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50 Greatest Horror Movies of the 1980s

Siskel and Ebert might have hated them, parents groups may have protested them and the British courts might have had them banned but the popularity of '80s horror movies has never waned. It seems like every nonhorror fan in the world was hellbent on killing the genre dead but like the supernatural killers that inhabit most of the films within said genre, it was impossible to destroy. And that was because of the fans. For the first time ever, they had to fight in order to protect a genre they loved from seemingly everyone. Studios loved making them because they were cheap but they were also not afraid to pull some due to controversy. The only thing that kept horror alive in the theatres is that the fans demanded more. The gorehounds came out in droves and because they voted with their wallet, their money outweighed the negative reception.
Note: The two Hellraiser films shared the #10 spot. List goes from #50 (Alligator) to #1 (The Thing). Read the full list at the link provided.
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Alligator (1980)
Alligator (1980)
2
Society (1989)
Society (1989)
3
Pieces (1982) (1982)
Pieces (1982) (1982)
4
The Beyond (1981)
The Beyond (1981)
5
Brain Damage (1988)
Brain Damage (1988)
6
Killer Klowns From Outer Space (1988)
Killer Klowns From Outer Space (1988)
7
The Stuff (1985)
The Stuff (1985)
8
Cannibal Holocaust (1980)
Cannibal Holocaust (1980)
9
Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982)
Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982)
10
The Hitcher (1986)
The Hitcher (1986)
11
Gremlins (1984)
Gremlins (1984)
12
Prince of Darkness (1987)
Prince of Darkness (1987)
13
The Stepfather (1987)
The Stepfather (1987)
14
Dead & Buried (1981)
Dead & Buried (1981)
15
The Changeling (1980)
The Changeling (1980)
16
Tenebre (1982)
Tenebre (1982)
17
The Fog (1980)
The Fog (1980)
18
The Howling (1981)
The Howling (1981)
19
Friday the 13th (1980)
Friday the 13th (1980)
20
Videodrome (1983)
Videodrome (1983)
21
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986)
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986)
22
The Lost Boys (1987)
The Lost Boys (1987)
23
A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)
A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)
24
Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981)
Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981)
25
Day of the Dead (1985)
Day of the Dead (1985)
26
Sleepaway Camp (1983)
Sleepaway Camp (1983)
27
Re-Animator (1985)
Re-Animator (1985)
28
Near Dark (1987)
Near Dark (1987)
29
Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives (1986)
Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives (1986)
30
Creepshow (1982)
Creepshow (1982)
31
Aliens (1986)
Aliens (1986)
32
Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984)
Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984)
33
My Bloody Valentine (1981)
My Bloody Valentine (1981)
34
The Blob (1988)
The Blob (1988)
35
Fright Night (1985)
Fright Night (1985)
36
Stagefright: Aquarius (1987)
Stagefright: Aquarius (1987)
37
Pumpkinhead (1988)
Pumpkinhead (1988)
38
Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986)
Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986)
39
Child's Play (1988)
Child's Play (1988)
40
The Fly (1986)
The Fly (1986)
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