The Best Horror Movies of the 1980s

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The Shining

1980    Stanley Kubrick    Rated R

Ghost Film    Haunted House Film    Horror

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Aliens

1986    James Cameron    Rated R

Action    Body Horror    Cyborg / Android / Robot

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The Thing

1982    John Carpenter    Rated R

Alien Invasion Films    Body Horror    Horror

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Predator

1987    John McTiernan    Rated R

Action    Alien Invasion Films    Horror

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Evil Dead II

1987    Sam Raimi    Rated R

Black Comedy    Haunted House Film    Horror

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An American Werewolf in London

1981    John Landis    Rated R

Black Comedy    Body Horror    Horror

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The Evil Dead

1981    Sam Raimi    Not Rated

Haunted House Film    Horror    Monster Film

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Videodrome

1983    David Cronenberg    Rated R

Body Horror    Cyberpunk / Tech Noir    Horror

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Re-Animator

1985    Stuart Gordon    Rated R

Black Comedy    Body Horror    Horror

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Gremlins

1984    Joe Dante    Rated PG

Comedy    Holiday Film    Horror

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Near Dark

1987    Kathryn Bigelow    Rated R

Chase Movie    Horror    Hybrid Western

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The Fly

1986    David Cronenberg    Rated R

Body Horror    Horror    Monster Film

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Poltergeist

1982    Tobe Hooper    Rated PG

Ghost Film    Haunted House Film    Horror

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The Return of the Living Dead

1985    Dan O'Bannon    Rated R

Comedy    Horror    Horror Comedy

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The Lost Boys

1987    Joel Schumacher    Rated R

Horror    Horror Comedy    Monster Film

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Day of the Dead

1985    George A. Romero    Not Rated

Horror    Monster Film    Post-Apocalyptic Film

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Fright Night

1985    Tom Holland    Rated R

Comedy    Comedy Thriller    Horror

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A Nightmare on Elm Street

1984    Wes Craven    Rated R

Horror    Slasher Film    Supernatural Horror

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Creepshow

1982    George A. Romero    Rated R

Anthology Film    Black Comedy    Body Horror

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The Monster Squad

1987    Fred Dekker    Rated PG13

Comedy    Family-Oriented Fantasy    Fantasy

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