horror movies and TV The Best Horror Movies of 1986  

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List of the best 1986 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 1986, 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.

This list features Aliens, The Fly and more. This isn't necessarily a list of all horror movies from 1986, but it does contain all the ones worth watching.
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Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives Corey Feldman, Tony Goldwyn, Ron Palillo

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Psycho III Anthony Perkins, Diana Scarwid, Jeff Fahey

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17 8
The Fly is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 1986
The Fly Geena Davis, Jeff Goldblum, David Cronenberg

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Demons 2 Asia Argento, Nancy Brilli, Coralina Cataldi-Tassoni

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Little Shop of Horrors is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 1986
Little Shop of Horrors Bill Murray, Steve Martin, John Candy

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The Hitcher Jennifer Jason Leigh, Rutger Hauer, C. Thomas Howell

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Poltergeist II: The Other Side Craig T. Nelson, JoBeth Williams, Heather O'Rourke

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Night of the Creeps David Paymer, Dick Miller, Tom Atkins

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House George Wendt, Kay Lenz, Richard Moll

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Witchboard Tawny Kitaen, Rose Marie, Kathleen Wilhoite

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Maximum Overdrive Carrie Fisher, Stephen King, Emilio Estevez

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The Wraith Charlie Sheen, Brooke Burke-Charvet, Randy Quaid

The Best Horror Movie Remakes

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From Beyond Barbara Crampton, Jeffrey Combs, Ken Foree

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Critters Billy Zane, Dee Wallace, M. Emmet Walsh

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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 Dennis Hopper, Bill Moseley, Kinky Friedman

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Killer Party Paul Bartel, Martin Hewitt, Sherry Willis-Burch

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Invaders from Mars Karen Black, Laraine Newman, Louise Fletcher

The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies

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Chopping Mall Barbara Crampton, Dick Miller, Mary Woronov

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Screamtime Robin Bailey, Ann Lynn, Bosco Hogan

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Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer Michael Rooker, Tom Towles, Tracy Arnold

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April Fool's Day Deborah Foreman, Thomas F. Wilson, Ken Olandt

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Aliens Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Michael Biehn

Kids of Horror Movies: Where Are They Now?

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Trick or Treat Ozzy Osbourne, Gene Simmons, Doug Savant

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Vampires Duane Jones, John Bly, Jackie James

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Nightmare Weekend Andrea Thompson, Dale Midkiff, Wellington Meffeert

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Cards of Death

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Zombie Brigade Ian Paul Cassidy, John Moore, Geoffrey Gibbs

The Most Awkward Movies to Watch with Your Parents

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Slaughter High Caroline Munro, Billy Hartman, Gary Martin

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Sorority House Massacre Angela O'Neill, Pamela Ross, Wendy Martel

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Spine Lise Romanoff, Janus Blythe, Antoine Herzog

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The Vindicator Pam Grier, Maury Chaykin, Catherine Disher

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Gothic Gabriel Byrne, Timothy Spall, Natasha Richardson

The Best '80s Horror Movies

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Dead End Drive-In Brett Climo, Lyn Collingwood, Peter Whitford

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Link Elisabeth Shue, Terence Stamp, Kevin Lloyd

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Terror at Tenkiller Michael Shamus Wiles

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Combat Shock Lori Labar, Nick Nasta, Veronica Stork

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Twisted Christian Slater, Dina Merrill, Lois Smith

Things Your Mother Told You... That She Was Right About

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Mort un dimanche de pluie

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TerrorVision Chad Allen, Mary Woronov, Diane Franklin

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Los Amantes del Señor de la Noche Isela Vega, Emilio Fernández, Lilia Prado

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The Abomination

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Spookies Charlotte Alexandra, Maria Pechukas

The Scariest Movies of the 1980s

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The Class of Nuke 'Em High Robert Prichard, R. L. Ryan, Jennifer Prichard

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Redneck Zombies Frank Lentz, Lisa DeHaven, Bucky Santini

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Haunted Honeymoon Gene Wilder, Gilda Radner, Dom DeLuise

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Nomads Pierce Brosnan, Adam Ant, Lesley-Anne Down

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Shadows Run Black Kevin Costner, Julius Metoyer, Terry Congie

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Mr. Vampire II Yuen Biao, Lam Ching-ying, Fung Woo

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Breeders Lance Lewman, Frances Raines, Amy Brentano

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Something in the Basement Nathan Forrest Winters, Brian McHugh