Top 20 Horror Movies From the 80’s


I’ve done 2000-2010 so I figured it was time to take a step back and take a look at the top horror movies from my childhood, the 80’s (and I’ll eventually do the 90’s). The horror slasher genre was in full swing by the late 70’s and that lead to quite a few good and not so good horror movies coming out during the 80’s. Before 1980 we had films like Halloween, Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Black Christmas that seemed to breathe new life into the horror genre and before you knew it every studio in town was putting out horror movies. Now I’m sure a lot of you remember some of the ridiculously corny ones, and those are actually still pretty fun to watch, but it’s the really good ones that still hold up today that are the foundation for every horror movie that came after. Hell, a handful of these were remade recently or are being remade currently.

One thing before I get to the list. I included a couple movies that could be considered more “sci-fi” than horror, but I still feel they fit into the list and I hope you guys agree. Also, I tried to only include movies that I’ve seen and while I’ve seen a lot of 80’s horror movies I haven’t seen them all, so if I missed something you feel should be on the list please let me know so I can check it out and make changes if necessary. For example, I’m sure a lot of you will wonder why I left ‘American Werewolf in London’ off the list, well I have yet to watch it so I didn’t feel it was fair to add it, but from what I’m told it’s a good one so I’ll get around to it soon. But enough with my pointless jabber, let’s get to the list!

20. Children of the Corn (1984) (imdb)

19. The Fly (1986) (imdb) (Stream Instantly)

18. Near Dark (1987) (imdb)

17. A Nightmare on Elm Street 3 – Dream Warriors (1987) (imdb)

16. Gremlins (1984) (imdb)

See 15-1 after the jump

15. Pet Sematary (1989) (imdb)

14. The Return of the Living Dead (1985) (imdb) (Stream Instantly)

13. Re-Animator (1985) (imdb)

12. Child’s Play (1988) (imdb) (Stream Instantly)

11. Predator (1987) (imdb)

10. Day of the Dead (1985) (imdb)

9. The Lost Boys (1987) (imdb) (Stream Instantly)

8. Hellraiser (1987) (imdb)

7. Poltergeist (1982) (imdb)

6. The Shining (1980) (imdb)

5. The Evil Dead/Evil Dead 2* (1981/87) (imdb) (Stream Instantly)

4. Friday the 13th (1980) (imdb)

3. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) (imdb)

2. Aliens (1986) (imdb)

1. The Thing (1982) (imdb) (Stream Instantly)

Honorable Mentions/Guilty Pleasures (in no particular order)

The Gate (1987) (imdb)

Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988) (imdb) (Stream Instantly)

Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984) (imdb)

They Live (1988) (imdb) (Stream Instantly)

Critters (1986) (imdb)

* Sorry, I couldn’t pick just one, and they are such direct sequels I think of them as 1 movie.