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The Best Campy Horror Movies, Ranked 

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Updated October 21, 2019 1.8k votes 292 voters 17.7k 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 and a parody sequel to the 1981 film The Evil Dead. The film was written by Raimi and Scott Spiegel, produced by Robert ...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 and written by Wright and Simon Pegg, and starring Pegg and Nick Frost. Pegg plays Shaun, a man attempting to get ...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

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

Released: 2010

Directed by: Eli Craig

"“The hillbillies from the store captured Alison!” Tucker and Dale, two hillbillies heading to their “fixer-upper” cabin for some relaxin’, discover they ain’t alone in them woods. They ...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

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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, produced by Joss Whedon, and written by Whedon and Goddard. The film stars Kristen ...more

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They Live is listed (or ranked) 12 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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The Return of the Living... is listed (or ranked) 13 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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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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From Dusk till Dawn is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Campy Horror Movies, Ranked
Salma Hayek, George Clooney, Quentin Tarantino

Released: 1996

Directed by: Robert Rodriguez, Sarah Kelly

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Creepshow is listed (or ranked) 16 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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Sleepaway Camp is listed (or ranked) 17 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

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Devil's Revenge is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Campy Horror Movies, Ranked
Jeri Ryan, William Shatner, Ciara Hanna

Released: 2019

Directed by: Jared Cohn

Devil's Revenge is a 2019 American horror film directed by Jared Cohn. A desperate archeologist discovers a cave that has a cursed relic that can also open a portal to hell, the curse follows ...more
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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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Bubba Ho-Tep is listed (or ranked) 20 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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Slither is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Campy Horror Movies, Ranked
Elizabeth Banks, Jenna Fischer, Rob Zombie

Released: 2006

Directed by: James Gunn

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Attack of the Killer Tom... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Campy Horror Movies, Ranked
Jack Riley, Eric Christmas, Stephen Peace

Released: 1978

Directed by: John De Bello

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The Blob is listed (or ranked) 23 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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Trick is listed (or ranked) 24 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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Planet Terror is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Campy Horror Movies, Ranked
Bruce Willis, Rose McGowan, Fergie

Released: 2007

Directed by: Robert Rodriguez

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