The 10 Best 1980s Horror Movies Ranked

Many of the major directors and genres of modern horror were established during the 70s. But Cronenberg, Carpenter, Stephen King adaptations, body horror, slashers and more replicated wetly and crawled into their true skin suits in the high gloss 80s.

Re-Animator has a notional plot in there about a couple (Bruce Abbott and Barbara Crampton) thwarted by her disapproving professor father.

Re-Animator (1985)

Stanley Kubrick and Jack Nicholson spend two and a half hours of The Shining trying to see who can chew more scenery. 

The Shining (1980)

Blue Velvet is usually classified as a noir or a thriller or an art film rather than as horror. 

Blue Velvet  (1986)

Sam Raimi perfected his Loony Tunes brand of horror comedy with the 1987 remake of Evil Dead II. 

The Evil Dead (1981)