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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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  • 1
    The Return of the Living Dead
    44
    11

    The Return of the Living Dead

    Clu Gulager, James Karen

    Released1985

    Directed byDan O'Bannon

    This film is a 1985 American black comedy/zombie horror film written and directed by Dan... more on Wikipedia

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  • 2
    Day of the Dead
    47
    17

    Day of the Dead

    Sherman Howard, Jarlath Conroy

    Released1985

    Directed byGeorge A. Romero

    This film is a 1985 American horror film written and directed by George A. Romero and the... more on Wikipedia

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  • 3
    Fright Night
    44
    15

    Fright Night

    Christopher Lee, Roddy McDowall

    Released1985

    Directed byTom Holland

    Fright Night is a 1985 American horror comedy film written and directed by Tom Holland and... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    The Hills Have Eyes Part II
    44
    22

    The Hills Have Eyes Part II

    Michael Berryman, Penny Johnson

    Released1985

    Directed byWes Craven

    The Hills Have Eyes Part II is a 1985 American horror film directed by Wes Craven. It is a... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Re-Animator
    31
    12

    Re-Animator

    Barbara Crampton, Jeffrey Combs

    Released1985

    Directed byStuart Gordon

    Re-Animator is a 1985 American science fiction horror comedy film loosely based on the H. P.... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge
    37
    23

    Released1985

    Directed byJack Sholder

    A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge is a 1985 American slasher horror film and the... more on Wikipedia

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  • 7
    Demons
    26
    12

    Demons

    Lamberto Bava, Michele Soavi

    Released1985

    Directed byLamberto Bava

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  • 8
    Guinea Pig 2: Flower of Flesh and Blood

    Released1985

    Directed byHideshi Hino

    Guinea Pig 2: Flower of Flesh and Blood is a 1985 Japanese horror film written and directed by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 9
    Cat's Eye
    19
    11

    Cat's Eye

    Drew Barrymore, James Woods

    Released1985

    Directed byLewis Teague

    Cat's Eye is a 1985 American anthology horror film directed by Lewis Teague and written by... more on Wikipedia

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  • 10
    Silver Bullet
    17
    9

    Silver Bullet

    Gary Busey, Corey Haim

    Released1985

    Directed byDan Attias

    Silver Bullet is a 1985 horror film based on the Stephen King novella Cycle of the Werewolf.... more on Wikipedia

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  • 11
    The Stuff
    14
    6

    The Stuff

    Abe Vigoda, Paul Sorvino

    Released1985

    Directed byLarry Cohen

    The Stuff is a 1985 American science fiction horror comedy film written, produced, and... more on Wikipedia

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  • 12
    Once Bitten
    19
    13

    Once Bitten

    Jim Carrey, Megan Mullally

    Released1985

    Directed byHoward Storm

    Once Bitten is a 1985 American horror comedy film starring Lauren Hutton, Jim Carrey and Karen... more on Wikipedia

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  • 13
    Vampire Hunter D
    16
    10

    Vampire Hunter D

    Kaneto Shiozawa, Ichirō Nagai

    Released1985

    Directed byToyoo Ashida

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  • 14
    The Toxic Avenger
    19
    14

    The Toxic Avenger

    Marisa Tomei, Mitch Cohen

    Released1984

    Directed byLloyd Kaufman, Michael Herz

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  • 15
    The Mutilator
    12
    7

    The Mutilator

    Matt Mitler, Frances Raines

    Released1985

    Directed byBuddy Cooper

    The Mutilator is a 1985 horror film written, directed, and produced by Buddy Cooper, and... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Transylvania 6-5000
    11
    8

    Transylvania 6-5000

    Geena Davis, Jeff Goldblum

    Released1985

    Directed byRudy De Luca

    Transylvania 6-5000 is a 1985 American/Yugoslav horror/comedy movie about two tabloid... more on Wikipedia

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  • 17
    Lifeforce
    9
    6

    Lifeforce

    Patrick Stewart, Mathilda May

    Released1985

    Directed byTobe Hooper

    Lifeforce is a 1985 science fiction, horror film directed by Tobe Hooper and written by Dan... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Creepers
    9
    6

    Creepers

    Jennifer Connelly, Donald Pleasence

    Released1985

    Directed byDario Argento

    Phenomena is a 1985 Italian horror film directed by Dario Argento and starring Jennifer... more on Wikipedia

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  • 19
    Night Train to Terror
    9
    8

    Night Train to Terror

    Cameron Mitchell, Richard Moll

    Released1985

    Night Train to Terror is an independent horror film directed by John Carr, Phillip Marshak,... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Blackout
    9
    8

    Blackout

    David Carradine, Richard Widmark

    Released1985

    Directed byDouglas Hickox

    Blackout is a 1985 made-for-HBO thriller starring Keith Carradine, Kathleen Quinlan and... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Thou Shalt Not Kill... Except
    7
    5

    Thou Shalt Not Kill... Except

    Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi

    Released1985

    Directed byJosh Becker

    Thou Shalt Not Kill... Except, also known as Stryker's War, is a 1985 American action horror... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    The Bride
    10
    10

    The Bride

    Sting, Jennifer Beals

    Released1985

    Directed byFranc Roddam

    The Bride is an adaptation of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, released in 1985 and directed by... more on Wikipedia

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  • 23
    Boggy Creek II: And The Legend Continues
    10
    11

    Boggy Creek II: And The Legend Continues

    Charles B. Pierce, Serene Hedin

    Released1985

    Directed byCharles B. Pierce

    Boggy Creek II: And the Legend Continues is a 1985 film directed by Charles B. Pierce.... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 24
    Teen Wolf
    13
    16

    Teen Wolf

    Michael J. Fox, Doug Savant

    Released1985

    Directed byRod Daniel

    Teen Wolf is a 1985 American fantasy comedy film released by Atlantic Releasing Corporation... more on Wikipedia

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  • 25
    Wes Craven's Chiller
    5
    6

    Wes Craven's Chiller

    Paul Sorvino, Beatrice Straight

    Released1985

    Directed byWes Craven

    Chiller is a 1985 American horror television film. It aired on May 22, 1985. It was directed... more on Wikipedia