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The Best Campy Horror Movies, Ranked

Updated October 22, 2020 2.7k votes 369 voters 24.4k 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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    Bruce Campbell, Kassie DePaiva

    Released1987

    Directed bySam Raimi

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    Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi

    Released1981

    Directed bySam Raimi

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  • Shaun of the Dead3
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    Martin Freeman, Simon Pegg

    Released2004

    Directed byEdgar Wright

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  • Army of Darkness4
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    Bridget Fonda, Bruce Campbell

    Released1992

    Directed bySam Raimi

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  • Tucker & Dale vs. Evil5
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    Alan Tudyk, Chelan Simmons

    Released2010

    Directed byEli Craig

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  • Killer Klowns from Outer Space6
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    Christopher Titus, John Vernon

    Released1988

    Directed byStephen Chiodo

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    Gene Hackman, Mel Brooks

    Released1974

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    Fright Night

    Christopher Lee, Roddy McDowall

    Released1985

    Directed byTom Holland

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  • The Cabin in the Woods9
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    Chris Hemsworth, Sigourney Weaver

    Released2012

    Directed byDrew Goddard

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    Emma Stone, Amber Heard

    Released2009

    Directed byRuben Fleischer

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    Jenny Agutter, Frank Oz

    Released1981

    Directed byJohn Landis

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  • Dead Alive12
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    Peter Jackson, Jed Brophy

    Released1992

    Directed byPeter Jackson

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  • They Live13
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    Roddy Piper, Keith David

    Released1988

    Directed byJohn Carpenter

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  • The Return of the Living Dead14
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    Clu Gulager, James Karen

    Released1985

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  • Sleepaway Camp15
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    Mike Kellin, Katherine Kamhi

    Released1983

    Directed byRobert Hiltzik

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    Stephen King, Ed Harris

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  • From Dusk till Dawn17
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    Salma Hayek, George Clooney

    Released1996

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  • Slither18
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    Elizabeth Banks, Jenna Fischer

    Released2006

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  • The Blob19
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    Steve McQueen, Aneta Corsaut

    Released1958

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    Paul Giamatti, Bruce Campbell

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    Jack Riley, Eric Christmas

    Released1978

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    Tor Johnson, Bunny Breckinridge

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    Bruce Willis, Rose McGowan

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    Jennifer Aniston, Warwick Davis

    Released1993

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    Billy Zane, Dee Wallace

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