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The Best Horror Movies of 1984

Updated September 21, 2019 1.2k votes 119 voters 1.6k views58 items

List of the best 1984 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 1984, 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 movies include A Nightmare on Elm Street, Gremlins and many additional movies as well. This isn't necessarily a list of all horror movies from 1984, but it does contain all the ones worth watching.
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    A Nightmare on Elm Street
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    A Nightmare on Elm Street

    Johnny Depp, Robert Englund

    Released1984

    Directed byWes Craven

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    Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter
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    Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter

    Corey Feldman, Crispin Glover

    Released1984

    Directed byJoseph Zito

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  • 3
    Children of the Corn
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    Children of the Corn

    Linda Hamilton, Peter Horton

    Released1984

    Directed byFritz Kiersch

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  • 4
    Gremlins
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    Gremlins

    Steven Spielberg, Corey Feldman

    Released1984

    Directed byJoe Dante

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    C.H.U.D.
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    C.H.U.D.

    John Goodman, Daniel Stern

    Released1984

    Directed byDouglas Cheek

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    Night of the Comet
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    Night of the Comet

    Geoffrey Lewis, Mary Woronov

    Released1984

    Directed byThom Eberhardt

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    The Initiation
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    The Initiation

    Vera Miles, Hunter Tylo

    Released1984

    Directed byLarry Stewart

  • 8
    Silent Night, Deadly Night
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    Silent Night, Deadly Night

    Tara Buckman, Linnea Quigley

    Released1984

    Directed byCharles Sellier

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  • 9
    The Company of Wolves
    14
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    The Company of Wolves

    Angela Lansbury, Terence Stamp

    Released1984

    Directed byNeil Jordan

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  • 10
    Firestarter
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    Firestarter

    Drew Barrymore, Heather Locklear

    Released1984

    Directed byMark L. Lester

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    The Prey
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    The Prey

    Carel Struycken, Jackie Coogan

    Released1984

    Directed byEdwin Brown

  • 12
    Razorback
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    Razorback

    Gregory Harrison, Chris Haywood

    Released1984

    Directed byRussell Mulcahy

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  • 13
    Dreamscape
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    Dreamscape

    Dennis Quaid, Christopher Plummer

    Released1984

    Directed byJoseph Ruben

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  • 14
    Don't Open till Christmas
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    Don't Open till Christmas

    Caroline Munro, Kevin Lloyd

    Released1984

    Directed byEdmund Purdom

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  • 15
    Bloodbath at the House of Death
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    Bloodbath at the House of Death

    Vincent Price, Pamela Stephenson

    Released1984

    Directed byRay Cameron

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    Special Effects
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    Special Effects

    Zoë Tamerlis Lund, Eric Bogosian

    Released1984

    Directed byLarry Cohen

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  • 17
    The Devil's Gift
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    The Devil's Gift

    Billy Bletcher, Bob Mendelsohn

    Released1984

    Directed byKenneth J. Berton

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  • 18
    Zombie Island Massacre
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    Zombie Island Massacre

    Rita Jenrette, David Broadnax

    Released1984

    Directed byJohn N. Carter

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    Scream for Help
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    Scream for Help

    Marie Masters, Bruce Boa

    Released1984

    Directed byMichael Winner

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  • 20
    Bog
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    Bog

    Leo Gordon, Gloria DeHaven

    Released1984

    Directed byDon Keeslar

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  • 21
    The Dark Side of Midnight
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    The Dark Side of Midnight

    Sandy Schemmel, Wes Olsen

    Released1984

    Directed byWes Olsen

  • 22
    Hard Rock Zombies
    5
    10

    Hard Rock Zombies

    Crystal Shaw, Lisa Toothman

    Released1984

    Directed byKrishna Shah

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  • 23
    Sleepwalker
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    Sleepwalker

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  • 24
    Bloodsuckers from Outer Space
    4
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    Bloodsuckers from Outer Space

    Dennis Letts, Thom Meyers

    Released1984

    Directed byGlen Coburn

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    Blastfighter
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    Blastfighter

    Massimo Vanni, George Eastman

    Released1984

    Directed byLamberto Bava

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