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The Best Campy Horror Movies, Ranked  

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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.

Do you have a favorite campy horror movie? Give the best films a thumbs up. 

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Army of Darkness is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Campy Horror Movies, Ranked
Bridget Fonda, Bruce Campbell, 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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Evil Dead II is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Campy Horror Movies, Ranked
Bruce Campbell, Kassie DePaiva, Ted 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 Return of the Living Dead is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Campy Horror Movies, Ranked
Clu Gulager, James Karen, Linnea Quigley
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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Evil Dead is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Campy Horror Movies, Ranked
Jane Levy, Jessica Lucas, Shiloh Fernandez
This film is a 2013 American supernatural horror film written and directed by Fede Alvarez. It is the fourth installment of the franchise, serving as both a reboot, a remake and as a loose ...more
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Zombieland is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Campy Horror Movies, Ranked
Emma Stone, Amber Heard, Bill Murray
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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Shaun of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Campy Horror Movies, Ranked
Martin Freeman, Simon Pegg, Bill Nighy
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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Fright Night is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Campy Horror Movies, Ranked
Christopher Lee, Roddy McDowall, Chris Sarandon
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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Tucker & Dale vs. Evil is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Campy Horror Movies, Ranked
Katrina Bowden, Alan Tudyk, Chelan Simmons
"“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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Sleepaway Camp is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Campy Horror Movies, Ranked
MattO'Brien added 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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Dead Alive is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Campy Horror Movies, Ranked
Peter Jackson, Jed Brophy, Tim Balme
This film is a 1992 New Zealand Zombie comedy gore film directed by Peter Jackson. Written by Jackson with his partner Fran Walsh and Stephen Sinclair, the film was a commercial failure at the ...more
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Killer Klowns from Outer Space is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Campy Horror Movies, Ranked
Christopher Titus, John Vernon, Royal Dano
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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Young Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Campy Horror Movies, Ranked
Gene Hackman, Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder
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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They Live is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Campy Horror Movies, Ranked
Roddy Piper, Keith David, Tommy Morrison
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 London is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Campy Horror Movies, Ranked
Jenny Agutter, Frank Oz, Rik Mayall
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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Creepshow is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Campy Horror Movies, Ranked
Stephen King, Ed Harris, Ted Danson
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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From Dusk till Dawn is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Campy Horror Movies, Ranked
Salma Hayek, George Clooney, Quentin Tarantino
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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The Cabin in the Woods is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Campy Horror Movies, Ranked
Chris Hemsworth, Sigourney Weaver, Amy Acker
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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Plan 9 from Outer Space is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Campy Horror Movies, Ranked
Tor Johnson, Bunny Breckinridge, Joanna Lee
Plan 9 from Outer Space is a 1959 American black-and-white science fiction thriller film released by Distributors Corporation of America. The film was written, produced, directed, and edited by ...more
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Slither is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Campy Horror Movies, Ranked
Elizabeth Banks, Jenna Fischer, Rob Zombie
Slither is a 2006 American science fiction-comedy horror film written and directed by James Gunn in his directorial debut, and starring Nathan Fillion, Elizabeth Banks, Gregg Henry, and Michael ...more
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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
Bubba Ho-Tep is a 2002 American comedy horror film starring Bruce Campbell as Elvis Presley — now a resident in a nursing home. The film also stars Ossie Davis as Jack, a black man who claims to ...more
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The Blob is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Campy Horror Movies, Ranked
Steve McQueen, Aneta Corsaut, Lee Payton
The Blob is an independently made 1958 American horror/science fiction film directed by Irvin Yeaworth. In the style of American International Pictures, Paramount Pictures released the film as a ...more
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Attack of the Killer Tomatoes is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Campy Horror Movies, Ranked
Jack Riley, Eric Christmas, Stephen Peace
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) 23 on the list The Best Campy Horror Movies, Ranked
Bruce Willis, Rose McGowan, Fergie
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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Lake Placid is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Campy Horror Movies, Ranked
Betty White, Mariska Hargitay, Bridget Fonda
Lake Placid is a 1999 American monster horror comedy film. The film was written by David E. Kelley and directed by Steve Miner, starring Bill Pullman, Bridget Fonda, Oliver Platt, Brendan ...more
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Abbott and Costello Meet Frank... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Campy Horror Movies, Ranked
Vincent Price, Bela Lugosi, Lou Costello
Bud Abbott and Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein, or Bud Abbott Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein —although the film is usually referred to as simply Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein—is a 1948 ...more