Graveyard Shift The Scariest Movies of the 1980s  

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List Rules Scary horror movies released in the 1980s.

The 1980’s were know for a lot of historical events such as the ending of the Cold War, the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, and the release of the first IBM personal computer. But more importantly, the 1980's brought us some of the best, scariest, cheesiest, horror movies in the history of film.

But what are the scariest 80s horror movies of all time? The films on this list, ranked by film lovers, has the scariest 80s movies. Whether you’re looking for a realistic flick based on actual events or a completely fictional fright film, there’s sure to be the perfect movie on this list for you!

This list has the scariest horror movies from the 80s, including: Blood Beach, The Beast Within, and An American Werewolf in London.

Vote up your favorite 80's horror movie or add one that always brings the scares, that isn't already on the list.
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but chickens double d added A Nightmare on Elm Street Johnny Depp, Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp

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dee123 added The Shining Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers

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259 77
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Poltergeist Craig T. Nelson, JoBeth Williams, Heather O'Rourke

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197 75
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but chickens double d added Friday the 13th Kevin Bacon, Tom Savini, Betsy Palmer

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213 90
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The Thing Kurt Russell, Keith David, John Carpenter

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184 71
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but chickens double d added Pet Sematary Stephen King, Fred Gwynne, Denise Crosby

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191 78
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but chickens double d added Aliens Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Michael Biehn

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171 70
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Hellraiser Doug Bradley, Andrew Robinson, Ashley Laurence

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191 86
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The Evil Dead Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi, Ted Raimi

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141 67
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but chickens double d added The Lost Boys Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, Corey Haim

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144 79
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John Carpenter's The Fog Jamie Lee Curtis, Janet Leigh, Tom Welling

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142 75
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Friday the 13th Part 2 Betsy Palmer, Lauren-Marie Taylor, Warrington Gillette

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148 76
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Child's Play Brad Dourif, Catherine Hicks, Chris Sarandon

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141 77
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but chickens double d added Halloween II Jamie Lee Curtis, Dana Carvey, Kyle Richards

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124 64
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but chickens double d added Predator Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jesse Ventura, Carl Weathers

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99 45
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PriscillaScutt added Children of the Corn Linda Hamilton, Peter Horton, R. G. Armstrong

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133 83
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An American Werewolf in London Jenny Agutter, Frank Oz, Rik Mayall

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126 83
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Fright Night Christopher Lee, Roddy McDowall, Chris Sarandon

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105 65
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ozzy added Evil Dead II Bruce Campbell, Kassie DePaiva, Ted Raimi

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116 71
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dee123 added Gremlins Steven Spielberg, Corey Feldman, Phoebe Cates

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115 77
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dee123 added The Fly Geena Davis, Jeff Goldblum, David Cronenberg

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86 50
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but chickens double d added Christine Kelly Preston, Alexandra Paul, John Madden

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83 53
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Hellbound: Hellraiser II Doug Bradley, Ashley Laurence, Kenneth Cranham

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121 72
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A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge Robert Englund, Hope Lange, Clu Gulager

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94 65
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but chickens double d added Cujo Dee Wallace, Danny Pintauro, Ed Lauter

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80 64
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Day of the Dead Sherman Howard, Jarlath Conroy, Terry Alexander

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75 59
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BrianWestonBlamires added Poltergeist II: The Other Side Craig T. Nelson, JoBeth Williams, Heather O'Rourke

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The Howling Dee Wallace, John Sayles, Slim Pickens

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62 56
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ozzy added Re-Animator Barbara Crampton, Jeffrey Combs, David Gale

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60 53
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The Entity Barbara Hershey, Ron Silver, George Coe

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56 50
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dee123 added Prince of Darkness Alice Cooper, Donald Pleasence, Peter Jason

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60 53
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My Bloody Valentine Don Francks, Cynthia Dale, Helene Udy

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55 51
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The Blob Erika Eleniak, Shawnee Smith, Julie McCullough

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Prom Night Jamie Lee Curtis, Brittany Snow, Leslie Nielsen

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56 56
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Demons Lamberto Bava, Michele Soavi, Urbano Barberini

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56 60
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but chickens double d added The Changeling George C. Scott, Melvyn Douglas, Barry Morse

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Phantasm II Stacey Travis, Phil Fondacaro, James LeGros

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42 51
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dee123 added Near Dark Bill Paxton, Lance Henriksen, Adrian Pasdar

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62 56
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Sleepaway Camp Mike Kellin, Katherine Kamhi, Robert Earl Jones

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51 56
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Night of the Creeps David Paymer, Dick Miller, Tom Atkins

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53 59
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Silent Night, Deadly Night Tara Buckman, Linnea Quigley, Lilyan Chauvin

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52 62
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Scanners Michael Ironside, Patrick McGoohan, Jennifer O'Neill

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37 58
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dee123 added Angel Heart Robert De Niro, Mickey Rourke, Lisa Bonet

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Hell Night Linda Blair, Peter Barton, Ron Gans

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40 60
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The Burning Holly Hunter, Jason Alexander, Fisher Stevens

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29 48
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dee123 added Creepers Jennifer Connelly, Donald Pleasence, Patrick Bauchau

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32 49
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Motel Hell Rory Calhoun, Wolfman Jack, Paul Linke

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41 54
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Dolls Guy Rolfe, Stephen Lee, Hilary Mason

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30 51
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Terror Train Jamie Lee Curtis, Vanity, David Copperfield

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26 53
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The Children Gale Garnett, Martin Shakar, Shannon Bolin