edge of the Park David Hess, Giovanni Lombardo Radice, Lorraine De Selle

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He Knows You're Alone Tom Hanks, James Rebhorn, Paul Gleason

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We're Going to Eat You Norman Chu, Eddy Ko, Melvin Wong

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Don't Answer the Phone is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 1980
Don't Answer the Phone Pamela Bryant, Nicholas Worth, Denise Galik

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The Children Gale Garnett, Martin Shakar, Shannon Bolin

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The Boogeyman John Carradine, Suzanna Love

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Without Warning Jack Palance, Martin Landau, David Caruso

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Saturn 3 Farrah Fawcett, Kirk Douglas, Harvey Keitel

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The Ninth Configuration Stacy Keach, Robert Loggia, William Peter Blatty

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Alien Contamination Ian McCulloch, Marino Masé, Louise Marleau

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Long Island Cannibal Massacre is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 1980
Long Island Cannibal Massacre Fred Borges, John Smihula, Paul Smihula

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A Praga Sílvia Gless, Wanda Kosmo, Felipe

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Fade to Black Mickey Rourke, Christopher Lee, Kathy Griffin

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Monster Vic Morrow, Doug McClure, Ann Turkel

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Last Rites Mimi Weddell, Joe Perce, Eric Trules

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Return of the Wolfman Paul Naschy, Ricardo Palacios, Narciso Ibáñez Menta

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Eaten Alive! Mel Ferrer, Robert Kerman, Franco Fantasia