Graveyard Shift The Best Horror Movies of 1983  

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List of the best 1983 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 1983, 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.

Movies include everything from Cujo to The Dead Zone. This isn't necessarily a list of all horror movies from 1983, but it does contain all the ones worth watching.
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Anthony Perkins, Dennis Franz, Vera Miles

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Mike Kellin, Katherine Kamhi, Robert Earl Jones

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19 9
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Kelly Preston, Alexandra Paul, John Madden

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16 11
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Dee Wallace, Danny Pintauro, Ed Lauter

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9 4
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Christopher Walken, Martin Sheen, Tom Skerritt

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7 3
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Debbie Harry, James Woods, David Cronenberg

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Erwin Leder, Robert Hunger-Bühler, Beate Jurkowitsch

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Adam West, E.G. Daily, Meg Tilly

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6 3
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Eileen Davidson, Harley Jane Kozak, Kate McNeil

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Pam Grier, Jason Robards Jr., Diane Ladd

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Dan Aykroyd, John Lithgow, Burgess Meredith

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4 3
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Samantha Eggar, John Vernon, Michael Wincott

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5 5
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David Bowie, Willem Dafoe, Susan Sarandon Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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Ian McKellen, Gabriel Byrne, Scott Glenn Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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4 4
Julie Darling is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 1983
Julie Darling Sybil Danning, Anthony Franciosa, Reinhard Kolldehoff

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Emilio Estevez, Lance Henriksen, Veronica Cartwright

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Daryl Hannah, Rachel Ward, Joe Pantoliano

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4 5
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Boogeyman 2 John Carradine, Ulli Lommel, Suzanna Love

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3 4
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After Midnight

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3 4
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Bill Paxton, Julia Duffy, Bo Svenson

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3 4
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Michele Soavi, Andrea Occhipinti, Valeria Cavalli

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3 4
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Jeffrey Combs, Leon Askin, Ferdy Mayne Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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2 3
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Peter Firth, Nabil Shaban, Peter Penry-Jones

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2 3
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American Nightmare Michael Ironside, Lenore Zann, Claudia Udy

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2 3
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James Brewster Thompson, Ethel Michelson, John Schmerling

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2 3
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Phillip Ko, Norman Chu, Jaime Chik

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Martin Landau, José Ferrer, Ruth Buzzi

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Jeroen Krabbé, Thom Hoffman, Hero Muller

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Richard Hell, Tyler K. Smith, John Zacherle

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1 2
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Devil Fetus Ouyang Sha Fei, Pak-Kwong Ho, Lau Dan

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Steve Martin, Kathleen Turner, Sissy Spacek

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Jackie Vernon, John Harmon, Al Troupe

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Norman Burton, Marjoe Gortner

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3 5
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Melvil Poupaud, Anne Alvaro, Duarte de Almeida

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2 4
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Bill Paxton, Mary Elizabeth McDonough, Christopher George

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2 4
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Christopher Lee, Vincent Price, Peter Cushing Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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2 4
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The Wolf Olgierd Łukaszewicz, Iwona Bielska, Leon Niemczyk

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2 4
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Willeke van Ammelrooy, Huub Stapel, Huib Broos

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2 4
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Possessed Siu-Ming Lau, Irene Wan, Wong Yat-fei

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A Night to Dismember Samantha Fox, Miriam Meth, William Szarka

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1 3
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Gabriele Lavia, John Stacy, Cesare Barbetti

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1 3
Eyes of Fire is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 1983
Eyes of Fire Rob Paulsen, Guy Boyd, Dennis Lipscomb

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Jorge Rivero, Andrea Occhipinti, Conrado San Martín

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Patrick Macnee, Susan Strasberg, Larry Storch

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1 3
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Shannon Tweed, Peter Weller, Maury Chaykin

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1 3
Living Nightmare is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 1983
Living Nightmare Gale Sondergaard, Mercedes McCambridge, Ruth Roman

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Anna Wing, Maryam d'Abo, Robert Fyfe

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2 5
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Richard Alan Hench, George Randall

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2 5
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The Hound of the Baskervilles Denholm Elliott, Ian Richardson, Donald Churchill

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2 5
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Spasms Peter Fonda, Oliver Reed, Al Waxman