scary movies The Best Horror Movies of 1982  

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List of the best 1982 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 1982, 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 contains movies like The Thing and Poltergeist. This isn't necessarily a list of all horror movies from 1982, but it does contain all the ones worth watching.
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The Thing Kurt Russell, Keith David, John Carpenter

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

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Creepshow Stephen King, Ed Harris, Ted Danson

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Friday the 13th Part 3: 3D Betsy Palmer, Steve Miner, Richard Brooker

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Basket Case Bill Freehan, Jerry Butler, Frank Henenlotter

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Cat People Malcolm McDowell, Nastassja Kinski, Annette O'Toole

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The New York Ripper Howard Ross, Jack Hedley, Andrea Occhipinti

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Alone in the Dark Jack Palance, Martin Landau, Donald Pleasence

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Swamp Thing Adrienne Barbeau, Louis Jourdan, Karen Price

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Amityville II: The Possession Burt Young, Diane Franklin, Moses Gunn

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The Slumber Party Massacre Robin Stille, Michael Villella, Debra Deliso

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The Entity Barbara Hershey, Ron Silver, George Coe

The Scariest Demon Toys in Film History

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Island of Blood Michael Stroka, Marie-Alise Recasner

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Tenebrae John Saxon, Eva Robin's, Giuliano Gemma

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Manhattan Baby Lucio Fulci, Christopher Connelly, Carlo De Mejo

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Trick or Treats David Carradine, Carrie Snodgress

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The Aftermath Dick Miller, Sid Haig, Forrest J Ackerman

The Best Movies for Black Children, Ranked

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Invaders of the Lost Gold Woody Strode, Stuart Whitman, Glynis Barber

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Visiting Hours William Shatner, Michael Ironside, Lee Grant

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Unhinged J.E. Penner, Barbara Lusch, Virginia Settle

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Coming Soon

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Ghostkeeper Les Kimber, Georgie Collins, Murray Ord

The Greatest Horror Films of All Time

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Big Meat Eater Big Miller, Stephen Dimopoulos, Andrew Gillies

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White Dog Kristy McNichol, Burl Ives, Paul Winfield

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Parasite Demi Moore, Cherie Currie, Tom Villard

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The Dorm That Dripped Blood Daphne Zuniga, Stephen Sachs, David Snow

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The House Where Evil Dwells Doug McClure, Edward Albert, Susan George

The 12 Most Extreme Actor Transformations

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Hospital Massacre Barbi Benton

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Forbidden World Michael Bowen, Scott Paulin, Linden Chiles

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Death Valley Catherine Hicks, Wilford Brimley, Edward Herrmann

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The Seduction Morgan Fairchild, Colleen Camp, Andrew Stevens

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Honeymoon Horror Bill Pecchi, Cheryl Black, Bob Wagner

The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies

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Death Screams Susan Kiger

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Silent Rage Chuck Norris, Ron Silver, Stephen Furst

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Doctor Faustus Jon Finch, Hanns Zischler, André Heller

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The Scarecrow John Carradine, Jonathan Hardy, Roy Billing

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Humongous Janet Julian, David Wallace, Page Fletcher

Things We Should Do, But Don't

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Blood Tide James Earl Jones, José Ferrer, Deborah Shelton

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Satan's Slave W.D. Mochtar, H.I.M. Damsyik, S. Parya

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The Dead and the Deadly Sammo Hung, Lam Ching-ying, Wu Ma

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Satan's Mistress Britt Ekland, John Carradine, Lana Wood

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10 Real People Who Survived Horror Movie Situations

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The Slayer Carol Kottenbrook, Alan McRae

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The Last Horror Film Caroline Munro, Joe Spinell, David Winters

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La Morte Vivante Jean-Pierre Bouyxou, Mike Marshall, Marina Pierro

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Invitation to Hell Susan Lucci, Kevin McCarthy

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Mansion of the Living Dead Lina Romay, Antonio Mayans, Eva León

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Variola Vera Erland Josephson, Rade Šerbedžija, Rade Markovic

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Superstition Stacy Keach, Albert Salmi, Jim Houghton

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Hell Has No Boundary Elliot Ngok, Derek Yee