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The Best Campy Horror Movies, Ranked

Updated October 22, 2020 2.7k votes 345 voters 21.7k views36 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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Campy Horror Movies, Ranked
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    Evil Dead II

    Bruce Campbell, Kassie DePaiva

    Released1987

    Directed bySam Raimi

    Evil Dead II is a 1987 American horror comedy film directed by Sam Raimi, a parody sequel to... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Evil Dead is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Campy Horror Movies, Ranked
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    The Evil Dead

    Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi

    Released1981

    Directed bySam Raimi

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    Shaun of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Campy Horror Movies, Ranked
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    Shaun of the Dead

    Martin Freeman, Simon Pegg

    Released2004

    Directed byEdgar Wright

    Shaun of the Dead is a 2004 British horror comedy film directed by Edgar Wright. In a small... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Army of Darkness is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Campy Horror Movies, Ranked
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    Army of Darkness

    Bridget Fonda, Bruce Campbell

    Released1992

    Directed bySam Raimi

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    Tucker & Dale vs. Evil is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Campy Horror Movies, Ranked
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    Tucker & Dale vs. Evil

    Alan Tudyk, Chelan Simmons

    Released2010

    Directed byEli Craig

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    Killer Klowns from Outer Space is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Campy Horror Movies, Ranked
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    Killer Klowns from Outer Space

    Christopher Titus, John Vernon

    Released1988

    Directed byStephen Chiodo

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  • 7
    Fright Night is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Campy Horror Movies, Ranked
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    Fright Night

    Christopher Lee, Roddy McDowall

    Released1985

    Directed byTom Holland

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    Young Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Campy Horror Movies, Ranked
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    Young Frankenstein

    Gene Hackman, Mel Brooks

    Released1974

    Directed byMel Brooks

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    Zombieland is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Campy Horror Movies, Ranked
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    Zombieland

    Emma Stone, Amber Heard

    Released2009

    Directed byRuben Fleischer

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    Dead Alive is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Campy Horror Movies, Ranked
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    Dead Alive

    Peter Jackson, Jed Brophy

    Released1992

    Directed byPeter Jackson

    This film is a 1992 New Zealand Zombie comedy gore film directed by Peter Jackson. Written by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    The Cabin in the Woods is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Campy Horror Movies, Ranked
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    The Cabin in the Woods

    Chris Hemsworth, Sigourney Weaver

    Released2012

    Directed byDrew Goddard

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    They Live is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Campy Horror Movies, Ranked
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    They Live

    Roddy Piper, Keith David

    Released1988

    Directed byJohn Carpenter

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    An American Werewolf in London is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Campy Horror Movies, Ranked
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    An American Werewolf in London

    Jenny Agutter, Frank Oz

    Released1981

    Directed byJohn Landis

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    The Return of the Living Dead is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Campy Horror Movies, Ranked
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    The Return of the Living Dead

    Clu Gulager, James Karen

    Released1985

    Directed byDan O'Bannon

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  • 15
    Sleepaway Camp is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Campy Horror Movies, Ranked
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    Sleepaway Camp

    Mike Kellin, Katherine Kamhi

    Released1983

    Directed byRobert Hiltzik

    Sleepaway Camp is a 1983 exploitation slasher film written and directed by Robert Hiltzik who... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Creepshow is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Campy Horror Movies, Ranked
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    Creepshow

    Stephen King, Ed Harris

    Released1982

    Directed byGeorge A. Romero

    Creepshow is a 1982 horror anthology film with elements of black comedy directed by George A.... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    From Dusk till Dawn is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Campy Horror Movies, Ranked
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    From Dusk till Dawn

    Salma Hayek, George Clooney

    Released1996

    Directed byRobert Rodriguez, Sarah Kelly

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    The Blob is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Campy Horror Movies, Ranked
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    The Blob

    Steve McQueen, Aneta Corsaut

    Released1958

    Directed byIrvin Yeaworth

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    Plan 9 from Outer Space is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Campy Horror Movies, Ranked
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    Plan 9 from Outer Space

    Tor Johnson, Bunny Breckinridge

    Released1959

    Directed byEd Wood

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    Bubba Ho-Tep is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Campy Horror Movies, Ranked
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    Bubba Ho-Tep

    Paul Giamatti, Bruce Campbell

    Released2002

    Directed byDon Coscarelli

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    Slither is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Campy Horror Movies, Ranked
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    Slither

    Elizabeth Banks, Jenna Fischer

    Released2006

    Directed byJames Gunn

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    Attack of the Killer Tomatoes is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Campy Horror Movies, Ranked
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    Attack of the Killer Tomatoes

    Jack Riley, Eric Christmas

    Released1978

    Directed byJohn De Bello

    Attack of the Killer Tomatoes is a 1978 comedy horror film directed, produced, edited, scored... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Planet Terror is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Campy Horror Movies, Ranked
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    Planet Terror

    Bruce Willis, Rose McGowan

    Released2007

    Directed byRobert Rodriguez

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    Leprechaun is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Campy Horror Movies, Ranked
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    Leprechaun

    Jennifer Aniston, Warwick Davis

    Released1993

    Directed byMark Jones

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    Critters is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Campy Horror Movies, Ranked
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    Critters

    Billy Zane, Dee Wallace

    Released1986

    Directed byStephen Herek

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