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The Best Slasher Movies of the 1980s  

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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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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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Friday the 13th Part 2 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Slasher Movies of the 1980s
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. The film marks the ...more
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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 taken out 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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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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Friday the 13th Part 3: 3D is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Slasher Movies of the 1980s
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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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 came at a time when slasher films were in their heyday, ...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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The Burning is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Slasher Movies of the 1980s
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Child's Play is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Slasher Movies of the 1980s
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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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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Halloween 4: The Return of Mic... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Slasher Movies of the 1980s
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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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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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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Intruder is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Slasher Movies of the 1980s
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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Bloody Birthday is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Slasher Movies of the 1980s
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Bloody Birthday is a 1981 slasher film directed by Ed Hunt and produced by Gerald T. Olson.
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Killer Party is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Slasher Movies of the 1980s
datrlykewlfreekinguymandood added Paul Bartel, Martin Hewitt, Sherry Willis-Burch
Killer Party is a horror comedy film released in 1986. The movie was directed by William Fruet. This film is the latest pre-May 1986 MGM movie to be owned of Turner Entertainment since 1986