horror The Best Horror Movies of 1980  

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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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Terror Train Jamie Lee Curtis, Vanity, David Copperfield

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Prom Night Jamie Lee Curtis, Brittany Snow, Leslie Nielsen

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

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Cannibal Holocaust Ruggero Deodato, Luca Barbareschi, Robert Kerman

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

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Inferno Alida Valli, Veronica Laz─âr, Eleonora Giorgi

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Motel Hell Rory Calhoun, Wolfman Jack, Paul Linke

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Altered States Drew Barrymore, William Hurt, Bob Balaban

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Maniac Caroline Munro, Tom Savini, Sharon Mitchell

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

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Don't Answer the Phone is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 1980
Don't Answer the Phone Pamela Bryant, Nicholas Worth, Denise Galik

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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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Silent Scream Yvonne De Carlo, Barbara Steele, Cameron Mitchell

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Christmas Evil Jeffrey DeMunn, Mark Margolis, Peter Friedman

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Alligator Dean Jagger, Sydney Lassick, Robert Forster

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The Awakening Charlton Heston, Ian McDiarmid, Stephanie Zimbalist

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The Island Michael Caine, David Warner, Don Henderson

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

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

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

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The Boogeyman John Carradine, Suzanna Love

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Nightmare City Mel Ferrer, Francisco Rabal, Hugo Stiglitz

60+ of Your Greatest Childhood Fears

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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

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Cannibal Apocalypse John Saxon, Giovanni Lombardo Radice, Elizabeth Turner

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Los Miedos

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

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Cardiac Arrest Fred Ward, Max Gail, Michael Paul Chan

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The Children Gale Garnett, Martin Shakar, Shannon Bolin

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Without Warning Jack Palance, Martin Landau, David Caruso

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

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

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Alien Terror Luigi Diberti, Michele Soavi, Belinda Mayne

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The Night of the Hunted Brigitte Lahaie, Natalie Perrey, Cathy Stewart

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Last Rites Mimi Weddell, Joe Perce, Eric Trules

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Demented Harry Reems, Sallee Young, Robert Brooks Mendel

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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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Fade to Black Mickey Rourke, Christopher Lee, Kathy Griffin

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Phobia Paul Michael Glaser, Fritz Weaver, John Colicos

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The Nightmare Never Ends Cameron Mitchell, Richard Moll, Marc Lawrence

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Anthropophagous Tisa Farrow, Serena Grandi, George Eastman

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Psychotic Connections Laura Johnson, Michael Beck, Beatrice Straight

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Don't Go in the Woods Mary Gail Artz, Angie Brown, Ken Carter

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Nightmares Gary Sweet, John-Michael Howson, Max Phipps