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The Best Campy Horror Movies, Ranked 

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Updated October 21, 2019 1.9k votes 306 voters 18.6k views 36 items

List Rules Vote up the very best, most ridiculous horror films that are pure camp.

Horror movies can be truly terrifying, but shoddy special effects and poor acting often turn films meant to be terrorizing into pure camp. The best campy horror movies range from movies featuring terrible special effects to movies with absurd plots. New campy horror movies often reference classic B-movies. Many of the greatest campy horror films have gone down as cult classics.

 

What films will you find on this top campy horror movies list? Creepshow  – directed by George Romero and written by Stephen King – includes five terrifying tales of masterful horror. Plan 9 From Outer Space is another entertaining campy horror movie considered one of the worst films of all timeShaun of the Dead is a good modern take on horror camp as it references classic zombie lore and B-movies. Other good campy scary movies include Young Frankenstein, Killer Klowns from Outer Space and They Live.

Vote up your favorite campy horror movies to help determine the best one of all. Then checkout our list of the best B horror movies on Netflix.

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Evil Dead II is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Campy Horror Movies, Ranked
Bruce Campbell, Kassie DePaiva, Ted Raimi

Released: 1987

Directed by: Sam Raimi

Evil Dead II is a 1987 American horror comedy film directed by Sam Raimi, a parody sequel to the 1981 film The Evil Dead. After Ash (Bruce Campbell) discovers an audiotape left by a college ...more

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The Evil Dead is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Campy Horror Movies, Ranked
Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi, Ted Raimi

Released: 1981

Directed by: Sam Raimi

This film is a 1981 American horror film written and directed by Sam Raimi and executive produced by Raimi and Bruce Campbell, who also stars alongside Ellen Sandweiss and Betsy Baker. This film ...more

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Army of Darkness is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Campy Horror Movies, Ranked
Bridget Fonda, Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi

Released: 1992

Directed by: Sam Raimi

Army of Darkness is a 1992 American dark fantasy action comedy film directed by Sam Raimi. It is the third installment of The Evil Dead franchise. The film was written by Sam Raimi and his ...more

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Shaun of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Campy Horror Movies, Ranked
Martin Freeman, Simon Pegg, Bill Nighy

Released: 2004

Directed by: Edgar Wright

Shaun of the Dead is a 2004 British horror comedy film directed by Edgar Wright. In a small flat on the outskirts of London, Shaun (Simon Pegg), a 30-something dull loser, must protect his ...more

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Killer Klowns from Outer... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Campy Horror Movies, Ranked
Christopher Titus, John Vernon, Royal Dano

Released: 1988

Directed by: Stephen Chiodo

Killer Klowns from Outer Space is a 1988 American science fiction horror comedy movie made by The Chiodo Brothers and starring Grant Cramer and Suzanne Snyder. It is the only Chiodo Brothers' ...more

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Tucker & Dale vs. Ev... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Campy Horror Movies, Ranked
Alan Tudyk, Chelan Simmons, Katrina Bowden

Released: 2010

Directed by: Eli Craig

Tucker & Dave vs. Evil is a 2010 American comedy horror film directed by Eli Craig. Tucker (Alan Tudyk) and Dale (Tyler Labine), two hillbillies heading to their “fixer-upper” cabin for some ...more

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Fright Night is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Campy Horror Movies, Ranked
Christopher Lee, Roddy McDowall, Chris Sarandon

Released: 1985

Directed by: Tom Holland

Fright Night is a 1985 American horror comedy film written and directed by Tom Holland and produced by Herb Jaffe. It stars William Ragsdale, Chris Sarandon, Roddy McDowall and Amanda Bearse. ...more

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Zombieland is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Campy Horror Movies, Ranked
Emma Stone, Amber Heard, Bill Murray

Released: 2009

Directed by: Ruben Fleischer

Zombieland is a 2009 American zombie comedy film directed by Ruben Fleischer from a screenplay written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. The film stars Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Emma ...more

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Young Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Campy Horror Movies, Ranked
Gene Hackman, Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder

Released: 1974

Directed by: Mel Brooks

Young Frankenstein is a 1974 American comedy film directed by Mel Brooks and starring Gene Wilder as the title character, a descendant of the infamous Dr. Victor Frankenstein. The supporting ...more

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Dead Alive is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Campy Horror Movies, Ranked
Peter Jackson, Jed Brophy, Tim Balme

Released: 1992

Directed by: Peter Jackson

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The Cabin in the Woods ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Campy Horror Movies, Ranked
Chris Hemsworth, Sigourney Weaver, Amy Acker

Released: 2012

Directed by: Drew Goddard

The Cabin in the Woods is a 2012 American horror comedy film directed by Drew Goddard in his directorial debut. Five college kids (Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchison, Fran Kranz, ...more

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The Return of the Living... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Campy Horror Movies, Ranked
Clu Gulager, James Karen, Linnea Quigley

Released: 1985

Directed by: Dan O'Bannon

This film is a 1985 American black comedy/zombie horror film written and directed by Dan O'Bannon and starring Clu Gulager, James Karen, Don Calfa and Linnea Quigley. The film tells the story of ...more

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They Live is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Campy Horror Movies, Ranked
Roddy Piper, Keith David, Tommy Morrison

Released: 1988

Directed by: John Carpenter

They Live is a 1988 American science fiction film written and directed by John Carpenter. The film stars Roddy Piper, Keith David, and Meg Foster. It follows a nameless drifter referred to as ...more

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An American Werewolf in ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Campy Horror Movies, Ranked
Jenny Agutter, Frank Oz, Rik Mayall

Released: 1981

Directed by: John Landis

An American Werewolf in London is a 1981 horror comedy film written and directed by John Landis, and starring David Naughton, Jenny Agutter, and Griffin Dunne. The film starts with two young ...more

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Sleepaway Camp is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Campy Horror Movies, Ranked
MattO'Brien added Mike Kellin, Katherine Kamhi, Robert Earl Jones

Released: 1983

Directed by: Robert Hiltzik

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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From Dusk till Dawn is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Campy Horror Movies, Ranked
Salma Hayek, George Clooney, Quentin Tarantino

Released: 1996

Directed by: Robert Rodriguez, Sarah Kelly

From Dusk till Dawn is a 1996 American horror-crime thriller film directed by Robert Rodriguez and written by Quentin Tarantino. It stars George Clooney, Tarantino, Harvey Keitel and Juliette ...more

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Creepshow is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Campy Horror Movies, Ranked
Stephen King, Ed Harris, Ted Danson

Released: 1982

Directed by: George A. Romero

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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Trick is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Campy Horror Movies, Ranked
Omar Epps, Jamie Kennedy, Vanessa Aspillaga

Released: 2019

Directed by: Patrick Lussier

Trick is a 2019 American horror film directed by Patrick Lussier. A small-town detective must stop a serial killer, who goes by the name of Trick, from terrorizing his community.
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Plan 9 from Outer Space ... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Campy Horror Movies, Ranked
Tor Johnson, Bunny Breckinridge, Joanna Lee

Released: 1959

Directed by: Ed Wood

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Slither is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Campy Horror Movies, Ranked
Elizabeth Banks, Jenna Fischer, Rob Zombie

Released: 2006

Directed by: James Gunn

Slither is a 2006 American science fiction-comedy horror film written and directed by James Gunn in his directorial debut. A small town is taken over by an alien plague, turning residents into ...more

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Bubba Ho-Tep is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Campy Horror Movies, Ranked
Paul Giamatti, Bruce Campbell, Ossie Davis

Released: 2002

Directed by: Don Coscarelli

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The Blob is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Campy Horror Movies, Ranked
Steve McQueen, Aneta Corsaut, Lee Payton

Released: 1958

Directed by: Irvin Yeaworth

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Attack of the Killer Tom... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Campy Horror Movies, Ranked
Jack Riley, Eric Christmas, Stephen Peace

Released: 1978

Directed by: John De Bello

Attack of the Killer Tomatoes is a 1978 comedy horror film directed, produced, edited, scored and co-written by John DeBello and starring David Miller. The film is a spoof of B movies. Made on a ...more
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Planet Terror is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Campy Horror Movies, Ranked
Bruce Willis, Rose McGowan, Fergie

Released: 2007

Directed by: Robert Rodriguez

Planet Terror is a 2007 American action horror science-fiction film directed by Robert Rodriguez, about a group of people attempting to survive an onslaught of zombie-like creatures as they feud ...more

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Leprechaun is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Campy Horror Movies, Ranked
Jennifer Aniston, Warwick Davis, Ken Olandt

Released: 1993

Directed by: Mark Jones

Leprechaun is a 1993 cult American horror comedy film written and directed by Mark Jones. It stars Warwick Davis in the title role and Jennifer Aniston in her film debut. The film was shot in ...more

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