Film The Best 80s Slasher Movies  

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

It's hard to argue that the 80s wasn't the pinnacle of the slasher genre. This best 1980s slasher movie list features several of the most iconic films in the genre; films that frightened a generation and spawned sequels which continue to frighten people everywhere to this very day.

A Nightmare on Elm Street
, Friday the 13th
 and Prom Night all began in the ‘80s, and each has spawned sequel after sequel. Also on this list of the best slasher movies from the 80s are My Bloody Valentine, April Fool’s Day, Happy Birthday to Me and Silent Night, Deadly Night. Hmmm… holidays may not be as safe as we think.
 

So, which of the movies on this list of good 80s slasher films sent a chill up your spine? Vote up the top bloody 80s slasher movies and make sure to add any we might have missed.

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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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Jamie Lee Curtis, Dana Carvey, Kyle Richards Halloween II is a 1981 slasher horror film directed by Rick Rosenthal, and written and produced by John Carpenter and Debra Hill. It is the second installment in the Halloween series and is a ...more

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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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Corey Feldman, Crispin Glover, Judie Aronson Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter is a 1984 slasher film written and directed by Joseph Zito. It is the fourth film in the Friday the 13th film series. Though it was billed as "The Final ...more

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Mike Kellin, Katherine Kamhi, Robert Earl Jones Sleepaway Camp is a 1983 exploitation slasher film written and directed by Robert Hiltzik who also served as executive producer. The film is about the killings of teen campers at a summer camp. ...more

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The Burning is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 80s Slasher Movies
Midnight Cookie Special added Holly Hunter, Jason Alexander, Fisher Stevens The Burning is a 1981 slasher film directed by Tony Maylam and written by Peter Lawrence and Bob Weinstein. It is based on an original story by Maylam, Weinstein, and Brad Grey, with a musical ...more

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Friday the 13th Part 2 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 80s Slasher Movies
Midnight Cookie Special added Betsy Palmer, Lauren-Marie Taylor, Warrington Gillette Friday the 13th Part 2 is a 1981 American horror film directed by Steve Miner. It is a direct sequel to Friday the 13th, picking up five years after that film's conclusion, where a new murderer ...more

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Friday the 13th Part 3: 3D is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 80s Slasher Movies
Midnight Cookie Special added Betsy Palmer, Steve Miner, Richard Brooker Friday the 13th Part III is a 1982 slasher film and the third entry in the Friday the 13th franchise, directed by Steve Miner. Originally released in 3-D, it is the first film to feature ...more

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Don Francks, Cynthia Dale, Helene Udy My Bloody Valentine is a 1981 slasher film directed by George Mihalka and written by John Beaird. The film tells the story of a group of teenagers who decide to throw a Valentine's Day party ...more

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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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Corey Feldman, Tony Goldwyn, Ron Palillo Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives is a 1986 slasher film, the sixth film in the Friday the 13th film series. The film was written and directed by Tom McLoughlin. Although the original concept ...more

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Elizabeth Berridge, Kevin Conway, Frank Grimes The Funhouse is a 1981 American horror film directed by Tobe Hooper. It was written by Larry Block and stars Elizabeth Berridge, Kevin Conway, William Finley, Cooper Huckabee, Miles Chapin, and ...more

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Jamie Lee Curtis, Vanity, David Copperfield Terror Train is a 1980 slasher film, directed by Roger Spottiswoode and starring Jamie Lee Curtis, Ben Johnson and David Copperfield. It follows the members of a college fraternity who played a ...more

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Black Christmas is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 80s Slasher Movies
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Man, how could this not have been on the list! 70's film but come on! Deserves to be in the 80's list.

Black Christmas is a 1974 Canadian independent horror film directed by Bob Clark and written by A. Roy Moore. It stars Olivia Hussey, Keir Dullea, Margot Kidder, Andrea Martin, Marian Waldman ...more

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Farley Granger, Lawrence Tierney, Christopher Goutman The Prowler is a 1981 horror film directed by Joseph Zito, and written by Neal Barbera and Glenn Leopold.

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Tara Buckman, Linnea Quigley, Lilyan Chauvin Silent Night, Deadly Night is a 1984 American slasher film produced by Ira R Barmak, written by Michael Hickey, directed by Charles E. Sellier, Jr. and starring Robert Brian Wilson, Lilyan ...more

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Eileen Davidson, Harley Jane Kozak, Kate McNeil The House on Sorority Row is a 1983 American slasher film directed by Mark Rosman. The film has become a cult classic among fans of the genre.

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Glenn Ford, Melissa Sue Anderson, Tracey E. Bregman Happy Birthday to Me is a 1981 American-Canadian slasher film directed by J. Lee Thompson and starring Melissa Sue Anderson and Glenn Ford. It was released on 15 May 1981, and has since become ...more

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Robin Stille, Michael Villella, Debra Deliso The Slumber Party Massacre is a 1982 American slasher film directed by Amy Holden Jones and written by Rita Mae Brown. In the film, an 18-year old is left alone by her parents and plans on ...more

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Jamie Lee Curtis, Brittany Snow, Leslie Nielsen Prom Night is a 1980 Canadian slasher film directed by Paul Lynch, based on a story by Robert Guza, Jr., and starring Leslie Nielsen and Jamie Lee Curtis. The story concerns a group of high ...more

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Madman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 80s Slasher Movies
Midnight Cookie Special added Gaylen Ross, Harriet Bass, Seth Jones Madman is a 1982 slasher film written and directed by Joe Giannone. The plot follows a group of campers who are stalked and killed after summoning an axe-murderer of local legend. Originally ...more

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Intruder is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best 80s Slasher Movies
Midnight Cookie Special added Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi, Ted Raimi Intruder is a 1989 horror film written and directed by Scott Spiegel, and co-written by Lawrence Bender.

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Deborah Foreman, Thomas F. Wilson, Ken Olandt April Fool's Day is an American mystery dark comedy horror film released in 1986 by Paramount Pictures. It was directed by Fred Walton, from the screenplay by Danilo Bach. The original music ...more

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Corey Feldman, Tony Goldwyn, Jeff Bennett Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood is the seventh installment in the original Friday the 13th series, released in 1988. It is the start of the Kane Hodder era in Jason films in the role of ...more

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Sleepaway Camp 2 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best 80s Slasher Movies
Midnight Cookie Special added Walter Gotell, Renée Estevez, Pamela Springsteen Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers also known as Nightmare Vacation II is a 1988 horror-comedy film and a sequel to the movie Sleepaway Camp, written by Fritz Gordon and directed by Michael A. ...more

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Tom Atkins, Sheree North, Bruce Campbell Maniac Cop is a 1988 action/slasher film directed by William Lustig, and written by Larry Cohen.

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Halloween 4: The Return of Mic... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best 80s Slasher Movies
Harry Manback added Danielle Harris, Donald Pleasence, Kathleen Kinmont Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers is a 1988 horror film directed by Dwight H. Little and written by Alan B. McElroy. It is the fourth installment of the Halloween film series and focuses ...more

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Linda Blair, Peter Barton, Ron Gans Hell Night is a 1981 American independent horror film directed by Tom DeSimone, written by Randy Feldman, and starring Linda Blair. The film depicts a night of fraternity hazing set in an old ...more

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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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Final Exam is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best 80s Slasher Movies
Midnight Cookie Special added Ralph Brown, John Fallon, Timothy L. Raynor Final Exam is a 1981 slasher film that stars Cecile Bagdadi, Joel S. Rice & Timothy L. Raynor. The film is notable for focusing on establishing its characters and solid pacing. Director ...more

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The Mutilator is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best 80s Slasher Movies
Midnight Cookie Special added Matt Mitler, Frances Raines, Jack Chatham The Mutilator is a 1985 horror film written, directed, and produced by Buddy Cooper, and co-directed by John S. Douglass.

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Anthony Perkins, Dennis Franz, Vera Miles Psycho II is a 1983 American psychological horror slasher film directed by Richard Franklin and written by Tom Holland. It is the first sequel to Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho and second film in the ...more

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Child's Play is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best 80s Slasher Movies
Piotr Adamowski added 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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Blood Rage is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best 80s Slasher Movies
Midnight Cookie Special added Louise Lasser, Mark Soper Blood Rage is a 1987 slasher film written by Bruce Rubin and directed by John Grissmer. It was produced by Marianne Kanter and starred Louise Lasser.

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Graduation Day is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best 80s Slasher Movies
Midnight Cookie Special added Vanna White, Linnea Quigley, Christopher George Graduation Day is a 1981 cult slasher film, directed by Herb Freed and produced by Troma Entertainment for Columbia Pictures.

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Barbara Crampton, Dick Miller, Mary Woronov Chopping Mall is an American horror/science fiction film, produced by Julie Corman and originally released on March 21, 1986 under the title Killbots. Lionsgate released the film twice on DVD; ...more

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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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Humongous is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best 80s Slasher Movies
Harry Manback added Janet Julian, David Wallace, Page Fletcher Humongous is a 1982 horror film, starring Janet Julian and David Wallace. The movie is directed by Paul Lynch. There are two versions of the film. The American version is rated R, and omits some ...more

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Jack Palance, Martin Landau, Donald Pleasence Alone in the Dark is a 1982 slasher film directed by Jack Sholder. It was the director's debut film and was an early production of New Line Cinema. The film's tagline is: "They're out ...more

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Return to Horror High is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best 80s Slasher Movies
Harry Manback added George Clooney, Maureen McCormick, Alex Rocco Return to Horror High is a 1987 American comedy/horror film. It was executive produced by Greg H. Sims, directed by Bill Froehlich, and written by Mark Lisson, Dana Escalante, Greg H. Sims and ...more

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Michael Ironside, Louis Ferreira, Terri Hawkes Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II is a 1987 film, the second installment in the Prom Night saga. It introduced the killer ghost Mary Lou Maloney, who returned in 1989's Prom Night III: The Last

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Dan Grimaldi, Robert Osth, Ruth Dardick Don't Go in the House is a 1980 horror film written and directed by Joseph Ellison, and co-written by Ellen Hammill and Joe Masefield. It gained notoriety as a video nasty and remains banned in ...more

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Kelly Hu, Kane Hodder, David Jacox Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan is a 1989 slasher film directed by Rob Hedden and starring Jensen Daggett, Scott Reeves and Kane Hodder. It is the eighth film in the Friday the ...more

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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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He Knows You're Alone is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best 80s Slasher Movies
ShaneCudahy added Tom Hanks, James Rebhorn, Paul Gleason He Knows You're Alone is a 1980 American slasher film directed by Armand Mastroianni, written by Scott Parker, and starring Caitlin O'Heaney, Don Scardino and Paul Gleason. The film marked ...more

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Richard Belzer, Kevin Mannis, Sara Eckhardt Student Bodies is a 1981 comedy film written and directed by Mickey Rose, with an uncredited Michael Ritchie co-directing. A spoof of slasher horror films such as Halloween, Friday the 13th, and ...more