Graveyard Shift 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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The Fly is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 1986
Geena Davis, Jeff Goldblum, David Cronenberg

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Corey Feldman, Tony Goldwyn, Ron Palillo

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Asia Argento, Nancy Brilli, Coralina Cataldi-Tassoni

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Anthony Perkins, Diana Scarwid, Jeff Fahey

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David Paymer, Dick Miller, Tom Atkins

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Jennifer Jason Leigh, Rutger Hauer, C. Thomas Howell

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Little Shop of Horrors is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 1986
Bill Murray, Steve Martin, John Candy

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Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Michael Biehn

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George Wendt, Kay Lenz, Richard Moll

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Barbara Crampton, Jeffrey Combs, Ken Foree

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Craig T. Nelson, JoBeth Williams, Heather O'Rourke

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Tawny Kitaen, Rose Marie, Kathleen Wilhoite

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Deborah Foreman, Thomas F. Wilson, Ken Olandt

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Charlie Sheen, Brooke Burke-Charvet, Randy Quaid

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Michael Rooker, Tom Towles, Tracy Arnold

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Carrie Fisher, Stephen King, Emilio Estevez

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Elisabeth Shue, Terence Stamp, Kevin Lloyd

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Vampires Duane Jones, John Bly, Jackie James

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Barbara Crampton, Dick Miller, Mary Woronov

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Andrea Thompson, Dale Midkiff, Wellington Meffeert

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Spine Lise Romanoff, Janus Blythe, Antoine Herzog

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Christian Slater, Dina Merrill, Lois Smith

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Gabriel Byrne, Timothy Spall, Natasha Richardson

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Ozzy Osbourne, Gene Simmons, Doug Savant

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Klaus Kinski, Talia Balsam, Tané McClure

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Karen Black, Laraine Newman, Louise Fletcher

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Screamtime Robin Bailey, Ann Lynn, Bosco Hogan

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Paul Bartel, Martin Hewitt, Sherry Willis-Burch

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Frank Lentz, Lisa DeHaven, Bucky Santini

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Evil Cat Lau Kar-leung, Wong Jing, Gallen Lo

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Visions of Hell: The Films of Jim VanBebber: The Short Films Marc Pitman, Terek Puckett, Maureen Allisse

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Sybil Danning, John Carradine, Cameron Mitchell

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Kevin Costner, Julius Metoyer, Terry Congie

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Chow Yun-Fat, Maggie Cheung, Chin Siu-ho

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Revenge John Carradine, Patrick Wayne

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Deadtime Stories Melissa Leo, Scott Valentine, Rondell Sheridan

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Marauders Richard Wolstencroft, Megan Spencer, Paul Harrington

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Dreamaniac Ashlyn Gere, Lisa Emery, Brent Black

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Something in the Basement Nathan Forrest Winters, Brian McHugh

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Rachel Ward, Asher Keddie, Rebecca Rigg

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Dennis Hopper, Bill Moseley, Kinky Friedman

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Billy Zane, Dee Wallace, M. Emmet Walsh

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Truth or Dare? AJ McLean, Joel D. Wynkoop

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Eva Grimaldi, Gabriele Tinti, Jessica Moore

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Torment Taylor Gilbert, Eve Brenner, Paul McCarthy

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Emily Longstreth, Randall England, Robert Allen

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Anemia

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Bridge to Nowhere Bruno Lawrence, Peter McCauley, Alison Routledge

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Lori Labar, Nick Nasta, Veronica Stork

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Fergie, Paul Walker, Stella Stevens