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List Rules Vote up your favorite monster films that were released in the 1980s.

For your enjoyment, here is a list of the best 80s monster movies. Monster movies were less prevalent in the 80s compared to decades before, but surprisingly there are some really good ones here. From the remake of The Fly to the first sequel to Alien (and possibly the best of the bunch) to Cliver Barker’s Hellraiser, this decade is out to impress.
 

Prominent on this 1980s monster film list is Nightmare on Elm Street, the film that made falling asleep terrifying and spawned four sequels during the decade. You will also find, John Carpenter’s The Fog, Friday the 13th (which spawned another brand that just keeps going) and Teen Wolf with Michael J. Fox.
 

So, which of the movies on this list of good 1980s monster films gave you the willies? Vote up the top 80s monster movies and make sure to add any we might have missed.

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The Thing Kurt Russell, Keith David, John Carpenter The Thing is a 1982 American science fiction horror film directed by John Carpenter, written by Bill Lancaster, and starring Kurt Russell. The film's title refers to its primary antagonist: a ...more

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Aliens Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Michael Biehn Aliens is a 1986 American science-fiction action horror film written and directed by James Cameron, produced by his then-wife Gale Anne Hurd, and starring Sigourney Weaver, Carrie Henn, Michael ...more

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Gremlins Steven Spielberg, Corey Feldman, Phoebe Cates Gremlins is a 1984 American horror comedy film directed by Joe Dante, released by Warner Bros. The film is about a young man who receives a strange creature called a mogwai as a pet, which then ...more

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A Nightmare on Elm Street is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 80s Monster Movies
A Nightmare on Elm Street Johnny Depp, Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp A Nightmare on Elm Street is a 1984 American supernatural slasher horror film written and directed by Wes Craven, and the first film of the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise. The film stars ...more

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The Fly Geena Davis, Jeff Goldblum, David Cronenberg Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial The Fly is a 1986 American science fiction horror film directed and co-written by David Cronenberg. Produced by Brooksfilms and distributed by 20th Century Fox, the film stars Jeff Goldblum, ...more

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Hellraiser Doug Bradley, Andrew Robinson, Ashley Laurence Hellraiser is a 1987 British horror film written and directed by Clive Barker, based upon his own novella The Hellbound Heart. The film spawned a series of sequels.

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Evil Dead II Bruce Campbell, Kassie DePaiva, Ted Raimi Evil Dead II is a 1987 American horror comedy film directed by Sam Raimi and a parody sequel to the 1981 film The Evil Dead. The film was written by Raimi and Scott Spiegel, produced by Robert ...more

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The Monster Squad Tom Noonan, Stephen Macht, Jon Gries The Monster Squad is a 1987 horror comedy film written by Shane Black and Fred Dekker and directed by Fred Dekker. It was released by Tri-Star Pictures on August 14, 1987. The film features the ...more

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Critters is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 80s Monster Movies
Chris King-Way added Critters Billy Zane, Dee Wallace, M. Emmet Walsh Critters is a 1986 cult comedy horror science fiction film starring Dee Wallace-Stone, M. Emmet Walsh, Billy Green Bush and Scott Grimes. It was the directorial debut of Stephen Herek who ...more

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Child's Play is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 80s Monster Movies
Child's Play Brad Dourif, Catherine Hicks, Chris Sarandon Child's Play is a 1988 American horror film directed by Tom Holland, written by Tom Holland, Don Mancini, and John Lafia, and starring Catherine Hicks, Chris Sarandon, Alex Vincent, and Brad ...more

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Friday the 13th Kevin Bacon, Tom Savini, Betsy Palmer Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Friday the 13th is a 1980 American slasher film directed by Sean S. Cunningham and written by Victor Miller. The film concerns a group of teenagers who are murdered one by one while attempting ...more

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Creepshow Stephen King, Ed Harris, Ted Danson Creepshow is a 1982 horror anthology film with elements of black comedy directed by George A. Romero and written by Stephen King. The film's ensemble cast included Hal Holbrook, Adrienne ...more

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Pumpkinhead Mayim Bialik, Lance Henriksen, George Buck Flower Pumpkinhead is a 1988 American supernatural horror film. It was the directorial debut of special effects artist Stan Winston. While Pumpkinhead received mixed reviews, the film has built up a ...more

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The Fog Maggie Grace, Selma Blair, Tom Welling The Fog is a 2005 horror film directed by Rupert Wainwright and starring Tom Welling, Selma Blair and Maggie Grace. It is a remake of John Carpenter's 1980 film of the same name and was produced ...more

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Teen Wolf 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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A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors Patricia Arquette, Laurence Fishburne, Zsa Zsa Gábor A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors is a 1987 American slasher fantasy film and the third film in the Nightmare on Elm Street series. The film was directed by Chuck Russell, written by ...more

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Alligator is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 80s Monster Movies
Chris King-Way added Alligator Dean Jagger, Sydney Lassick, Robert Forster Alligator is a 1980 American monster movie, directed by Lewis Teague with a screenplay by John Sayles. It stars Robert Forster, Robin Riker, and Michael V. Gazzo. It follows the attempts of a ...more

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Phantasm Angus Scrimm, A. Michael Baldwin, Reggie Bannister Phantasm is a 1979 American horror film directed, written, photographed, co-produced, and edited by Don Coscarelli. It introduces the Tall Man, a supernatural and malevolent undertaker who turns ...more

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A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: F... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 80s Monster Movies
A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge 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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Basket Case Bill Freehan, Jerry Butler, Frank Henenlotter Basket Case is a 1982 American horror comedy film written and directed by Frank Henenlotter. It has two sequels, Basket Case 2 and Basket Case 3: The Progeny by the same director. It is notable ...more

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A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: T... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 80s Monster Movies
A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master Robert Englund, Lisa Wilcox, Brooke Bundy A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master is a 1988 American slasher fantasy film and the fourth film in the Nightmare on Elm Street series. The film was directed by Renny Harlin, stars ...more

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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 Dennis Hopper, Bill Moseley, Kinky Friedman The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 is a 1986 American horror dark comedy slasher film, directed by Tobe Hooper. It is a sequel to the 1974 horror classic The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, also directed ...more

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A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: T... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best 80s Monster Movies
A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child Robert Englund, Lisa Wilcox, Wally George A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child is a 1989 American slasher horror film and the fifth film in the Nightmare on Elm Street series. It was directed by Stephen Hopkins, stars Robert ...more

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TerrorVision Chad Allen, Mary Woronov, Diane Franklin Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial TerrorVision is an American horror-comedy film released in 1986. The film was directed by Ted Nicolaou, produced and written by Albert and Charles Band and composed by Richard Band, all of whom ...more

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Slugs Frank Braña, Manuel de Blas, Patty Shepard Slugs, muerte viscosa is a 1988 American/Spanish horror film based on the novel Slugs by Shaun Hutson.

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Scarecrows Don Herbert, Michael David Simms, Ted Vernon Scarecrows is a 1988 horror film written and directed by William Wesley. The film centers around a group of mercenaries who have hijacked a plane. After one of their number escapes with the ...more