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The Best Campy Horror Movies, Ranked

Updated March 24, 2021 2.7k votes 381 voters 25.9k views42 items

List RulesVote 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

    Bruce Campbell, Kassie DePaiva
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    The Evil Dead

    Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi
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    Shaun of the Dead

    Martin Freeman, Simon Pegg
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    Army of Darkness

    Bridget Fonda, Bruce Campbell
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  • 5

    Tucker & Dale vs. Evil

    Alan Tudyk, Chelan Simmons
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    Killer Klowns from Outer Space

    Christopher Titus, John Vernon
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    Fright Night

    Christopher Lee, Roddy McDowall
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    Young Frankenstein

    Gene Hackman, Mel Brooks
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    The Cabin in the Woods

    Chris Hemsworth, Sigourney Weaver
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    An American Werewolf in London

    Jenny Agutter, Frank Oz
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    Dead Alive

    Peter Jackson, Jed Brophy
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    The Return of the Living Dead

    Clu Gulager, James Karen
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    They Live

    Roddy Piper, Keith David
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    Sleepaway Camp

    Mike Kellin, Katherine Kamhi
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    Stephen King, Ed Harris
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    From Dusk till Dawn

    Salma Hayek, George Clooney
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    The Blob

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    Elizabeth Banks, Jenna Fischer
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    Bride of Chucky

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  • 21

    Bubba Ho-Tep

    Paul Giamatti, Bruce Campbell
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  • 22

    Attack of the Killer Tomatoes

    Jack Riley, Eric Christmas
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  • 23

    Plan 9 from Outer Space

    Tor Johnson, Bunny Breckinridge
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    Elvira: Mistress of the Dark

    Cassandra Peterson, Jeff Conaway
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    Idle Hands

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