80's Horror Movies

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80's Horror Movies

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The Shining (1980)

The Shining
★★★★
★★★★
3.4 out of 4 stars

From Stanley Kubrick, starring Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd, Scatman Crothers
Rated R

The Shining is a psychological horror film directed by Stanley Kubrick and starring Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall. The film follows the story of Jack Torrance, an aspiring writer and recovering alcoholic, who takes a job as the winter caretaker at the isolated Overlook Hotel in the Colorado Rockies. He moves in with his wife, Wendy, and son, Danny, who is gifted with “the shining” — psychic abilities that enable him to see the hotel’s horrific past. As the Torrances settle in at the hotel, Jack’s sanity begins to unravel, and he becomes possessed by the demonic forces which inhabit the Overlook. The terrifying events that follow test the strength of the Torrance family and threaten to destroy them.

The Thing (1982)

The Thing
★★★★
★★★★
3.3 out of 4 stars

From John Carpenter, starring Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, Keith David, Richard Masur
Rated R

The Thing is a 1982 science fiction horror film directed by John Carpenter and written by Bill Lancaster. The film stars Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, Keith David, Richard Dysart, Charles Hallahan, and T. K. Carter. The film follows a team of scientists and U.S. Army personnel at a research outpost in Antarctica who are terrorized by an alien life form that assimilates and imitates other organisms. After a dog is brought to the outpost by helicopter, the alien takes the form of the dog and begins to hunt and kill the team, eventually assimilating other members of the group. In the end, R.J. MacReady, the only survivor of the group, is left to battle the alien creature. The Thing received mixed reviews upon release, but has since become a cult classic and is widely regarded as one of the greatest horror films of all time.

Evil Dead II (1987)

Evil Dead II
★★★★
★★★★
3.1 out of 4 stars

From Sam Raimi, starring Bruce Campbell, Sarah Berry, Dan Hicks, Kassie Wesley DePaiva
Rated R

Evil Dead II is a horror-comedy sequel to the 1981 film Evil Dead. Directed by Sam Raimi, the movie follows Ash Williams as he attempts to rid himself of the evil forces at work in a remote cabin. After reading from the infamous Necronomicon, Ash releases a horde of demons and Deadites who possess and terrorize him. Despite increasingly desperate and dangerous odds, Ash eventually fights back and triumphs over the evil forces. The movie is noted for its inventive special effects and slapstick humor.

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

A Nightmare on Elm Street
★★★★
★★★★
3 out of 4 stars

From Wes Craven, starring Heather Langenkamp, Johnny Depp, Robert Englund, John Saxon
Rated R

The Return of the Living Dead (1985)

The Return of the Living Dead
★★★★
★★★★
2.9 out of 4 stars

From Dan O'Bannon, starring Clu Gulager, James Karen, Don Calfa, Thom Mathews
Rated R

Poltergeist (1982)

Poltergeist
★★★★
★★★★
2.9 out of 4 stars

From Tobe Hooper, starring JoBeth Williams, Heather O'Rourke, Craig T. Nelson, Beatrice Straight
Rated PG

The Hitcher (1986)

The Hitcher
★★★★
★★★★
2.9 out of 4 stars

From Robert Harmon, starring Rutger Hauer, C. Thomas Howell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jeffrey DeMunn
Rated R

Re-Animator (1985)

Re-Animator
★★★★
★★★★
2.9 out of 4 stars

From Stuart Gordon, starring Jeffrey Combs, Bruce Abbott, Barbara Crampton, David Gale
Rated Unrated

The Dead Zone (1983)

The Dead Zone
★★★★
★★★★
2.9 out of 4 stars

From David Cronenberg, starring Christopher Walken, Brooke Adams, Tom Skerritt, Herbert Lom
Rated R

Day of the Dead (1985)

Day of the Dead
★★★★
★★★★
2.8 out of 4 stars

From George A. Romero, starring Lori Cardille, Terry Alexander, Joseph Pilato, Jarlath Conroy
Rated Not Rated

Fright Night (1985)

Fright Night
★★★★
★★★★
2.8 out of 4 stars

From Tom Holland, starring Chris Sarandon, William Ragsdale, Amanda Bearse, Roddy McDowall
Rated R

Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986)

Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer
★★★★
★★★★
2.8 out of 4 stars

From John McNaughton, starring Michael Rooker, Tracy Arnold, Tom Towles, Mary Demas
Rated Unrated

The Hidden (1987)

The Hidden
★★★★
★★★★
2.8 out of 4 stars

From Jack Sholder, starring Kyle MacLachlan, Michael Nouri, Claudia Christian, Clarence Felder
Rated R

Near Dark (1987)

Near Dark
★★★★
★★★★
2.8 out of 4 stars

From Kathryn Bigelow, starring Adrian Pasdar, Jenny Wright, Lance Henriksen, Bill Paxton
Rated R

Body Double (1984)

Body Double
★★★★
★★★★
2.7 out of 4 stars

From Brian De Palma, starring Craig Wasson, Melanie Griffith, Gregg Henry, Deborah Shelton
Rated R

The Fog (1980)

The Fog
★★★★
★★★★
2.7 out of 4 stars

From John Carpenter, starring Adrienne Barbeau, Jamie Lee Curtis, Janet Leigh, John Houseman
Rated R

Prince of Darkness (1987)

Prince of Darkness
★★★★
★★★★
2.7 out of 4 stars

From John Carpenter, starring Donald Pleasence, Lisa Blount, Jameson Parker, Victor Wong
Rated R

Night of the Creeps (1986)

Night of the Creeps
★★★★
★★★★
2.7 out of 4 stars

From Fred Dekker, starring Jason Lively, Tom Atkins, Steve Marshall, Jill Whitlow
Rated R

Phenomena (1985)

Phenomena
★★★★
★★★★
2.7 out of 4 stars

From Dario Argento, starring Jennifer Connelly, Donald Pleasence, Daria Nicolodi, Dalila Di Lazzaro
Rated R

Christine (1983)

Christine
★★★★
★★★★
2.7 out of 4 stars

From John Carpenter, starring Keith Gordon, John Stockwell, Alexandra Paul, Robert Prosky
Rated R

Demons (1985)

Demons
★★★★
★★★★
2.6 out of 4 stars

From Lamberto Bava, starring Urbano Barberini, Natasha Hovey, Karl Zinny, Fiore Argento
Rated Not Rated

From Beyond (1986)

From Beyond
★★★★
★★★★
2.6 out of 4 stars

From Stuart Gordon, starring Jeffrey Combs, Barbara Crampton, Ted Sorel, Ken Foree
Rated R

Child's Play (1988)

Child's Play
★★★★
★★★★
2.6 out of 4 stars

From Tom Holland, starring Catherine Hicks, Chris Sarandon, Alex Vincent, Brad Dourif
Rated R

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

A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors
★★★★
★★★★
2.6 out of 4 stars

From Chuck Russell, starring Heather Langenkamp, Robert Englund, Craig Wasson, Patricia Arquette
Rated R

Dead & Buried (1981)

Dead & Buried
★★★★
★★★★
2.6 out of 4 stars

From Gary Sherman, starring James Farentino, Melody Anderson, Jack Albertson, Dennis Redfield
Rated R

 



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