Graveyard Shift

The Greatest '80s Horror Villains

List Rules
'80s villains only.

Lock the door, grab a friend, and turn on all the lights as we rank the best 80s horror villains. The 1980s saw a surge of horror movies thanks to the success of campy mid-to-late ‘70s fright fests like Halloween and Carrie.

The best ‘80s horror villains are the ones who leave a lasting impression, whether through their look, their dialogue, or their macabre backstory. It’s their truly terrifying nature that made audiences want to see more of them. In fact, some of these 1980s villains proved so popular (and lucrative) that they found their way into the ‘90s, ‘00s, and even today through sequels, reboots, remakes, and even re-imaginings!

The fact that movie studios keep feeding us these characters almost 40 years later (and the fact that we keep wanting more) proves the indelible impact these list of 80s horror villains have had. Seriously, how boring would some of our Halloween parties be if we didn’t have this ‘80s horror icons to dress up as?

Vote up your favorite from this list of the best horror villains of the 80s, and if your favorite fiend is missing, go ahead and add them to the list!