The Scariest Movies of the 1980s

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Scary horror movies released in the 1980s.

Arguably the most important, inspirational, and terrifying decade for horror films, the ‘80s masterfully blended and expanded upon the genre and helped create what we know it as today, while simultaneously scaring the living daylights out of anyone who dared to check out these films. From campy slashers to melancholic deep dives to action-packed terror to horrifying body horror, there is undoubtedly something here that will terrify even the most hardcore of horror fans.

Films like A Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday the 13th saw the continued birth and growth of the terrifyingly realistic slasher subgenre, while films like The Shining and The Thing showed the true horrors of man in painstaking and pain-inducing realism. Each and every one of these films will have audiences checking under their bed, in the closet, and around every corner because after watching them, they will be terrified of anything and everything that goes bump in the night…

Be sure to vote up the scariest horror movies of the 1980s, and be sure to check out the scariest films of the 1990s!

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