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The Best Horror Movies of 1982 

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Updated September 23, 2019 2.4k votes 200 voters 2.9k views 85 items

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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Kurt Russell, Keith David, John Carpenter

Released: 1982

Directed by: John Carpenter

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

Released: 1982

Directed by: Tobe Hooper

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Stephen King, Ed Harris, Ted Danson

Released: 1982

Directed by: George A. Romero

More Creepshow 

#48 of 852 The Best Horror Movies Of All Time #1,383 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #13 of 52 The Best Movies Based on Stephen King Books

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Barbara Hershey, Ron Silver, George Coe

Released: 1982

Directed by: Sidney J. Furie

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Malcolm McDowell, Nastassja Kinski, Annette O'Toole

Released: 1982

Directed by: Paul Schrader

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Bill Freehan, Jerry Butler, Frank Henenlotter

Released: 1982

Directed by: Frank Henenlotter

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Adrienne Barbeau, Louis Jourdan, Karen Price

Released: 1982

Directed by: Wes Craven

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John Saxon, Eva Robin's, Giuliano Gemma

Released: 1982

Directed by: Dario Argento

More Tenebrae 

#513 of 852 The Best Horror Movies Of All Time #122 of 137 The Goriest Movies Ever Made #86 of 161 The Best Horror Movies Of The 1980s

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Howard Ross, Jack Hedley, Andrea Occhipinti

Released: 1982

Directed by: Lucio Fulci

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#118 of 137 The Goriest Movies Ever Made #138 of 161 The Best Horror Movies Of The 1980s #50 of 84 The Best Slasher Movies of the 1980s

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Burt Young, Diane Franklin, Moses Gunn

Released: 1982

Directed by: Damiano Damiani

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Robin Stille, Michael Villella, Debra Deliso

Released: 1982

Directed by: Amy Holden Jones

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Jack Palance, Martin Landau, Donald Pleasence

Released: 1982

Directed by: Jack Sholder

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John Carradine, Jonathan Hardy, Roy Billing

Released: 1982

Directed by: Sam Pillsbury

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John Cassavetes, John Ireland, Matt Birman

Released: 1982

Directed by: John Hough

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Christopher George, Lynda Day George, Edmund Purdom

Released: 1982

Directed by: Juan Piquer Simón

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David Carradine, Carrie Snodgress

Released: 1982

Directed by: Gary Graver

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Kristy McNichol, Burl Ives, Paul Winfield

Released: 1982

Directed by: Samuel Fuller

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Gaylen Ross, Harriet Bass, Seth Jones

Released: 1982

Directed by: Joe Giannone

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David Carradine, Michael Moriarty, Richard Roundtree

Released: 1982

Directed by: Larry Cohen

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Oliver Reed, Klaus Kinski, Michael Gough

Released: 1982

Directed by: Piers Haggard

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Caroline Munro, Joe Spinell, David Winters

Released: 1982

Directed by: David Winters

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