Top 50 Horror Movies of the 1980s

In the 1970s the horror genre began to change and pick up steam.  Some of the biggest classics were  in the 1970s.  The 1980s came and we saw a new wave of horror that was born in the 1970s, the slasher sub-genre.  With that, we also could call the 1980s the birth of the horror sequels.  Sure there had been many before.  The 1980s saw sequels to many bigger movies from the 1970s and 1960s, Psycho II and III, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, Exorcist II the Heretic and others.  Most of the sequels were from films born in the 1980s, it was a good decade for the horror film.

I also want to explain why there are no reasons for each movie and where they rank.  Each movie speaks for itself.

Today we celebrate the very best of the 1980s.  Here are the top 50 horror movies from the 1980s.

50. Critters (1986)

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49. Night of the Comet (1984)

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48. Friday the 13th part 2 (1981)

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47. The Stuff (1985)

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46. Society (1989)

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45. The House By the Cemetery (1981)

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44. Children of the Corn (1984)

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43. House (1986)

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42. The Blob (1988)

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41. Friday the 13th part VI: Jason Lives (1986)

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40. Night of the Creeps (1986)

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39. Demons 2 (1986)

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38. Silver Bullet (1985)

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37. Halloween III (1982)

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36. From Beyond (1986)

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35. Sleepaway Camp (1983)

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34. Poltergeist II: the Other Side (1986)

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33. Tenebrae (1982)

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32. Night of the Demons (1988)

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31. Inferno (1980)

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30. Pumpkinhead (1989)

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29. The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988)

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28. Child’s Play (1988)

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27. Near Dark (1989)

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26. Pet Semetary (1989)

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25. Halloween II (1981)

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24. Creepshow (1982)

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23. City of the Living Dead (1980)

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22. Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986)

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21. Demons (1985)

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20. Fright Night (1985)

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19. Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984)

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18. A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)

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17. Friday the 13th (1980)

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16. Hellbound: Hellraiser 2 (1988)

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15. Day of the Dead (1985)

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14. The Howling (1981)

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13. The Lost Boys (1987)

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12.Poltergeist (1982)

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11. Evil Dead 2 (1987)

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10. Re-Animator (1985)

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9. The Beyond (1980)

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8. The Evil Dead (1981)

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7. Return of the Living Dead (1985)

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6. The Fly (1986)

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5. An American Werewolf in London (1981)

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4. Hellraiser (1987)

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3. The Shining (1980)

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2. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

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1. The Thing (1982)

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Well?  What did you think, let us know on Facebook and Twitter.  This was a fun list to put together.  Not to be outdone, but we do have a list of the Top 50 Slasher Movies of the 1980s.  It is waiting for another time, after Halloween probably.

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