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The Best Horror Movies of 1985 

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List of the best 1985 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 1985, 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.

Everything from Fright Night to Teen Wolf is included on this list. This isn't necessarily a list of all horror movies from 1985, but it does contain all the ones worth watching.
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Sherman Howard, Jarlath Conroy, Terry Alexander

Released: 1985

Directed by: George A. Romero

This film is a 1985 American horror film written and directed by George A. Romero and the third film in Romero's film series. Romero describes the film as a "tragedy about how a lack of ...more

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Christopher Lee, Roddy McDowall, Chris Sarandon

Released: 1985

Directed by: Tom Holland

Fright Night is a 1985 American horror comedy film written and directed by Tom Holland and produced by Herb Jaffe. It stars William Ragsdale, Chris Sarandon, Roddy McDowall and Amanda Bearse. ...more

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Clu Gulager, James Karen, Linnea Quigley

Released: 1985

Directed by: Dan O'Bannon

This film is a 1985 American black comedy/zombie horror film written and directed by Dan O'Bannon and starring Clu Gulager, James Karen, Don Calfa and Linnea Quigley. The film tells the story of ...more

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Robert Englund, Hope Lange, Clu Gulager

Released: 1985

Directed by: Jack Sholder

A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge is a 1985 American slasher horror film and the second film in the Nightmare on Elm Street film series. The film was directed by Jack Sholder and ...more

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Barbara Crampton, Jeffrey Combs, David Gale

Released: 1985

Directed by: Stuart Gordon

Re-Animator is a 1985 American science fiction horror comedy film loosely based on the H. P. Lovecraft episodic novella "Herbert West–Reanimator." Directed by Stuart Gordon, it was the ...more

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Lamberto Bava, Michele Soavi, Urbano Barberini

Released: 1985

Directed by: Lamberto Bava

Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Demons is a 1985 Italian horror film directed by Lamberto Bava and produced by Dario Argento, starring Urbano Barberini and Natasha Hovey. The screenplay was written by Bava, Argento, Franco ...more

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Corey Feldman, Miguel A. Núñez, Jr.

Released: 1985

Directed by: Danny Steinmann

Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning is a 1985 American slasher film and is the fifth installment in the Friday the 13th franchise. It is the last film to be directed by Danny Steinmann. ...more

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Drew Barrymore, James Woods, Charles S. Dutton

Released: 1985

Directed by: Lewis Teague

Cat's Eye is a 1985 American anthology horror film directed by Lewis Teague and written by Stephen King. It comprises three stories, "Quitters, Inc.", "The Ledge", and ...more

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Gary Busey, Corey Haim, Terry O'Quinn

Released: 1985

Directed by: Dan Attias

Silver Bullet is a 1985 horror film based on the Stephen King novella Cycle of the Werewolf. It stars Gary Busey, Everett McGill, Megan Follows, Corey Haim, Terry O'Quinn, Lawrence Tierney, Bill ...more

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Jim Carrey, Megan Mullally, Lauren Hutton

Released: 1985

Directed by: Howard Storm

Once Bitten is a 1985 American horror comedy film starring Lauren Hutton, Jim Carrey and Karen Kopins. Carrey stars as Mark Kendall, an innocent and naive high school student who is seduced in a ...more

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Abe Vigoda, Paul Sorvino, Danny Aiello

Released: 1985

Directed by: Larry Cohen

The Stuff is a 1985 American science fiction horror comedy film written, produced, and directed by Larry Cohen and starring Michael Moriarty, Garrett Morris, Andrea Marcovicci, and Paul Sorvino. ...more

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Marisa Tomei, Mitch Cohen, R. L. Ryan

Released: 1984

Directed by: Lloyd Kaufman, Michael Herz

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Michael Berryman, Penny Johnson, John Laughlin

Released: 1985

Directed by: Wes Craven

The Hills Have Eyes Part II is a 1985 American horror film directed by Wes Craven. It is a sequel to the 1977 film The Hills Have Eyes. The film is the second film in the The Hills Have Eyes ...more

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Matt Mitler, Frances Raines, Jack Chatham

Released: 1985

Directed by: Buddy Cooper

The Mutilator is a 1985 horror film written, directed, and produced by Buddy Cooper, and co-directed by John S. Douglass.

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Jennifer Connelly, Donald Pleasence, Patrick Bauchau

Released: 1985

Directed by: Dario Argento

Phenomena is a 1985 Italian horror film directed by Dario Argento and starring Jennifer Connelly, Daria Nicolodi, and Donald Pleasence. Its plot focuses on a young girl at a remote Swiss ...more

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Trioxin245 added Mariska Hargitay, Jack Nance, Lisa Pelikan

Released: 1985

Directed by: Luca Bercovici

Ghoulies is a 1985 fantasy, horror, comedy film written by Jefery Levy and Luca Bercovici, and directed by Luca Bercovici.

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Michael J. Fox, Doug Savant, James Hampton

Released: 1985

Directed by: Rod Daniel

Teen Wolf is a 1985 American fantasy comedy film released by Atlantic Releasing Corporation starring Michael J. Fox as Scott Howard, a high school student who discovers that his family has an ...more

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Paul Sorvino, Beatrice Straight, Jill Schoelen

Released: 1985

Directed by: Wes Craven

Chiller is a 1985 American horror television film. It aired on May 22, 1985. It was directed by Wes Craven and written by J.D. Feigelson. It follows corporate executive Miles Creighton, who dies ...more
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Kirara Yugao

Released: 1985

Directed by: Hideshi Hino

Guinea Pig 2: Flower of Flesh and Blood is a 1985 Japanese horror film written and directed by Hideshi Hino. The second film in the Guinea Pig film series, it is based on a manga by Hino and ...more
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Geena Davis, Jeff Goldblum, Jeffrey Jones

Released: 1985

Directed by: Rudy De Luca

Transylvania 6-5000 is a 1985 American/Yugoslav horror/comedy movie about two tabloid reporters who travel to modern-day Transylvania to uncover the truth behind Frankenstein sightings. Along ...more
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Kaneto Shiozawa, Ichirō Nagai, Kazuyuki Sogabe

Released: 1985

Directed by: Toyoo Ashida

Vampire Hunter D is a 1985 Japanese horror/science fiction OVA film produced by Ashi Productions, in association with Epic/Sony Records, CBS Sony Group Inc. and Movic. The screenplay is based on ...more

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Faces of Death III

Released: 1985

Directed by: John Alan Schwartz

Faces of Death III is the second sequel to the 1978 mondo film Faces of Death. Once again, John Alan Schwartz directed and co wrote along with co writer Veronica Lakewood. Michael Carr again ...more
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Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi, Ted Raimi

Released: 1985

Directed by: Josh Becker

Thou Shalt Not Kill... Except, also known as Stryker's War, is a 1985 American action horror film directed by Josh Becker and starring Robert Rickman, John Manfredi, Tim Quill, Cheryl Hausen, ...more
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Patrick Stewart, Mathilda May, Peter Firth

Released: 1985

Directed by: Tobe Hooper

Lifeforce is a 1985 science fiction, horror film directed by Tobe Hooper and written by Dan O'Bannon and Don Jakoby, based on Colin Wilson's 1976 novel, The Space Vampires. Featuring Steve ...more
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Night Train to Terror Cameron Mitchell, Richard Moll, Marc Lawrence

Released: 1985

Night Train to Terror is an independent horror film directed by John Carr, Phillip Marshak, Tom McGowan, Jay Schlossberg-Cohen, Gregg C. Tallas, and written by Academy Award winner Phillip ...more