Graveyard Shift 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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Fright Night is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 1985
Christopher Lee, Roddy McDowall, Chris Sarandon 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 The Return of the Living Dead 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 ...more

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Sherman Howard, Jarlath Conroy, Terry Alexander Day of the Dead is a 1985 American horror film written and directed by George A. Romero and the third film in Romero's Dead series, being preceded by Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the ...more

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Lamberto Bava, Michele Soavi, Urbano Barberini 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. 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. The ...more

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Robert Englund, Hope Lange, Clu Gulager 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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Michael Berryman, Penny Johnson, John Laughlin 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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Gary Busey, Corey Haim, Terry O'Quinn 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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Barbara Crampton, Jeffrey Combs, David Gale 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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Drew Barrymore, James Woods, Charles S. Dutton 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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Jim Carrey, Megan Mullally, Lauren Hutton 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 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 Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial The Toxic Avenger is a 1984 American superhero film released by Troma Entertainment, known for producing low budget B-movies with campy concepts. Virtually ignored upon its first release, The ...more

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Trioxin245 added Mariska Hargitay, Jack Nance, Lisa Pelikan Ghoulies is a 1985 fantasy, horror, comedy film written by Jefery Levy and Luca Bercovici, and directed by Luca Bercovici.

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Matt Mitler, Frances Raines, Jack Chatham 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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Geena Davis, Jeff Goldblum, Jeffrey Jones 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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Blackout is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 1985
Blackout David Carradine, Richard Widmark, Kathleen Quinlan Blackout is a 1985 made-for-HBO thriller starring Keith Carradine, Kathleen Quinlan and Richard Widmark.

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Klaus Kinski, Wendy Schaal, Diane Salinger Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Creature - Die dunkle Macht der Finsternis ist ein Horrorfilm aus dem Jahr 1985. Regie führte William Malone.

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Lynn-Holly Johnson, Dennis Christopher, Martin Hewitt The Falling is a 1987 movie starring Dennis Christopher, Martin Hewitt, and Lynn-Holly Johnson. This film was also known as Alien Predator and Mutant 2.

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Patrick Stewart, Mathilda May, Peter Firth 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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Jennifer Connelly, Donald Pleasence, Patrick Bauchau 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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Night Train to Terror Cameron Mitchell, Richard Moll, Marc Lawrence 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

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Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi, Ted Raimi 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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Confessions of a Serial Killer Robert A. Burns Confessions of a Serial Killer is a 1985 American horror film directed by Mark Blair. Preceding Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer by one year, the film details a serial killer who, after being ...more

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Paul Sorvino, Beatrice Straight, Jill Schoelen 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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Faces of Death III 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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Charles B. Pierce, Serene Hedin, Jimmy Clem Boggy Creek II: And the Legend Continues is a 1985 film directed by Charles B. Pierce. Although styled as "II," the film is actually a third installment of the franchise: it is the ...more

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Kaneto Shiozawa, Ichirō Nagai, Kazuyuki Sogabe 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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Terror and Black Lace Maribel Guardia, Gonzalo Vega, Claudio Obregón Terror y encajes negros is a 1985 Mexican film directed by Luis Alcoriza.

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Daemon Susannah York, Lisa J. Bloch, Bert Parnaby Daemon is a 1985 British horror film about a young man who is possessed by a demon. It was written and directed by Colin Finbow. It starred Susannah York, Bert Parnaby and Arnaud Morell. It is a ...more

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What Waits Below Timothy Bottoms, Richard Johnson, Robert Powell What Waits Below is a science-fiction adventure film released in 1985. Directed by Don Sharp, produced by the Adams Apple Film Company, the film runs for 88 minutes and starred Robert Powell, ...more

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Nail Gun Massacre John Price, Rocky Patterson, Thom Meyers Nail Gun Massacre is a 1985 horror film written and directed by Terry Lofton, and co-directed by Bill Leslie. It follows a young doctor and sheriff as they try to find a killer wearing a ...more

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Radhika Sarathkumar, Shalini Kumar, Jaishankar Pillai Nilla is a 1985 Tamil horror film directed by Manobala. The film stars Jaishankar, Mohan, Nalini and Radhika.

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Michael J. Fox, Doug Savant, James Hampton 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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Gakidama Gakidama is a 1985 horror film starring Kazuyo Matsui, Kyozo Nagatsuka, and Ichiro Ogura.

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Female Murderer without Head Kim Hae-sook, Son Jeon, Guk Jeong-Hwan Female Murderer without Head is a 1985 mystery thriller horror film written and directed by Kim Yeong Han.

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David Carradine, Lynn Redgrave, Chad Allen The Bad Seed in a 1985 film directed by Paul Wendkos for ABC Television. It is based on the 1954 novel by William March and is a remake of the 1956 movie directed by Mervyn LeRoy.

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Karen Black, Lois Maxwell, Ron Lea Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial A dissatisfied television director's boring life is spiced up by a new girlfriend who reveals that she is involved with the black arts and teaches him about astral-projection.

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Danny Bonaduce, Stuart Whitman, Steve Perry Deadly Intruder is a 1985 horror film.

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The Oracle Irma St. Paule, Dan Lutzky, Pam La Testa

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After Darkness John Hurt After Darkness is a 1985 Swiss horror film directed by Dominique Othenin-Girard and Sergio Guerraz. It was entered into the 35th Berlin International Film Festival.

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Axel Berg Joey, also known as Making Contact, is a 1985 West German fantasy film from Centropolis Film Productions. The film was co-written and directed by Roland Emmerich. The plot concerns a boy who ...more

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Bits and Pieces Tally Chanel, Sheila Lussier, Thomas L. Callaway Bits and Pieces is a 1985 horror drama film directed by Leland Thomas and starring S.E. Zygmont, Suzanna Smith, Sheila Lussier, Tally Chanel and Brian Burt.

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Patrick Stewart, Timothy Dalton, Twiggy The Doctor and the Devils is a 1985 film directed by Freddie Francis.

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Titus Andronicus Eileen Atkins, Edward Hardwicke, Trevor Peacock Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Titus Andronicus is a 1985 drama and horror film directed by Jane Howell.

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The Ripper Tom Savini

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James Spader, Lori Loughlin, Eric Stoltz The New Kids is a 1985 American thriller film, directed by Sean S. Cunningham and starring Shannon Presby and Lori Loughlin. The film was released on January 18, 1985, in the US by Columbia ...more

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Ronald Reagan, Max Manthey, Phil Therrien Horror House on Highway Five is a 1985 independent low budget slasher, concerning a sociopath dressed up as Richard Nixon, who goes rampaging through the night traveling down a highway to ...more

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Guinea Pig: Devil's Experiment