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The Best Slasher Movies Of The 1980s

Updated October 30, 2020 13.4k votes 1.0k voters 27.1k views84 items

List RulesVote up the best slashers from the '80s.

It's hard to argue that the 1980s wasn't the pinnacle of the slasher genre. This list of the best 1980s slasher movies features several of the most famous films in the genre; films that frightened a generation and spawned sequels which continue to frighten people everywhere to this very day. But which one of these classic '80s slashers is the best? You get to help decide with your votes.

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 that stay with you long after the credits roll.

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  • Friday the 13th1
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    Friday the 13th

    Kevin Bacon, Tom Savini

    Released1980

    Directed bySean S. Cunningham

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  • A Nightmare on Elm Street 19842
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    A Nightmare on Elm Street 1984

    Johnny Depp, Robert Englund

    Released1984

    Directed byWes Craven

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  • Friday the 13th Part 23
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    Friday the 13th Part 2

    Betsy Palmer, Lauren-Marie Taylor

    Released1981

    Directed bySteve Miner

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  • Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter4
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    Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter

    Corey Feldman, Crispin Glover

    Released1984

    Directed byJoseph Zito

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  • Halloween II5
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    Halloween II

    Jamie Lee Curtis, Dana Carvey

    Released1981

    Directed byRick Rosenthal

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  • My Bloody Valentine6
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    My Bloody Valentine

    Don Francks, Cynthia Dale

    Released1981

    Directed byGeorge Mihalka

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  • A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors7
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    A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors

    Patricia Arquette, Laurence Fishburne

    Released1987

    Directed byChuck Russell

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  • Sleepaway Camp8
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    Sleepaway Camp

    Mike Kellin, Katherine Kamhi

    Released1983

    Directed byRobert Hiltzik

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  • Child's Play9
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    Child's Play

    Brad Dourif, Catherine Hicks

    Released1988

    Directed byTom Holland

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  • Friday the 13th Part 3: 3D10
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    Friday the 13th Part 3: 3D

    Betsy Palmer, Steve Miner

    Released1982

    Directed bySteve Miner

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  • The Burning11
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    The Burning

    Holly Hunter, Jason Alexander

    Released1981

    Directed byTony Maylam

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  • The Slumber Party Massacre12
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    The Slumber Party Massacre

    Robin Stille, Michael Villella

    Released1982

    Directed byAmy Holden Jones

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  • The Prowler13
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    The Prowler

    Farley Granger, Lawrence Tierney

    Released1981

    Directed byJoseph Zito

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  • Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives14
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    Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives

    Corey Feldman, Tony Goldwyn

    Released1986

    Directed byTom McLoughlin

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  • Silent Night, Deadly Night15
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    Silent Night, Deadly Night

    Tara Buckman, Linnea Quigley

    Released1984

    Directed byCharles Sellier

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  • The House on Sorority Row16
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    The House on Sorority Row

    Eileen Davidson, Harley Jane Kozak

    Released1983

    Directed byMark Rosman

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  • Happy Birthday to Me17
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    Happy Birthday to Me

    Glenn Ford, Melissa Sue Anderson

    Released1981

    Directed byJ. Lee Thompson

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  • The Funhouse18
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    The Funhouse

    Elizabeth Berridge, Kevin Conway

    Released1981

    Directed byTobe Hooper

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  • April Fool's Day19
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    April Fool's Day

    Deborah Foreman, Thomas F. Wilson

    Released1986

    Directed byFred Walton

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  • Prom Night20
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    Prom Night

    Jamie Lee Curtis, Brittany Snow

    Released1980

    Directed byPaul Lynch

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  • Intruder21
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    Intruder

    Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi

    Released1989

    Directed byScott Spiegel

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  • Terror Train22
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    Terror Train

    Jamie Lee Curtis, Vanity

    Released1980

    Directed byRoger Spottiswoode

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  • Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers23
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    Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers

    Danielle Harris, Donald Pleasence

    Released1988

    Directed byDwight H. Little

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  • Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood24
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    Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood

    Corey Feldman, Tony Goldwyn

    Released1988

    Directed byJohn Carl Buechler

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  • Maniac25
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    Maniac

    Caroline Munro, Tom Savini

    Released1980

    Directed byWilliam Lustig

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