Graveyard Shift The Best Horror Movies of 1981  

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List of the best 1981 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 1981, 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.

List features movies like The Evil Dead, Halloween II, and many more This isn't necessarily a list of all horror movies from 1981, but it does contain all the ones worth watching.
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15 7
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15 7
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16 8
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12 5
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16 9
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10 4
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10 5
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12
10 5
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13
11 6
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14
12 7
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9 4
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8 4
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7 4
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7 4
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7 4
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6 3
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21
5 2
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22
9 8
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21 21
Halloween II is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 1981

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5 4
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4 3
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26
4 3
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27
4 3
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28
3 2
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29
7 7
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30
5 5
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31
5 5
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This House Possessed 1981

32
5 5
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33
5 5
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34
5 5
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35
4 4
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Madhouse 1981

36
4 4
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37
4 4
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38
4 4
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39
4 4
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40
4 4
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Suddenly at Midnight 1981

41
4 4
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42
3 3
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43
8 9
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44
4 5
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45
4 5
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Life After Life 1981

46
4 5
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47
4 5
The Appointment is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 1981
The Appointment 1981

48
2 3
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49
2 3
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50
2 3
Evil Stalks This House is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 1981
Evil Stalks This House 1981