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The Best Horror Movies of 1982

Updated September 23, 2019 3.2k votes 205 voters 3.1k views85 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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  • 1
    The Thing is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 1982
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    The Thing

    Kurt Russell, Keith David

    Released1982

    Directed byJohn Carpenter

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    Poltergeist is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 1982
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    Poltergeist

    Craig T. Nelson, JoBeth Williams

    Released1982

    Directed byTobe Hooper

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    Creepshow is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 1982
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    Creepshow

    Stephen King, Ed Harris

    Released1982

    Directed byGeorge A. Romero

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    Swamp Thing is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 1982
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    Swamp Thing

    Adrienne Barbeau, Louis Jourdan

    Released1982

    Directed byWes Craven

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    Friday the 13th Part 3: 3D is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 1982
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    Friday the 13th Part 3: 3D

    Betsy Palmer, Steve Miner

    Released1982

    Directed bySteve Miner

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    The Entity is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 1982
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    The Entity

    Barbara Hershey, Ron Silver

    Released1982

    Directed bySidney J. Furie

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    The Scarecrow is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 1982
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    The Scarecrow

    John Carradine, Jonathan Hardy

    Released1982

    Directed bySam Pillsbury

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    Trick or Treats is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 1982
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    Trick or Treats

    David Carradine, Carrie Snodgress

    Released1982

    Directed byGary Graver

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    Basket Case is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 1982
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    Basket Case

    Bill Freehan, Jerry Butler

    Released1982

    Directed byFrank Henenlotter

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    Halloween III: Season of the W is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 1982
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    Halloween III: Season of the Witch

    Jamie Lee Curtis, Tom Atkins

    Released1982

    Directed byTommy Lee Wallace

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    Cat People is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 1982
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    Cat People

    Malcolm McDowell, Nastassja Kinski

    Released1982

    Directed byPaul Schrader

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    Venom is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 1982
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    Venom

    Oliver Reed, Klaus Kinski

    Released1982

    Directed byPiers Haggard

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    The Beast Within is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 1982
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    The Beast Within

    Ronny Cox, Meshach Taylor

    Released1982

    Directed byPhilippe Mora

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    The Slumber Party Massacre is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 1982
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    The Slumber Party Massacre

    Robin Stille, Michael Villella

    Released1982

    Directed byAmy Holden Jones

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    Revenge in the House of Usher is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 1982
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    Revenge in the House of Usher

    Lina Romay, Howard Vernon

    Released1982

    Directed byJesús Franco

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    The House Where Evil Dwells is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 1982
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    The House Where Evil Dwells

    Doug McClure, Edward Albert

    Released1982

    Directed byKevin Connor

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    Alone in the Dark is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 1982
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    Alone in the Dark

    Jack Palance, Martin Landau

    Released1982

    Directed byJack Sholder

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    Silent Rage is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 1982
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    Silent Rage

    Chuck Norris, Ron Silver

    Released1982

    Directed byMichael Miller

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    Amityville II: The Possession is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 1982
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    Amityville II: The Possession

    Burt Young, Diane Franklin

    Released1982

    Directed byDamiano Damiani

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    The Last Horror Film is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 1982
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    The Last Horror Film

    Caroline Munro, Joe Spinell

    Released1982

    Directed byDavid Winters

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    Ghostkeeper is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 1982
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    Ghostkeeper

    Les Kimber, Georgie Collins

    Released1982

    Directed byJim Makichuk

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    Forbidden World is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 1982
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    Forbidden World

    Michael Bowen, Scott Paulin

    Released1982

    Directed byAllan Holzman

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    The Unseen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 1982
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    The Unseen

    Barbara Bach, Sydney Lassick

    Released1982

    Directed byDanny Steinmann

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    Pieces is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 1982
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    Pieces

    Christopher George, Lynda Day George

    Released1982

    Directed byJuan Piquer Simón

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    La Morte Vivante is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 1982
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    La Morte Vivante

    Jean-Pierre Bouyxou, Mike Marshall

    Released1982

    Directed byJean Rollin

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