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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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Clu Gulager, James Karen, Linnea Quigley
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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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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Sherman Howard, Jarlath Conroy, Terry Alexander
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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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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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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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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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. ...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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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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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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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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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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Marisa Tomei, Mitch Cohen, R. L. Ryan
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Klaus Kinski, Wendy Schaal, Diane Salinger
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